Modern Patchwork: 12 Quilts to Take You Beyond the Basics
I consider myself a modern quilter, which is sometimes hard to define. In the simplest terms, I think it means that I embrace a clean, modern aesthetic and that I’m more concerned about what works for me than about following a previously established set of rules.
These days it’s not hard to find patterns for modern quilting. Many of these are promoted as being quick and simple, which has drawn criticism from some traditionalists. While I disagree that modern quilting is by nature simplistic and unstructured, there does seem to be a dearth of more challenging patterns for modern quilters. Some suggest that modern quilters should just make traditional blocks instead. That’s a fine idea in theory, but what if we don’t care for the look of traditional blocks? What if we want to make something stylish that we can use in our homes now?
I firmly believe that expanding your skills and taking on new challenges doesn’t necessarily mean making traditional blocks. My goal with this book has been to create a set of modern patterns for intermediate-level quilters that promote precision piecing and thoughtful fabric selection, introduce new challenges, and—most important—produce beautiful, stylish quilts that will fit into your modern home.
If you’re fairly new to quilting, some of the projects in this book may involve techniques that you haven’t tried before or more precise piecing than you’re used to. Don’t let that scare you off! Making a quilt takes time and, often, trial and error. Creating a beautiful quilt that you can use for years to come is worth the effort!
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