Thanks so much for letting us know that our initial link wasn’t working properly. We have updated it so that you can join in the fun with our Country Girl Modern book!
The long awaited day is finally here. Our quilting book, Country Girl Modern has gone to print….and being it’s gone to print we can finally talk about it. No more secrets. No more edits. What a relief!! It’s amazing that one year ago on January 11, 2014 we first sent in our submission for the book and here one year later it is being printed and we are opening it up for pre-sales!! So much has happened in that year including the making of all 11 of our quilts!!
First off, let me show you the cover….Kelli and I are absolutely in love with the cover! It’s “feels like us”. A country farm look to it all…awesome right??
The cover photos were all taken when we traveled to Kansas City for the photo shoot back in September. You can read about that adventure here just in case you missed it!
When we approached writing the book and designing the quilts we wanted to come up with projects that had more of a modern feel but weren’t “way modern”. We wanted to a jazz up our fabric color selections. We wanted to give the quilts a fresh look with a spark of fun.
How about I give you a little preview of the quilts and you can see what you think…
First up is Rainbow Connection. This was a last minute design idea that I loved because it’s scrappy and so easy to make. This quilt was so easy to make that my “non sewing” daughter Kalissa helped with the sewing of it. There are are only matching seams in the center of the quilt so it’s a perfect beginner project.
Next up is Almost Amish. This quilt was inspired after visiting an Amish Community in our area. The had their clothes hanging out on the wash line. We purposely designed a few quilts that would be very “guy friendly”. This is one of them.
This is Connect Four. This one was designed while I was in the shower one morning. I was trying to come up with a quilt sized design that would only use two charm packs. This is a quilt that does. I know MANY of you have two charm packs just waiting for some inspiration. This one is another quilt that would make a great “guy quilt”. It’s SUPER quick too.
May Flowers is the next quilt. It is a big quilt. It’s likely Kelli’s favorite of the bunch. I know I really like it too. It’s very non-traditional in construction. It’s not really constructed in block form. It’s one of the harder quilts in the book but still very do-able!
Bohemian Rhapsody the quilt below is the favorite quilt of Kalissa and of Jen (our son Buck’s wife). Both of them when they saw it squealed and squealed that they wanted the quilt. This uses large scale graphic prints. The construction is very simple and easy yet makes a really nice quilt.
Have you noticed that there are very few modern looking patriotic quilts designs out there? We did. That’s why we came up with this design. We made ours up in all solids. Construction initially looks a little complicated but it really isn’t once you see the directions laid out.
Puddle Duck is the quilt below. This is a favorite of our editor, Jenifer Dick. The blocks in this quilt are really big! It was fun to see how fast this quilt came together. When a person only makes nine blocks and they are all big, it’s easy to complete a quilt quickly.
Moda-licious is the quilt below. The people over at Moda have been so good to us providing us with a lot of the fabrics for the book so we decided to dedicate one quilt just to them and this one is it. All of the fabrics in the quilt are from Moda.
Pilot Knob is our next quilt. Kelli was the person doing the sewing on this one and she did a great job. I love the colors…but and very picnic like.
School Bus, the quilt below is stunning in person. Our goal with this was to take more of a traditional setting, blocks with sashing, and jazz it up giving it a bit of modern yet traditional appeal. For those of you who love making traditional blocks with traditional construction but want to give your quilt just a bit of a modern look, this one just might be the quilt pattern you’re looking for. From the photo you can see it but the black print is a big black and gray polka dot…it’s really fun! Scroll back to the top, it’s one of the cover quilts too!
The last quilt in the book is Thanks to YOU!! This is completely and totally scrappy. You might remember sometime back we asked blog readers to send us a 2 1/2″ strip of fabric. We promised that we would put all the scraps into a quilt. We promised we would put all the names of the people who donated a scrap into a drawing and that the person who won would get a free autographed copy of the book. Well this is the quilt that we made with your scraps. We will be doing that drawing soon.
I think those of you who donated fabric are going to have a fun time paging through the book and looking at pictures to see if you can identify the scrap you sent. I had an awesome time making this quilt!
That’s all eleven patterns. What do you think?? Are there one of two or maybe even 11 quilts that you’d like make. I know I really want to make Bohemian Rhapsody again!!
We are opening up pre-sales today. We are expecting to be mailing books out for Valentine’s Day delivery if all goes well on the printing side of things. Orders will be sent out on a first come, first serve basis and will be sent out as quickly as we get the books and can process the orders.
If you would like your very own autographed copy you can find out how to order by following this LINK HERE.
Over the next 11 days we’ll be featuring one of our quilt from the book and telling the back story about the quilt telling you what inspired the design, fabrics we used, more pictures and all the behind the scenes info. I can’t wait to tell you details about each and every one of the quilts. I always think those details are what make the quilt fun.
So there it is…our book, Country Girl Modern!
We are hooking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Crazy Mom Quilts, and Link a Finish Friday. This is the BIGGEST finish we have ever had. I can’t tell you how nervous we are wondering if you’ll like the designs and how relieved we are that the work of putting the book together is behind us.
Wow! I like each & everyone! Such a wonderful variety of beautiful quilts! It’s going to be difficult to decide which one that I will make first!
I tried to click on the Link to see how to preorder your book and nothing happened. I
can’t wait to see the book and decide which quilt to make first. Nice looking
Wow! I love your patterns! I love big block patterns so Puddle Duck I would love to make! But truly I reckon I would love to make all of them! I recently made a version of Jimmy John and I loved it soooo much…your patterns are quick and easy due to the very clear directions you write. Anyways Congratulations ladies! You can breathe easy!
Will I be able to order a copy to be sent to the UK?. I love your work and have made quite a few of your quilts. Marie
I love the quilts. I can’t get the link to work either. pam
Hi Pam! Thanks so much for your kind words. I have updated the link within our post. Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention! Have a wonderful day! -Kelli
Congratulations to both of you! A job well done. My initial favorite is Puddle Duck, but that’s just initial. I like Bohemian Rhapsody, but maybe not in the large-scale print. I really like that you made an effort to include guy-friendly designs. Thanks.
What a wonderful book!! I ordered just fine and will be delighted when the book comes!!
The only trouble? Which quilt to make first!! Congrats to you both on a great book–wish you much success with it.
It looks like a wonderful book full of great patterns. Congratulations to you both.
Just preordered my copy – can’t wait to receive the book!
Congratulations on your first book!! The quilts in it are awesome. I just printed off the order form to mail a check to you, but no address is given. Where do I mail the order and my check?
The link works and my order is in! I so happy for you. The quilts all look great! I think your book is going to be a huge hit.
You and Bonnie H are my start to every morning, such awesome hardworking and down-to-earth quilting wonder women. I hope that more of it rubs off on me.
Congratulations on the book! It looks wonderful. Is there an option for ordering online using a credit card without going through Paypal?
Love it, Jo! You and Kelly are so talented. I look forward to receiving my copy. I want to make them all.
Just ordered my copy! Not sure which one I’ll start with…so excited for you guys!
I need another quilt book like I need another hole in my head, that being said I just ordered it, lol. I can see myself making several of these quilts. It is a great collection of quilts. Congratulations
Congrats on a great book! Lots of stunning designs!
I just ordered my copy. I’m so excited and can’t wait to receive it…..! So happy for you both. Wish you much success with this book and your future journeys in quilting. =)
Your book designs are awesome! I’ve pre-ordered and I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! Can I quibble just a bit? The tiny gray type on the ordering page is really hard to read! On your regular site the type is fine. Why change it for your shop?
jo and kelli, oh i love them all!!!!!!!!!!!! and plan to make at least one of each. i love your designs and i especially love your instructions. you guys did such a great job, the photography is wonderful also. it just feels right-like a snugly quilt. keep up the great work. i know you aren’t getting rich but what an accomplishment!!!! i can’t wait for my copy
my paypal has a different name but please autograph it to me—thanks
Congratulations, Jo and Kelli! I just ordered my copy. Love Connect Four and Modalicious.
Congratulations! I will definitely be ordering one.
Love every one of the quilts. I couldn’t pick a favorite, they are all awesome. Congratulations on a job well done. I don’t buy many quilt books but I’m placing my order today.
Congratulations! This looks to be one of those keep forever books and made the patterns more than once. My favorites are Modern Day Patriot, Puddle Duck and Moda-licious.
Great quilts. I will be one of the make 1 or 2 or maybe all 11 people. I find the patriotic quilt stunning.
I think it is lovely and amazing! Congratulations Jo to you and the family!
Congratulations! I look forward to hearing more about how you came up with the designs!