Try it on Tuesday: Modern Quilting

Last week I had a great book from Interweave to show off and this week…same thing…another great book from Interweave, Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pederson.

Quilting Modern - jacket art
Let me just say that I live to quilt…I like some of every different style and each style of quilting to me has a purpose.  Of all the modern quilting books I’ve seen, this is real close to the top of the list.  To be fair, I think I personally would classify this book as modern/improv and I do like improv quilting…remember that crumb quilt I made??

Back to the book…

There are several really cute quilts in the book.


I love to check out the quilting because there is really a different look to modern quilting and I’d love to give it a try.

I like this barn would be a FAST baby quilt!!


Lots of quilts in the book have and aqua or turquoise color in them.


This black and white sure is fun.


The quilting on this one is fun too.


With the little quilting I did with my daughter Kalissa over the Christmas break I can easily see that she would really like the quilts in this book.  She likes fewer rules and more fun….seam matching isn’t quite so crucial with color and design being allowed to change from block to block.

All is all this is a fun quilt book that I am sure one of you is sure to enjoy….If you’d like a chance to win just leave a comment here telling if you have done any improv quilting.  I’ll pick a winner next week.

76 thoughts on “Try it on Tuesday: Modern Quilting”

  1. I’m up late and saw your posting right away, Jo. No, I’ve never done any improv quilting but I’ve always wanted to. Maybe with this book to guide me I would go ahead and let loose and just do it! Thanks for the great review and the chance to win.

  2. At first I was put off by the concept of “modern quilting.” It seemed to me to be a gimmick or even “cheating” on traditional quilting. But recently I’ve found myself drawn to modern quilts — partly because of the colors and large-scale prints, and partly because of the freedom of the quilting, but mostly because of the openness of the designs (I think it’s called “negative space”). I am slowly developing an understanding of the concept; I still don’t understand why we have to separate the old from the new or be just one or the other.

  3. Love the modern style. I am drawn to traditional patterns but have recently been playing with “modern” fabrics and settings for traditional blocks. I’d love to have this book.

  4. I have not done any improv quilting – I’m kind of a conservative traditional quilter. But it’s never too late to learn new things!

  5. I haven’t done much quilting at all so far. I do have access to Viking’s new free motion quilter, the Platinum 16, and I intend to quilt my tops on it. I hope to buy a Platinum for myself, but for now I can use the one at work (Viking Sewing Gallery). Debbie in WV

  6. I am drawn to the Modern quilts too! I even joined my local Modern Quilt Guild. I’m fortunate enough to live close enough that I was able to attend the first Quilt Con quilt show. It was amazing. Even though there isn’t much that is ‘new’ in quilting, this feels new and exciting to me.

  7. I love the simplicity of the Modern Quilts – letting the fabrics do the work. Am planning on doing some of the modern designs this year.

  8. Haven’t done any modern quilting yet but I’d like to give it a try! Our guild had Jackie Geri g last year and she has inspired me to try one. Maybe 2014 will be the year I stop worrying about matching so much and give some of this a try! Thanks for the chance to win an interesting book.

  9. I think of myself as more of a traditional quilter, but I’ve done some “improv” piecing using my “crumbs”, so I guess that is trending toward modern. I do like the use of solid fabrics and the bigger spaces for quilting. Thanks for the chance to win this book — it looks interesting.

  10. I am a traditional quilter and have mostly made quilts with batiks. I like the fabrics and the negative space of the modern quilts and would love to learn from this book.

  11. I’ve done a bit of improve quilting, and love it! I lean a bit more towards the bright and unexpected colors, though, than the ipmrov. but still, it’s more relaxing to NOT have to worry about matching seams! I feel I can concentrate more on the colors and the design that way.

  12. Several years ago, I took a class from the improv queen ~ Gwen Marston! I am a scrappy, anything goes kind of quilter, so the liberated style of piecing wasn’t too much of a stretch for me. I am really, really interested in that black and white quilt pattern and would love to win the book and give it a try!

  13. I started with the love of the 30’s quilts like my grandmother made and then moved on to enjoying Bonnie Hunter quilts. For Christmas I received Tula Pink’s book of 100 Modern Quilt Blocks. I have decided that I love them all and like the idea of trying new quilts. I see several quilts that I would enjoy making if I were lucky enough to win the book.

  14. Improv quilting is fun! I have always been a scrappy quilter. Then I tried including other people’s scraps at a retreat to incorporate into “made” fabric. That fabric was put into traditional stars and made a beautiful quilt. It was great fun to watch it evolve. Can’t wait to take the quilt to retreat again this year so friends from far away can see their scraps in the finished piece.

  15. I have done just a little improve, but it is something I would like to develop. I, too, enjoy seeing the quilting on modern quilts, but I always wonder how stiff some of them might be with all the heavy quilting?

  16. I have never done any improv quilting, but have made one log cabin modern quilt. I need to get back to finish that quilt named it “HOUSETOP”. So glad to see the books you review and appreciate the chance to win.

    Joyce B. in AR

  17. Happy New Year Jo! This book looks great. I have done some improv, Love that aqua blocks with the center crumbs. What fun to break rules. Thanks for the chance to win.

  18. I have always wanted to try quilts like this—-I like how free it would feel not to have to match anything—I love the fresh feel of these quilts…

  19. I would say ALL my quilting is improv quilting as I’m still a beginner. LOL However, I am interested in any kind of quilting because so far I just can’t even DRAW feathers and some of the other more traditional designs. I keep practicing on paper, and have tried on a scrap sandwiches, but no go.

  20. I really like improv piecing – I use scraps so that I feel as though I can’t mess up! The only cushion I have made for our couch used improv piecing. I love the look of that book!!

  21. Debra Kay Neiman

    I am a new quilter and up for trying anything. I like the look of these improv quilts in your post. Happy New Year from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  22. This is something I would like to try, but need to let myself be free – for me that is hard. I could use the help.

  23. Cindy Wienstroer

    I would love to read this book – i did a modern quilt for my son’s Christmas gift this yearand this would have helped. Like you I have done crumb blocks but never made a quilt top from them. Thanks for the chance & stay warm. Cindy

  24. I have done some Maverick stars and enjoyed stepping out of traditioal quuilting. I ave yet to quilt he baby quilt t look forwad to doing it.

  25. I did a quilt with Squares connecting for a cousins quilt. Needed to look more masculine than the free form squiggles . it was fun to do and looked awesome when done. Thank you for the chance to win .

  26. Hi Jo. I like to tell people that all my quilting is improv, that way they really don’t know if it really is supposed to look like that or not. lol. Seriously, I tend to lean towards a combination curly, flowery feather type of motif in my quilting but am really thinking that I’d like to pick up a coule of long arm rulers to do some straight quilting on my home machine. Looks like fun. Thanks so much for sharing. Love your blog.

  27. Valerie Boudier

    I do a lot of crumb blocks – don’t get made in to quilts but usually peg bags and pot holders, would love to win this book

  28. I have not tried improv quilting yet. We are starting a modern quilt guild in my town and maybe that’s something we can try.

  29. I’m new to the quilt world and loving every minute of it, so far. With a jelly roll race quilt top as my only finished project, I’m looking forward to the next challenge and it just may be an improv block or two! Thanks for the give-aways!

  30. I’ve never done any improv quilting…I’m much more of a traditional quilter. That barn raising quilt featured really appeals to me even though it’s more modern than I usually prefer!! :)) thanks for the giveaway!!

  31. I haven’t done any improv quilting but would love this book to start me off. Have been seeing all kinds beautiful quilts made these way lately.

  32. I am always looking for new ideas and try to do quilting with a home machine in a modern way. it is not easy but it can be done but only if the design and quilt with let you go modern. I find the hardest even with a walking foot is the straight line method. sigh
    I think it would be super working with the minis that I entered to win!

  33. Elaine Satterfield

    Would LOVE a copy of that book! Two years in and just about ready to step it up on the quilting part of my quilts! Thanks for the giveaway!

  34. i have actually done some improv quilting once when I needed a quilt for my son, I grabbed my stash, no measuring really, had to have it done in a day … it was fun no measuring, but just cutting to fit .. and it turned out great !!

  35. I have been free motion quilting for over 30 years and have always been a very traditional quilter. I just love the new modern quilting look. It’s so fun and free. It makes me feel young again!

  36. Yes, I”ve made one improv quilt- took my scrap bag and just grabbed and sewed together, then whacked off a straight edge to attach the next piece- very freeing and fun. I love to FMQ- I never was very good at straight lines. This book looks great!

  37. The first quilt I made was all improv, not being an experienced sewer, of course the first thing I decided to make was something that had no pattern, just the idea in my head. In the year since, I find myself doing more improv than following a pattern. Both of my grandmothers were extremely crafty (they did it all and both worked as craft instructors) so I guess it is in my blood.

  38. I’ve seen this book online – but never to flip thru – love the photos you included! I love this style but have only attempted a mug rug mat size piece from left over bonus triangles from a larger quilt….then I quilted it in a spiral method. I would love the book to get more tips and patterns to go from! thanks for a chance to win – love your blog and what you offer to your reader!

  39. I I love all the blue and auqua fabrics you showed from the book.more towards the modern quilts and would love to learn improve quilting.

  40. I have been busy making baby quilts and pillow cases and am, ready to move on to more modern quilts! This book would be inspiring to say the least! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  41. I’ve just been learning to do free motion quilting on my sewing machine and would love the book for the techniques in it.

  42. I have never done any “improv” quilting, but have been wanting to try new things. And so, what better thing to try for the new year! Thanks

  43. Thanks for the chance to win this great book! I haven’t done any improv quilting since I don’t know where to begin! So… this book would be a great help. Thanks again!

  44. Oh this book looks awesome! No, I have not done any improv quilting. All my quilting had been very beginner friendly and all planned out. With more practice I hope to be able to do that.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.


  45. Chris in So Cal

    Boy! I’d love to win this book. I am taking a class with Jacquie at Road to California next week and I cannot wait!

  46. I have made up several quilt layouts without a pattern but have not tried modern improv quilting yet. But I do have Jacquie’s class on Craftsy and love here quilts! Thanks.

  47. What a great giveaway having thought of buying this book some great modern quilt patterns and ideas. Thank you for the chance to win this :-)

  48. Stephanie Olmsted

    I also like the Barn raising quilt. I am just starting out and need easy quilts and something small makes for quicker finishing.

  49. No, I haven’t done any improv quilting yet. But I really like the quilts in the book, especially the black and white one. I would love to win this book so I can give it a go.

  50. I have always liked old fashion quilting and then one day I saw all the beautiful colors and fell in love with the newer look of quilts, I would love to try improv quilting. I believe In keep learning and trying new things and growing. Thanks Jo again

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