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

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  • DebbieKL

    June 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm |

    I don’t mind traditional quilting, but modern is totally more my style. Fitting for all ages.

  • Katie

    June 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm |

    What I really love about modern quilting is how (I think) it helps articulate how I feel about crafts that have typically been associated with women. I love things that are traditionally feminine, like quilting, but I don’t do them just because I feel like I need to do them because I’m a woman. At the same time, I don’t feel the need to abandon these arts or feel guilty because they have long been associated with traditional female roles. What modern quilting demonstrates is the ability to respond (often critically, but constructively) to a tradition and make it one’s own while still participating in a dynamic and very intelligent community. It doesn’t hurt, either, that modern quilting is just beautiful.

  • Celtic Thistle

    June 2, 2012 at 12:53 pm |

    I love the rule with modern quilting that there are no rules!

  • Andrea

    June 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm |

    I love mathematics, especially geometry, and therefore am drawn to all kinds of quilt patterns and blocks, symmetrical or not. However, traditional quilts often look a bit dull to me color-wise, so I prefer modern quilts. Many modern quilts have bolder geometrical patterns or break symmetry intentionally, and the brighter colors – often with more contrast, too – help bring them out more.

  • Laura

    June 2, 2012 at 1:05 pm |

    I love the free flow improv found in modern quilting. Love to get my hands on this book!

  • Jeannette

    June 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm |

    I love the modern quilting because it allows anyone to quilt their style and it doesn’t have to conform into a set “pattern”.

  • Alison

    June 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm |

    I like that there are no rules in modern quilting; no right or wrong way of doing something.

  • MarciaW

    June 2, 2012 at 1:26 pm |

    Thanks for a chance to win a copy of this book. Before I learned about blogs and following, I happened upon the Tallgrass blog and added it to my favorites. I’m fascinated by the balance in modern quilts between color, open space, and the shapes. I’ve attempted some work on my own and it stinks. Perhaps with the guidance of this book I could improve my modern quilting design sense.

  • wintu nancy

    June 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm |

    I would love to have a copy of this book to encourage me to let loose with my quilting. I really like the ‘freedom’ in all of these modern quilts.

  • KimT

    June 2, 2012 at 1:38 pm |

    For me it was all about bolder colors than I had been using in traditional quilting. I know now it is more than that, but that was the first thing that appealed to me and made me love modern quilting.

  • Rita

    June 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm |

    I love the straight lines. The book looks great. I want to try improv quilting but every time I start I chicken out. I think this would be a great way to get started.

  • kate c.

    June 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm |

    I LOVE improv piecing, though I haven’t learned how to do it myself yet. I have to get myself a copy of this book… one way or another!

  • Emily T

    June 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm |

    I love not having to follow directions to a “T”. I definitely enjoy perusing more traditional quilts, but when it comes time for my own quilting I have really enjoyed using more modern fabrics and colors and kinda doing my own thing. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Stephanie

    June 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm |

    I love that pattern, line, space and color are speaking in modern quilting.

  • January Turner

    June 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm |

    I have been jonesing for this book!! What is Modern? That is such a hard question. Thinking out side of the box and going the non traditional route. I do think we have an advantage, because we have such wonderful fabric to choose from. I also think clean and simple really scream modern. Thanks for the chance at such a great giveaway.

  • DianeY

    June 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm |

    What I really love is that everything I see seems so unique! There’s no “oh-that’s a Lady in the Lake” labels

  • Mary Knight

    June 2, 2012 at 2:03 pm |

    Modern quilting is wonderful because of the way it uses space and color. The book looks great!

  • Stevii

    June 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm |

    I love the designs everyone came up with for this book. Bravo to all involved.

  • Stevii

    June 2, 2012 at 2:08 pm |

    It is so exciting that there is so much energy surrounding this book. It’s a great thing for quilting.

  • Valerie Wagner

    June 2, 2012 at 2:08 pm |

    I am a long time traditional quilter but I fell in love with modern quilting in 2009. Still trying to use up my stash and finish UFO’s so I can really focus on these colors and designs that keep calling out to me!

  • Chanda

    June 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm |

    This book looks so great! I love that modern quilting is different for every individual who does it. It is truly a functional art. I also love that modern quilting doesn’t really have any strict “rules”. Its difficult to define – but you know it when you see it!

  • SewLindaAnn

    June 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm |

    What I love about the concept of Modern Quilting is the freedom. Freedom to create, put together colors and shapes and feel good about it. I could use a little help in the freedom area:)

  • paqui

    June 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm |

    I love the color in the modern quilts.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Valerie

    June 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm |

    I love how modern quilting gives the freedom to update traditional blocks or go in a totally new, unpaved direction. Every day is different!

  • PJ

    June 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm |

    I love the flexibility.

  • Josée Carrier

    June 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm |

    I think modern quilting is all about creativity. That is what it’s so great about it. A quilt becomes like a painter’s canvas. Love it!

  • L

    June 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm |

    A lot of traditional quilt patterns feel very “busy” to me. I like the simpler, clean lines of modern quilting

  • Lindsey F.

    June 2, 2012 at 2:35 pm |

    I love the bright colors that pop out using white or gray neutrals. I love being inspired by others but giving my personality to my work.

  • Anna

    June 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm |

    I love modern quilting because it feels fresh to me. I’m always very appreciative and impressed by complicated traditional designs, but a very simple modern quilt can make me go ‘wow’ in a way that traditional stuff does not. It just fits my aesthetic more than traditional quilting does. I do both traditional and modern quilting, but the quilts I make for myself are modern.

  • Norma

    June 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm |

    I’m not a quilter, yet. I’m sensing is in my near future. I’ve been sewing since I was a small girl and quilting has always intrigued me. Recently I put it on my list of things to learn. What I love about this modern quilting is the use of solids and the sleek look! I think is just the right time for me to learn.

  • Kate

    June 2, 2012 at 2:44 pm |

    I love how modern quilting develops and evolves as the quilt progresses.

  • katie r

    June 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm |

    Love her colors and use of pattern that make modern seem so warm!

  • Margaret

    June 2, 2012 at 3:03 pm |

    I love that there are nor rules in “modern” quilting. Whatever floats your boat…

  • Jennifer

    June 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm |

    The book looks beautiful! I would love to expand my ideas on modern quilting with a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance!

  • Amanda

    June 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm |

    I love the use of solid background fabrics and the “clean line” aesthetic of modern quilting.

  • amorette

    June 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm |

    love the seaglass quilt- the colors are fantastic!

  • Beth T.

    June 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm |

    Two things I love about modern quilting are the way it leaves enough room to challenge a quilter’s creativity, and the incredible community of quilters who inspire and encourage one another.

  • Patti

    June 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm |

    Improvisational quilting is exactly why this book is so exciting for me! I’ve always been a “follower” and now I want to break out and try something new!

  • Laura Pearce

    June 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm |

    I like that Modern Quilting has been a gateway for me to learn a new craft and meet some of the most awesome gals I know 🙂

  • Sequana

    June 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm |

    What I love about Mod quilting is that it’s always so clean – and most of time has a lot of good negative space; plus really great backs. So….just about about everything, I guess. I love the look of this book.

  • Cara R

    June 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm |

    I love how modern quilts break the rules. 🙂

  • Bethany

    June 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm |

    I love that modern quilting gives you the freedom to not be a perfectionist. This book is a total must have! 🙂

  • Diane W

    June 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm |

    I love the bold colors and the free-er piecing style of modern quilting. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • karen

    June 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm |

    What I love about modern quilting is the freedom to NOT adhere to the quilting “rules”. This book looks great!

  • Linda B

    June 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm |

    I seem to do a lot of things backwards . . . Especially since I’m left handed! Thus I have started with art quilting and now I’m bitten with the modern quilting bug! I just love it and I would love to have a copy of this book! Keep up the modern vibe . . . It’s beautiful.

  • Sonia B

    June 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm |

    I love the freedom of improvization. Thanks for the chance.

  • Bruinbr

    June 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm |

    I love that modern quilting can be pretty much what you choose it to be. There are no rules besides having fun! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Becky Greene

    June 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm |

    I love that modern quilting lessens the guilt (about precision) and amps up the creativity (placement, fabrics, improv, etc…). Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Leila

    June 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm |

    I love how you can sew many of the blocks any which way and then square it all up at the end. So fun and freeing!

  • Diann Cornell

    June 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm |

    I love Modern quilting for asymmetry-not that it’s always a feature in a modern quilt, but it often is.

  • Julie

    June 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm |

    What I like is there aren’t any rules!

  • AJ

    June 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm |

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

  • 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.

  • Shayla

    June 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm |

    I love the lines that modern quilting utilizes.

  • Jenny

    June 2, 2012 at 5:02 pm |

    i love the anything goes attitude!

  • Vicki

    June 2, 2012 at 5:19 pm |

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

  • 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 🙂

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Leah

    June 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm |

    Oooo… What a pretty book!

  • 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.

  • Jen B

    June 2, 2012 at 6:22 pm |

    I lI’ve the use of negative space!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Tracey P

    June 2, 2012 at 6:56 pm |

    I love the “anything goes” attitude.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Linda F

    June 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm |

    I love the use of negative space.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Angela Stevens

    June 2, 2012 at 7:52 pm |

    Modern quilting is relaxed. No stress.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Ashley

    June 2, 2012 at 8:31 pm |

    I love that it is no holds barred on creativity

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lindsay

    June 2, 2012 at 10:05 pm |

    I love everything about modern quilting!

  • 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.

  • tusen

    June 2, 2012 at 10:35 pm |

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

  • Alyssa

    June 2, 2012 at 10:37 pm |

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

  • CitricSugar

    June 2, 2012 at 11:12 pm |

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

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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. 🙂

  • Lyndy

    June 3, 2012 at 2:19 am |

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

  • Bethany

    June 3, 2012 at 4:04 am |

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

  • Kris

    June 3, 2012 at 4:31 am |

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

  • Marianne

    June 3, 2012 at 4:44 am |

    I love the clean look of it.

  • Sandi

    June 3, 2012 at 5:06 am |

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Pattij

    June 3, 2012 at 5:49 am |

    I love the clean lines of the quilting.

  • 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.

  • Theresa

    June 3, 2012 at 6:11 am |

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

  • 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’.

  • Wendy D. P.

    June 3, 2012 at 6:41 am |

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

  • Laura

    June 3, 2012 at 6:51 am |

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Chris

    June 3, 2012 at 7:39 am |

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

  • lee

    June 3, 2012 at 7:40 am |

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Megan

    June 3, 2012 at 8:09 am |

    I love the all solids quilts and the funky patterns!

  • 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!

  • Debbie

    June 3, 2012 at 8:32 am |

    I love the constant reminders that there are no rules!

  • Gill

    June 3, 2012 at 8:52 am |

    I love the sparseness of modern quilts!

  • Barbara

    June 3, 2012 at 9:07 am |

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

  • Sandy Ellison

    June 3, 2012 at 9:18 am |

    I love the graphicness of modern quilt design.

  • Mary

    June 3, 2012 at 10:08 am |

    No rules!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Leigh

    June 3, 2012 at 12:39 pm |

    I love modern quilting fabric choices!!

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Debbie H

    June 3, 2012 at 3:53 pm |

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

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tiffany

    June 3, 2012 at 5:04 pm |

    I would love to see this book in person!

  • 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..

  • mommaontherun

    June 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm |

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

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • Allison C

    June 3, 2012 at 5:51 pm |

    I love the twist on traditional patterns and improvised patterns.

  • 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..

  • CarolM

    June 3, 2012 at 6:46 pm |

    I like the fabric, the freedom, the simplicity 🙂

  • 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!!

  • 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!

  • Bronwen

    June 3, 2012 at 9:13 pm |

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

  • 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”.

  • jen

    June 3, 2012 at 9:51 pm |

    This is a perfect book to start me quilting again.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!!

  • Anne Rita

    June 4, 2012 at 7:01 am |

    I love the light colours and the playful designs.


    Anne Rita

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Kathie L

    June 4, 2012 at 8:59 am |

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

  • Nancy A.

    June 4, 2012 at 9:00 am |

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

  • 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!

  • Priscilla W.

    June 4, 2012 at 9:18 am |

    This book looks so absolutely wonderful.

  • Donna F

    June 4, 2012 at 9:49 am |

    I love that you can do whatever you want.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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!:)

  • 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!

  • Ann

    June 4, 2012 at 11:33 am |

    Great sneak peek. I love what I see.

  • 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.

  • Debbie

    June 4, 2012 at 12:21 pm |

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Andrea

    June 4, 2012 at 3:35 pm |

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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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! 🙂

  • 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!

  • Veronica

    June 4, 2012 at 5:40 pm |

    I like how fun and improvisational modern quilting is!

  • Jenni

    June 4, 2012 at 6:58 pm |

    I love that modern quilts look so artsy and free. 😀

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • nirmala

    June 4, 2012 at 7:34 pm |

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

  • Sally Fienup

    June 4, 2012 at 7:52 pm |

    Just started quilting – this book would be great.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Carrie

    June 4, 2012 at 10:11 pm |

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

  • 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!

  • Lindy S.

    June 5, 2012 at 7:20 am |

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

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Dolores

    June 5, 2012 at 9:19 am |

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • krystina

    June 6, 2012 at 7:16 am |

    Thanks for the sneak peek into this book! It looks amazing. I’m excited to try all of these!!

  • Pamela Evans

    June 6, 2012 at 8:54 am |

    Wow! The blocks look great together. It is amazing how everything old is new again…I am reminded of my first sampler quilt…still unfinished in a special bag in the sewing room. I can’t wait to see how you put it all together. Pam

  • Sewfrench

    June 6, 2012 at 9:58 am |

    This is so cool to finally see the blocks all together! I love it!
    loritfrench at comcast dot net

  • Emily

    June 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm |

    Looks like a great book! I’m already inspired!

  • Jo

    June 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm |

    Your blocks look wonderful, I think I might have to play catch up and give it a go, didn’t see it early enough to do it over the year! I am so loving this modern quilting phase, and this book looks so inspiring.

  • Letty

    June 6, 2012 at 8:17 pm |

    I love the BOM and would be thrilled to win!

  • Valerie

    June 6, 2012 at 11:50 pm |

    I love how modern quilting looks so fresh and I like the use of solid fabrics.

  • Margret

    June 7, 2012 at 1:47 am |

    I took a peek into this book on Malka’s blog. It looks exciting.

  • Robyn

    June 7, 2012 at 3:59 am |

    I just love seeing new ideas and what other people come up with!

  • Sampling

    June 7, 2012 at 5:47 am |

    So generous! I would love a copy. I would like to try to make a baby quilt for a friend who is expecting her first baby in August!

  • Donna B.

    June 7, 2012 at 7:33 am |

    Oh what an awesome book, love the quilt with the crosses.

  • Christie

    June 7, 2012 at 1:15 pm |

    I love modern quilting because anything goes leads to such great surprises.

  • Jennifer B

    June 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm |

    What a neat book! I love how modern quilting combines colors and patterns in a new way. Totally inspiring!

  • Janelle

    June 7, 2012 at 10:42 pm |

    I love how modern quilting offers a fresh twist to the traditional art of quilting.

  • nicole w

    June 8, 2012 at 6:24 am |

    such beautiful quilts!!!