Something happened yesterday that I think is worth pointing out: The national Modern Quilt Guild changed its "official" definition of modern quilting.
The new definition, as stated on the MQG website, is as follows: "Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. 'Modern traditionalism' or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting."
In the end, it's really up to all of us to collectively define modern quilting—and I think the MQG is showing that it understands that and is willing to listen to what we're saying. I'm closing comments on this post because I'm not interested in furthering any more controversy or inviting negative comments. I just wanted to put my side out there. But if you have specific questions or feedback about this post, please feel free to email me. And thank you for listening!