If you’re curious about quilt art and how it could look in your home, you came to the right place. This post is all about giving you the best modern quilt art inspiration, tips, and ideas so that you can make it look beautiful in your home.
Modern quilt art is a beautiful way to add a historically rich and storied medium to your home that will add color, texture, and softness to your space. Whether you already love quilt art as much as I do or you are just curious about it, this is for you.
We’re going to talk about different styles of modern quilt art and different ways that you can incorporate it into your own home. There are various ways to display quilts, a huge array of sizes and styles of quilts, and so many different artists making quilts to draw inspiration from. There’s an exhibit on quilts at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston right now – there are many different levels of quilt making, from DIYs at home to fine art in a museum.
I think it’s also important and useful to mention that there is such a rich history of quilting in the United States, especially African American women’s contributions to quilting as an art form. If you’re curious about learning more about this interesting cultural history, I found this slideshow to be helpful and also learned a lot by reading this article. If you have other resources to help learn more about this history, please comment on this blog post (all the way at the bottom of this page)! I am not an expert, so I would be thrilled to learn more from you.
This post is all about modern quilt art. Let’s get into it!
1. Abstract color blocked design
The color blocking on this quilt is so unique and beautiful. I love how it has an overwhelming sense that it’s blue, but when you look more closely you can see that there are entire sections of green, brown, grey, and even lilac.
Tip: Explore on Pinterest to get quilt inspiration. You’ll discover so many different styles and be able to distinguish what fits with your own personal style and what doesn’t.
Thompson Street Studio is a business that I personally discovered through Pinterest and have really loved the different designs they have for quilts, because I’ve never seen anything quite like it before. Textiles are having a resurgence in the art and design worlds right now in terms of their trendiness. If you’re curious about that, check out this post about textile fiber art (and why it’s the next big trend).
Tip: If you’re not sure how to hang up a quilt without a frame, you can get a quilt sleeve added on to a quilt so that you can hang it from a rod. you also can use quilt hanging clamps.
2. Framed patchwork piece
Another way to incorporate modern quilt art in your home is to frame a quilt or a fragment of a quilt. This design is also by Thompson Street Studio, and it is so charming and beautiful. Contemporary quilts are so interesting because the medium can feel kind of old fashioned and vintage, and then the color blocking adds this youthfulness and playfulness that juxtaposes the medium in such an interesting way.
Tip: Get a small quilt (or piece of quilt) framed so that you can easily hang it up on your wall.
The mixture of patterns and colors in this quilt feels both playful and calming, which I love. Quilts are a great place to draw inspiration from for a color palette for an entire room.
3. Quilt fragment
The slightly unfinished look that this patchwork piece has makes it even more intriguing to me. Erin Wilson has many different abstract pieces like this. I love how there are some threads hanging off the sides. It definitely would be a good idea to frame a piece like this to protect it from being damaged or altered.
Tip: Look at smaller versions of quilting and textile arts – a patchwork piece can have significant impact while taking up less wall space.
Especially if you’re not sure if you would be ready to commit to handing up a large quilt that would take up an entire wall, a small patchwork piece is a great place to start. You get to enjoy the unique qualities of modern quilt art without feeling overwhelmed by the amount of wall space it takes up.
4. Traditional quilt art
A more traditional quilt like this one is equally as beautiful as the more modern quilts in this post. When you pair more traditional quilts and modern quilts in the same house as art, it creates a really cool multidimensional feel that you don’t get as much with variety in other mediums (like paintings, for example). Quilts continue to be such a unique way to add art to your home!
Tip: Display traditional and modern quilt art in your home to show a sense of history with this medium. The contrast and similarities will spark inspiration and conversation.
I also love how this quilt is a more traditional pattern, yet it still has eye catching colors. This is true for a lot of traditional, historical quilts. They may be a more traditional pattern, but there are many different color combinations to choose from.
5. Modern geometric quilt
This takes the checkerboard trend that’s everywhere right now and raises it to a whole new elevated level of coolness. This modern geometric quilt is endlessly interesting to look at. I love a really large quilt like this because it can take up an entire wall and be the focal point of a room.
Tip: Take a look at the many different geometric patterns that quilts can have and find one that speaks to you.
It’s always fun to incorporate the classic black and white color combination and make it your own in your home. A quilt like this is such a fun and attractive way to do that. There’s so much warmth and texture from the material alone on a quilt, and then a pattern like this creates such a gorgeous layer of interest.
6. Colorful contrast
Finding color combinations that you like is one of the most fun parts about quilt art. There are so many different color combinations out there and you can really have fun with this and express your style in your own way through your color choices.
Tip: Seek out unique color combinations – some are historic and others are simply beautiful. A unique color combination makes it a statement art piece that is a memorable part of your home.
Have fun exploring what color combinations you can find and which ones you could envision in your home. This blue and orange combo might not be for everyone, but I love it! It’s bold and so unique.
7. Patchwork quilt
When it comes to modern quilt ideas and different modern quilt art, you’ve gotten a sense of the different ways that you can incorporate quilt art into your home. And you might even be wondering if you could make something like this yourself (you also might not be wondering that at all, in which case – you do you!).
Tip: You could even try to make a quilt yourself if you’re feeling ambitious. Large patchwork designs like this have a unique and homey look.
I personally love to find artists to support and quilt makers are no exception to that. Have I considered getting myself a mini sewing machine and learning how to make a quilt as well? Yes. Yes to everything, because I love modern quilt art. I’m just really into it.
I hope that these photos and tips helped inspire you to consider adding modern quilt art to your own home in your own way. Textiles are such an underrated way to add art to your home.
This post was all about modern quilt art. If you hang up a quilt in your home, tag @garlandcollections on Instagram and show me how you styled it! I would love to see how this post helps to inspire you and where you run with it.
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