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"If you've ever thought, for even a moment, that you'd like to explore improvisational piecing techniques, then this is a must-have book for you. And, if you haven't thought about exploring improvisation, then this book is still for you. Why? Because it is so crammed full of eye-candy that you'll wonder why you haven't yet played with this process." - Malka Dubrawsky, author, Fresh Quilting

"Jacquie and Katie are right up there as two of my favorite quilters and bloggers. This book is absolutely gorgeous, right down to how it feels in your hand (something I find weirdly important!)." - Ashley Newcomb, FilmintheFridge.com

"What we really like about this book is this duo's deep respect for traditional quiltmaking and their oh-so-true advice to master the foundational techniques for making quilts in order to better manipulate them for your improvisational masterpieces." - Generation Q magazine

"When it comes to modern quilting, I have a whole lotta opinions! I feel pretty strongly that it's a specifically definable aesthetic movement. I think that modern quilting is waaaay more about design than it is about using a specific a line of fabric or currently on trend color combos. And in my opinion, this book, is really and truly an example of modern quilting." - Alissa Haight Carlton, author, Modern Minimal and Block Party: The Modern Quilting Bee

"Jacquie and Katie are two women who I so greatly admire and am in awe of. Both of them in their own way have sparked a flame in me like only a few others have." - Monica Solorio-Snow, TheHappyZombie.com

"Page after page of gorgeous quilty goodness." - Rashida Coleman-Hale, author, I Love Patchwork and Zakka Style

"It's fabulous! Thoughtful and approachable instructions for a variety of improvisationally-pieced quilt projects." - Elizabeth Hartmann, author Modern Patchwork and The Practical Guide to Patchwork

"I really cannot recommend this book enough... for me it has hit a new standard as far as quilting books go." - Amber Carrillo, One Shabby Chick

"These ladies know how to TEACH what they know. The extensive step-by-step diagrams are impressive. No detail left behind. Sometimes all the elements of a book come together in such a way that the end result is nothing short of spectacular." - Kathy Mack, Pink Chalk Studio

"A book that is truly a work of art, that clearly speaks to the modern quilting community!" - Angela Waters, author, Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters

"Refreshing and invigorating." - Rita Hodge, Red PepperQuilts.com

"Amazing projects." - ewMamaSew.com

"There's just the right, hard-to-find mix here. Enough support, tips, technique and design to give you confidence and skills, plus improvisational tools to give you freedom in your quilting approach." - SewMamaSew.com

"One thing I've come across again and again when teaching others or just doing a casual sewing day, is that lots of people are (dare I say?) s.c.a.r.e.d or simply say they 'don't know how' to do improv. So if you've ever found yourself saying those words, this book would be a great addition to your sewing book library." - Penny Layman, Sew Take a Hike

"So many beautiful ideas, packed into one gorgeous book." - Susan Beal, author, Modern Log Cabin Quilting

"Jacquie and Katie talk the reader through innovative techniques that, to me, represent what the modern quilt movement is all about. If you've ever seen a quilt that has gorgeously crazy piecing that seems like it would be impossible to do, then this book can break it down for you and expose the mysteries behind it." - Blair Stocker, Wisecraft

About the Author

Jacquie Gering serves on the executive board of the National Modern Quilt Guild and is founder of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild. She is also a board member of the popular online store and community Sew Mama Sew. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy and in Stitch magazine. She frequently speaks to quilters and exhibits her quilts.

Katie Pedersen is a founder of the Seattle chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild. She teaches quilting locally and is a featured artist for Amy Butler Software.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596683872
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596683877
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am not the person who the authors would expect to love this book. Mostly Modern Quilting is being done by the 20-somethings and 30-somethings who are turned off by precise piecing and traditional blocks. I'm in my 70s and I'm taking a class right now in precise piecing and very traditional blocks. So why do I love this book?

It talks to another side of me. I want to do improvisational piecing in addition to more traditional piecing, and this book is filled not just with quilt projects, but with directions and recipes for doing improvisational piecing.

And the quilts shown in the book, which you could slavishly copy or which you could simply use as a path to your own designs, are just beautiful. The photography of the quilts is so good I can actually follow how they were quilted as well. And knowing how to quilt something this unusual in creative ways is useful on its own. And I've learned a lot about using visual texture in quilts that look like they are all one color, but really aren't, that I didn't understand before.

I've been carrying this book around from table to chair to table to different chair and I keep picking it up, and every time I do I learn something new. If what you want is to learn precise piecing and traditional blocks, go elsewhere as I did. If what you want is to figure out a way to create something unique, not just in color and fabric which you can do with any quilt, but also in design, come here.
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The quilts are beautiful. The approach to illustrating and teaching improvisational techniques is comprehensive and extremely well done.

The book is organized by 7 improvisational techniques: Free-Piecing, Improvisational Log Cabin, Slice and Insert, Stitch and Flip Triangle, Strip-Piecing, Modern Crazy-Piecing, and Improvisational Curves. Each section includes 3 projects that demonstrate use of the technique. Modern Quilting is all about mastering technique and seeing the possibilities of using that technique in a quilt design. Jacquie and Katie have distilled the science from the art and given us a toolbox to create with.

Improvisational quilting techniques can be tricky to teach. The lack of patterns and templates can be confusing. The book does an outstanding job of removing the mystery and presenting technique lessons in an easy to master format.

Kudos to both authors on the contribution this book makes to the world of quilting. However you define modern quilting, this book is certain to broaden your view on quilt construction and leave you pulling fabric off the shelves for your next quilt.
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Authors Jaquie Gering and Katie Pedersen sum up the book on page 7: We wrote this book to share our designs for quilts with a modern aesthetic and our enthusiasm for improvisational quilting techniques. They do a fantastic job delivering on both design and techniques.

I love their "formula" for improvising. The authors suggest that you learn the rules of traditional quilting, accept yourself as an artist, be willing to recognize happy accidents, and move on when something fails.

The section on tools and materials contains much more than rotary cutters and seam rippers. They recommend marking tools, sketch books, a design wall, and painters tape. They also talk about how to create a stash. Another excellent section covers the basics of sewing and pressing. This is followed by a great explanation of color theory and the principles of design. There is a lot packed into the first 30 pages of "Quilting Modern."

Yes there is more.

Chapter 2 covers finishing touches -- backing, quilting, and binding. Included are 8 suggested methods for quilting modern quilts, all which are doable on a domestic sewing machine.

Chapter 3 covers "Free Piecing," which they describe as "a cycle of auditioning, cutting, sewing and reviewing" and is the "how to" for making improvisational quilts.

The final part of the book are the quilt projects. Each quilt is very different, and the authors continue to focus on the improvisational process.

This is an excellent book on creating improvisational quilts. The book contains a lot of information on design and construction, as well as directions on how to grow as a quilt artist. So far this is the best book on modern quilting that I've come across.
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IMHO - Just got the book - it is visually stimulating. Great color, well laid out, good illustrations. I feel that I want to try many of the projects (some books you can only find one or two projects that you would really do). (Also purchased "Quilting Line + Color by Jinzenji - the cover excited me, but the book doesn't come close to this book - see that review, if interested). I am an intermediate quilter and I think beginners to intermediate quilters would enjoy this book. Advance quilters might find it too basic, but then they are probably writing their own book.
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Quilting Modern does not leave the reader disappointed. The quilts in Jacquie and Katie's book are inspirational and the quilting on the quilts is absolutely, exquisite. The design and workmanship of the quilts is fabulous. Clear and concise instructions will make this a most useful book for anyone wanting to forge their way, into the wonderful world, of modern improvisional quilting.
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