Tag: modern quilting

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…

Weekend Quilting Book Showcase

Did you follow along with the Weekend Quilting Book Showcase? If you missed it, no worries—we’ve got some of the projects right here. Everyone loves beautiful projects that sew up fast. So it’s not surprising that quilters from around the globe volunteered to receive a copy of Tied with a Ribbon blogger Jemima Flendt’s new book Weekend…

Animal & Pet Quilts by Elizabeth Hartman

Pet quilts, whether they are a portrait of your furry friend or a depiction of wildlife found in oceans, forests, or even zoos, are turning heads. One quilter and pattern designer who is embracing this type of modern quilt is Elizabeth Hartman. You’ve probably seen her quilt patterns Fancy Forest or Fancy Foxes with the…

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…

Sew & Quilt Handbags: 5 Projects to Make

During the hot days of summer, some days the prospect of sewing a quilt top just sounds, well, hot. My desire to sew is still at full capacity, but having a quilt top, or even a quilt sandwich, covering my legs for hours on end doesn’t sound so appealing. I’ve come to the conclusion that…

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…

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…

Best Quilting Books: Editor’s Top Ten

With so many quilting books in the world, it can be difficult to decide which to add to your collection. To make finding the best quilting books and surface design how-tos easier, the editors of Quilting Arts Magazine have rounded up ten of their favorite surface design, art quilting, and modern quilting books. Here’s a…

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…