“Modern Baby” and “Modern Quilts” Book Reviews

Take a look at my work and you can see where I stand on the modern to traditional design spectrum. And while my heart tends more towards the traditional, I like breaking the rules and “Modern Meets Primitive” as well as “Cocktails in the Library” demonstrate I love working outside of my normal realm.  So I am thrilled to have a chance to share my review of two books: Modern Baby and Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe.

 

 First up!

 

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The cover lets you know right off that the emphasis is on fun with the cute little goldfish and the bubble quilting.  Fourteen different designs from thirteen designers means there are lots of exciting designs to choose from.   I liked reading the artist statements about each quilt, getting a glimpse at each designer’s process.  And ideas like outlining your child’s hand and adding it to the quilting on the quilt is a neat way of creating a lovely keepsake.

 

My favourite quilt in the book is this one:

 

The Birdhouse Quilt.  Designed and sewn by Carrie Bloomston and quilted by Mary Beth Martin.

The Birdhouse Quilt. Designed and sewn by Carrie Bloomston and quilted by Mary Beth Martin.

 

I am already imagining it interpreted and done up as a wall hanging in wool Sue Spargo style with lots of embroidery.  Wouldn’t that be fun!

 

There are lots of tips in the book about fabric choices, keeping organized and construction technique tips specific to each quilt.

 

To get a younger persons point of view, I asked my daughter what her favourite is and she chose this one:

Cross Weave.  Designed and made by Amy Smart.

Cross Weave. Designed and made by Amy Smart.

 

I can see it done in little boy fabric and the crosses could be roads that he can drive his cars on!

 

And this was a hands down winner with both the men and women in this house!   I love it’s energy!

 

Vertigo designed and made by Audrie Bidwell.

Vertigo designed and made by Audrie Bidwell.

 

You can find out more about Modern Baby: Easy, Fresh, and Fun Quilt Designs here.

 

Next up is Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe.

 

Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe.

Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe.

 

Nineteen quilts, eighteen quilt designers and lots of choice.  Some quilts clearly show their traditional roots while others boldly go …

 

Choosing quilts again was a family affair.  A bit of a tricky one, as it seems my eldest desires more than one quilt in his life (each time I show him one he  asks “Will that be for me!”  It is great to feel loved and appreciated for what you do!)

 

All around top place winner in this house:

 

"Silo" designed and made by Heather Jones.

“Silo” designed and made by Heather Jones.

 

Followed closely by:

 

"Starflower" designed and made by Angela Nash.

“Starflower” designed and made by Angela Nash.

 

And dashing into third place this one:

 

Petal Pod.  Designed and made by Jessica Kovach.

Petal Pod. Designed and made by Jessica Kovach.

 

Love the graphic quality of this one!

 

Find out more about Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe here.

 

After posting about all of these … gotta run and raid my stash!

 

Have you made a modern quilt yet?

 

Have a great week

&

Happy Stitching!

 

COMMENTS

  1. Ginny Worden says...

    My son bought me a fat quarter bundle of Art Gallery Fabric, really outside my comfort zone, but I found a pattern with a graphic quality and used a solid background, and made a quilt that was “modern” and feel in live. It won’t be my last one.

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