Tag: modern quilt

Less is More in Sewing Spaces & Modern Quilts

One of my favorite weekend things to do in early summer is to lie on a macramé hammock strung between two trees at the edge of my flower garden and ponder the day’s possibilities. Eyes closed, I meditate with my other senses. The perfume of freshly cut grass—so pungent I can almost taste it—provides the…

The Challenge of Quilt Designs

Have you ever seen a quilt design, whether in a magazine or in person, and fallen head over heels? More often than I’d like to admit, I see a modern quilt that captures my heart and all of a sudden my imagination goes into overdrive. I start by scrolling through the mental Rolodex of fabrics in…

Modern Quilts: Patterns You Can’t Put Down

As a life-long lover of exploring ideas, time periods, and lands through reading, it’s no surprise that I’m captivated by book-inspired modern quilts. Patterns and fabrics depicting passages from beloved books have become more and more popular. I have been collecting fabric inspired by authors from Dr. Seuss to Jane Austen and have just completed…

Modern Patchwork Magazine July/August 2017

Whether you make bold and graphic bed quilts, small projects for your home, or charity quilts, these and more are all explored in the July/August 2017 issue of Modern Patchwork magazine. Join in the fun of modern quilting and explore the possibilities with new patterns from top designers, reviews of fresh fabrics and books, and…

Patchwork Quilts to Make with Jelly Rolls & Strips

Strip piecing is a great way to make patchwork quilts quickly and easily. And when you use jelly rolls they are even faster to make, but not every pattern calls for 2 ½” strips. Combine those precuts with wider strips, use them to make strip sets that can be cut and reassembled, or use those…

Scrap Quilts: A Mini History Lesson

There’s no use denying it; I love history. From period dramas to documentaries and historical fiction to memoirs, I love learning about the past. So many actions, ideas, and practices have historic roots including our mutual pastime—quilting. Quilting itself has such a storied history, but so do the individual quilt blocks and the materials we…

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…

Quilt Designs for the Back of Your Quilt

When we talk about quilt designs, we are almost always referring to the quilt top. Why is that? Oftentimes, the back of the quilt has a design of its own. In fact, some quilters put so much work into their quilt backs they’ve basically made a two-sided quilt. Today, I want to highlight this often…

Learn paper-piecing with this fat quarter-friendly quilt project

5 Patchwork Quilts Perfect for Spring

Spring is finally here! The trees in my backyard are starting to bud with leaves, my tulips have begun to make their debut, and the weather is warming here in Colorado.  In celebration of this season full of new beginnings, I’ve gathered a handful of patchwork quilts inspired by blooming gardens and spring break travels.…