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. blue.crab June 3, 2012 at 5:53 am #

    I love how you can change up a ‘traditional’ pattern, and make into so much more.

  2. Theresa June 3, 2012 at 6:11 am #

    I love the contrast; the solids really make the designs and colours “pop”.

  3. elsa June 3, 2012 at 6:34 am #

    What I love about modern quilting is that anything goes! It’s very liberating to be able to make a quilt that’s ‘out of the lines’.

  4. Wendy D. P. June 3, 2012 at 6:41 am #

    I love the sometimes improv nature of modern quilting – so inspiring!

  5. Laura June 3, 2012 at 6:51 am #

    To me, modern quilting focuses more on putting your own twist on a design.

  6. Katherine June 3, 2012 at 6:56 am #

    Clean lines, fresh colours and freedom to go where you want with a design. That’s what I admire about modern quilting.

  7. Heather K June 3, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    What do I love about modern? The freedom, the play, but most of all, the community.

  8. Rose E. Glasses June 3, 2012 at 7:21 am #

    I agree with your observation that Modern quilting is more about design than fabric lines. BUT isn’t that the core of traditional Quilting? Improvising?

    I find this book Fascinating. Visual, ideas, technique; the whole package looks fascinating.

    I will have this book in my library.

  9. Chris June 3, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    I love the lines and look of modern quilting! thanks!

  10. lee June 3, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    I love that anything goes and the open attitude for modern quilters! thank you!

  11. Gjeneve June 3, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    I have become very interested in the “modern quilting” movement. I love the clean lines, sparse patterning, and color contrast.

  12. Kelly Wilbur June 3, 2012 at 8:03 am #

    I love traditional quilts but this modern thing has my head all a-buzz. I am loving the open spaces and no borders ideas.

  13. Megan June 3, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    I love the all solids quilts and the funky patterns!

  14. Kathy June 3, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    I agree completely – it’s VERY much about the design, and the personal results of improvisational piecing.
    Thanks for this great opportunity!

  15. Debbie June 3, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    I love the constant reminders that there are no rules!

  16. Gill June 3, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    I love the sparseness of modern quilts!

  17. Barbara June 3, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    Thanks for your comments about the book. I am a convert to the modern movement.

  18. Sandy Ellison June 3, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    I love the graphicness of modern quilt design.

  19. Mary June 3, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    No rules!

  20. Elisabet June 3, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Modern quilts lets me challange myself and the way I use traditional quilting techniques. Thinking outside the box is just the beginning!

  21. MollyP June 3, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    I love the new quilting designs being used, free-motion squares and pebbling. It’s so freeing to just turn on the machine and go to town all willy-nilly. Thanks for the review!

  22. Maria L. June 3, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    I love the fact that you can make a quilt with “no rules” in modern quilting. Although I love traditional quilting, it literally makes me feel “hemmed in!” I can’t wait to have a look at this book.

  23. S Stitching June 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    I like the use of neutral space in modern quilting. I’m also inspired by creative machine quilting designs.

  24. Renae June 3, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    I like the no rules idea. Although it isn’t my strong suit, it sure is fun to try, especially when doing something collaborative.

  25. Leigh June 3, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    I love modern quilting fabric choices!!

  26. Vicki in MN June 3, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    I have always been a traditional quilter but in the last 5 months I am crossing over! I am just loving everything modern from the colors to the design. It would really be awesome to win this book especially since today is my BD, LOL

  27. jenny June 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    I love challenging my imagination! And I would very much like this book — thank you for the giveaway!

  28. Linda Johnson June 3, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    I love the freshness of modern designs. After years of traditional quilting designs, I’m a convert to the modern look. I would love to own this book!

  29. Chelsea June 3, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    What I love about modern quilting is the freedom and expressiveness. There is no right or wrong as long as you enjoy the process.

  30. Debbie H June 3, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    It looks like a wonderful book. I would love to win. Thanks! Debbie

  31. Amber June 3, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    I love that you can be free form when you quilt modern! I like to just throw things up on the design wall and start sewing!

  32. Nancy June 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    i love the wonky angles and suprises in modern quilts. best of all is the camaraderie of quilters!

  33. Margit June 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    I love giving traditional blocks a new life. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Quilting Modern.
    Cheers, Margit

  34. Paula K June 3, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    I love that there are no rules with modern quilting. No right or wrong way in they way your quilt looks

  35. Camilla June 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    I love the freedom to do your own thing and the freshness,engendered by lots of negative space.

  36. Anita T. June 3, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    I started quilting about 30 years ago and am amazed that such a completely new look has emerged. Bravo to all the young quilters and sewers who have championed this movement.

  37. Tiffany June 3, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    I would love to see this book in person!

  38. ellen b June 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    I love the clean lines of modern quilts. The quilts seem “do-able” but at the same time they are unique and inspire the viewer to ask what if….and make it their own..

  39. mommaontherun June 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    I love the feeling of modern quilts. Certainly not your grandmother’s style.

  40. patty June 3, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    I love this book. The quilts are wonderful. I’ve always wanted to do quilts like this but had no idea how to start one.

  41. Jodi G. June 3, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    WoW! Looks like an awesome book. Coming from a more traditional background I’d love to learn all the techniques. First I’d like to learn the free piecing. Then I could let myself go. hehe. I think that is what I would like the most is just learning to step and think out of the box.

    Thank you and Interweave Press for a great giveaway and a chance to win a super book.


  42. Allison C June 3, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    I love the twist on traditional patterns and improvised patterns.

  43. Maxine June 3, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    I have not tried a Modern quilt, but would love to try one..The lines are so crisp…Thanks for the chance to win..

  44. CarolM June 3, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    I like the fabric, the freedom, the simplicity :)

  45. Andrea In Vermont June 3, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

    I love the ways modern quilters interpret landscapes, patterns found in nature as well as person-made, and even ideas, through the use of minimalist design. I love the ways little pops of an unexpected color can impact the mood of a modern quilt. Can’t wait to get a look at this book – thanks for the chance!!

  46. craftytammie June 3, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    i struggle to define “modern” quilting. but i think this book will help me try improv in my own quilting – something that is a challenge for me!

  47. Bronwen June 3, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    Modern quilting means freedom, spareness and artistry. I love the growing community, too!

  48. Jane Bitz June 3, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

    Making quilts that are for myself and my sensibilities without the worry that i am doing it “wrong”.

  49. jen June 3, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

    This is a perfect book to start me quilting again.

  50. Kristy June 4, 2012 at 1:17 am #

    I love the randomness of modern quilting. It appears as if fabrics are just cut up in odd shapes and sewn back together whichever way to the “untrained” eye..yet, a lot of thought and work has gone in to making the quilt look like it does when complete!


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