Quilting Modern – weekend book party!

I’m so so happy to be a part of the Quilting Modern party this weekend! It’s been book give away central over here on the blog recently, but this one is not to be missed! I’m lucky enough to count authors Jacquie and Katie among my friends (we’ve actually spent time together in person!) and their book is really wonderful.


For those people who know me, they’d probably agree when I say that I’m opinionated… ha. I am. And when it comes to modern quilting, I have a whole lotta opinions! I feel pretty strongly that it’s a specifically definable aesthetic movement. I think that modern quilting is waaaay more about design than it is about using a specific a line of fabric or currently on trend color combos. And in my opinion, this book, is really and truly an example of modern quilting.

Let me give you a glimpse of a couple of beautiful quilts in the book:



And that’s just two of many quilts and projects!

Another wonderful thing about the book is that its focus is on improvisational piecing.


Jacquie and Katie teach specific improv techniques, and readers are able to recreate the quilts, but no two will be identical. How inspiring!! I can only image how many people out there will pick up this book and be driven to come up with their own spins on these quilts – or entirely new designs altogether.

I’ll bet that you want a copy of this book, huh? Well you’re in luck since I’m giving one away! The good people over at Interweave have donated a copy. Leave a comment telling me what you love about modern quilting and a winner will be picked next week. Good luck!

And keep the Quilting Modern party going by checking out all of the other blogs taking part! Everyone is posting this weekend, so have fun clicking through now.

A Stitch in Dye

Fat Quarterly blog
Film in the Fridge
Generation Q
Happy Zombie
Oh Fransson
One Shabby Chick
Pink Chalk Studio
Quilting is my Therapy
Red Pepper Quilts
Sew Mama Sew
Sew Take a Hike
West Coast Crafty
Whip Up
Wise Craft

215 Responses to “Quilting Modern – weekend book party!”

  1. Julie June 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    What I like is there aren’t any rules!

  2. AJ June 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

    I love that you can change the ‘rules’ to suit yourself!

  3. Sally R June 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    I love the relaxed nature of “modern” quilting. The colors and use of “open space” is wonderfully delightful.

  4. Shayla June 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    I love the lines that modern quilting utilizes.

  5. Jenny June 2, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    i love the anything goes attitude!

  6. Vicki June 2, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    I love the sea glass quilt! the book looks just wonderful.

  7. Anya June 2, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    I love the improvisational aspect of modern quilting. Ironically, that’s also what intimidates me the most about it as well! Guess I should get the book :)

  8. Holly June 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    I like the improvisational style of modern quilting. I was going to say that I like the asymmetry, but not all modern quilts have strong asymmetry. Many are balanced without being symmetrical. I often like the strong play of color in modern quilts. But I have also noticed that some quilts have very subdued colors and strong quilting lines. There is so much to love!

  9. Abby June 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    What I like best about modern quilting is the emphasis on the patchwork. Everything else seems to focus on fancy quilting, or embellishment and surface design.

    I like patchwork, especially improv. Though try as I might I have not yet managed the minimalism I see in modern quilts. Maybe a copy of this book would help.

  10. Tricia C June 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    I love the “out of the box” thinking that modern quilting showcases. These quilts build upon tradition but showcase an entirely different side of the creative quilters who carry on the fiber tradition.

  11. Deb June 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    I started quilting over 10 years ago, and then all but quit when primitives ruled everything – couldn’t handle the dark folky look. So when I started modern quilting (both modern-modern as well as the modern-traditional) it was like having a breath of fresh air and got me to start quilting again!

  12. Leah June 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    Oooo… What a pretty book!

  13. Audrey June 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    I love the cleanness and apparent simplicity, though I realize these artistic pieces are not as simple as they seem. This book has me completely intrigued.

  14. Jen B June 2, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    I lI’ve the use of negative space!

  15. Rhonda H. June 2, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

    I suppose the “out with the rules” attitude. Thanks for the chance to win this inspiring book!

  16. lisa June 2, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    I love that you can use whatever colors/fabrics that suit your tastes. The explosion of wonderful fabrics has really been driven by the “modern” quilting influence.

  17. Tracey P June 2, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    I love the “anything goes” attitude.

  18. Lisa June 2, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    I already have this book and I LOVE it so much that I want to give a copy to a friend. I’ve been a quilter for 25 years and I am so thrilled that quilting is getting a new “look.” Just wait until I march into my little quilting guild with something I’ve made from this book!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Hannah June 2, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    I love that it’s ok to make some mistakes and that, in the end, they are generally not very noticeable to anyone else besides me. Thanks ofr the giveaway!

  20. Heather June 2, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    I love modern quilting for the community I have found in it, and the freshness of it.

  21. Linda F June 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    I love the use of negative space.

  22. Heather Mentzer June 2, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    I really like that stich and flip method, I’ve seen a couple of quilts now and the results are so different and fun.

  23. Cheryl B. June 2, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    I have not made a modern quilt yet, but I love how they are so carefree looking and how many different patterns and color combinations you can create.

  24. Mary Anne June 2, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    I really like how everything has negative space and you can just free flow visually from one area to another.

  25. Christin June 2, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    I love how the units that make up traditional quilt blocks become new and modern with the use of improv, negative space, and color play

  26. Kate F. June 2, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    I love that modern quilting can be as simple or technical as you want, and that it connects us to the past.

  27. Angela Stevens June 2, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    Modern quilting is relaxed. No stress.

  28. Jo Ann June 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    I lovethe free spiritedness of modern quilting! I love the “relaxed rules” of the movement! And I love the Colours!

  29. Tamie June 2, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    I love the graphic nature of so many of the modern quilts- and the community of course. Thanks for being part of the celebration weekend.

  30. Ashley June 2, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    I love that it is no holds barred on creativity

  31. Erin M. June 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    I like the freedom to express yourself outside of quilt pattern. Thanks for the giveaway and for the review.

  32. cradke June 2, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

    I love that there aren’t any “rules” that must be followed. You can let your creativity take you where you want to go.

  33. sew katie did June 2, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    Thanks for being an inspiration and my friend. Hope to host you here in the future with babe in arms.

  34. Lindsay June 2, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    I love everything about modern quilting!

  35. Jennie P. June 2, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    I just find it to be more my style. I love the colors, the designs. Everything about it.

  36. tusen June 2, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    Among other things I just love the use of negative space in modern quilting.

  37. Alyssa June 2, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    I love that you can make any pattern on your own and just being creative!

  38. CitricSugar June 2, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    I love that the “rules” are just guidelines… Thanks for the chance!

  39. Kiza June 3, 2012 at 12:46 am #

    The best part about modern quilting? Probably that there are no hard-and-fast rules about how something “should” look. The ability to play with the fabric and allow it to become what it wants to become is a lot of fun.

  40. carolyne June 3, 2012 at 1:13 am #

    I love the bold colours & use of white space (although the Gee’s Bend quilts look very much like the ‘modern’ style, to me).

  41. shannon June 3, 2012 at 1:40 am #

    Creating changes with my mood, so the idea of improvisational quilting really speaks to me.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway opportunity. :)

  42. Lyndy June 3, 2012 at 2:19 am #

    I love the use of colour, large piecing and solid colour.

  43. Bethany June 3, 2012 at 4:04 am #

    I can’t wait to get that book. The quilts look so great.

  44. Kris June 3, 2012 at 4:31 am #

    I love that there is no point matching…unless you want to!

  45. Marianne June 3, 2012 at 4:44 am #

    I love the clean look of it.

  46. Sandi June 3, 2012 at 5:06 am #

    Modern quilting appeals to my love of color and different uses for “traditional” things.

  47. Betty June 3, 2012 at 5:13 am #

    I love that you can do what you want…even with a traditional pattern. You can alter the shape, the set, make it “wonky”, whatever, and take it one step farther and make it your own. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  48. Tartankiwi June 3, 2012 at 5:21 am #

    I love the less is more attitude to fabric. Wonderful prints are allowed to sing in their own right rather than having to fight against lots of other designs.

  49. Linda Dixon June 3, 2012 at 5:44 am #

    Just getting into this….not my current style but would certainly love to incorporate some of you simplicity in mine.

  50. Pattij June 3, 2012 at 5:49 am #

    I love the clean lines of the quilting.


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