Dip a toe in the modern-quilting pool (+ sale!)

Do you find negative space intriguing? Want to try classic blocks with a twist? How about improv piecing or intentional imperfections—do these ideas make you stand up and cheer? Modern quilt designs can be an exciting experiment for traditional quilters, and they often rely on the ideas mentioned above. Right now, we have not just one modern quilting book on sale, but four!

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Each book is chock full of simple modern quilt patterns. Take a look at how the designers of the quilts below use the unruly “rules” of modern quiltmaking to achieve attention-grabbing results.

Capitalize on neutral grey to create a generous swath of negative space.

Improv Color Blocks quilt
“Improv Color Blocks” quilt by Kati Spencer, from
Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe

Embrace imperfections to create a charmingly wonky house, bird, and flowers.

The Birdhouse Quilt
“The Birdhouse Quilt” by Carrie Bloomston, from Modern Baby
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Jennifer's birdhouse baby quilt
Martingale Publisher and Chief Visionary Officer Jennifer Keltner just finished her birdhouse quilt top. She dipped a toe and loved it!

Reimagine classic quilt blocks like Dresden Plate with strikingly modern flair.

Princess Crowns quilt
Imagine Quilts by Dana Bolyard
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Here’s another example of turning a classic quilt block on its head:

Sliced quilt
“Sliced” from
Modern Neutrals

In “Sliced,” Amy Ellis makes asymmetrical Log Cabin blocks, slices them diagonally, and then sews the halves together in different pairings. Then she tops it all off by setting the resulting new blocks on point too.

Improvisational piecing sound too out-of-the-box for you? These happy, scrappy, free-form triangles are a great introduction to the technique. Plus, you can further express your own creativity through colors and layout. In this case it’s not what the designer says—it’s what you say that goes!
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Tree Quilt
“Tree Quilt” by Jolene Klassen from
Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe

Modern or traditional quilts: which do you prefer to stitch—or do you dabble a little in both styles? Tell us in the comments!

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