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. Suzanne June 4, 2012 at 3:48 am #

    Thanks for the peek into the book! I am intrigued by the techniques of modern quilting. It’s not really crazy “anything goes.” There’s a lot of thought involved.

  2. Lynn June 4, 2012 at 6:53 am #

    I’m enjoying this book tour. I think the thing I like most about modern quilting is that there is always something new around the corner. Plus I make the rules.

  3. Irena June 4, 2012 at 6:57 am #

    Modern quilting its a freedom of design. Would love to learn more how to express this freedom. Thank You!

  4. Janet K June 4, 2012 at 6:57 am #

    Thanks for a look at the book! I am new to quilting, but just love the look of these great quilts!!

  5. Anne Rita June 4, 2012 at 7:01 am #

    I love the light colours and the playful designs.


    Anne Rita

  6. Lynn June 4, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    I love all of the fresh new designs that are inspired by the modern quilting movement. I love that people are creating without “patterns”. So much creativity.

  7. trillium June 4, 2012 at 7:46 am #

    I like the design interest created by asymmetrical modern quilts, as well as the sophisticated colors & patterns that were not available to quilters of the past.

  8. Criquette June 4, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    I am a knitter (blogless at the moment) who has begun dipping my creative toes into quilting. Of all the quilting art forms, I am most drawn to the aesthetic of modern quilting and just finished my first top made in my very own “pattern”. I have borrowed this amazing book from my local library and would absolutely love to have a copy of my own!

  9. Kathie L June 4, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    I love the freedom of modern quilting. And the new color combinations.

  10. Nancy A. June 4, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    I love the freshness of modern quilting–all the negative space.

  11. Holly June 4, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    I love contemporary patterns – I’m not good at designing them myself, so I’m thankful for so many great books coming out!

  12. Priscilla W. June 4, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    This book looks so absolutely wonderful.

  13. Donna F June 4, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    I love that you can do whatever you want.

  14. Anne June 4, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    I love the freedom modern quilting inspires to use the negative space and be bold in your graphics. I’ve had sketches that fit the modern aesthetic for years but have never gotten around to making them. Now the time has come and I want to get those sketches into fabric.

  15. lycia June 4, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    I’m new to the “movement’ but love and appreciate the esthetic so much. I crave to learn more on how to actually translate what i see into modern quilt forms for myself. your book helps and i hope this new one helps too. i will buy it, even if i don’t win it from your giveaway. just love the feel and clean design and artistry that looks deceivingly simple

  16. Jaime Guthals June 4, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    Don’t count me in for the giveaway, but I just wanted to say thanks for participating in our blog celebration weekend! Your blog is such an inspiration and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you better.

  17. Jodie June 4, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    I love it!! you don’t need to cut fabric into a million one inch squares and then sew them together to be a quilt… love the modern movement! i need this book!:)

  18. Emily June 4, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    This book looks amazing! I could definitely use some help in the improvisational department, it doesn’t come naturally to me. Of course, that’s what I love most about modern quilting, you’re not limited by patterns. Thanks!

  19. Ann June 4, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    Great sneak peek. I love what I see.

  20. CJ June 4, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    I looked through the book at my quilt group retreat last weekend. It’s great! I’d love to have a copy of my own.

  21. Debbie June 4, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    Love all of your BOM. would like to try this!
    Thanks for the GREAT give away!

  22. Jenny Michael June 4, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    Would love to win this book. As a traditional quilter I am loving the clean designs. I want to try some of these designs right now!

  23. Carol Y June 4, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    What I love about modern quilting is the freedom from precision – it’s all about playing with fabric and design, not how well you match seams.

  24. Amy C June 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    Wow those quilts rock!!! What a great way to promote it – all at once with loads of you!! Loving everything!

  25. Laverne W. June 4, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    So fun to get this sneak peek into such a unique collection of free design quilts. Just looked at “Handmade by Alissa” and loved the design–almost like a study in lines. thanks for sharing.

  26. Chicago Sarah June 4, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    I love the clean lines and bright colors in modern quilting. Thanks for the chance to win!

  27. Andrea June 4, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    I love the freedom it gives to just feel inspired and go for it.

  28. Barb June 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    I love the freedom of modern quilting and how the quilting really stands out as a design element.

  29. Alice Porosanu June 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    I love that modern quilts have a more simple, but complex approach, that all things go in it!

  30. Alli June 4, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    I love the look of modern quilts and that they pretty much let you do whatever makes you happy! :)

  31. Patti June 4, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    Seeing this fabulous book almost has me swooning! Two very talented ladies sharing their expertise is just the best thing!

  32. Veronica June 4, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    I like how fun and improvisational modern quilting is!

  33. Jenni June 4, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    I love that modern quilts look so artsy and free. :D

  34. Claudia June 4, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    I love that my friends love the book too and we exchange squares once a month so that one of us gets a quilt every month.

  35. Kathi Brunet June 4, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    I love the fresh, playful use of color, and approach to piecing found in modern quilting. This book is an amazing inspiration.

  36. nirmala June 4, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    Count me in for the lovely book as iam a regular quilter!!!!

  37. Sally Fienup June 4, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    Just started quilting – this book would be great.

  38. sherry June 4, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    I am a new quilter and just discoverd modern quilting. Though I have not made a modern quilt yet I am excited to try my hand at it and would love to win this book!

  39. chibidani June 4, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    I love how modern quilting takes the old techniques and tweaks them to make it new and inspiring.

    Thanks for the look inside the book.

  40. Ginger June 4, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    What I love about modern quilting is the freedom. My experience and knowledge in art, design, art history, and nature all come piling in together when I set to making a quilt. A perfect blend of tradition/history and my personal style, flair and mood. Also, no real way to F*%# it up.
    Go mod!

  41. Carrie June 4, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    I love modern quilting because it is fresh and often playful!

  42. Linda N. June 5, 2012 at 6:45 am #

    There are so many things I’ve found appealing in the modern quilting aesthetic, but one that stands out is the balance between whimsy and sophistication. Thank you for offering this giveaway and showing us a peek at the amazing book!

  43. Lindy S. June 5, 2012 at 7:20 am #

    New to modern quilting but not Modernism…love your work.

  44. Elsie Montgomery June 5, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    Oh, today’s post has me hooked (June 5) so put me on the list. I’d love that book! and even if I don’t win, I’ll keep following (grin)

  45. Linda H. June 5, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    As a convert from traditional to modern quilting, I like the graphic quality of modern quilts. Along with the use of solids – that I’d previously used only in Amish quilts! – it’s a bold change in quilting for me… and I love it! Thanks for the chance to win.

  46. Abby June 5, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    What I love about Modern Quilting is you are free to do what you want and express yourself without having to conform to what everyone else’s quilt looks like. Thanks for the peek of the new book and a chance to win, double bonus.

  47. Dolores June 5, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    Simplicity, clear colours, graphic design elements are all things I love about modern quilting.

  48. Jodi June 5, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    I had an opportunity to flip through this book last night. It’s great, and I would love to own a copy. For me modern quilting is certainly about design and personally pushing my design boundaries. It’s opened me up to a whole new world of creative thinking.

  49. Dewdew June 5, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    I am really LOVE modern quilting. I have not make a modern quilt yet but this looks like the best place to start.

  50. Brian B June 6, 2012 at 7:09 am #

    I really love the variety of each block…It is very inspiring. This is the element of modern quilting that I love.


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