Why do I like this book?
- The quilt patterns are great. I mean with a title like Quilting Modern, you better get some cool quilting patterns right? I referenced this book several times while quilting my Totally Groovy quilt above (can you tell?). There are several pages covering straight-line quilting, curved quilting, free-motion quilting, the use of decorative stitches, and quilting on a long arm (if you are inclined). There are fabulous photographs showing many of the motifs discussed, plus a few that they don't. They also give some great tips on how to choose a quilting motif for your modern quilts.
- I just love the projects in this book! 21 in all, and at least half of them are on my "want to do" list. They also include smaller projects like pillows and place mats to try out the techniques. I appreciate that as time is limited sometimes.
- The skills built in this book mostly have to do with improvisational piecing, something I think anyone can accomplish without too much difficulty and get fantastic results. "Slice and Insert", "Stitch and Flip", and Improvisational Curves are also presented with projects for each technique. Angled and strip piecing are also discussed.
- Bonus tips and hints throughout the book - including how to sew an invisible zipper closure for pillows and 3 or 4 different ways to make a design wall for your studio.
- Honor the Past
- Release Your Inner Artist
- Embrace Serendipity
- Savor the Moment
- Make a Friend
- Free Yourself
- Yes! Even if you aren't into modern quilting, this book has a lot to offer. If you are into modern quilting, then it is a must have!
- The Illusions Quilt - I want to make it in aquas, although the black and white is very appealing also (and goodness knows I have a lot of those in my stash at the moment).
- Tipsy City Quilt - so colorful!
Katie Pedersen blogs at Sew Katie Did - check out her Tutorials page. She has some great ones, and links to some of her favorite tutorials found on the web too.
I hope you enjoyed this book review. I'm going to go leaf through the pages one more time and perhaps make a plan to get that Illusions quilt started!
Thanks for reading today,