Having waited a year to show you the 10 quilts that are featured in our upcoming book Quilts Made Modern, it’s hard to decide which one to show first. Bill suggested I show Loft first because it might be fun to show you the behind-the-scenes photos as well.
We staged Loft in the stylish home of a painter friend here in Chicago. He graciously allowed us to place one of his paintings behind the bed to add to the mood of the quilt. Our photographer, Jim White, was fastidious in capturing the intimate bedtime mood we were looking for. Although we shot the photo on a bright winter morning, Jim was able to create a nighttime scene through the lighting.
Loft is one of three bed-size quilts in Quilts Made Modern. We’ve learned a tremendous amount from the quilts that we’ve had in American Patchwork & Quilting in the past few years. What we’ve learned is that quilters have a hard time pleasing the men and boys in their lives. There’s a lot of super-bright,super-cute, super-girly, rainbow-y quilts out there and quilters forget to design quilts that are gender neutral that aren’t made with beer can or camo fabric.
We’ve gone for understated colorwork in this book. There are some multi-colored quilts and one made with large-scale fabrics, but we find simple, enduring palettes don’t fight with our furnishings. Our hope is that we’ve designed some things that will look as modern a decade from now as they do today. Some of the quilts in Quilts Made Modern are made with fabrics that you would expect to see with a collection of modern quilts. Others, however, are made with tone-on-tones from fabric collections aimed at very traditional quilters. We hope that readers will come to see that sometimes soft-spoken fabrics are the best choices for modern patterns. They can give them a clean, sophisticated look that’s entirely different from the 19th century star and log-cabin-variation patterns for which they were designed.
Like some of the patterns in Quilt Made Modern, Loft is a quilt with simple construction but thoughtful color work. Never fear, we have a whole section on design and give lots of pointers for choosing fabrics that work with your home. Large bed quilts take a lot of time to piece and quilt so we chose to make bed quilts of the simplest patterns, thinking that those would be the most appealing options for you, our beloved reader. What I love about Loft, though, is that once you get the colorwork down, the construction flies.
As we have in our other books, we show each of the 10 quilts in three color variations so you can see how easily this sophisticated, manly quilt could become a sweet little girl’s quilt with a simple change of palette. Bill worked tirelessly to develop hundreds of illustrations that show you step-by-step to make each of the quilts in the book as well as lessons in binding, applique and both hand and machine quilting. Be prepared to have some fun.