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Modern Minimal is perfect for anyone who has been admiring the bold modern quilts that use mainly solid fabrics, but been too timid to attempt one. With a wonderful take on graphic quilts, author Alissa Haight Carlton helps readers get over their fear of negative space on a quilt top. There are chapters on both white negative space and colorful negative space. Her projects feature stylish yet deceivingly simple quilt patterns. With an entire chapter dedicated to improvisational piecing, readers learn how to master the art of randomness. As an added bonus, each of the 20 patterns has two suggestions from Carlton on how to quilt your piece. For those interested in graphic quilts, this is a must-have book.
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Join the modern quilt movement and make simple, yet boldly graphic quilts for your home. Remember that old adage 'Less is more?' These quilts make a strong impact with less complicated designs and fewer, less busy fabrics.
(Scrap Quilts, Summer 2012)

The Modern Quilt movement is taking hold and is getting the lion’s share of credit for bringing younger quilters into the world of quilting. Alissa Haight Carlton’s book Modern Minimal presents instructions for creating 20 beautiful, colorful, graphic and modern quilts. If you have wanted to try your hand at creating a 'modern' style quilt I highly recommend you start here. Modern quilts are different in that they are not built block by block as in a traditional quilt. Alissa’s method of imagining the quilt as a whole and using just a few yards of beautifully colored solid fabric allows for fast cutting and easy assembly. These type of quilts provide greater areas for quilting and the book covers both machine and hand quilting instructions. Beginner stitchers will achieve a sense of instant satisfaction because these quilts are put together using the 1⁄4 inch seam allowance and straight edge stitching. No complicated and often frustrating curves, triangle and other shapes to deal with. The basic quilt instructions included everything you need to know to make a quilt, from tools to how to assemble the quilt sandwich and finally quilting your quilt and adding the binding. Each project provides easy to under- stand cutting and stitching instructions as well as two suggestions on different way to quilt the piece. Give this book to someone you know just starting out or treat yourself and add a new quilt style to your quilting arsenal.

(The Applique Society, 07/10/12)

22 Project, perfect for solid fabrics. Straight, strip or improvisational piecing allows you to relax and enjoy the quilting process and create lots of negative space for quilting. Two options are offered with each pattern.

(Modern Quilts Unlimited, November 2012)

About the Author

Alissa Haight Carlton is the co-founder of The Modern Quilt Guild. Her work has been featured in numerous quilting and sewing magazines.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing; Original edition (March 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607054868
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607054863
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is not a bad book, but it's a disappointment. There are 20 quilts, all pretty much like the one on the cover. There are detailed instructions about cutting and layout, which really aren't necessary since the designs are pretty straight forward. I was hoping for more insights into color, creativity, process and such rather than a basic "cookbook." Because these quilts have so much plain fabric, the quilting is a big part of the piece. The author claims to have done all of these on her home machine, and while I'm not doubting her, I do know from my own experience quilting many quilts on my home machine that I couldn't get the results she does. Yet she gives no instruction or tips about quilting large quilts or designs on a home machine. It wasn't worth the price of the book for me.
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Modern Minimal is a must-buy for any modern quilter, or traditional quilter interested in expanding his or her aesthetic to incorporate more solids, or just more of a modern sensibility into their work. This is a beautifully designed book with excellent instructions and diagrams and absolutely gorgeous photography. I especially loved how Alissa Haight Carlton shows how each of the pieces will look with different types of quilting. It reminds you of what a huge difference the actual quilting can make in the overall look of a quilt, particularly quilts like the one in this book.
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I preordered this book, and was SO excited when Amazon sent it to me earlier than I expected! I spent that first evening poring over every quilt, every dynamic, and every detail.

I was working on a quilt at the time, with a specific quilting design in mind, but after reading about one of her quilts, I changed my mind and quilted it differently...and I LOVE IT!!!

This book is great for beginners and experienced quilters around the world. I can only imagine how my own quilting and quilt style will improve now that I have this book. And I'm not really one to buy a lot of quilt books! I will definitely recommend it to all my quilting friends. :)

Thank you, Alissa, for inspiring me and encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone and create something beautiful that I love!
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I recently reviewed this book for the modern quilting e-magazine Fat Quarterly. I'm including a portion of my review below:
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"With 20 unique quilt patterns offered inside, Modern Minimal offers great value for its cost. The book breaks these patterns down into 5 sections: White Negative Space (Drip is a favorite because of its versatility), Colorful Negative Space (we love Art Deco!), Improvisational Piecing (the jewel tones of the Mosaic quilt are a knockout), Monochromatic Quilts (Hot Spot and Choppy Waters are both standouts), and Baby Quilts - along with a handy reference section on Quilting Basics.

If we had to sum up our thoughts on Alissa's quilt designs in a single statement, it would be this: the possibilities are endless. Each and every quilt can be envisioned in countless variations of color and print combinations.

We would definitely classify Alissa's book as beginner-friendly and appropriate for anyone - even non-sewists! - drawn to modern quilting and inspired to tackle their first project. With its deliberate focus on squares and rectangles ("there is not one finicky triangle or circle to be found in any of these quilts", according to Alissa in her introduction!), its use of large, generous cuts of fabric, and the absence of any seams or corners that need to be perfectly matched, the book provides and safe and approachable vehicle for any new modern quilter to dip their toes in the water of modern quilt making.

And because the photography is sophisticated and highly inspirational, even more advanced quilters can use Alissa's book as a reference and jumping-off point for experimenting with modern designs of their own.
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By Lisa on May 12, 2012
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Whilst I've always been a fan of Alissa's blog and previous book, this book was a little ho hum. Her color choices, as always were outstanding, but I felt there was a real lack of variety in the book. Just big rectangles. I love her less is more concepts and I find her so inspirational as a modern quilter. However, having waited with such anticipation after pre-ordering, I felt a little let down when it arrived.
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This book is a beautiful collection of 20 modern quilt projects. Alissa's designs emphasize the use of solid fabrics, negative space, asymmetry, and a simplicity that allows the quilts to made entirely on a home sewing machine. I can't wait to make at least one of these quilts!
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I love this book. It's fabulous for many reasons. Here's just a few:

1. Inspiration - The designs in the book are pretty simple and straightforward. That's not to mean it's a book for beginners (there are some fairly complex quilts in here) but there's a lot of room to take liberties and be creative.

2. Targeted for multiple skills levels - The instructions are incredibly well written and easy to follow. Some quilts are great for beginners and others require more advanced quilting skill. I like books like this because they always stay relevant.

3. Focus on quilting, not piecing. - Each pattern comes with two variations for quilting and there is a section devoted to quilting on a home machine. I really appreciate this because a lot of quilting books focus only on the piecing but this book gives great guidance and ideas for the actual quilting.

4. It's a beautiful book - Even when you're not using it to quilt, this book makes a gorgeous coffee table book.

Last weekend I made the Mosaic pattern from the book. This quilt is a 54'' x 60'' and it was the perfect weekend project. Cutting and piecing only took around 4 hours and I'm a fairly new quilter. The end product was great.
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