Modern Patchwork: 12 Quilts to Take You Beyond the Basics

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Ready for the next level of creative patchwork? Expand your skills with new designs and techniques from the best-selling author of The Practical Guide to Patchwork, Elizabeth Hartman. She’s back with brand new quilts—bring her innovative style into your home. Projects are bold, bright, graphic, and designed to give modern quilters new challenges. Learn new skills like curved seam piecing and create your best modern quilt yet. Each project shows additional colorways—have fun with all your favorite fabrics. Make ...
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Overview

Ready for the next level of creative patchwork? Expand your skills with new designs and techniques from the best-selling author of The Practical Guide to Patchwork, Elizabeth Hartman. She’s back with brand new quilts—bring her innovative style into your home. Projects are bold, bright, graphic, and designed to give modern quilters new challenges. Learn new skills like curved seam piecing and create your best modern quilt yet. Each project shows additional colorways—have fun with all your favorite fabrics. Make your next modern quilt even more sophisticated and beautiful; something you will use and cherish for years to come.
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Elizabeth Hartman was the one who started it all for me. I came across her blog over three years ago and I have been faithfully following it ever since. I loved her first book, A Practical Guide to Patchwork, and was anxiously awaiting the release of her second, Modern Patchwork. It was definitely worth the wait! Modern Patchwork picks up where The Practical Guide leaves off, giving the reader more advanced piecing and quilting techniques. If you are just beginning to sew, I recommend starting with the Practical Guide to Patchwork, but Elizabeth's straight-forward directions are easy for the beginner to understand also. What I love the most about Modern Patchwork is the gorgeous pictures, the alternate quilt ideas, the pictures and directions for the quilt back, and the numerous diagrams to help piece together blocks. I only wish that the pull-out pattern in the back could somehow be incorporated into the book, but that is the only tiny issue I have with this quilt book. My favorite quilts from the book (it's hard to limit to just three) is Neighborhood, Looptastic, and the cover quilt Honey. This book is geared toward the confident-beginner quilter, and a must in any modern quilter's library!
--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 Magazine; 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 Magazine, 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, 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 Magazine - 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 Quilter's 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

July 6, 2012 - Kelly Smith
Elizabeth Hartman was the one who started it all for me. I came across her blog over three years ago and I have been faithfully following it ever since. I loved her first book, A Practical Guide to Patchwork, and was anxiously awaiting the release of her second, Modern Patchwork. It was definitely worth the wait! Modern Patchwork picks up where The Practical Guide leaves off, giving the reader more advanced piecing and quilting techniques. If you are just beginning to sew, I recommend starting with the Practical Guide to Patchwork, but Elizabeth's straight-forward directions are easy for the beginner to understand also. What I love the most about Modern Patchwork is the gorgeous pictures, the alternate quilt ideas, the pictures and directions for the quilt back, and the numerous diagrams to help piece together blocks. I only wish that the pull-out pattern in the back could somehow be incorporated into the book, but that is the only tiny issue I have with this quilt book. My favorite quilts from the book (it's hard to limit to just three) is Neighborhood, Looptastic, and the cover quilt Honey. This book is geared toward the confident-beginner quilter, and a must in any modern quilter's library!
whipstitchfabrics.com
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.
Fab Shop Magazine
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.

September 2012 Fabrications Quilting For You
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.
09/18/12 Quilts & More
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.
09/18/12 Australian Homespun Magazine
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.
09/19/12 The Professional Quilter Magazine
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.
International Quilt Festival - Quilt Scene, 10/24/12 - Christine French
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.

12/1/12 Australian Quilters Companion
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.
11/1/12 Modern Quilts Unlimited
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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607055488
  • Publisher: C & T Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/16/2012
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 351,336
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted October 4, 2012

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    A great book for Modern Quilters!!

    Are you new to quilting? Have you been doing traditional quilting till now? Do you have the willingness to break free from traditional quilt and learn something new? If the answer is "Yes" then this is a great book. I love love the way Elizabeth Hartman explains and makes the reader understand modern quilts and how to approach it. Don't get me wrong I have been doing traditional quilts but this modern quilt and this book has got me hooked to it...a wonderful book with some great projects.

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  • Posted July 3, 2012

    As a quilter with more books in my personal library than my loca

    As a quilter with more books in my personal library than my local quilt store (really, I have counted), it takes a very special book to get my attention. Elizabeth Hartman’s “Modern Patchwork” has done that and more. This book has all of the prerequisites to gain a spot on my shelf: First, the quilts are artistic and photographed very well – this could be a coffee table book, valued for its artistic self. (Photos by Christina Carty-Francis and Diane Pederson.) Elizabeth has captured the modern quilting look, and yet, as she states, her patterns are of a more challenging nature than other modern quilt patterns I have seen. Second, the quilts are calling me to make them – each and every one of them. Ordinarily, if there are 2 or 3 quilts per book that I would consider making, the book is a winner. With this book, I want to make all of them. Based on the names alone, who wouldn’t want to make “Roller Rink,” “Looptastic,” or “Fire Drill,” just to name 3 of the 12 quilts in this book. Third, there is a unique aspect to the book. Elizabeth not only shows different color options for making the quilt, and discusses her thought process for selecting fabrics, she also offers an assist on what to do with the backing. Backings are rarely addressed in quilting books, and Elizabeth has done a fantastic job of creating beautiful yet simple backings to complement the quilt tops. Finally, the directions are simple to read, simple to follow, and in full color with a lot of illustrations, and the back of the book contains tips on fabric, color, cutting, piecing and quilting from which beginners and advanced quilters alike will benefit. Although I have granted a spot on my shelf for this book, I don’t intend for it to sit on that shelf – I expect it will be sitting right beside me on my worktable.

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  • Posted June 12, 2012

    Loving it ......I bought this book for the NEIGHBORHOOD quilt.

    Loving it ......I bought this book for the NEIGHBORHOOD quilt. I had seen it in pictures from recent Quilt com on facebook and new I had to make it. Then I received the book : ) From the first project Metropolis to the last project Escape Artist, I want to make them all. Patterns, measurements, cutting charts, easy to follow directions, and simple start ideas to picking fabrics.This book truly has ideas to get you started. A must if you want to step-up your projects or simply get motivated to pull out your sewing machine and try something new. My NEIGHBORHOOD quilt is going to have a bright batik look .

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