You've probably been hearing buzz about the "modern" bedding movement. New fabrics, patterns, books, guilds, blogs and magazines dedicated to new styles seem to be popping up daily. This is the natural evolution in quilting and modern bedding is a simply reflection of one's own personality. While some of its roots are in rebellion and "break-the-rules" quilting techniques, the principles that define and guide this movement is beginning to shape the concept of bedding. In general, modern bedding would share some of these characteristics, to name just a few:*Asymmetry in design
*Frequent use of improvisational piecing
*Bold modern colors, on-trend color combinations and graphic prints
*Increased use of solid colors, including grey and white as neutrals
*Simple, minimalist design using geometric shapes
*Less emphasis on block repetition
*Increased use of negative space in the bedding
*Designs exhibit influences of modern art and architecture
*Reinterpreted traditional bedding blocks
*Unconventional modern looking structures
Even with these seemingly modern approaches to bedding, it's easy to see how the modern bedding movement gathers inspiration from the past. The artistic, free-style piecing African American quilting, and solid color combinations of Amish quilt traditions are clearly influencing the movement, especially in Boho Chic styles.
Contemporary Bedding & Modern Quilts
Mazarine Bedding, Modern Contemporary Flair
What defines modern bedding? Modern bedding uses bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color. Often improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work can make a quilt modern in bedding style. Traditional patterns using any combination of these techniques or color styles will provide you with a sense of classic syle while freshening a room with a modern bedding setting.