Beautiful quilts from top bloggers (+ 19 giveaways!)

Lanterns in the City quilt(Right: “Lanterns in the City” by Audrie Bidwell)

Pair simple modern quilt designs with the internet’s best modern quilt blogs and what do you get? A fresh, innovative—and at times downright daring—approach to quiltmaking. Today we’re celebrating the release of Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe, and it’s a delight to introduce you to the book’s 18 contributing designers. Along with Stitch This!, each designer is hosting an eBook giveaway on his or her blog today. (That means 19 eBooks will be given away!) Click through to each designer’s blog below, get inspired, and enter to win!

Modern quilts have spurred a popularity that harkens back to history’s other quiltmaking crazes, from early sampler, Amish, and Crazy quilts to more recent obsessions with Civil War, Depression-era, and Gee’s Bend designs. It makes perfect sense to include the modern style in quiltmaking’s memoirs—after all, modern quiltmakers are the first to acknowledge that many of their works are direct descendants of traditional quilts.

Modern Quilts from the Blogging UniverseIn the context of quilts, “modern” doesn’t necessarily mean contemporary. Although the quilts in Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe could certainly be categorized as such, many of the projects zero in on a specific aesthetic. Designs touch on ideas such as purposeful imperfections, improvisational piecing, exploring negative space, and approaching classic quilt blocks in new ways. That said, one rule of modern quiltmaking reigns: there are no rules.

If there’s one thing that sets the modern-quilt movement apart from historical ones, it’s the way in which information about it is shared. This group of designers has spread the word about modern quilts in the most efficient, most immediate way possible—by blogging about it. And this diverse collection comes from the curators of some of today’s best modern quilt blogs. Along with detailed how-to patterns, these bloggers impart stories about their love of modern quiltmaking. They share how they discovered the genre, what their designing process is like, and how they define modern quiltmaking (a hot-button topic!). Whether you feed, follow, email, or tweet, stay in touch with these designers however you can. They’re the next generation of quilting leaders. They’re the ones to watch.

Designers at Sewing Summit
Amy Ellis, Katy Jones, and Audrie Bidwell at Sewing Summit, October 2012.

Now, let’s meet the designers behind Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe—along with their one-of-a-kind quilts!

Tree quilt Quilt: “Tree Quilt”
Designer: Jolene Klassen
Blog: Blue Elephant Stitches (enter to win)
What’s your quiltmaking story? As a child, I watched my mom and grandma sew, and through sewing countless Barbie doll clothes as well as dresses for myself, I learned to feel at home with needle, thread, and fabric. As a teenager, I worked at a quilt shop where I learned basic techniques and was instilled with a love for this medium.
While I think that some of my quilts would be labeled “modern,” certainly others would not. I find myself drawn to designs inspired by traditional or vintage quilt blocks, but interpreted in fresh ways.
Quilt: “Juicy”
Designer: Monica Solorio-Snow
Blog: The Happy Zombie (enter to win)
What’s your quiltmaking story? I’m a first generation American, and there’s no quilting history in my background—no quilts from my grandmothers, no treasures in the attic to be found. So the art and tradition of quilting starts with me, and quilting is what makes me feel connected to America’s past. As in the 1930s, we’ve been facing some tough economic times—so we’re using what we have, and stretching what we have to make it go further. I get so excited when I see an antique quilt that’s been frugally backed with chicken-feed bagging—the printed brand name still visible. There’s real beauty in frugality.
Juicy quilt
Starflower quilt Quilt: “Starflower”
Designer: Angela Nash
Blog: My Three Sons (enter to win)
What’s your quiltmaking story? Through crafting and knitting, I found the blog world and happened upon some cute I-spy quilts to make for my boys. As I went searching for fabrics, I discovered so many fun, modern prints that I suddenly found myself buying more fabrics and following modern-quilt blogs.
As a mechanical engineer, my approach to quilt design involves lots of math. I’m also constantly searching for new things to learn—from techniques to color theory to exploring combinations of blocks and fabrics.
Quilt: “Jigsaw”
Designer: Amy Ellis
Blog: Amy’s Creative Side (enter to win)
What’s your quiltmaking story? When I first discovered the blog community, I was amazed at finding a great source of inspiration and abundance of knowledge. I wanted to be a part of it and began blogging in March 2008.
Since then I have encountered many opportunities. I’m proud to have authored two books with Martingale and contributed to three others. I’m constantly looking around me for my next quilt design, knowing that inspiration can strike at any moment. I love encouraging the online community as well.
Jigsaw quilt
Indian Summer quilt Quilt: “Indian Summer”
Designer: Katy Jones
Blog: Monkey Do (enter to win)
What’s your quiltmaking story? I’m British and live in a little hamlet in West Yorkshire with my husband, two children, two cats, and a dog. I was first introduced to quilting in early 2008. My quilting style is neither modern nor traditional, but rather a little of both. In 2010, I cofounded the modern quilting eMagazine Fat Quarterly. I feel you should be true to yourself. Let your own personality shine. You are one of a kind, so don’t follow the rest of the fold. Be you and your work will be better as a result.
Quilt: “Knots”
Designer: Natalia Bonner
Blog: Piece N Quilt (enter to win)
What’s your quiltmaking story? I’ve been piecing as long as I can remember. As a young girl, I watched my mom piece quilts, home decor, and clothing and was so fascinated by it. In 2007, while pregnant, I got a crazy idea to quit my job and take on the quilting world full time. I didn’t even own a conventional machine, but I purchased a Gammill long-arm quilting machine and have never looked back. I now spend my time machine quilting for others and myself, designing quilts, taking care of my children, and blogging about my journey. (Natalia is also the author of Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting—Ed.)
Knots quilt
Mini Claw Throw quilt Quilt: “Mini Claw Throw”
Designer: Jeni Baker
Blog: In Color Order (enter to win)
What’s your quiltmaking story? I love nothing more than to be surrounded by fabric. I taught myself to sew with a little help from my mother. When I went away to school, I made my first quilt and have been hooked ever since.
My favorite part of the sewing process is fabric and color selection. I love reinventing traditional patterns in fresh modern colors. I think most modern quilt patterns can be traced back to traditional or vintage quilts in some way. The construction techniques may be different, but most of the designs have been around for a long time.
Quilt: “A Shift in Perspective”
Designer: John Q. Adams
Blog: Quilt Dad (enter to win)
What’s your quiltmaking story? I’m a husband and a father of three. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and currently live in Holly Springs, North Carolina, with my wife, twin daughters, and son. When I’m not sewing, I enjoy cheering for the UNC Tar Heels. Inspired by the growing number of crafting blogs and the emergence of vibrant, modern fabrics in the textile industry, I convinced my wife to teach me how to use her sewing machine in 2004 and haven’t looked back. Today, I design quilt patterns for both fabric designers and companies. I’m also a cofounder of the eMagazine Fat Quarterly.
A Shift in Perspective quilt
Silo quilt Quilt: “Silo”
Designer: Heather Jones
Blog: Olive and Ollie (enter to win)
What’s your quiltmaking story? I’m a designer, seamstress, and modern quilter. I live in Cincinnati with my husband and two young children, who are my biggest supporters. I’m also the founder and former president of the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild and I’m working on my first line of appliqué, sewing, and quilting patterns. I have great respect for the art of quiltmaking and I love to bring a modern twist to traditional patterns. I’m often inspired by everyday places and things, and I’m always excited by the challenge to translate that inspiration into my work.
Quilt: “Diamond Crosses”
Designer: Kate Henderson
Blog: Two Little Banshees (enter to win)
What’s your quiltmaking story? The first time I used a sewing machine, I was 12 and I made a pair of shorts. I’ve sewn clothes for myself ever since. When I was 16, I saw a quilting magazine and made my first quilt—a Log Cabin. It took forever as all the pieces were cut with scissors, so that first quilt was also my last quilt for a few years. Being a self-taught sewist and quilter means I haven’t had any rules to follow. I find the best test of a quilt is how much it’s used and whether we need a calendar for whose turn it is to sleep with it.
Diamond Crosses quilt
Everything's Coming Up Rainbows quilt Quilt: “Everything’s Coming Up Rainbows”
Designer: Krista Fleckenstein
Blog: Spotted Stones (enter to win)
What’s your quiltmaking story? I live in Anchorage, Alaska, with my husband, children, and two dogs. When I was growing up, my mom and her sisters were prolific quilters, and I was always surrounded by piles of fabric and the hum of a sewing machine. But it wasn’t until I became an adult and had children of my own that I started sewing. Before I knew it, I was hooked. Modern quilters are exploring fabric combinations that make them feel good, supporting each other as they learn new skills, and pushing the limits of design. The more excited we get about quilting, the better!
Quilt: “Rainbow Stash Buster”
Designer: Megan Jimenez
Blog: Quilt Story (enter to win)
What’s your quiltmaking story? I have always loved to sew, which led me into a very modern and darling quilt shop. The moment I walked into the shop, I was hooked and knew I had to make a quilt for my first baby who was due in a couple of months. I now live in Arizona with my husband, two sons, baby girl, and my fabric. To me, modern quilting means so many things: incorporating solid fabrics; off-set or wonky blocks; and more! I try not to get too wrapped up in labeling quilts, but more in whatever emotions a quilt makes me feel.
Rainbow Stash Buster quilt
Petal Pod quilt Quilt: “Petal Pod”
Designer: Jessica Kovach
Blog: Twin Fibers (enter to win)
What’s your quiltmaking story? As a stay-at-home mom of three, sewing and quilting have been great creative outlets for me. Along the way, I’ve been able to participate in many quilting bees, swaps, and books, which always inspire me to try a new technique or something I’ve thought up. Being creative with my sewing and learning new techniques have provided me with much happiness and my hope is that I inspire others to do the same. I’m always surprised when someone thinks I’m a “modern quilter.” I really like vintage patterns, colors, and fabrics, and those aren’t things I would call modern.
 Quilts: “Lightning Strikes” (right) and “Lanterns in the City” (see top of post)
Designer: Audrie Bidwell
Blog: Blue Is Bleu (enter to win)
What’s your quiltmaking story? I grew up in Singapore and Australia, and moved to the States a few years ago. I’ve always been a writer, so starting a blog seemed like a good idea. Shortly after I started my blog, I got back into sewing and taught myself to quilt. I had found something I truly love and have a great passion for. In my opinion, modern quilting couldn’t exist without the foundation of traditional quilts. I believe there are no rules when it comes to quilting, so I’m thankful I taught myself to quilt, free of any concept of what a quilt needs to be.
Lightning Strikes quilt
Improv Color Blocks quilt Quilt: “Improv Color Blocks”
Designer: Kati Spencer
Blog: From the Blue Chair (enter to win)
What’s your quiltmaking story? When my three children all settled into the same afternoon napping schedule, I had three free hours each afternoon during nap time. I began searching for a new hobby to enjoy and discovered a quilting blog. I made my first “real” quilt within a few weeks and was instantly hooked. I rarely follow patterns and enjoy the freedom to create whatever comes to my mind. I’m constantly sketching and creating quilt ideas in my head. Few of these sketches make it into fabric, but it’s fun to experiment and dream up ideas.
Quilt: “Across the Quad”
Designer: Jennifer Mathis
Blog: Ellison Lane Quilts (enter to win)
What’s your quiltmaking story? I’m a Southern girl, a former teacher, and now a home engineer (aka Mama). I’m a self-taught sewist and quilter, slightly obsessed with sewing, design, and modern fabric. Modern quilting inspires and excites me because it blends the past with the future in a tangible form of comfort. I’m so inspired by modern quilting and sewing that I formed the Charlotte, North Carolina, chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild. I love being able to share my enthusiasm with others in person and help the modern quilting community grow.
Across the Quad quilt
Candy Necklace quilt Quilt: “Candy Necklace”
Designer: Lee Heinrich
Blog: Freshly Pieced (enter to win)
What’s your quiltmaking story? I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with my husband and two daughters. I began my career as a news reporter and editor, and later made the switch to graphic design. Around the time I quit work to stay at home with my oldest daughter, I got a hand-me-down, avocado-green Kenmore sewing machine from my mom, and it wasn’t long before I was reading everything I could find about sewing and quilting. I see modern quilting as an extension of my design work—a design that you can literally wrap up in to keep yourself warm—it doesn’t get much better than that!
Quilt: “Scattered”
Designer: Allison Harris
Blog: Cluck Cluck Sew (enter to win)
What’s your quiltmaking story? Even though I’m a busy mom of three, I’m thankful for the bits of time I have to sew, blog, and connect with fellow quilters around the world. My style of quilting has been referred to as modern, but I’ve never agreed with the idea of “modern quilting.” Most of my inspiration comes from antique quilts made with traditional patterns. I find it exciting that quilting is becoming popular again with younger generations.
Scattered quilt

What’s your quiltmaking story? Share yours in the comments and you could win a copy of the Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you’ve won.

Don’t forget to visit the blogs of all of the above designers for even more chances to win the Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe eBook!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Jenni, who writes:

“I come from a long line of crafty women—my great-grandmother and great-aunt were both acknowledged as impeccable seamstresses and my mother and grandmother always made any little thing I wanted. But my mother dragged me kicking and screaming (metaphorically) to a quilt show in Fort Worth when I was ten or so.

The next time we were visiting, I was overhead to say, ‘Oh, I wish that quilt show was going to be there this time.’ And the rest is history.”

Jenni, we’ll email you about your free eBook. Congratulations!

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  • I love this move to modern quilting! I like the bold colours and the use of negative space!

    —Gill on January 22, 2013
  • My quilt journey began when a friend/co-worker asked me to take her class on piecing. It was her first class and she wanted a friendly face in the crowd. That class was on paper piecing which I almost never do anymore, but it lit a creative fire and I have been quilting and creating with fabric since

    Gene Black on January 22, 2013
  • I learned quilting from my mother, who has always been ahead of the curve with design trends in all areas of the fiber arts. If she still quilted today, she would be a forerunner in the Modern Quilt Movement. When I quilt, I thank her with my every stitch.

    Michelle Harrison on January 22, 2013
  • I’ve been an avid embroiderer for about 8 years, and after about 1.5 years of ogling every modern quilt blog I could find, I finally jumped in with both feet (Summer 2012). I LOVE IT. Piecing quilts consumes every free moment I have that I can spend on my hobby (and quite a few dollars), as I discovered I also love buying fabric and quilt books, too. 🙂

    —Lauren aka Giddy99 on January 22, 2013
  • My quilt making story is still evolving and with all the new modern quilting it is continuing to be really fun. Can’t wait to get a copy of Modern Quilts.

    Marj on January 22, 2013
  • Hi there I am Shawn. I grew up in a crafty family. I have sewn all my life, but really got back into it when I made my son a quilt when he was born 4 years ago. Over the past three years I have been sewing and learning from
    Many of the fabulous women in this book. I would love to get my hands on a copy.

    Shawn Schumacher on January 22, 2013
  • I’ve been sewing and quilting for years, but I’m SO excited by the uber-creative modern take on quilting!! The quilts in this book look amazing and I’d love the opportunity to make them!

    —Kathy Jackson on January 22, 2013
  • I would never have discovered quilting if it wasn’t for Flickr and the internet in general, and I feel so lucky to be able to just turn on the computer every day and get a daily dose of amazing inspiration. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    —Carmen on January 22, 2013
  • I have been quilting for over 20 years and just now getting into modern quilts. I love the bold colors, negative space, geometric designs and "outside the box" patterns. I would love to win a copy of this book.

    —Debi on January 22, 2013
  • I grew up surrounded by my grandmother’s handstitched quilts. I never truly appreciated the expertise, the time and the love that went into creating those quilts until much later in my life. In 2007, a year before my grandmother passed away, I decided to to give quilting a try. While my grandmother inspired and shared with me her tricks of the trade, I also took a beginning quiltmaking class at a LQS. Since then, I’ve never looked back! I keep a photo of my grandmother nearby; a reminder of where it all began.

    —Gina on January 22, 2013
  • Love every single one of these quilts! I would. Have to make one do each. So fun and fresh.

    —Kathy Guenther on January 22, 2013
  • It’s good to see so many quilts I can create with my bag(s) of
    scraps! I need to start creating more with all of these great
    quilters and their ideas!

    —Barbara on January 22, 2013
  • I made my first quilt when I was in high school. I was working for a fabric and craft store and needed a reason to buy so many fabrics. Since then I have quilted here and there in between other things. But over the last year my quilting has really become a great area of focus for me. Thanks for the great chance.

    Carolyn @ Sweet Boater Chick on January 22, 2013
  • I have always been a traditional quilter relying on vintage quilts for inspiration. The modern quilt movement intrigues me with its bright colors & negative space. It might just be time for me to try making one!!

    —Linda S. on January 22, 2013
  • My quilt story started many years ago sitting at the knee of my mother, under the quilt frame. Since then I dabbled in a few projects with her from time to time. Last fall she passed away and I feel like I must carry on. I love the modern fresh feeling in the quilts I see today. I hope to learn more about FMQing and to keep learning everyday.

    Kris on January 22, 2013
  • I’m just getting into ‘real’ quilting. I made a few tied baby quilts in high school and college, but did my first small machine quilted project last month and am getting up the nerve to make a bigger quilt next!

    Sarah AJ on January 22, 2013
  • My mom had quilted one wallhanging when I was too little to remember, but I would just be mesmerized by looking at it and seeing all the fabrics play together… I didn’t start quilting until a couple of years ago. I had been a crocheter until my dust allergy stopped that (the yarn caught the dust and then when I would run it through my fingers, the dust would come out and I would get a migraine. lovely). Now, I think I’ll be a quilter forever – there’s so many many quilts I want to make. I want to play with colors, shapes and patterns…

    laurel on January 22, 2013
  • I started sewing when I was 8, mostly clothes as a 4H sewer. When I had my first baby in my 20’s, I made a couple quilts but then forgot about it again until about 5 years ago. A quilt store opened up in the small town I live in, and I started working there part time. Now I have an incredible stash, and I work on something for a little bit everyday!

    The blogs that are available have really helped me on my quilty journey as well. They are so inspiring and motivating!

    —Jill R on January 22, 2013
  • a few years ago i unexpectedly got a sewing machine and thought i might as well use it. on my quest to find easy projects for a beginner i stumbled over moere and more blogs about quilting and fabric and was hooked 🙂 .

    —Daniela on January 22, 2013
  • I have sewn for several years and made a few very simple tied block quilts but was always afraid to get more creative. Then early last year I stumbled across a quilting blog and that was all it took…I can’t get enough of quilting or fabric. I would love to have a copy of this wonderful book. What fun, great quilts and designers it has!

    —Kathleen O'Grady on January 22, 2013
  • Many years ago I saw a pattern in a needlework catalog for a quilted Christmas Tree wallhanging. Even though I had never quilted, I HAD to make that wallhanging! So I ordered the pattern and my quilting adventure began. Now it’s a full blown addiction, but a good one.

    —Lisa Marie on January 22, 2013
  • I love the creative outlet and the friends I have made. This looks like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Tamie on January 22, 2013
  • My grandmother made quilts, and I loved to watch her. As a newlywed, I made lots of things with traditional quilt blocks (pillows, hotpads, aprons) but didn’t get into quilts until just before I retired.

    —Karen on January 22, 2013
  • I decided I needed a challenge one summer that I had off (after many many summers of work and travel). Sewing seemed like a cool idea….and I came across a QAL around that time and just got hooked.

    —Ella on January 22, 2013
  • My grandmother gave her old treadle sewing machine to me when she got too old to use it. I decided to make a patchwork pillowcase for my goddaughter, and when I discovered modern patchwork and quilting, I was hooked!

    Andrea on January 22, 2013
  • Looks like a great read! Some beautiful quilts here.

    Doris on January 22, 2013
  • I have sewn since I was 10 years old and didn’t get into quilting till I got my first granddaughter – then I had to make her a quilt and have been quilting ever since! I love the modern look and the fabric lines – ooh la la!
    So many pretty fabric lines to choose from. I think I found one that can’t be beat – then next season, here comes another one that is drop dead gorgeous! Thank you for giving me a chance to win a book 🙂

    Bonny on January 22, 2013
  • I am relatively new to the quilting world. I retired from teaching four years ago and was bored to death. A friend asked me to take quilting lessons with her, which I did simply because I missed being with adults. I despised sewing, so can you imagine my surprise when I fell in love with quilting??? I have turned our sunroom into a quilting studio complete with installed cabinets.
    I even fell in love with Featherweight sewing machines and have collected five of those, multiple toy sewing machine and have gradually traded up to a big girl sewing machine-the Janome 6600. I have to confess that I’ve also purchased a used embroidery machine, a used serger and a vintage Singer 301. Somedays I just shake my head and wonder how on earth this happened so quickly!

    —Karen Pollard on January 22, 2013
  • I started to quilt when I was a child, our sewing teacher planned to make up a patchwork quilt and started me on a patching life! Blogging and the new bright modern approach found me finally quilting on my machine instead of by hand.

    ruth on January 22, 2013
  • My journey?!? I’ve always loved looking at quilts, and had pieced blocks for different Block of the Month quilts, but had never actually completed a quilt until a niece brought her deceased son’s clothes to me and asked me to "do something" with them. I ended up making two quilts mostly from T-shirts, but also cottons, poly’s, & sweatshirts, too. I embroidered a center block and added filmstrips of pictures taken throughout his life. No fancy quilting, just stitch-in-the-ditch, but she loved them! <3 I am a little intimidated by free motion, but would like to eventually try my hand at that.

    —Kathy on January 22, 2013
  • Have always loved quilts, my mother was an excellent seamstress and I never liked sewing but finally a few years ago, I got talked into getting a panel to make a quilt with a friend. But then she moved and I had to figure out what to do with it; haven’t finished that one yet, but I have done many other quilts since…..Love it! I think the most important thing I’m learned so far, is that you don’t have to follow rules(!), and there is no ONE way to do it that is perfectly right!

    —JudyS on January 22, 2013
  • My first quilt was a log cabin, queen size, a wedding gift for my best friend’s daughter

    —Florence Dupuis on January 22, 2013
  • I am just starting out in quilting so I don’t have a story yet, I just love the idea of making a quilt and handing it down generation to generation

    —Kathrynn on January 22, 2013
  • I started out collecting antique and vintage quilts. Then after an accident, started sewing and making some of my own inspired by those in my collection.

    Siobhan on January 22, 2013
  • I took a quilting class when I was in third grade and have been addicted to crafts ever since. Modern quilts make me want to quit my job and quilt full-time!

    Beth Payne on January 22, 2013
  • I have been quilting for just over 3 years and in the past year, found modern quilting and notice I feel motivation bubbling up from the exposure. I would love to win this book to help grow my creative knowing.

    thank you for the chance to win.


    —Michelle on January 22, 2013
  • You can ask anyone I know and they will all say, "Heather started quilting?!" I’m not the tomboy I was back in high school. I started sewing 17 months ago when my daughter was born. It started with some pillowcase dresses, then fleece and minky blankets, and then a patchwork blanket. I was then asked to make a quilt for a wedding. I was so excited and nervous at the same time! I love the quilt and the bride does too! I’m still learning and I just joined my first sewalong. I’ve got the herringbone block done! I can’t wait to see what I will accomplish in the future as I learn more and trust in myself more! Thanks for the chance to win!!

    —Heather Braun on January 22, 2013
  • My quilt journey started with inspiration from my sister and has slowly evolved to a love of quilting over the past 8 years. One day I’ll have more time to do more! 🙂

    Suzanne on January 22, 2013
  • My quiltmaking journey began ab out 25 years ago when I took an intro quilting class and wanted to learn how to make some quilts for my kids. It has been wonderful learning and quilting all of these years.

    —kathy h on January 22, 2013
  • My quilting adventure was as a child sewing on my grandmother’s treadle. I love treadle sewing. Of course I got away from it for a while but I’m back to stay.

    Sue Goodin on January 22, 2013
  • I grew up around quilts and loved the multiple fabrics and the soft feel of them. My grandmothers both quilted but I never saw them do it. I have been sewing since I was in 7th grade, decided, in my 20’s, that I wanted to make quilts. I basically taught myself, until quilting shows showed up on TV!

    —Jane on January 22, 2013
  • I wanted to have a connecting thread so to speak to my beloved Granny as she slipped quickly into Alzheimers. I have not made hardly any quilts to honor her, but I have sewed a lot and love it. This year I am doing QALs to finally earn the title "quilter." And hopefully I’ll get all her pieces and finish the quilts she intended to make for each of her great grandkids.

    —kimberlee on January 22, 2013
  • My grandmother loved to make quilts she quilted hers by hand. About 7 yrs ago I started quilting also when I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and major depression. I needed something to occupy my mind. I love this hobby I have made numerous freinds thrum quilting…

    —Kim K on January 22, 2013
  • I saw a quilt in a magazine as a child and seemed so difficult although it was with instructions… it was paper pieced. I then started sewing almost all my clothing, bag to coat, when I had a chance to actually try quilting. My first quilt was a big playing quilt for my child and a lot more came. Love making quilts for babies and weddings.

    Ralitza on January 22, 2013
  • I started quilting a few years before having my first child and have been addicted to fabric ever since 🙂

    —Melanie C on January 22, 2013
  • I have been sewing all my life but when my kids got older I decided I had enough patience to make a quilt. Well, all I make now is quilts. HaHa. I love quilts and all things quilty. This book has so many wonderful quilts. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Susan Griffith on January 22, 2013
  • I started quilting in 2006 when I quit smoking. I immediately loved it! From the fabrics to the patterns and the notions. I have made numerous wall hangings and lap quilts. I have made 3 full sized quilts. My next project will be a quilt for my husband and I. We have been married for 17 years and it is time.

    —Tanya Stevens on January 22, 2013
  • What an awesome looking book! I’ve been around quilting and sewing for ever with my Mum and sisters, but I’ve been quilting regularly for myself just a little while – totally love it! Just need more time in a day!

    Wendy on January 22, 2013
  • These are gorgeous. I like the links to other blogsas well. Thanks

    —Debbie on January 22, 2013
  • Where were all these easy, beautiful quilts, fabric and patterns back in the 1970 s when I started.
    What a revolution quilting has experienced in the years since.

    —Judy Y on January 22, 2013
  • My quilt making story is just like many others. I grew up learning to sew from my mom and grandmothers. I have tried all kinds of needlecraft and made a lot of my kids clothes when they were small. I even worked for my mother’s drapery business many years ago. All that eventually led to quilting and now I own a long arm quilting business.

    —Janice M on January 22, 2013
  • I have been sewing as long as I can remember and actually made my first quilt in high school from a Simplicity pattern without realising it was a quilt I ended up with! Over the last few years I have made more and more quilts for gifts and mg home and I am loving it!

    Kristy on January 22, 2013
  • I taught myself to quilt after seeing a quilt on the internet one day. I have always sewn, just never quilted. I bought up large with a ton of quilting books, scoured the internet for resources and joined online bees. I love the modern quilt movement…the staid browns and drab repro colors just don’t do it for me….maybe that;s why I was never really interested before.

    —Deb on January 22, 2013
  • I follow a few of these web sites and have make several of these quilts already. The most interesting was the granny squares from blue elephant as it goes with my grandma’s afghans of the same(antiques as they are so old) and really made my day!! I didn’t know they had a book out and that is great to know.

    —diane on January 22, 2013
  • I am looking forward to this new book! I grew up watching my mom sew and at some point helping her and then taking years of Home-ec in school. I love fabric and decided to try quilting as a way to get to use lots of different prints and make things for those I love.

    —CJ on January 22, 2013
  • I follow a few of these bloggers and it amazes me where their inspirations are from. I recently made a granny quilt from blue elephant and love it, as the colors pop and if goes with my antiques granny afghans I own. Just love it, and I eyeing the tree quilt for next year as a gift quilt.

    —diane on January 22, 2013
  • I was a self-taught quilter who didn’t join in on this journey until contemporary quilts/ideas started to infiltrate the [traditional] quilting world.

    —Linda E in AZ on January 22, 2013
  • love this pattern book! the patterns are fresh, imaginative, appealing! the reviews are interesting, informative and inspiring. thanx for the chance to win a copy of this fine ebook.

    ritainalaska on January 22, 2013
  • I am fascinated with modern quilting and would love to explore this new world!

    —Elizabeth Bremner on January 22, 2013
  • I have always loved old treasures. now I am making quilts for others (hopefully) to treasure.

    —JA McLaughlin on January 22, 2013
  • Its incredible to see such refreshing new patchwork ideas………….good luck to you all!

    —lyn lewis on January 22, 2013
  • Your circle quilt has inspired me to mqke one of my own. I have already bought my fabric and I am ready to start.

    —Faye on January 22, 2013
  • I’ve been sewing for over 40 years, but quilting became a passion about 15 years ago when I took my first class. Quilters are a special group of people – continually inspiring and helping one another. Lucky to have discovered such a wonderful craft.

    —Terri on January 22, 2013
  • I hand quilted years ago but had put quilting away. My SIL kept talking about her blog (the Confused Quilter)and when I finally figured out what blogs were I couldn’t resist starting up quilting again.

    —Emily Foote on January 22, 2013
  • I grew up turning the pages of my grandmother’s McCalls sewing & needlework magazines (I still have all of them from the late 70s and on). I didn’t do a ton of sewing growing up but in 2010 I had a deep desire to start quilting (probably because I live near a great quilting shop and I was always drooling over the fabrics). I started following Elizabeth Hartman and I took an intro to machine quilting course after a basic rotary course. I also got a sewing machine that year for Christmas (no more thread/tension issues) and an extension table for it, walking foot, and free motion quilting foot. I’ve been quilting and sewing since and about to finish up my first king-sized quilt!

    —Fawn B on January 22, 2013
  • I love your new book. Great idea to use the patterns of bloggers.

    —Joan Kruse on January 22, 2013
  • Wonderful quilts! I can’t wait to make some of these!

    —Adrienne on January 22, 2013
  • These MODERN QUILTS are so inspirational; I can’t wait to get stitching!

    —Tanya on January 22, 2013
  • I grew up with a sewing mom and the products of the great aunt who raised mom, but ended up doing my own thing. Whether you call it a journey or an evolution, I am teaching quilting and doing longarming on the side, in North Idaho. Having an art background most of my quilting has a spirit of its own. I love the graphics and wonderful colorful prints available and do something traditional with a twist. Can’t wait to see this book!

    —Pat Proctor on January 22, 2013
  • I’m loving this new modern quilting. The colors are so bright. Been quilting for six years now and still so much to learn. Lovng each one of these patterns (quilts)

    —Linda A. on January 22, 2013
  • Oh how i’d love to get my hands on this book!

    —Tiffany on January 22, 2013
  • I’ve been quilting for 20 years and have taught friends and family to quilt. Thaanks for the giveaway!

    Sallie on January 22, 2013
  • I checked this book out on Amazon and it looks amazing. I would love to win one, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be getting one whether I’m the lucky one or not 😉

    —Jaime on January 22, 2013
  • Im new at quilting but i enjoy every minute of it, i like the entire process from selecting the fabrics to the binding. I also enjoy other kind of crafts ( maybe all of them) but quilting is special because you can see a part of you in every finished quilt. Now my 10 year old daughter is hooked with fabrics and threads doing her first projecs, its something we will share together for many years!

    —Gisella Zapata on January 22, 2013
  • I have been quilting for many years with many twists and turns on the way. I began
    with very simple 4″ squares (which method I still hold very dear) and began to get into the traditional blocks. Then I found the primitive style – then I moved again to traditional. Now – I love bright, cheery quilts – big appliques – kind of naive art
    look – Maybe combining paperpiecing within the applique quilt. I love all things modern when it comes to fabric. Oh – how I wish I could change my stash – but before you know it – I could be back to it. I rely on the bloggers to keep me up to date and surrounded by such creativity and beauty. Thanks to them all. I really would love to own a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance.

    —Jane from M on January 22, 2013
  • My grandmother quilted, Mom didn’t, somehow my sister got hooked. I resisted for the longest time knowing that it would be something that consumed me, and it does. One day I jumped right in. I am fascinated by everything, fabric, the patterns, vintage, modern it doesn’t matter.

    —Cindi C on January 22, 2013
  • I am what you might call a confident beginner, but modern prints and designs call to me more than traditional ones. This e-book would be a perfect addition to my growing library.

    —Debra George on January 22, 2013
  • Congratulations on what I think is the BEST collective book published on Modern quilts. I would make any one of the quilts in this book. I read through the entire book this morning and think that the photography is excellent and the instructions clearly expressed. A wonderful book for any quilter’s library whether you call yourself modern, traditional or something inbetween!

    Wow, Krista, what a lovely compliment! Thanks so much.
    ~Cornelia from Martingale

    Krista - Poppyprint on January 22, 2013
  • I think I made my first quilt when my daughter was very young, about 30 years ago. I even hand quilted it! I now just enjoy making quilts to try new techniques or just to give as gifts. It is a fun, relaxing hobby for me

    —Debby Saunders on January 22, 2013
  • I have sewn all my life but only started quilting about 5 years ago. I don’t have any stories yet but I am sure I will!

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

    —Lisa Garrett on January 22, 2013
  • My granny taught me knitting and crocheting and other crafting. Now I learn to quilt and I love fresh moderne quilts in this book.

    Jitka on January 22, 2013
  • Always was sewing as a kid, moved to Alaska and stated quilting there, moved back to washington and never stoped.

    —Lillian on January 22, 2013
  • Shazam,Wow,fireworks in winter..Made my year with these patterns and great favorite quilters I follow…Love these patterns ,fabrics and the
    amazing designs….Thanks so much for making our year so much more
    exciting & fun…..

    Sandra Beck on January 22, 2013
  • I am basically a self taught quilter for over 20 years. About 9 years ago I joined a guild and have fallen in love with trying new patterns, ideas and tools. I like all the quilts that were shown but I kept going back to Indian Summer and the Rainbow Stash Buster. I love the Dresden plate (that was my very first quilt)and have recently gotten into the scrap buster quilts.

    —Connie on January 22, 2013
  • I’ve only been quilting for two years. It started with a simple rag quilt….I was hooked and have been trying out new techniques on my own. I enjoy getting inspiration from books, magazines and blogs…..and I’m thankful for the many extremely talented ladies that kindly share their knowledge and projects.

    Thanks for the chance to win this great book 🙂

    Terry on January 22, 2013
  • I saw so many beautiful quilts and just had to join in the excitement — actually I have more pictures of quilts than patterns, but the fun of learning something new from experienced quilters keeps me going and enthusiastic. The touch and feel of fabric and of course the colors are my favorite things (used to manage a craft store with fabric). I now have a "studio" and a shop so some of my bucket list items are in progress… . . .

    —Terry on January 22, 2013
  • I grew up with a mother who sewed all my clothes so I started as a clothes sewer, I then moved on to knitting and from there to quilting. My first quilt was done with no information at all, I just made it up, it was all straight line quilted with some applique (a dinosaur quilt). My next was several years later and isn’t finished; possibly a bit challenging for a first king sized quilt but I’m planning to work on it this year. Next I did a quilt for our couch using a blanket for the batting, it’s well loved. A proper quilt for my eldest son followed and another couch quilt for my brother and his wife. I think I might be hooked.

    Rachelle on January 22, 2013
  • This looks like a GREAT book! Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Sarah N on January 22, 2013
  • Quilting has been my passion for about 25 years now. Boy,talk about how time flies while you’re having fun! I mainly liked to make quilts, table runners and wall hangings for family members, but have been involved in Quilts of Valor for nearly six years. Every month iget together with three good friends to make one. Today we started number 68! This year I’ll be making lots of small quilts too, as my first grandchild will arrive in a few months, and my two sisters are awaiting grad kids too. I guess the variety of sizes, functions, and styles of quilts keeps me engaged.

    —Pat Winters on January 22, 2013
  • I come from a long line of crafty women–my great-grandmother and great-aunt were both acknowledged as impeccible seamstresses and my mother and grandmother always made any little thing I wanted. But my mother dragged me kicking and screaming (metaphorically) to a quilt show in Fort Worth when I was ten or so.

    The next time we were visiting, I was overhead to say, "Oh, I wish that quilt show was going to be there this time."

    And the rest is history.

    —Jenni on January 22, 2013
  • I have been sewing, knitting and crocheting for years but only recently found quilting. I am now hooked and love the endless things you can make and the various patterns and designs. I started on a traditional sampler, but prefer the more modern designs with beautiful coloured fabrics.

    —Angela Kirby on January 22, 2013
  • The book looks great, just need to decide which one to make first…..

    —Tanya on January 22, 2013
  • I love to quilt, any kind, any way, but my daughter only likes the new modern quilts, so wow this is a real find.

    —cindy white on January 22, 2013
  • I started quilting when I moved to a new country, New Zealand. I joined a quilting group, mainly to make friends and found myself totally facinated with quilting. That was in 1971 and I have never stopped. Thank you for the chance to win this beautiful EBook.

    —Cynthia on January 22, 2013
  • I would love to try all of the quilts in this book. I’m a beginner, but love learning new things.

    —Kathy on January 22, 2013
  • Learned to sew in 7th grade and made all my clothes through high school. 5 years ago my LQS seduced me with a free class…9 months later I ordered my longarm and a week after it was set up I had a customer quilt on the frame. I have fallen in love with modern quilts – so fresh and crisp looking!

    —Susan on January 22, 2013
  • Hmmm, no post at QuiltDad’s blog. Can I claim his copy???

    Haha, Gene, I’m afraid not! Nice try, though!
    Quilt Dad tells us that he had to go out of town on an unexpected business trip, but his post should be up by the end of the week.
    ~Cornelia from Martingale

    Gene Black on January 22, 2013
  • A girlfriend taught me to quilt 8 years ago. Now my kids all have quilts on their beds, and my nieces and nephews are starting to get them one by one too. I love the online quilting community for getting inspiration for the next quilt and receiving encouragement on my projects.

    Rebecca on January 22, 2013
  • I feel myself more suitable for a modern quilting. The colors and the designs so beautiful.

    —hueisei on January 22, 2013
  • I would love a copy! Thanks!

    —Debbie H on January 22, 2013
  • I started sewing in grade school on a treadle machine. I made doll clothes and progressed to clothes for myself and my little girl after she was born. I left the machine alone for many years while I followed other careers. I found my machine again about 3 years ago and started quilting and collecting fabric – sewing again in my 60’s makes me wonder why I stopped. I now have a new grand daughter, hummm.

    —Judy on January 22, 2013
  • I never imagined myself as a quilter until I found a box of blocks in my Mother’s closet – blocks she had planned to make into quilts for my sister and me, but had never finished. Well, I made the two quilts and hand-quillted them. I thought that I would never do this again – famous last words – never say never!! I am still making quilts after all this time, and still enjoy finding scraps, trading blocks, inventing designs and now learning how to machine quilt.

    Gail G on January 22, 2013
  • seeing as i am a new quilter of under a year i really haven’t established a form of quilting so this would give me the opportunity to try new things and develop a feel for new techniques. love the look of these quilts. would love to try to make a few of them.

    —rachelle on January 22, 2013
  • Started quilting in 1990 when a friend of mine asked me to go with her to a quilting class. Since then, I have been quilting constantly!!! Love all quilts, Traditional, Modern, etc!

    —Pat on January 22, 2013
  • Modern quilting to me means seeing patterns and blocks in a new way, sharp and clear, with the emphasis on design rather on traditional comfort. You can see triangles as the design emphasis in a modern quilt, they are in there somewhere in a traditional quilt, just part of a quilt.

    —Fran on January 22, 2013
  • Who wonderful to try the modern quilting! I quilt/piece as a stress reliever and it takes me away from the pressure of the worklife! Thank you!

    —Shirley in Canada on January 22, 2013
  • I got started quilting when my friend gave me an Amazon gift card, and I thought it was the perfect time to buy books for a new craft! Also, I finally felt like I had room to store all of my sewing supplies. 😀

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    Alli on January 22, 2013
  • I started quilting about 32 years ago when a friend signed the both of us up for a beginner’s quilting class. That was the start of my love for quilting. I’m a traditional quilter at heart and love applique. My dream is to make a Baltimore Album quilt.

    —lindawwww on January 22, 2013
  • I made my first quilt in 9th grade. Simple patchwork, but it was great. I wish I still had it.

    —Sandy on January 22, 2013
  • I have just been quilting for one and a half years, but I am getting more and more confident in my work. So much that I this month made my first king size quilt!

    Anita on January 22, 2013
  • My grandma taught me to knit, crochet, embroider, quilt, bake, garden, and sew – she even helped me make my wedding dress! I still have a few of her quilts – she never bought new fabric, having raised a family in the Great Depression. All of her quilts were made of fabric left over from dresses that she made for herself and her grandkids. My favorite quilt of hers that I use on these cold Pennsylvania reminds me of her – I can still see her in her dress fabrics used in the quilt. I only wish I didn’t have a full-time job so I could just spend my days crafting! I will definitely not be one of those people who are bored when they retire:)

    —Geri on January 22, 2013
  • It started out as using up some scraps and quickly turned into an obsession 🙂 I just love a simple but clever pattern and it seems that there are many in the book!

    —Johanna on January 22, 2013
  • I love this book on modern quilting! I like the bold colours and the use of negative space! Just "WOW!"

    —Jill_R on January 22, 2013
  • I took a hand quilting class at a community college after my youngest child graduated from our homeschool and I was looking for something to occupy my time. I haven’t looked back since. That was 5 and 1/2 years ago and this year I am the President of our quilt guild. 🙂

    —Cecilia on January 22, 2013
  • Love it.

    —Kay Jump on January 22, 2013
  • I started sewing with my Grandma and found quilting while watching a close family friend hand quilt and hand make all her in a big round hoop that was freestanding — I was fascinated and hooked!

    Ginny on January 22, 2013
  • My quilt making story starts when I was a kid and made a small (doll size) cathedral window quilt along side my mom (hers was throw size). I did some other minor sewing as a kid, then nothing until I was 24. While pregnant with my first, I decided to try again. I made a small baby quilt, and then a queen sized quilt. There was a bit of a hiatus while I adjusted to life as a mom, but then I made another queen sized quilt…and haven’t stopped since! I love doing all sizes and styles, but the quilting is my favorite part–that’s where the magic happens, that where a front, back and batting turn into a quilt!

    Renee on January 22, 2013
  • I really enjoy the fearlessness of the modern quilting movement, and these quilts are wonderful. Thanks for the previews and the giveaway.

    Jeanne in Ohio on January 22, 2013
  • I use to be a very traditional quilter….but now I am really attracted to all of the modern quilt ideas.

    —Jeri Surovy on January 22, 2013
  • I started sewing as a young girl and I made my first quilt at 17 for a cousin’s baby. I love to quilt and sew and craft and am really looking forward to this book!

    —Kate on January 22, 2013
  • i am just starting to create my story. this book would really help!

    —Gemia on January 22, 2013
  • I made my first quilt when I was 12 – and then didn’t quilt again until a few years ago (almost 20 years later)…and then got really serious about it this time last year when I was expecting my daughter and of course had to make her a quilt!

    Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy on January 22, 2013
  • I have been sewing and quilting, longer than I can remember. I remember my Nana saying "this little one was sewing before she was walking!" she made many of our clothes when we were little, I am one of four sisters. I think sewing is in my blood.

    —thunder on January 22, 2013
  • I swiped my mom’s sewing machine when I was 12 and started making stuffed animals from patterns and fabric I found in her stash. I made my first quilt—a big machine applique project—when I was pregnant with my daughter. (She’s 30 now.)I made a few quilts, slowly and painstakingly. Then technology changed in the 90’s and I’ve been experimenting with traditional, contemporary, arty and modern ever since. I’m about to finish my 100th quilt. I have 20+ in some stage of quilting or construction and dozens waiting for me to have time to start them!

    —Jonquele Jones on January 22, 2013
  • I am a self taught quilter. Been doing quilting for 20+ years. Always looking for new ideas.

    —Florence Dupuis on January 22, 2013
  • I’m sort of a self taught quilter. My mother just shakes her head when she sees me starting a new project. I have a few different sewing machines that I need to learn to use better. I need to quilt more often to get better at it since I learn by watching/doing.

    —Laura on January 22, 2013
  • The quilts shown here are fresh looking. I like the use of some or all plain fabrics in a quilt.

    —Nancy Myers on January 22, 2013
  • I think I was around 12 years old when I started sewing. My mother and all my family quilted and sewed. It was always just a natural thing to quilt and sew. I had two sons and I even sewed for them. I gradually moved to just quilting. My dear husband helped me setup my sewing room and I love it. I do not know what I would do if I didnt sew.

    —Patricia Purkey on January 22, 2013
  • I made a 9 patch pillow at a very young age and after college graduation this past summer found a fat quarter that I just needed to find a project for! After finishing my first quilt, king sized and designed on my own, I have kept on going and have three more quilts under my belt already! I can’t wait to make more and would love the inspiration of owning this book for myself!

    —Kali on January 22, 2013
  • I only start quilting for real when my son enter the boarding school and i made him a quilt.

    hafza on January 22, 2013
  • Love the quilts shown in this book & would love a chance to win this book.
    Looks like this is my only entry chance as I’m not a blogger & dont have a URL address.

    —Linda on January 22, 2013
  • I designed and sewed my first quilt at age 17 when I needed a twin size dorm room bed quilt, then sewed clothes for my children with the Sears Kenmore my mother purchased me as a wedding present, but only just revisited quilting when my husband asked me (four years ago), "Honey, what do you want for your 40th birthday?" and I responded with "a room to sew" and it started from there… Mary Ann @ Rock n Quilts

    Mary Ann @ RocknQuilts on January 22, 2013
  • I started quilting in order to finish a quilt top I’d inherited…I love the modern fabrics and patterns showcased by fantastic bloggers and have more projects planned than I have time…

    —lisa m on January 22, 2013
  • I love the modern quilting world! It sucked me right in with the use of great colours!

    —JLG on January 22, 2013
  • I follow so many of these bloggers and would love to own this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

    —Patti on January 22, 2013
  • My Grandmother loved to quilt and did so, not only out of necessity, but desire, as well. Each of her children (uncle too) learn to make a quilt before they were 12 years old. My mother’s love of quilts inspired me learn and since then, I’ve become an avid quilter.

    I love Traditional patterns and the ship, Titanic, its history, the stories of lives saved during its sinking and/or those not being able to board. I met a lady, whose grandmother wasn’t allowed to board the Titanic because one of her sons had the beginnings of measles. She was upset, of course, wanting to join her family in America, but when it was learned, Titanic sunk two days later, she realized God had intervened and was thankful. From her story, and the Ocean Waves block pattern, I turned this block pattern into a heart and so named my quilt, "Heart of the Ocean waves."

    My favorite block pattern is the Triple Irish Chain, so named for the thread connection of the Irish leaving thier relatives in Ireland and coming to the New Land (America) and while, I do many different types of quilting, I don’t particularly care for modern art quilts. I’ve found, the simplest of patterns make the most beautiful quilts.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on January 22, 2013
  • Me too! I love the move to modern sewing/quilting. It is so freeing and the quilts so beautiful.

    —Sara on January 22, 2013
  • I learned to sew when I was young and was taught by my mother. I could sew and cook well enough that I didn’t take "home ec" in high school….in fact I was the one of the first girls to take shop in Missouri! That was many moons ago! 🙂

    I hated making clothes, but loved quilts, so I made my first quilt in 1984, then put quilting aside until 1997 or so and have been quilting ever since!

    Bari on January 22, 2013
  • Looks like a beautiful book full of wonderful inspiration. I am a new quilter who decided one day to stop admiring others quilts and try to make my own. I have learned so much from the generosity of bloggers. Thank you.

    —Angelia L. on January 22, 2013
  • I love to quilt and have made quilts from many blogs I would love to win this ebook.

    —Renuka on January 22, 2013
  • Wow, I would love to win this book 🙂

    —Donna Chambers on January 22, 2013
  • My Grandmother taught me to quilt as a child. So much has changed over the last 55 years I know she would love all the tools and oh the fabric would have her drooling!

    —Chris on January 22, 2013
  • Thank you for the opportunity to win this wonderful E-Book. Oh what joy it would bring to my life. I re-commenced quilting last year after a six year break whilst running a B&B/Restaurant found there was no time at all for such wonderful pleasures. Prior to this I was always sewing quilts of some sort or another – very basic styles, but nonetheless they were "home style" which my friends and family always enjoyed receiving. Thank you once again.

    SuziQ on January 22, 2013
  • My quilting story………..One day I saw a sign on an old church that had been turned into a quilters’ store. I went inside to have a look at the material (in case I needed something), and when I saw the most amazing quilts done with felted wool and fabric I was hooked. I have since made many table runners, wallhangings and a quilt or three and been to many workshops.
    If you had asked me 4 years ago ‘Do you do patchwork?’ I would have given you an emphatic ‘no’, but these days I am very busy sewing and learning so many techniques

    —Di Brown on January 22, 2013
  • A life long quilter shared her skills with me! Now I am addicted! Love the book and a chance to win it!

    —Nancy nancansew on January 22, 2013
  • My quilt making story: I wanted to learn how to quilt so that I could somehow honor the women that came before me in quiltmaking and motherhood. I am a self-taught quilter and I give almost all of my quilts away to children’s charities as a way to say Thank You to the universe for my two wonderful, healthy children.

    —Peggy on January 22, 2013
  • I’m addicted to quilting but have, so far, only made more traditional quilts. Am LOVING the more modern approach!

    Lisa Bygrave on January 22, 2013
  • I have great respect and admiration for the traditional quilters, but I just find that modern quilting give beginners like me the courage to take the plunge

    —Addie on January 23, 2013
  • Como brasileira procuro muitas coisas na net, eu quero ganhar este EBook bonito, para aprender mais.

    Translation: As a Brazilian looking for many things on the net, I want to win this beautiful EBook to learn more.

    —Regina on January 23, 2013
  • I would love to make some of the projects in the book!

    cynthia on January 23, 2013
  • As a Brazilian I try many things on the net, I want to win this beautiful EBook to learn more.

    —Regina on January 23, 2013
  • The quilts in the book look awesome! I prefer modern quilts than traditional ones and this is my type of book!

    —Gergana on January 23, 2013
  • I was always and admirer of many beautiful quilts. Started quilting 3 years ago and discovered modern quilting. I have fallen in love with it!

    —lia on January 23, 2013
  • A whole new quilting field is opening. So inspiring. I haven’t seen it so far in Holland.

    —Saskia on January 23, 2013
  • I did a small quilt yesterday and I love to do some more ! This book is really beautiful.

    Nadège on January 23, 2013
  • Fabulous Giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Linda on January 23, 2013
  • I’ve been quilting for 5 years and would love more ideas

    —Adrienne on January 23, 2013
  • The book looks great … I want to try some of the patterns … 😉

    Korfela on January 23, 2013
  • It looks like an amazing book. I want to make nearly all of the quilts!!! Great selection.

    —Anna Honeysett on January 23, 2013
  • Retirement left a great void in my life so I took up quilting to fill that void. Now I’m obsessed with quilting! Not a bad obsession in my opinion.

    —Donna Keating on January 23, 2013
  • I made my first quilt at the age of 56!
    I love the Modern Quilt movement; these quilts are so vibrant and alive :0)

    —Jess on January 23, 2013
  • I used to travel by train from my home in Wales to visit my elderly Mother in Bournemouth on the south coast of England. As she grew more confused, the more emotionally exhausting I used to find these visits. One time, Idecided to break my return journey in the lovely city of Bath, to try to cheer myself up a little. Within a few minutes of walking from the station, I decided to explore a little side street where I discovered a shop called Country Threads. What a delight ! The apparently tiny shop front led into a needlewoman’s paradise.After a leisurely browse I bought my first quilting project, a lap quilt. I was introduced to a new pastime, and next visit to Mum I took my WIP with me, and she was fascinated by it.Igave her the finished piece, but now it is back in my home as she passed on a few years ago. Brings back happy memories every time I see it.

    —Andrea on January 23, 2013
  • I got bitten by the quilting bug 18 months ago, after googling how to insert a zip in a cushion cover and was led the the most amazing quilting blogs. I made my first quilt last year and haven’t stopped since!!

    Joanne on January 23, 2013
  • This looks like a great book! Beautiful photography and amazing patterns and designs! Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Silvina Pedemonte on January 23, 2013
  • I can’t wait to make some of these.

    —kathleen on January 23, 2013
  • I can’t wait to see the book! The designers have created some wonderful quilts. Thank you for the opportunity!

    —Karen H on January 23, 2013
  • I grew up in a quilting family, but I didn’t learn to do it myself till I was grown up (although I helped out with everything else than sewing when I was a kid:) I’ve been quilting in earnest for the last year, and I love all the new fabrics and how much blogging comes into play, both for creation and innovation!

    Lizzie on January 23, 2013
  • Great books with refreshing designs. Good fro inspiration any time.

    —Mary Meiser on January 23, 2013
  • I had been sewing for years when we moved and I discovered a quilt store. I started taking lessons and quilting became my passion. Now that I am retired I have the time to quilt all day if I choose to do so. I love the modern quilts and look forward to including them into my quilting routine.

    —Dot in NE Georgia on January 23, 2013

    —MARIE on January 23, 2013
  • New to quilting. Started reading different quilting blogs, feel in love with all of the beautiful quilts, took a quilting class @ my LQS and I am now hooked.

    —Sandra on January 23, 2013
  • I am self taught and have no one in my family or around me that sews at all really. It has been an amazing adventure learning to sew and quilt and nothing makes me happier than being surrounded and inspired by amazing colors and patterns. I love trying traditional patterns in a modern way and bringing new, fresh life to a design!

    —Tanyia on January 23, 2013
  • I came to quilting late in life. I took a class with a friend about three years ago and got hooked. My first quilt "Farmer’s Wife". All that itty piecing. I got indoctrinated quickly. Now I am a fabriholic like everyone else. I also got interested in modern quilting and I am now the president of the Austin Modern Quilt Guild. Love my fellow quilters. Can’t wait for Quiltcon.

    Susan McAdams on January 23, 2013
  • Loove de book! I would like to enter de giveaway I live in Mexico City and can not buy the book here.

    —carmen attie on January 23, 2013
  • I would just love to have this book so very much!!!! The quilts in the book are gorgeous and would be so fun to make the quilts from the book. I love the new modern colors & patterns. The book would be a great addition to my books. I quilt on a antique Singer Featherweight sewing machine usually and love new patterns & love your books!!!!!!!!!!so much artistry & talent…. Thanks for making the book!!!!!

    —Kathy on January 23, 2013
  • I am getting ready to retire and would so love to plan those days around this book. Just itching to get going…

    —Barbara on January 23, 2013
  • Amazing quilts. Love Love Love this. Thank you for a chance to win an ebook and for introduction to wonderful new blogs (although I have seen some of them before!)

    —Cindy Hamilton on January 23, 2013
  • Ack! So many beautiful quilts! I could drool all morning.

    —Jen V on January 23, 2013
  • What an exciting new book. My best friend already bought one and I want one too! There are about 9 quilts pictured that I’d like to make. I love the colors and simplicity of modern quilts.

    —Vicki Louise on January 23, 2013
  • I always wanted a handmade quilt but no one in my family was a quilter. So I made my first quilt with a friend’s Mom. It was made the old fashioned way with sissors (instead of rotary cutter!) From there I took a rotary cutter class and taught myself from books and I’ve been quilting for 14 years and never looked back.

    Anita on January 23, 2013
  • My story? I started quilting in college and have been going since… Sometimes I lose my mojo, but it always comes back, eventually… This book looks like it would be a GREAT source of inspiration!

    Samantha on January 23, 2013
  • My quilting story starts with me learning to sew when I was 12. I made clothing mostly, but my big sister Nan got me interested in quilting. I made a few small quilts, but then got interested in other crafts. Fast forward to last year, when I made a doll quilt for my great niece and I remembered how much I liked making things. My husband bought me a new sewing machine last Christmas and I’ve been creating ever since. Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Jacklynn Grimm on January 23, 2013
  • Heard about this book on the blogs. New quilter and cannot wait for this book! I have a post it note on my sewing machine to order it as soon as it is available. These designers with the modern take on quilts got me interested in quilting. The whole world seemed to be quilting but me; and now I joined them! Gorgeous quilts.

    —Kari H. on January 23, 2013
  • I’ve been sewing since I was a child, but only started quilting about 3 years ago. It’s safe to say that I am completely addicted. If I made a quilt a week for the rest of my life, I wouldn’t be able to finish all of the ones I want to get to (and I’m not even 40 yet:)

    This book has been on my wish list since you first put it on your website. Thanks for the opportunity to own it for free!

    —Darcie on January 23, 2013
  • I’m a relatively new quilter and I’m always on the lookout for quilt inspiration/ideas to get me moving. You have selected pattterns by some of my favorite bloggers and have given me a few new bloggers to discover! Thanks for sharing.

    —Leslie M on January 23, 2013
  • Hi Martingale! Thanks for the chance to win this inspiring book.

    I always wanted to learn how to quilt, but never took the time for myself. I have always sewn–my 70’s style flower child unbleached muslin wedding gown, for one. When our 3 kids were grown, we accepted an opportunity to work abroad in Singapore. This was my chance–with a maid for the house, my husband usually traveling, I took the leap and joined a quilting class at "Quilts & Calicoes" in hot & balmy Singapore. Many thanks to my terrific quilt teacher, Ira Joseph!! Now I quilt as often as I can and have made probably about 30 quilts, mostly as gifts for new babies, birthdays, etc. My first quilt was entirely hand-stitched sampler quilt (been there, done that!)which covers my piano. I am so proud of that quilt! Now I am certainly not ashamend to use my machine! My other masterpiece is an appliqued King Size quilt for my own bed.

    Thanks! That was fun! Love reading the other stories, too.

    —Diana on January 23, 2013
  • I started sewing about 2 years ago, after I was inspired by my husbands grandmothers quilts. When we got married we got a few of her quilts, including a grandmothers flower garden quilt-and I was in love from there. I enjoy trying new things, and even though i just started-I don’t think I’ll ever be able to quit!\

    Lisa on January 23, 2013
  • I started sewing and quilting with my grandmother, even before I started school!
    thanks for the chance to win

    —Katherine on January 23, 2013
  • This book is sew awesome! I love the freedom of playing with color and fantastic fabrics in a non-tradtional way!

    —Pam T. on January 23, 2013
  • I’ve been in love with anything "quilty" for over 30 years. I started collecting quilt books and patterns when I was fresh out of high school. Having kids slowed my journey down but now that the kids are almost all grown I’m having a ball making up for lost time! This book would be fantastic to add to my collection!

    —Leslie on January 23, 2013
  • I sat down under the shade of a birch tree in our back yard on a quilt my grandmother made, and started hand-piecing some scraps of fabric together at the age of eight. I was hooked and have never quit. At 60, I am still addicted to fabric and passionate about quilting. Thanks for the great book and giveaway!!!

    —Jude Jones on January 23, 2013
  • The modern quilt movement has relit the spark in my creative motor! I stopped quilting for 10 years, seeing that the fabrics were getting more boring by the minute. But the new lines are stunning and colorful and imaginative! Who wouldn’t want to sew with it!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win this wonderful book!

    —Steff F on January 23, 2013
  • My story is that I started with seeing a beautiful Bearpaw pattern many years ago and now i have the luxury to quilt everyday now that I’m retired.

    —Kathy MacKie on January 23, 2013
  • I made my first quilt when I was 8 years old with the help of my mom and grandma. Now I’m (much) older and still love quilting. I’m teaching my two daughters who are 9 and 7 to quilt and they love it as much as I do! Thanks for the chance to win this book!

    Mitzi on January 23, 2013
  • I started serious quilting while I was working at a fabric store. I saw all the awesome projects quilters were bringing in and selecting fabrics for. I was also gaining quite a stash while working there so I needed something to use all that fabric on! I decided in 2012 to increase my skills by promising to make 12 quilts that year, I figured one a month was manageable. I caught the bug and did 19! I look forward to learning more and building on my skills!

    Sarah on January 23, 2013
  • Started quilting as a hobby when my children were young. Now, it’s an obsession and helps me rejuvenate for my work life and family life.

    —Cloud Mom on January 23, 2013
  • Well, I first started to quilt after watching Eleanor Burns. She was easy to understand and just a lot of fun to watch.
    Then as my life was filled with children and activities and just being a mom, I no longer had time for the TV or sewing.
    Now with grown children, I have time to do my thing. I love the easy patterns of modern quilts. This book inspires me to return to quilting. I love the easy styles and the amazing colors that show in the book’s patterns.
    Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe is calling to me!

    —Deb G on January 23, 2013
  • I’ve been quilting for about 20 years. It’s fun to see the modern quilts that have come to be. Lots of solid BOLD colors.

    —Becky L on January 23, 2013
  • I’ve been quilting for twenty plus years. Lately, I’ve been enjoying the freedom of modern and art quilting. I love making up my own rules!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of Modern Quilts from the Blogging World.

    —Michelle M on January 23, 2013
  • What can I say but beautiful beautiful.

    —Dee Bahr on January 23, 2013
  • I started quilting in 2000 – and now also design for a LQS and sell patterns. The fresh modern quilts give me a new excitement for the art!

    —Christine Piepmeier on January 23, 2013
  • I got into quilting through my love (understatement) of patchwork. Add to that my love of anything from the 1920’s-1940’s and then you have me learning about feedsack fabric of which then prompted me to read about earlier quilts and how our quilting ancestors made beautiful quilts on the treadle machines and old Singers. So, I guess it’s a little about the history and a little bit my free-spirit hippie patchwork fetish and thus you have me, quilting my very first quilt.

    —Heather on January 23, 2013
  • My quilting journey began about a year ago when I happened to pass by a fabric store, and decided, on a lark, to stop in. I came across a charm pack, immediately fell in love with the designs, wondered why they were called so, and thought ‘I’ll just take them home and search the internet what they were, and what could be done with it’. What do you know! A whole new universe opened for me, and there was no going back! I read quilting blogs till my eyes swam, and yet couldn’t get enough. Winning a copy of Modern Quilts from the Blogging World will just keep that fire going! 🙂

    —Neha on January 23, 2013
  • I became interested in quilting years ago. I would sit and embroider in the lunchroom at work, and a quilter I worked with would join me and piece. Others joined in with knitting, etc. I was interested in her piecing, started reading about the how-to and the history of quilting, and was hooked!

    —Lyn on January 23, 2013
  • I started 5 years old just because I wanted to recycle the little colorful dresses of my daughter.
    I never stopped.

    —CRISTINA on January 23, 2013
  • Just one short year ago I took my first quilting class — and I am hooked! My mother taught me how to sew and I did that for years but then I became so busy with school and work that I quit. that was over 30 years ago. Last year I was on my home from dropping my husband off at the train station and decided to stop in at our local quilt shop. I signed up, took a class and love it. My overall goal was to finish a quilt that my mother started over 60 years ago. This year I finished 12 quilts — and I am still working on my Mom’s the applique quilt.

    —Leanne S. on January 23, 2013
  • Just one short year ago I took my first quilting class — and I was hooked! My mother taught me how to sew and I did that for years but then I became so busy with school and work that I quit. That was over 30 years ago. Last year I was on my home from dropping my husband off at the train station and decided to stop in at our local quilt shop. I signed up, took a class, and loved it. Quilters are great! My overall goal is to finish a quilt that my mother started over 60 years ago. This year I finished 12 quilts — and I am still working on my Mom’s applique quilt. I know that she would be pleased.

    —Leanne S. on January 23, 2013
  • I took a quilting class 12 years ago. I made 6 beautiful blocks but never completed the quilt. Thanks to all of the amazing bloggers, I am now encouraged to complete it and start more this year!

    —Kathy on January 23, 2013
  • I always wanted to quilt but didn’t try until I was pregnant with my first and happened to las a quilt shop that was starting a block of the month club. After that first quilt I was hooked.

    —Natalie on January 23, 2013
  • I love running across new patterns and am constantly amazed and in awe of all the wonderful talent that you all have to ‘invent’ a new quilt! I can’t keep up with all the wonderful things I want to accomplish! I have made about a dozen or so quilts in my years of quilting and I look forward to the book to share with my quilt guilds!

    Michelle on January 23, 2013
  • I have several quilts from my grandmother and my aunt. I have always loved them. When I retired and moved to the beach I thought it was the right time to begin my quilting journey to follow in their path. I started with a beginner class last January and have completed 9 quilts and several table runners. Needless to say I am completely addicted and would love to win such a great book!

    —Nancy H on January 23, 2013
  • Modern quilting is amazing. The choice of colours, the ability to do what ever one wants, and the solids. Great.
    Started quilting when I was working night shift with a lady who had been quilting for years. This must have been…………16 years ago.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

    —dawn barnes on January 23, 2013
  • I am just learning to quilt. Have more than one project on the go. So far I love it 🙂

    —Shelby on January 23, 2013
  • I got my quilting start many years ago from my mom, when it was cool to use a cardboard template!! Quilting sure has came a long way.

    Vicki in MN on January 23, 2013
  • I have only been quilting less than a year, but I love it. Most of my work I donate to the peds dept at the hospital. I love workinf with all the colors and fabrics.
    Thanks for a chance to win this great book!

    —Deborah French on January 23, 2013
  • I started quilting about 13 years ago after I lost my youngest son in a car wreck. The owner of our local quilt shop talked me into talking a quilt class on making a sampler quilt. It’s the best therapy ever. I have a lot of WIP’s and UFO’s. Really liking the modern quilts and all the young faces who are making them. Crossing my fingers. Thanks for the contest.

    —Terry J. on January 23, 2013
  • Just love all the color! Very refreshing and inspiring!

    —Lauri on January 23, 2013
  • I learned to quilt from a dear friend who is no longer with us today. She taught me all the basics of quilting and the joy of quilting a few years ago. I’ve only quilted a few quilts so far, with work and life getting in the way. The new modern quilting movement has inspired me to pick up that rotary cutter and cut, cut, cut away, and rest is history!!! ;o)

    —Parm on January 23, 2013
  • My quilting journey started just about a year ago when I got myself a sewing machine off eBay. I was not sure what to do with it when I came across quilting websites. Decided to take a quilting class at my LQS and have not looked back since.

    Rachel on January 23, 2013
  • I didn’t even know about quilting until I was 19 but had sewn my own clothes for years.
    A friend took me to her guild meeting and taught me the basics.
    I didn’t do much with it until another 10 years went by and now I am in total love with the whole craft of quilting and everything that goes with it.
    My stash has also become more sizeable too….

    —bec clarke on January 23, 2013
  • I’ve just created my first "real" quilt and used vintage sheets. It turned out so great I’m ready to tackle some thing really cool and more difficult. One of these beauties might be just the thing!

    —cyndy on January 23, 2013
  • My quilt story began about 4 years ago. I had a 2 year old and a baby and needed an outlet, which was all my own. I joined a craft group in a local church hall and the rest is history… I love this craft and cannot imagine life without it.

    Anorina @ Samelia's Mum on January 23, 2013
  • I’ve been quilting for about 20 years and am totally inspired by these fresh-looking quilts!

    —Becky on January 23, 2013
  • I’ve recently discovered a wonderful quilting community of bloggers! It’s been so much fun! The bonus is with this book promo I’ve discovered several more quilters! I’ve quilted off and on for 10 years. With 2 kids and work sometimes I don’t spend as much time quilting as I’d like.

    —Boo on January 23, 2013
  • This book looks amazing!
    My quilt story started long before I began quilting when I saw and loved the quilts other students brought to my southern nursing school. Years later when I became a stay at home mom, I had a chance to teach myself to quilt, and the time to do it. Since then, guilds and classes have taught me so much.

    —Alice R. on January 24, 2013
  • I literally am brand new to quilting. My mom-in-law is a quilter & her lovely quilts made me interested. Finishing my first modern quilt soon 🙂

    —Emily E on January 24, 2013
  • I bought this book a week ago, when Katy mentioned it in her blog, "I’m a Ginger Monkey". I read it cover-to-cover, last night and agree. There are many quilts I want to make out of it….What a good buy!!

    —Carol on January 24, 2013
  • I made my first quilt 36 yrs ago. I was pregant with my son and it was a simple patchwork that i embroidered squares, just big enough to fit the bassinet. I would have been finishing it up right about now 36 yrs ago cause his birthday is in 3 days. If i had know it was a boy i wouldn’t have put the white eyelet on it, lol.

    —Gina S. on January 24, 2013
  • Love your blog

    —Kathy L on January 24, 2013
  • I have always loved vintage quilts and wanted to learn. All I knew how to do was the old ‘tie-quilt’ way. I got a sewing machine for Christmas and my husband actually taught me to sew!! It is now my hobby and major obsession. I use it to relax, meditate in a way, and to unwind from the day. Quilting is such an important part of my life now, I can’t imagine not doing it!

    Kimberly on January 24, 2013
  • This book looks great! I made my first quilt over 20 years ago. I took a few years off, but am now back to it full swing. I would love to have this book for more inspiration!

    —Mair-Cee on January 24, 2013
  • I made one quilt way back in the 70’s and then didn’t try again until my daughter dragged out that original effort in 2003 and insisted that not only did she love it in all its lumpy, haphazardly pieced beauty, but she wanted me to make one for her baby. The next one was much better, but I learn with each new quilt and wouldn’t dream of stopping now. I machine piece but I quilt by hand, finding the exercise very soothing.

    —Dee F. on January 24, 2013
  • i’ve been sewing for 30 years and quilting for 18. i did garment sewing for a long time, but over the last 6 years, i have quilted exclusively. it feeds my soul like nothing else i’ve ever done. i am ALWAYS starting new projects or getting ideas for something new. i do something quilty every day!

    —chrissie w on January 24, 2013
  • My quilting story starts with my mom. She has been sewing since she was 8 and started her own sewing business. I always loved to try and "help" mom, but it wasn’t until I was 13 the I decided to make my first quilt. I made two more before falling off when I went to college, only to pick it up again 2 years ago when the quilting bug bit me. I’ve been sewing furiously ever since!

    —Crikklekay on January 24, 2013
  • beautiful quilt designs. my wonderful aunt has been teaching me how to sew. i’m so excited to start my first quilt. there are great quilts featured here that i can’t wait to try. thank you for sharing with us all!

    —Carly R. on January 24, 2013
  • My quilt journey began before I got married. I made a request to the guests to make a 12″ square using any craft medium they wanted. Some used applique, traditional piecing and some used candlewicking. It is extremely special.

    —Kirsty on January 24, 2013
  • I started quilting a couple of years ago after seeing some modern quilts in a store. I’m self-taught but really blogs & books like this one have given me the skills to become a modern quilter. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this great book.

    —Fran on January 25, 2013
  • I’ve been crocheting and knitting since my greatgrandmother taught me when I was 9, but got seriously burned out. Last October I saw a photo of a modern quilt and I was hooked. I’ve been avid tutorial watching/reading and learning as I go. I thank all of the wonderful people who teach, blog and share their talents!

    —Debra P on January 25, 2013
  • I’m new to quilting and love reading all the blogs. They have some great tips for those of us that are self-teaching. Thank you to all of you!!

    —Laurie Murray on January 25, 2013
  • I started quilting about four years ago when I was going through a divorce. I’ve really enjoyed it as a creative outlet and have made many gifts for friends and family. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Jessica PierreAuguste on January 25, 2013
  • My grandmother made quilts using old battered blankets as her batting. Any time family in California made the road trip to visit her in Wisconsin they were expected to load up any ratty blankets and fabric leftovers for delivery. Growing up I thought that’s what everyone’s grandma did! Each of us had a scrap nine patch quilt and I believed mine had magical powers that kept me safe when I was afraid of the dark at night. In my adult years I longed to learn how to really quilt after a few rather weak attempts. About five years ago found a teacher and also found my creative outlet in quilting. I especially love the opportunities to reach out to others through charity quilting.

    —Gayle Bennett on January 25, 2013
  • I always look to see who the publisher is and I know if it says "Martingale" it’s going to be quality content, great designs/ideas, and clear instructions. Your organization does a commendable job and please keep those standards. You made excellent choices in selecting your bloggers for this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Zelda, thank YOU for your kind words!
    ~Cornelia from Martingale

    —Zelda on January 25, 2013
  • My favorite? "Improv Color Blocks" I’d like to make something like that!

    —Margaret M on January 25, 2013
  • My quilt story is rather simple. While I did a bit of hand embroidery I never knew what quilting was until I stumbled upon it in various blogs and have been hooked onto it since then.

    Leena on January 25, 2013
  • So excited to see so many fabulous quilts in one place from some of my favorite bloggers! All the work put into them is amazing and inspiring, well done ladies.

    —Jenny on January 25, 2013
  • I’m a new quilter and frankly gey very bored making a bunch or repetitive traditional blocks.
    I want to make some modern quilts full of color, style and off the beaten quilting track.
    This book seems right up my alley…..crossing my fingers & toes I win it

    eileen pritch on January 25, 2013
  • I started quilting by accident, looking for a way to get into such a creative field with such lovely fabric selections!

    —Meg on January 25, 2013
  • I don’t know that I have a quiltmaking story. I just make what I love and hope the person receiving it likes it.

    —Ginger on January 25, 2013
  • I learned to sew in 4H when I was young and after that I sewed for years. I had the want to quilt for many years but was busy with my children. Then at a garage sale I bought a partially finnished quilt and I was hooked. Now many years later and many quilts I still love it and always have a new project in mind. The next it calling me, a Oklahoma Twister. Can’t wait to get started.

    —Patsy Pirnat on January 25, 2013
  • I began making dolls’ clothes on my great grandmother’s treadle sewing machine at a young age. I was first introduced to quilting in the early 1980’s at a time when the choice of patchwork fabrics was very limited in Australia. Now I love the modern style of quilts and am happy that this book is now available.

    —Lauren on January 25, 2013
  • I am the granddaughter of a quilter and the daughter of a sewist and one reason I quilt is to feel closer to them.

    —Beth T. on January 25, 2013
  • My best friend taught me to sew after my first child was born. I wanted to make a Halloween costume for her. My pal helped me to sew it on her machine. I was a wreck, but soon got my own machine and started taking classes. Shortly after that I joined a virtual sewing bee and got into quilting.

    —KerryQ on January 26, 2013
  • I totally agree with what Audrie said about ‘modern quilting’ that it couldn’t exist without the foundation of traditional quilts. I was invited to a quilt show in May of 2008 and was fascinated by all the beautiful quilts presented there, be it big or small, hand or machine made. Then I went out and bought myself a how-to beginner book and became totally hooked! I guess I started learning this craft at the right time, as many very talented people also started blogging about their projects, tutorials, inspirations etc around the same time. At the beginning, I was more drawn to the more traditional look (in the sense of colour of fabric used), but as I progress, I found the same block could be made out of brighter, cheerier colour fabric and I really like the new look of them. I am a frequent visitors to many of the bloggers presented in this book and I LOVE them all!

    —Rita on January 26, 2013
  • My introduction to quilts was my Grandmother’s "Trousers Quilt." I remember her telling me as a child about all the different fabrics. Most were Grandfather’s trousers, but there was a skirt or three in there for a few pops of color! On buying our first home we moved in and thieves used it to wrap our valuables in, and carry it away.

    The most valuable item the took was the Trousers Quilt.

    Thirty years passed, and bout two years ago I got the bug to quilt. I am not proficient at it yet, but I am working very hard to be. I have taken a few online classes with Craftsy, and the rest is self taught.

    There is no turning back now!

    Lynda S on January 26, 2013
  • I started using leftover fabric from the quilt top to make the back several years ago. The first time I did, I was using the 1930s prints, but with a lot of white space, so it had a totally modernistic look. I wish I had more time to quilt and try out more modern designs!

    —Pmorita on January 26, 2013
  • My sewing story officially started only a few short years ago. I’ve always been creative and loved graphic quilts for as long as I can remember. After telling my SIL my story she generously bought me my first quilting book for Christmas. It took over 5 months to make my first quilt but I’ve been hooked and improving ever since. This book looks amazing and love the contributors. I can wait to get one in my hands.

    —Susan Manson on January 26, 2013
  • I have been sewing for many years. I have a dress I made for my doll with leftover material from my Mother and Grandmother. I made my wedding gown and trousseau 41 years ago and always made my own and childrens clothing. I started quilting when I found a new local store selling placemat kits. My 1st full size quilt was 15 years for my nieces wedding,I was still finishingn it in the Hotel room the night before the wedding. Since then I have Quilted many scrapbook album covers for new brides and babies.(I have a new mother expecting one this spring) place mats and table runners and Baby quilts. I am still trying to get around to one for my own bed.

    —ELIZABETH CROSS on January 26, 2013
  • Looks great. As a new quilter, all the styles are new to me!

    Debra Neiman on January 26, 2013
  • I just retired and I am seriously getting into quilting. Spent alot of my last paychecks on machine, thread, notions and my stash of course!

    Debra Neiman on January 26, 2013
  • love to win! of course ! very nice these modern quilts. I could make my daughter happy

    —bea on January 27, 2013
  • The boys are at basketball, and I am alone, reading "Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe" and loving life. It just doesn’t get much better than this! Thanks for sharing the creativity!

    —KathyE on January 27, 2013
  • The book looks like one that might light my fire to start quilting again. Crossing my fingers that I might win!

    —Jillishness on January 27, 2013
  • I’ve been sewing clothing (mainly for my boys) and bags for about 5 years and decided last year to try quilting. I’ve only done small projects up to this point, but have decided that this I’m going to make bigger quilts this year. Thanks for a chance to win this fabulous quilting book – the quilts are amazing! 🙂

    —Carla G on January 27, 2013
  • The book looks to have some very creative designs – would be fun to win.

    I’m starting my first round of quilting now – I can do the traditional designs I tried – now on to modern and liberated styles.

    June @ QuiltQuest on January 27, 2013
  • I began quilting when a friend had her first baby, may years ago. There was no information available to me on quilting at the time, so I made it up as I went! The very first quilt was squares sewn together and backed then I taught myself to applique by machine using my sewing machine manual on applique, that quilt was for my first baby and it was quilted as well. I have come quite a long way since then!

    GourmetQuilter on January 27, 2013
  • As a 25 year old, I don’t really have friends my age that I can share my love with. But I just can’t stop myself. I’m addicted and try to find time whenever I can, and whenever I have money to spare. I would bury myself in fabric if only my bank account would allow…

    —Binks on January 28, 2013
  • I’m quite taken by petal pod design and knots. Lovely graphics thanks for opportunity to win fab book

    monique smith on January 28, 2013
  • Would love to own this book!!

    —Kim Munoz on January 28, 2013
  • When I was growing up, I was fascinated by the idea of quilts even though I didn’t know anyone who quilted and had never seen an actual quilt except in pictures. I did learn to sew clothes though, from my mother and so gained some of the basic skills. In 1978 I decided to make a quilt when I was expecting my first child based on a picture of a quilt block in a book. The block was very complicated and difficult and there were no instructions or pattern. That quilt still isn’t finished! I have however made other quilts since then.

    —Diann Cornell on January 28, 2013
  • 10 years or so ago, my BFF began quilting – traditional blocks, colors, etc. We were supposed to do it together, but the US Navy had other plans for our family. Through the years, she would send the best little gifts to my 2 children and I; point me to fabric sites; tell me about quilting books; just generally inspire me. So for years, I collected fabrics and thought one day, one day I will sew and quilt. Well that day came about 4 years ago. My sewing machine has taken up permanent residency at the end of our dining room table. I now send her family little quilt-y gifts. I share with her, my favorite blogs and websites with the latest ideas in modern quilting. I’m secretary of our local MQG. Thank you Laarni!

    —Cindy on January 28, 2013
  • Love the book, and I also love reading Stitch It! Lots of great info and fun contests. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of the book.

    —Jaime on January 28, 2013
  • My quiltmaking story is extremely short as I’m a beginner 🙂

    —Carmen on January 28, 2013
  • My mother passed her sewing machine onto me, which I still use. I started with embroidery, which i still love and moved on to the sewing machine at 13. I used to make my own clothes and i’ve moved on to counted cross stitch and quilting.

    —Emily C on January 28, 2013
  • I grew up being dragged to Joann Fabrics and quilt stores by my mother. I never had much interest because the fabrics were so country looking. It wasn’t until I had children that I discovered a book about designing your own quilts that I became interested in actually trying to sew. I finally took the plunge and started my first quilt project in 2010.

    Laura Wolverton on January 29, 2013

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