Modern Quilting

Modern quilts come out of the modern quilting movement, which puts emphasis on simple, bold, abstract designs with bright colors and contemporary commercial fabrics, often including a large field of unpieced fabric that shows off the quilt stitching. Many modern quilt patterns are abstractions of traditional quilt blocks; these are referred to as modern patchwork.

Modern Quilting: Deep Roots & a Bright Future

As modern quilters, we participate in a craft with deep roots and lots of history. Ours is a movement influenced by the designs, innovation, and ingenuity of those who came before us. Their contributions to the art and craft of quilting may have been born from thrift and necessity, but they paved the way for…

Quilt with the Pros: Weekend Quilting Book Showcase

It’s the eternal struggle for quilters—time. Fortunately, popular Tied with a Ribbon blogger Jemima Flendt understands wanting to quilt but not having time to tackle a big project. Her new book, Weekend Quilting, features 16 beginner-friendly projects to sew in no time. Using eight basic blocks and techniques, from Nine Patches and Pinwheels to English paper…

5 Fresh Modern Quilts Featuring Flying Geese

Now that Memorial Day has passed, it feels like summer has officially begun! In my world the longer days means it’s time to scope out fresh modern quilts to make this summer. In between trips to the swimming pool and backyard barbecues, I’ve decided to hone my skills at making Flying Geese quilt blocks this…

Interview with Weekend Quilting Expert Jemima Flendt

Like most quilters with a full-time job, I’m always looking for projects I’ll enjoy making in a day or two.  Lucky for us, Jemima Flendt has just written a book featuring small quilting projects you can complete in a weekend. In, the aptly named, Weekend Quilting Jemima shares step-by-step instructions for 16 quilt designs featuring…

3 Modern Quilts Made with Jelly Rolls

Do you have pre-cuts in your fabric stash? I know I do! I’ve used my fair share of charm squares and layer cakes, but I struggle to put my jelly rolls to use in modern quilts. Of course, this minor detail hasn’t curbed my enthusiasm (or purchasing habits). As much as I love looking at…

Mix curved and stripped piecing to create a graphic modern quilt.

Modern Quilt Patterns: Captivating Curves

I don’t know about you, but I am completely captivated by modern quilt patterns that feature circular shapes. I’d love to be a quilter who has conquered curvy quilts, but in reality, I’d classify myself as new and nervous when it comes to curved piecing. Quilts with curves have become quite popular in the realm…

Modern portrait quilt by Kim Soper called "Lincoln"

Preserve Modern Quilts Like a Pro

Quiltcon 2017 is just a couple days away! Are you ready? The buzz of excitement throughout the community, for those of us attending in person (or vicariously), is palpable. I love the way Vivika Hansen DeNegre, our Editorial Director, describes QuiltCon as “more than just a yearly quilt show with colorful eye candy, renowned speakers,…

Design Your own Quilt: Try Improv Quilting

If you’ve never tried improv quilting, you should! Improvisational quilt blocks can seem difficult when you don’t know where to start–all that freedom can be daunting–but they’re a great place to start if you want to design your own quilt. In the March/April 2017 issue of Modern Patchwork Virginia Cole encourages us to look beyond…