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Modern Mix: 16 Sewing Projects that Combine Designer Prints & Solid Fabrics, 7 Quilts + Pillows, Bags & More Paperback – October 16, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (October 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781607052494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607052494
  • ASIN: 1607052490
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Jessica Levitt is a self-taught designer who crafted her first quilt more than 20 years ago.

More About the Author

Jessica has been sewing and quilting since the age of 12. Always thirsting for some new craft, she has taught herself countless quilting techniques as well as costuming, even design, and home decor. She has also designed several lines of fabric for Windham Fabrics.

Her degree in engineering from Duke University is now largely unused while she pursues fulfillment in these more creative endeavors.

Jessica lives and works in New Jersey with her husband and two children.

You can see her latest projects and catch up on her life at her blog, Juicy Bits: www.juicy-bits.typepad.com.

Customer Reviews

Just can't wait to dig in!
Catherine C. Fry
I particularly like the emphasis on mixing solids and bold patterns - the author has great ideas for achieving this mix in modern-looking ways with clean designs.
Jane Rosenthal
They are so detailed and easy to follow.
ciaebel

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By liberal sprinkles on October 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
When I first started sewing two years ago, I used lots of print fabrics because I was just amazed at the designs available. It was only after a few months that I "discovered" the amazing qualities of good, old, plain solids. What a great way to mix fabrics and bring out the uniqueness of prints.

I was quite excited when I won an e-copy of Modern Mix in a giveaway because the concept of mixing solids and prints is something I really like and try and practize in my sewing. I like the book - author Jessica Levitt discusses this point succinctly using some good examples - but I felt it didn't really explore the issue in depth. I'm left with a nice e-book with some cute projects but I didn't learn much from it, although I do like a lot of the modern, clean pattern designs (hence the 4 stars).

If you're unfamiliar with combining colors or mixing solids and fabrics, this might be an interesting book for you. You'll learn things like using solids as a background or to highlight prints, as well as:

- color theory. For the Gradations Bag project, you pick print fabrics in 2 colors then create a spectrum of other prints in between that blend from one to the other, then use strips of neutral solids to highlight the prints and colors.

- using solids to tie together various prints in the same color family (Twin String quilt)

- piecing solids together to create patterns without things looking too busy (Diamond Strands quilt)

I like the fresh contemporary look of many of the designs. Other than the projects above, I might try the Traffic Jam strip quilt that involves appliques and the Wall Pocket for storing files or magazines.

Levitt's instructions are quite clear, it really helps that they are accompanied by diagrams.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ciaebel on January 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am so thrilled to find this gem of a book. As a person who is starting out with sewing projects and quilting this book makes the process so much easier and with wonderful creative projects to try out. I am particularly happy with all the diagrams in the book. They are so detailed and easy to follow. A recommend addition to a crafter's library! :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elliott on May 15, 2012
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If your someone (like me) who would actually like patterns to the designs then this is not for you. I found the directions confusing and complicated.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Embroidery RAT on December 17, 2011
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Modern Mix: 16 Sewing Projects that Combine Designer Prints & Solid Fabrics, 7 Quilts + Pillows, Bags & More

I bought this book because my sewing skills and attention span both were in need of a new challenge. So, this fresh and fabulous book jumped out at me because the cover had a delightful round ball-shaped pillow covered in what looked to be dark red rose petals - hey, it doesn't take much for me to buy a quilt book...

When I received it, it delivered on its promise: 16 sewing projects! But, these aren't those silly quilted wall hangings or tacky holiday table runners, these are gorgeous designs with fantabulous fabric selections. I made a darling string quilt out of this book and my next project will be the "arts and crafts triptych" where I will be stitching 3 panels and stretching them over canvas to go in an art niche in my hallway. These will be great fun as I search for the perfect fabric. I cannot wait to make the bedspread on the cover. I read the instructions for making the applique circles and this will be a piece of cake!

This is just the book I was looking for to jazz up my winter sewing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vicki Chase on December 7, 2011
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Gorgeous projects--especially if you are a Kaffe Fassett fan. She is very detailed with instructions, but I don't think this is for beginners.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tricia scott on March 27, 2012
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I love this book. The author did a great job with easy to follow directions. I also loved all the tips through out the wide range of projects. A must have for the modern quilter!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane Rosenthal VINE VOICE on February 11, 2012
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This is a lovely book - I like the new designs as well as fresh takes on old designs. I particularly like the emphasis on mixing solids and bold patterns - the author has great ideas for achieving this mix in modern-looking ways with clean designs.

Although I haven't had a chance to make any of these quilts, the instructions seem very thorough and clear. I walked through several designs that I want to make and they seem very doable and simple to do. I am an intermediate quilter and find these designs fresh and inviting.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Platt on February 20, 2012
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I just fell in love with the cover of this book. It's the interplay of colours - sumptuous yet totally unexpected. It might have started with love at first sight, but as I went through the book, I realised this was a lasting love affair not a passing fancy. You'll find 16 projects that combine fabulous fabrics with style. Jessica has terrific colour sense and I love her work. I also love the fact that it is not all quilts but the seven quilts there are could be the seven deadly sins as you will lust and more. There is a great apron, so you can look great cooking dinner. In fact it would not take too much effort to turn it into a skirt. Also a table runner, roomy bag and another smaller bag, two stylish cushions, camera case, wall hangings that will be the focus of attention and a wall pocket to keep the place tidy. All the instructions you need in an easy to read format plus beautiful photos. Just in case you don't get the idea yet - I loved it and cannot wait for another Jessica Levitt book, please. This is one you should buy now. This review first appeared on yarnsandfabrics website.
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