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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (June 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607055481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607055488
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Hartman was the one who started it all for me. I came across her blog over three years ago and I have been faithfully following it ever since. I loved her first book, A Practical Guide to Patchwork, and was anxiously awaiting the release of her second, Modern Patchwork. It was definitely worth the wait! Modern Patchwork picks up where The Practical Guide leaves off, giving the reader more advanced piecing and quilting techniques. If you are just beginning to sew, I recommend starting with the Practical Guide to Patchwork, but Elizabeth's straight-forward directions are easy for the beginner to understand also. What I love the most about Modern Patchwork is the gorgeous pictures, the alternate quilt ideas, the pictures and directions for the quilt back, and the numerous diagrams to help piece together blocks. I only wish that the pull-out pattern in the back could somehow be incorporated into the book, but that is the only tiny issue I have with this quilt book. My favorite quilts from the book (it's hard to limit to just three) is Neighborhood, Looptastic, and the cover quilt Honey. This book is geared toward the confident-beginner quilter, and a must in any modern quilter's library!
(Kelly Smith July 6, 2012)

Elizabeth Hartman‘s new book, Modern Patchwork, is lovely, as you’d expect. I like that she’s designed each of the projects around a very specific goal: offering modern quilters block patterns that will allow them to develop more advanced skills through clean, modern design. Most of us, including my Your First (Modern) Quilt class and my online Essential Quilting e-course, learn advanced piecing techniques through more traditional blocks, primarily because there is such a lack of collections of modern blocks on the market for us to utilize to cement those skills. While not all of the blocks in Modern Patchwork lend themselves very easily to a sampler quilt, they are such chic and sophisticated designs with such appealing lines that I’m already dreaming up ways to incorporate them into projects I’ve got on the back burner.

(, July 11, 2012)

Modern Patchwork: 12 Quilts to Take You Beyond the Basics is Elizabeth Hartman’s second quilting book. Her first, The Practical Guide to Patchwork was an instant classic and her second proves to be a wonderful addition. Going on from what quilters learned in the first book, or from beginning quilting books, Elizabeth takes it up a notch with more intricate piecing.

Her designs range from the fairly simple Xylophone (reminiscent of Stacked Coins) to the impressive Looptastic. Then, of course, she pushes quilters to stretch a bit further and tackle appliqued ovals with Owl Eyes. Each quilt is accompanied by two other sample blocks that show the design in completely different colorways. Included are templates for the appliques and piecing.
(Fab Shop Magazine, July 11, 2012)

Expand your skills with new designs and techniques to take you beyond the basics in design and colour choice. These projects are bold, bright and graphic and are designed to give modern quilters new challenges and skills. For example, curved piecing set in a very modern design. Each project shows an alternative colourway and despite much of the fabric being identified as standard patchwork fabric, it is the way it is used within the bold designs that makes it look so different.
(Fabrications Quilting For You, September 2012)

Author Elizabeth Hartman follows up on her best-selling book The Practical Guide to Patchwork with a dozen modern projects geared to expand the skill set of intermediate-level quilters. (Quilts & More, 09/18/12)

Modern quiltmaking has copped some criticism from traditionalists for being simplistic and unstructured, suitable only for people who don’t have good basic quiltmaking skills. Elizabeth Hartman, one of the prime movers and shakers of the modern quiltmaking school, rejects this assessment and argues that it’s about embracing a clean, bold , graphic aesthetic rather than following a previously established set of rules. That said, she does acknowledge that a lot of the patterns that have been published to date for modern quilts have been quite elementary. So she’s branched out and designed a set of patterns for intermediate-level quiltmakers that promote precision piecing and thoughtful fabric selection, and introduces new technical challenges. Instructions are provided for 12 projects, requiring skills such as curved piecing, working with hexagons (shown on the front cover) and diamond shapes, machine applique using interfacing and using templates.
(Australian Homespun Magazine, 09/18/12)

This follow-up to Elizabeth Hartman’s first book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork, is a winner. Her book features 12 original bold and modern quilt designs geared for the intermediate quilters. In addition to the initial quilt, Elizabeth offers two additional colorways for each design. She also provides instructions for a complementary pieced back for each quilt. I found so many quilts to like in the collection and was particularly taken with 'Neighborhood.' Using a log cabin construction method, she fussy cuts the center panel to feature a bird then builds around it, in the end creating houses. She includes some extra tips in the general instructions, including making a design wall and organizing your project.

(The Professional Quilter Magazine, 09/19/12)

Elizabeth Hartman follows up her first book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork, with this gem that takes you beyond the basics and into the realm of bold, graphic modern quilt design. In addition to being an excellent instructional resource, the book is a primer on the use of geometry and color to achieve bold-but-approachable contemporary design.

The 'alternate ideas' section that accompanies each in-depth tutorial is invaluable to new and intermediate quilters; seeing the project completed in several different palettes enables readers to concretely see how various color and fabric choices achieve very different styles. Design ideas for giving the quilt backs their due add to the fodder for making each quilt a truly polished product and, one could argue, a two-in-one design.
(Christine French International Quilt Festival - Quilt Scene, 10/24/12)

Be ready to be wowed with Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman. Those of you inspired by the designs, colours and lines of today's modern quilts will delight in Elizabeth's quilt creations. In fact, all quilters will appreciate Elizabeth's contemporary quilts. This is a great addition to the bookshelf.
(Australian Quilters Companion, 12/1/12)

Written to take the modern quilter beyond the basics, this book offers instruction on materials, fabric and design vocabulary, supplies, construction basics and so much more. Each of the 12 projects takes you a little further toward expanding your skills and finding your own design voice. Definitely the book to refer to as you advance your quilting knowledge and skills.

(Modern Quilts Unlimited, 11/1/12)

About the Author

Elizabeth Hartman is a self-taught modern quiltmaker and pattern designer. She is the author of the best-selling Practical Guide to Patchwork.

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I love this book and can't wait to make all of the projects.
Alyssa Lichner
I love love the way Elizabeth Hartman explains and makes the reader understand modern quilts and how to approach it.
The photos are clear and detailed as are the quilt instructions.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By daisy and jack on May 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
Wow - that's the word I used most when I first opened this book and had a look through - the quilts are colourful and amazing and they all have that wow factor.

Elizabeth presents 12 modern quilts for the intermediate quilter but even if you're a beginner quilter there are well written instructions and a whole section on construction basics to help you along the way.

There are a few things I love most about this book ...

One is how Elizabeth gives colour options for each quilt which is helpful to those who want to use fabrics from their stash rather than purchase new fabrics for a quilt.

Another is that Elizabeth uses a variety of different techniques to challenge the maker while introducing new skills.

The photos are clear and detailed as are the quilt instructions. Elizabeth's introduction, notes on fabric selection, and thoughts on the backing of each quilt give insights into her design process which make for interesting reading.

While I intend to make every quilt in this book, Glam Garlands and Looptastic are on my immediate to do list !
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sewjournal on July 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a visually interesting book and the quilts in it truly deserve the title "modern quilts". Much of what claims to be modern these days is really traditional patchwork in contemporary fabrics. Elizabeth Hartman's quilts however are innovative, modern and fun!

Not all of the quilts in this book are to my taste and, in fact, some of them obey the "less is more" rule. Meaning that I think the back of the quilt is more stylish and appealing than the front. An example of this is the Fire Drill quilt on page 52 and the back on page 59.

I found the instructions well-written and clear and the techniques fun. I particularly liked the repeated sew and slice technique she uses in her Metropolis quilt on page 6.

If you're looking for a well-written set of patterns for quilts that truly are modern then I'd recommend you grab yourself a copy of Modern Patchwork.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Craig on June 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
I'm a big fan of Elizabeth's first book Practical Guide to Patchwork and this one doesn't disappoint, with all the things I liked about the first, such as alternate versions of the quilts in different fabrics, but with new techniques and ideas and with an emphasis on more advanced projects. The book reflects her evolving style nicely. I'm particularly taken with the use of appliqued circles and curves, a great effect with less anxiety! The quilts are bold and modern, with lots of negative space but still have the friendly, approachable feel you'd expect if you enjoyed her first book. The instructions are comprehensive, so even though the quilts are generally large, the process is straightforward.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Patti Michaels on May 30, 2012
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I was so delighted to receive this book. It truly is an inspiration. I have Elizabeth's earlier book, and was looking for more of her original designs. This new book is a collection of truly stunning, memorable quilts, along with all the necessary technical "how-to" details. These are not simply traditional quilt patterns with a twist, these are truly unique, modern designs. And, I love that each quilt design includes 2 alternatives/colorways (complete with photo examples) using different types of fabric to different effect. This important bit for each quilt is where the author is really adding depth to the teaching experience -- helping quilters develop a more sophisticated eye for color/design so they may expand beyond the basics if they wish. I suspect this would be an excellent book for quilters of all levels. Beginners will find the technical support they need here, and advanced quilters looking to expand into modern quilt design will enjoy using these patterns and will find much inspiration here. Can't wait for the next book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jane on June 27, 2012
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Modern Patchwork truly lives up to its title - it's packed with great projects from one of the modern quilting blogosphere's superstars. There are a few projects in this book that are right up my alley, and I'll be sure to be making some of them.
One of the highlights for me is that every quilt featured includes instructions for a pieced back. I love me a good pieced quilt back, but it's often hard to know where to start. Elizabeth has taken elements from the quilt fronts to make each back a reflection of the front and a work of art in itself. For any quilter who is loves quilt backs and needs more inspiration or know-how, this book is worth its price for this factor alone.
I also really like that each quilt features two alternate block ideas, which takes the guesswork out of changing each quilt design if you want to try a different look.
As a quilter who works by colour, I really love Elizabeth's use of colours and print.
Overall, an excellent addition to any modern quilter's library.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amorette on May 31, 2012
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This book is an excellent sequel to Ms. Hartman's first book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork. It has many of the same elements for layout and projects- some easier, simple piecing progressing to more challenging work and different skill sets. Luckily for us, she also kept the alternate fabric suggestions at the end of each project along with example photos. This little touch really makes the difference for me; I love to see what else can be done, because often the first time I see a pattern I don't like it, but love it in different fabrics. These alternates are a stroke of genius. The other genius bit is instructions for completing the back, in case you don't want just a whole piece plain-jane backing. Plenty of the backs would make a great quilt on their own! I found at least 5 projects in here I would love to do immediately, and several more I put on my longer term to-do list.
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