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Modern Quilting Designs: 90+ Free-Motion Inspirations- Add Texture & Style to Your Next Quilt Paperback – January 16, 2012

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (January 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607055589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607055587
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you're looking to perk up your free-motion machine quilting, or hoping to expand your knowledge of free-motion stitching motifs, look no further than Modern Quilting Designs. Auther Bethany Pease shares a wealth of designs, many of them continuous line, to help you stitch out everything from vines and patterns inspired by nature to more traditional stitch variations featuring feathers. Although this book does not offer page after page of full-color quilts featuring Pease's designs, it does give the playful impression of peering inside a quilt artist's personal sketchbook-which it is, and it is this characteristic that makes it so fresh and fun. All in all, this is an inspiring title for those who revel in the possibilities of free-motion quilting."
--MODERN patchwork

Working at McCall's Quilting, I get to see lots of new books. I was thirilled with Modern Quilting Designs by Bethany Pease arrived. The pages are full of fresh and playful quilting designs that look as if they're hand-drawn on the pages. The message here is to have fun and enjoy the process without worrying about perfection. No marking needed for these designs...just practice a bit, sketching on paper, and enjoy the fun of "drawing" on your quilt as you stitch.
--McCall's Quilting, July/August 2012

Take the fear out of free-motion quilting with this intermediate level guide filled with modern designs inspired by the world around us. Learn to spot interesting patterns everywhere to translate into quilting-pebbles, waves, vines and finials are just a few of the things that inspired the designs in this book. Additionally, quilting diagrams show how to put designs together for the most creative effect.
--Quilters, June/July 2012

Create template shapes for your quilts with more confidence. This is a great product if you are a quilter who uses templates. It also is wonderful if you are about to start a "stack-and-whack" quilt or a pattern where it is imperative to have precision alignment. You can easily mark your fabric design repeat on the template sheets and actually see perfectly to align the design. You can get an accurate piece every time. The grid lines are distinguished in easy-to-read ruler increments in eighths. Each package contains four 8.5"x11" sheets in a matte-finish vinyl. It's easy to cut and has a nonslip surface.
--Quilter's World, June 2012

Once you have read The Practical Guide to Patchwork: New Basics for the Modern Quiltmaker, 12 Quilt Projects Elizabeth Hartman's first book, you will have all the basics you need to begin quilting and to progress to an intermediate level. Once you feel you are at an intermediate level, than I would strongly encourage you to check out Modern Patchwork: 12 Quilts to Take You Beyond the Basics. The title could not be more accurate for this book, it will take you beyond the basics.

One of the most important things about Elizabeth's books (and the key thing that sets her apart from others) is that with each pattern she includes a design for the quilt backing. If you have spent anytime reading beginner quilting books you will see that most often the patterns only include directions from the quilt top, leaving you with no clue what to do on the back. Even now, as an intermediate quilter, I am sometimes stumped on what to do on the backs of my quilts. Also with each pattern, she includes alternate ideas for fabric options, which can really help you step out and make the quilt your own.

The 12 Projects in this book all use different techniques so you will learn a ton! I love this book and can't wait to make all of the projects.
--Alyssa Lichner; 07/06/12

About the Author

Bethany Pease has been stitching since she was a teenager. She now runs a thriving long-arm quilting and design business.

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This book is laid out really nice and I love it.
sew creative
The designs are also a good springboard to creating my own designs, and adapting/changing her ideas to fit my quilts.
Lots of great ideas in this book for anyone who is looking to make the next step with your machine quilting!
Martha Lorshbaugh

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Natalie on January 5, 2012
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I'm a bit disappointed by this book. I should have read the cover more closely. It says "90 Free-Motion Inspirations" and that is exactly what it is: inspirational. The introduction section is not an introduction to the book and what it covers, but rather an introduction to the author's background and experience working with her mother in their family quilt shop. It is one page long. The second chapter is a bit long, but mainly because it includes mostly photos of where the author gets inspiration for her quilting designs. After that, the remaining pages are the designs. There's no explanation or tips on making each of the designs. This book is not for beginners, but for people who are experienced with free motion quilting and looking for some new ideas. Incidentally, although the book is entitled modern quilting designs, some of the designs are rather traditional - like feathers. I'm considering sending the book back. It is not what I expected.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By CJC on January 10, 2012
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I'm so thrilled for this book's release because there's really nothing like it right now on book shelves. It seems like there are a few books dedicated to continuous line pictorial designs (i.e. dolphins, cowboy boots) and some that show geometric patterns for blocks or borders, but not much in the abstract, all-over, continuous line category. Modern Quilting Designs is filling that gap!

The book is pretty much just sharpie-on-paper drawings of quilting designs. There is not much text, so you can simply flip through the book and take in the designs. I learn visually, so I like that. Most of the quilting ideas seemed like things I could use in my quilts, although there was a section of flowery block-based designs that didn't seem like designs I would use. I was also surprised to see some designs that were not continuous-line. These don't make up the bulk of the book, though.

The best part of this library of designs, and what this author seems to excel in, are all the "mash ups" she creates: inventive, organic combinations of basic patterns. Think feathers plus spirals, or wavy lines plus pebbles plus scallops, or flamboyant vines full of variety. This is good for me because I tend to get stuck in one mindset - quilting something completely in spirals, or making all my leaves on a vine exactly the same, for instance.

Now, one downside to the book is that there is no explanation of how to go about stitching the designs. Feather first and then the wavy lines around it? Wavy lines first then fit the feather inside? For this reason, I'd say the book will be best for someone who has started to improvise with their quilting already. You'll need to come up with your own approach to creating the more complex designs you see.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jan VINE VOICE on February 16, 2012
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If you are looking for inspiration for machine quilting, this might be the book for you. Lots of detailed designs are included. My only complaint....the drawings look like they were drawn with a big Sharpie and could use some notes on directions to go when actually machine quilting them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Big Rig Quilting on January 30, 2012
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No matter if you are a longarm quilter or if you quilt on a domestic sewing machine this new book which features over 90 quilting designs would be a welcome addition to your library. I would call this book a "design library" book. It does not give advice on how to do longarm quilting or domestic machine quilting, but rather it provides a wealth of line drawn designs.

The book begins with a section entitled Design Inspiration. In this section Bethany shows us how she takes a photograph - it might be a fern, it could be some jewelry - and uses it as inspiration for quilting designs. Personally, I have been collecting photos for this purpose but have never moved to the next step - this section is giving me the needed nudge to pull out some pictures and see what I can come up with.

The remainder of the book is what I would call a design library. Each of the subsequent sections: The Essentials Freehand Background Fillers), Doodle Away (Continuous-Line Designs), Showstoppers (Unusual, Fancy Continuous-Line Designs), Nature's Patterns (Feathers, Ferns, Vines and Leaves), and Dynamic Focal Points (Medallions and Borders) present a wealth of different ideas. It is refreshing to see how Bethany has taken some designs we may have seen in the past and added her own look to them. She also gives us many new designs that we can use and adapt in our own work. The final section, Mix It Up (Design Combinations), was a great surprise and a welcome one. Here she shows how she might combine some of the designs presented in this book in a single quilt. By that I mean - a central design for the body of the quilt, a different design for the small narrow inner border, and finally a design for the other border.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amy W. on January 25, 2013
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There are a few patterns in this book I can trace onto quilting paper and use, but many I won't use. It's about a 50 / 50 for me. Several patterns are more on the abstract side, which I don't feel like I need a pattern for. Several good patterns though, so it wasn't a total waste.
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