An old-fashioned modern-ish Amish-ish star quilt

Sewn together. It's YUGE.

All my dirty, old, thrifted up sheets are now clean and PRESSED with something called Best Press – a “starch alternative” that turns the fabric into smooth, slick, easy to sew pieces. So great. I sewed all the pieces together and am quite happy with the end result!

And for scale, thanks to my fabulous models:

Out in the backyard

As Donald Trump says, “It’s yuge.”

Don’t look too close, some of the seams aren’t quite in the right places, but it’s close enough for me! Huzzah.

After careful review AND  a survey of my modern quilt friends, it turns out this quilt will NOT qualify to be modern, but I will call it modern-ish. DARN. It’s a pretty funky traditional quilt if you ask me.

I found this definition of a modern quilt on the MQG site:

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.


A defining event occurred in 1998 when Martha Stewart Living featured Denyse Schmidt, calling her quilts a “chic, modernist aesthetic.” For many quilters in the early days of the movement, this was a key inspirational moment.

We have Martha Stewart to thank for this? Who knew?

Anyway, the fabric I picked for the star (the sheets) are very traditional in their patterns and colours. Even though there’s not a lot of solids used in traditional quilting, this navy fabric doesn’t scream, “modern”. Actually, it screams AMISH! Just what I was looking for! YES! I love Amish! Maybe Martha Stewart would describe my quilts as, “Mostly traditional, with an Amish aesthetic. And not exactly accurate in her measurements.”.

All I need to do now is add a border – which will be more sheets, all sewn up in chunks, scrappy style. And I’ll bind it in blue fabric. LOVELY!

Here’s one more photo for a good time:

Thank you, Lysa & Cynthia!

Thank you, Lysa & Cynthia for all your modeling assistance today!


  1. Barb says:

    It’s lovely Carol Browne! I’m no authority on quilt styles, but I would put this into the Modern category. It’s true, the block itself is the traditional Amish Star, but done in vintage fabrics and at that scale, I’d say it has more of a modern vibe than an Amish one. If not particularly modern (I’m still confused as to exactly what modern is), I would at least call it contemporary, and beautiful! Nice work!

  2. Kat P says:

    You made it in 2014…modern enough for me! And the idea of the huge block is inspired by Jeni Baker, a modern quilter/designer. So I’d say you’re rocking the modern vibe!

  3. Pookie says:

    Modern, traditional, who cares! All that matters is that a) it’s gorgeous and b) you had fun making it, right? I love how it turned out! Congratulations on finishing the top! (Also, if you are really concerned about it not being “modern” enough, do some really modern quilting on it, like Denyse Schmidt’s figure 8s or something!)

  4. Lysa says:

    You are very welcome!

    Love all your research on modern quilting. Hhmm you wouldn’t want to be on the FVMQG committee for our talk at the Creative Stitches would you? C’mon you’ve piratically written half of it right here! 😉

    Great job on your quilt! It looks great!

  5. Merrie Manson says:

    It’s refreshingly,modern, less is more in the modern world, the statement it makes is I am bold, and appealing!

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