Friday, June 1, 2012

quilting modern

I'm so happy to be part of Katie and Jacquie's blog party weekend of posts celebrating their stellar new book, Quilting Modern! Katie is president of the SMQG and Jacquie is past president of the KCMQG, a current member of the CMQG, and on the national board too. These two know their modern improvisational quilting, and they generously share so many beautiful ideas, packed into one gorgeous book!

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I love improvisational patchwork (and was very lucky to take Denyse Schmidt's classes at PNCA), and Katie and Jacquie's thoughtful designs, techniques, tips, and details are wonderfully illuminating. They cover many facets of modern quilting, like improvisationally piecing curves, creating sharp, perfect triangle designs, and one of my favorites, the log cabin makeover - they offer seven core techniques in all, each with three projects to sew. The table of contents gives a nice peek at the diversity of approaches and techniques (and I love the names they chose for their quilts!).

Quilting Modern table of contents

I'm sure many of the other bloggers will cover the 16 beautiful quilt designs in the book - but for my review I wanted to spotlight the striking smaller projects Katie and Jacquie designed for the home. With two little ones and not much free sewing time lately, a beautiful pillow or table runner is more my realistic speed, and these projects are also very scrap- and stash-friendly... a nice bonus! When I first got my copy and read right through it, I was immediately drawn to the Winging It Pillow, which builds a simple, stunning design around a focus-fabric scrap. The mix of erratic-height vertical piecing, bright, strong colors, and ultra-streamlined background is so appealing. This one is at the top of my to-sew list (and I love Katie's invisible zipper technique, which is also included in the book).

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The Southwestern Pillows are similarly striking. I especially love the Tumbleweed (the center asterisk-like design) - it's such a fresh take on my favorite design style, mid-century modern. I'm picturing how fantastic a quilt made up of all Tumbleweed blocks could be... hmm, maybe when Pearl starts kindergarten...

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My favorite of the three is the Sardinia Table Runner, a calm, serene, and gorgeous design with neatly curved "pods" (that Jacquie's husband thought looked like sardines, so that's where the name came from). This is another one I could see as a larger quilt. Angela Walters did a great deal of the quilting in the book, but Katie and Jacquie quilted these three projects.  I loved the simplicity of these neatly alternating-angle diagonal lines over the curves and solids - a beautiful texture.

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I will bring a copy of Quilting Modern for everyone to check out at our PMQG All-Day Sew tomorrow afternoon (at Fabric Depot from 9-9, though the book and I won't be there til around 1:30), and I'm so thrilled that we'll also be giving a copy away at the June 21 PMQG meeting. Thank you to Katie and Jacquie for including me in their book party, and to Interweave for sending two copies of the book for me to review and offer up at PMQG!

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Be sure to visit the other bloggers reviewing (and giving away!) the book, too at the Quilting Modern blog celebration weekend:

A Stitch in Dye – Malka Dubrawsky

Fat Quarterly blog - Tacha Bruecher

Film in the Fridge – Ashley Newcomb

Generation Q – Jake Finch

Handmade by Alissa – Alissa Haight Carlton

Happy Zombie – Monica Solorio-Snow

iheartlinen – Rashida Coleman-Hale

Oh Fransson – Elizabeth Hartman

One Shabby Chick – Amber Carrillo

Pink Chalk Studio – Kathy Mack

Quilting is my Therapy – Angela Waters

Red Pepper Quilts – Rita Hodge

Sew Mama Sew

Sew Take a Hike – Penny Layman

West Coast Crafty – Susan Beal

Whip Up – Kathreen Ricketson

Wise Craft  - Blair Stocker


  1. thank miss b! those are some of my favs too....though angela did some of the quilting in the book, these were all quilted by k and i.

    1. thanks Jacquie! I just updated to mention that you and Katie did these three. beautiful work!!

  2. That was a really nice rundown on those small projects. I too love the graphics of the pillow designs. Also, on another note, every time I see a picture of those blocks your guild had at market it grabs me. Such a great use of color.

    1. Thank you so much!! I was amazed by everyone's blocks - seeing them all together was really wonderful.


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