Tag: modern quilts

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…

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…

Quilt Blocks Galore: Sampler Quilts To Try

Have you ever made a sampler quilt? They are a wonderful way to explore and experiment with an assortment of quilt blocks without having to commit to making an entire quilt out of one or two blocks. By easing into the different techniques each block requires, these quilts are perfect for building skills for quilters…

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…

Not Your Average Patchwork Quilts

As an art school graduate, I’m no stranger to art made of unconventional materials or the notion that the process can be more important than the final product. Even with this background, I am completely blown away by Wynde Dyer’s patchwork quilts made of tarp. In 2013 Wynde, a process-based artist who worked on installations…

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…

Bold Projects to Quilt in a Day or Two

Small quilting projects are some of my favorites because they are so quick to complete. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the process of quilting–I absolutely do–but the sense of accomplishment and pride I feel when I have a completed a project is the best. This aspect of quilting is the one that keeps me…

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…