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.

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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,…

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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…

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Birds of a Feather Flock Together: How to Make 4 Flying Geese Units

From precise paper-pieced angles to the tried-and-true HST, triangle quilts are everywhere right now. In her book, Quilting from Every Angle, Nancy Purvis uses blocks featuring three-sided shapes including Flying Geese, Half-Square Triangles, Half-Rectangle Triangles, and more to create graphic modern quilts. Many quilters, whether they prefer traditional or modern quilt design, use the Flying…

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Make Your Own Bias Appliqué Strips—It’s Easy!

Have you ever made your own bias appliqué strips? Even though bias tape is widely available in a rainbow of colors, making your bias strips is easy and it gives you absolute control–from finished width to fabric selection. In her new book Lines by Design Quilts, Debbie Grifka shares her technique for making the bias strips…

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Modern Patchwork Fall 2016 – Call for Submissions

The Modern Patchwork team is collecting submissions for the Fall 2016 issue of Modern Patchwork and would love to see what you’ve been working on. The fall submission deadline is Monday, April 18, 2016. Items in various design stages are accepted as well as the more final projects. In addition to quilt projects, Modern Patchwork also features interesting,…

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Sister Sampler Pillows You Can Quilt in a Day

In her book Sister Sampler Quilts, AnneMarie Chany injects new life into the sampler quilts of old by integrating bold colors, high contrast, minimalism, and expansive areas of negative space. If you aren’t sure about jumping into an entire sampler quilt, try using sister blocks to make a set of pillows you can quilt in a day or two. Get started sewing up a set of Ataraxy & Ataraxy Inverse Envelope Pillows designed by AnneMarie when you download the FREE quilt patterns today!