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Modern Patchwork: 12 Quilts to Take You Beyond the Basics Paperback – June 16, 2012
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(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.
(whipstitchfabrics.com, 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)
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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 !
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
With the caveat that I have not yet attempted to make any of the quilts in the book, I love it. The book has a dozen beautiful quilts with a modern aesthetic. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Karen
I love this book! I'm a new quilter but it's really easy to understand. Also I like the fact that she has all of the basic instructions in one spot. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Karen Harrington
The book is great. Loved the price. I especially loved the house quilt.Published 10 months ago by Donna Bratkon
Great ideas for some modern takes on traditional patchwork.Published 17 months ago by Lynnette Pinkerton
I haven't made any of the quilts yet because I don't have time. But this is one of the most visually stimulating, and instructionally clear, quilting books I've ever read, and I... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Nicole James