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Modern Minimal: 20 Bold & Graphic Quilts Paperback – March 16, 2012
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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)
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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!
"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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful quilts. Instructions could have been better. Still glad I bought it.Published 15 days ago by Ray H.
I love the modern quilting designs in this book! It's also great that Alissa gives 2 ideas for how to quilt the finished project.Published 3 months ago by Colleen Martin
Love this book! So may easily made quilts that you can use various types of cotton materials for to give your quilt a completely different look. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Grace A.
Love everything in this book too, easy to follow instructions great inspiration and ideas!Published 11 months ago by Nanneepoo
Good variety and great instructions. Not like your "typical" quilt book. Well worth it.Published 14 months ago by Tissy