After a rather long break I am back today with the next instalment in my mini Modern Quilt Series. You can find the previous post by following these links:

Modern Quilts – An IntroductionModern Quilts – Fabric Part 1Modern Quilts – Fabric Part 2 and Modern Quilts – Design Inspiration.

This time I am going to focus on asymmetry and alternate gridwork which are common themes in modern quilts.  Both of these design features add a spark of interest or movement to a modern quilt.  It can be as simple as a traditional block laid out differently, such as This Way, That Way by Faith Jones at Fresh Lemons Quilts:

or it could be a modern sampler quilt with visible block structure but no traditional sashing and a modern layout, such as this sampler quilt from AnneMarie Chaney:

My Churned to a T quilt not only encompasses asymmetry but it also shows modern traditionalism, it was unintentinally, designed as a mash up of a Churn Dash and a Capital T block, solid fabric choice and lots of negative space – but more on that next time.


Another gorgeous quilt, showing asymmetry, is Bubblegum by Sophie Zaugg over at Luna Lovequilt:

This group quilt by Seattle Modern Quilt Guild, Flame of Inspiration, is a lot more dynamic than if the design had been placed in the centre of the quilt radiating out:

Scatter by Jessica Skultety from Quilty Habit shows a great example of alternate gridwork:

as does this quilt by Anya at Hills Creek Quilter:

Do you use asymmetry or alternate gridwork in your quilts, either consciously or unconsciously?!               ___________________________________________________________________________

As for my exercise in improv piecing with different fabrics, I have now made some more blocks and added in some four patches and have been playing with the layout, yet again!

I rather like this one:

from left to right Makower Linen Linea, Makower Linen Texture and Makower Spectrum

it has been on my design wall for a couple of weeks and I haven’t fiddled with it so I think this is what I am going to make.  I will piece the three different fabric selections in the same way so that you can really see which fabric you might prefer, true solid, textured solid or read as solid.

And with the four patches and some little 1″ squares it could look like this:

And that’s where improv takes you …. on a constant journey of playing, placing, assessing, reviewing, replacing and on it goes ….. until you take the plunge and start stitching!

Hopefully I will get stitching this week so that the next instalment will feature finished mini tops.