After a lot of discussion in the last few months, myself and Cindy have launched the Modern Quilt Guild of Ireland!
You can't imagine how excited I am about this! Since I started quilting last January, having a modern quilt guild in Ireland is something I aspired to and thought about. While there are 2 very active organisations already in existence - the Irish Patchwork Society, and the Quilter's Guild of Ireland (of which I am a member) - I absolutely loved the thought of a community of quilters dedicated to the modern aesthetic and interested in having some fun with it.
We have set up a dedicated blog, a Flickr group and Facebook page, and I would just love if you came over and joined us. If you are based in Ireland and you are interested in modern quilting, please come and take part. We have an introductory post here with a registration form and information about modern quilting here, if you are not sure what we are talking about!
One of the things I love most about modern quilting is how it is accessible to both the experienced or the novice quilter. I also love the bold use of colour, modern fabrics, the clean lines, the simplicity. I love how you can make a stunning quilt from lots of negative space, with a few pops of colour. I love how it draws on traditional patchwork, but modifies and interprets it for a modern look. I love how it throws the rules out the window for one quilt, and yet draws on and embellishes those rules for another.
So you might have guessed by now...I just love modern quilting! Do you love it too? Want to have some fun? Want to try and set up local meetings with like-minded folk? Please, please, join us!