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An old-fashioned quilting bee: wooden frame fills the parlor, neighbors at their needles, better quilters stay late to redo poor quilters’ “toenail-catchers.” A modern bee: quilters connect only by Internet and snail mail, each month a “host” chooses a block, others work that block to return to the “host” for assembly. The first way is real; the other, a virtual group project. Conner, a writer/editor/quilter/blogger, produces a well-crafted guidebook based on her online bee, the Mod Stitches. Members designed a baker’s dozen patterns—one for each month, plus one for gift-giving or charity fundraising—that would work well for the modern bee as well as for individual quilters. March’s “Bluebell’s Cabin” is refreshing; September’s “Trellis Crossroads,” bracing. Conner also offers basics for newbies and coaching for quilters with intermediate skills (including templates for “Baseball Curves”) as well as sound guidelines for modern “bee-keeping,” including ideas to compensate for quilters who run late or are a poor fit in the group. No matter whether the bee is in the parlor or cyberspace, “sewing with others is a way to creatively stretch yourself,” Conner writes. (Publishers Weekly, 8/2/13)

This book offers a virtual, one-year quilting bee! There is a full-sized quilt for each month of the year, plus one extra. The patterns are modern in style, yet inspired by traditional quilt blocks. Each monthly project includes instructions for the block and for finishing the quilt. The instructions allow you to learn more advanced techniques as you go along. (Quilter's Digest, 9/15/13)

Online quilting bees are popular among modern quilters, and this collection of 12 quilt patterns that emerged from the yearlong Mod Stitches Bee features designs that fall squarely within the modern-traditionalist style. Quilters familiar with the modern quilting blogosphere will recognize several of the designers, including Elizabeth Dackson, Jeni Baker, and Sukie Newbold, all of whom sell or share their patterns online. The projects include modern takes on log cabin, snowball, drunkard's path, and star blocks, as well as a string-pieced circle block that looks much tougher than it actually is. VERDICT: Those who enjoy quilts that bring modern flair to traditional blocks will enjoy this compendium of beginner-to-intermediate patterns.
(Library Journal, September 2013)

The quilt patterns in this book are created by Mod Stitches Bee. They are organized by skill level from beginner to confident beginner through intermediate. Lindsay Conner shows you how to start a bee, choose members and projects, and how the bee can give back to the community. Within the 13 patterns are helpful tips from using the proper tools to trying a new fabric or layout. The book concludes with finishing techniques - borders, sashing, backing, basting, quilting and binding. (Modern Quilts Unlimited, Fall 2013)

About the Author

Lindsay Conner is a writer, editor, and quilter. Her work has appeared in Stitch and Stitch Craft Create magazines and the One-Yard Wonders books. You can follow her crafty ventures at Lindsay Sews and Craft Buds. lindsaysews.com, craftbuds.com She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and two loveable cats, Murph and Chloe.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing / Stash Books (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607057301
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607057307
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This year has been all about shaking up my quilting style and process, so a book with quilting bee ideas seemed a logical selection. Since I received my copy, I have bookmarked nearly every quilt in hopes of one day doing them either in a bee or solo. Heck, I was planning to skip my guild's challenge quilt but the perfect option was in this book.

The photos and instructions are clear and easy to follow. I can't wait to cut out and make my first quilt from here. Now I just need to go recruit some friends to do a bee with me.
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Got my "Modern Bee" book and can't stop looking at it! The quilts are beautiful and the instructions are very detailed. I am a new quilter and this book has added features that will also help me. With added bonuses like comparing thread, the feel of the fabric and how to bind and finish the quilt how can I go wrong! Now just need to decide which one to do first.... :)
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I bought this to take part in the ModernInstaBee2014 and I'm so happy I did! I'd have hated to miss out on this book. I love the blocks. They're well explained with great directions and graphic and it's exactly what it promises--all the info you'll need to sort out sewing with your friends near and far.
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I recommend this book on many level. A: It's a beautiful book to look at. B: Lots of great basic quilting tips and helpful information to quilters of all levels. C: Very helpful information on starting your own "quilting bee" - good tips and suggestions. D: Nice selection of quilt patterns. This book has appeal to many different audiences.
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I love the quilts in this book. However there were two things I disliked. First there is no table of contents with a small picture of each quilt. Publishers need to remember that many books are now digital. Not having an easy to view table of contents or an index has made this book very difficult to use. If I could return it I would and buy the physical copy. I love using patterns on my iPad but when i can't navigate it easily its almost useless. The second issue is about some of the patterns having too many points. There is too much use of HST triangles where square in square or other units would make sewing easier . Otherwise this is a fun book and I'm using it to participate in an Instagram Bee!
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I love this book as it had a range of patterns, from the simple to the more complicated. I am working full-time and want to make nice quilts quickly, without having to cut out tiny, tiny pieces. So for that reason, I like MOSIAC TILES, PLAYING CARDS, and STRING CIRCLES. You can also use a lot of scraps and not have to go out and buy a lot of new fabric, maybe except for the backing and binding. I was part of a Quilt Group which mailed blocks from around the country to two organizers in the Midwest. We made quilts for families of soldiers killed in Iraq. I made blocks, which I mailed off to the organizers. I also received 25 blocks plus backing in the mail to put together whole quilts--and send back to the organizers. I provided the batting and thread, plus paid for the mailing myself. We had two organizers. The main one conceived the whole idea for these memorial quilts, which was a very noble cause. However, she was bi-polar and could be difficult to get along with. One day she was nice and the next day, she was very grumpy and would snap back at people. This didn't help the morale of the group of well-meaning and generous quilters. Some people quit, others just sucked it up because their focus was the families, and not this moody organizer. Fortunately, her deputy organizer was on an even keel, a kind and considerate woman, with whom I preferred to deal. So let that be a lesson to quilt bee organizers--virtual or otherwise. Please don't bite the hands that feed you--or rather, give you quilt blocks! Quilters be nice to one another!
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Plan on being president of my quilt guild next year and wanted some modern, fresh designs to introduce. The hard part will be choosing which one to make because they are all clever and so pretty. I think I'll just make some of them on my own ;).
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I'm brand new to sewing and wanted to dive into quilt making. A lot of people laughed at me for wanting to start with such a complicated project so quickly but I was determined.

I picked up a copy of this book at my local fabric store and love it. My favorite part of the book is that they demystify the quilt making process. I learned everything I needed to know to start my first quilt by using this book. I didn't start with one of the quilts in the book because they seemed too complicated for me at the time, but I used this book as a guide along the way.

As a result I'm over halfway finished with my first quilt top and am learning how to do free-motion quilting (unfortunately I'll need a new book for that).
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