Making a Simply Modern Quilt

What really makes a quilt “modern”? Design? Fabric? Breaking the rules?

Modern Batik Challenge
These are my thoughts:

  • It’s Bold, It might break the rules
  • It’s Improv
  • It might use contemporary fabrics in a traditional design
  • It’s unique
  • It is, simply modern! 🙂

You can find the Modern Quilt Guild’s explanation here.

Welcome to this month’s Modern Batik Challenge, With Island Batik Fabrics.

I’ve been making curvy table runners for a couple of years. I think they are just plain fun!

My sister-in-law jokes around that I must have been drinking wine while making them.

But Quilters don’t let Quilter’s Drink and Sew – not at the same time! Rotary cutters and wine ha! That doesn’t mix at all and wow, it could be dangerous.


No, my curvy table runners and wall decor are made completely clear headed and focused.
This month I cooked up this minimalist design offering you simplicity and sophistication.
You can get your pattern here.

The Ingredients

This is what I did

  • I cut the main color into rectangles and the Contrasting colors into strips, which will become the wedges.
  • Modern Batik Quilt Basics

  • Cut the Strips into wedges. Wedge strips in the finished runner are cut from two of the Island Batik Lavish Prints. Which are alternated across the runner.
  • marking wedges

  • The wedges are sewn to the rectangle and the seams trimmed.
  • modern tapers, sewing wedges to rectangles

  • Units are sewn together to create a curved Table Runner.
  • modern tapers, example of two units sewn together

    Simply Modern Tapers Table Runner
    Close up runner showing tapers and curves

  • I machine quilted the runner using free motion quilting in a free style design.
  • The Binding
    The Bias binding was created using two Lavish Print fabrics sewn together.

Modern Quilting Craftsy Classes you might also be interested in

Designing Modern Quilts Class
Online Quilting Class: Improvisational Piecing, Modern Design

Until next time my friends,
Happy Quilting!

Adele, Blogging the Creative Life

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10 replies to Making a Simply Modern Quilt

    • Thank you so much Connie1 It was a lot of fun to make!

  1. This is really cool! Thanks for sharing.

    • you are welcome Kathleen! 😊

    • Thank You so much Jessica. It was a really fun table runner to make.

    • Thank you Vicki!

  2. Truly modern and in the most attractive way! Love the design and the quilting! – What a coincidence that we both mention the Modern Quilt Guild! – And, that we happened to post on the same day! 🙂

    • Thanks Maria!

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