quilting modern and a chance to win


I am so excited to be a small part of the Quilting Modern book party, after having been a casual observer of the evolution of this book for a long time. Jacquie and Katie have so much to be proud of. This book combines the knowledge of these two very knowledgeable, talented quilters and artists into one source of inspiration and knowledge for any new quilter who is inspired by the modern quilt movement, as well as the seasoned pro who is looking for something new. I know that many others are partying and talking about this book this weekend, so I want to talk specifically about what stood out to me the minute I saw this book.

* 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. There's sections on free-piecing, slice and dice piecing, stitch and flip triangle piecing (my favorite right now), strip piecing, modern crazy-piecing, and improvisational curves.

* This is not a book of quilt patterns, although there are some of those in there. No, once you learn the techniques, you have the knowledge to create your own type of quilt. As Katie told me once, "No two quilts from the book will be the same." You will have the knowledge to take chances and explore new things once you understand the techniques.

* What these ladies explain apply not only to modern quilts, but to the revisited traditional patterns as well.

They are giving the power to the people!

* This book actually discusses the process of quilting your quilt, it doesn't just assume you know that part. So many books don't.

My 2 very favorite quilts in the book-

Add It Up Quilt-

This quilt is a play on traditional World War I "cross quilts" created to raise money for the Red Cross, and it illustrates the "Slice and Dice" section of the book. I love the look of this quilt, its very neutral but its full of interesting quilting lines, variations in ground fabrics and in the cross fabrics. A lovely design, and inspiring technique. I could see so many variations of the slice and dice technique. Rita did her own version using this technique beautifully.

And, the quilt that made me gasp the first time I saw it? Blind Co-Pilot-

I love this quilt so much, and actually got the opportunity to see it in person a few weeks ago. The technique used in this quilt is the "stitch and flip triangle" technique. I was so taken with this quilt I started on my own stitch and flip triangles before I ever got the book in my hands. I was stumped on quilt inspiration for a dear friend and it suddenly came to me exactly what I wanted to make her! More on that in another post, but here's a peek at my own stitch and flip triangles-




I am making a series of circles out of my own version of the stitch and flip triangles. I'm so happy with the way they are turning out. I'll show you the finished piece very soon (I don't want to give to much away to Lisa before its done).

Elizabeth did a version of another favorite from the book, the Fiesta Wall Quilt. Something about those little tiny pieces I just love, I'm going to have to add that one to my list.

Amber was inspired by the SuperNova quilt, another version using the stitch and flip triangle technique.

Ashley did some beautiful versions too.


I have one copy of this fabulous book to give away to one lucky reader (US only). Please leave a comment on this post for a chance to win. I'll draw the name at the end of the day on Monday.

And please stop by and see the others talking about and making projects from this book all weekend-

A Stitch in Dye – Malka Dubrawsky
Fat Quarterly blog – Tacha Bruecher
Film in the Fridge – Ashley Newcomb
Generation Q – Jake Finch
Handmade by Alissa – Alissa Haight Carlton
Happy Zombie – Monica Solorio-Snow
iheartlinen – Rashida Coleman-Hale
Oh Fransson! – Elizabeth Hartman
One Shabby Chick – Amber Carrillo
Pink Chalk Studio – Kathy Mack
Quilting is my Therapy – Angela Waters
Red Pepper Quilts – Rita Hodge
Sew, Mama, Sew! – Kristin Link
Sew Take a Hike – Penny Layman
West Coast Crafty – Susan Beal
Whip Up – Kathreen Ricketson
Wise Craft – Blair Stocker

6/4/12: Thanks to everyone who entered, giveaway is now closed!


  • Lovely inspiration for a beginning sewer like myself. Thanks for the chance to win an intriguing book!

  • Thanks for a peek inside this book!! I enjoyed hearing your thoughts about it, too. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Thanks for the peek inside the book!

  • Goodness – what fun! Love the beginnings of your quilt!

  • Thank you for sharing information on this book. I am a beginner sewer and inspired to learn to make quilts in remembrance of my grandmother and great grandmother who made me baby quilts that I cherish. Love your blog!

  • This book loos so great! Fingers crossed I win your awesome giveaway! :)

  • i would love to own this book! i recently have cleared a room to make my sewing room. I’m ready to get going!

  • beautiful book! Would love a chance to check it out!

  • I love your stitch-n-flip circles! I’d like to try that, looks like a great use for scraps.

  • I was just thinking I needed to check this book out from the library, but it would be so much more convenient to own a copy. Can’t wait to check it out one way or the other.

  • Yeah! Power to the people! Thanks for being a dear friend Blair and hosting. xo

  • Thank you so much for the chance to win! I want a copy for sure!

  • This is a book I’d LOVE to win. I really prefer technique focused quilting books to pattern focused books. Count me IN! Thanks :)

  • That Blind Co-Pilot quilt is stunning!

  • I love how your quilt patches are turning out. This is a book I’d love to have.

  • Such beautiful quilts! Can’t wait to see yours when it’s complete. Have a great weekend!

  • Oh man. I love everything I see from this book!

  • Ooooh! What a cool book!

  • Love it! Need to start playing with fabric again.

  • oh please pick me! I have just started quilting – and would love to get my hands on this book. I actually have your patterns, and when after a friend of mine gets married we are going to start our own quilting circle.

  • I love this book!
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  • So excited to see what people are making after having been inspired by this book! Your triangles look very, very cool and I can’t wait to see the whole project come together. Thank you, too, for a chance to win a copy of the book!

  • This book looks great!

  • I can’t wait to get my hands on this book. I love your stitch and flip triangle circles.

  • A beautiful book, quilts & quilting remind me of my late Mum. She would always sit in the evening quilting in perfect tiny stitches. Her patience and perfect technique would astound me. I have her handstitched quilts tucked away in safe keeping and pull them out every winter to layer on my bed and keep her craft alive in my home.

  • Very cool. I love your idea too!

  • Power to the Quilters! Sounds good to me.

  • I love those stitch and flip triangles! Can’t wait to see a quilt out of those!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • I am loving those circles from the stitch and flip triangles, can’t wait to see how you put them all together!

  • you know, the more I read about this book, the more I’d like to own it. I’m looking for a way to explore my “inner artist,” not follow more patterns and label them as modern. Teach me how then let me play! Thank you for the review and giveaway!

  • Wonderful write up on this book. I love the monotone/neutral stitch and flip block you’ve done. It will be interesting to see the finished product! Thanks for the chance to win my very own copy.

  • The more I see of this book, the more I like it! Thanks for the chance.

  • thanks for the inspiration!

  • I’m wanting this book more and more! Thanks for the chance to win :)

  • Heather Burris June 3, 2012 at 5:36 am

    I would love to win. Thanks for the opportunity!!

  • what fun! thanks for the chance to win!

  • Blair, thank you so much for the chance to own a copy of this great new book!

  • The book looks wonderful and fresh. So inspiring.

  • I love what you’re doing with the stitch and flip, and the colorway is so pretty! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • What a great peek inside the book – looks awesome! Enter me!

  • Just loving your stitch and flip triangles. Great fabric choices!

  • Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book. It looks wonderful! I really appreciate that you showed something you made that was inspired by the book. It really helps me get an idea of how versatile the techniques in the book would be.

  • This book looks so inspiring – great job ladies! Loving those triangles!

  • Rose E. Glasses June 3, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Fascinating book. I also love your favorite choices.

  • This book looks like something I would use over and over again! I really liked your review and for showing your stitch and flip triangles. Thank you also for the giveaway!!

  • this book sounds great! the cover alone is fantastic. i’d love to win this book.

  • i’ve been admiring your work on this quilt, but i didn’t realize that the inspiration came from this book. i would love to get my hands on a copy, and am going to see if my library has it available! (you know, for in between granny cakes. xo.)

  • This book has so many inspiring designs in it. I definitely need this book. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

  • Oh my gosh, I’m so in love with the quilts you showed. I think this book would be a fabulous addition to my collection. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  • I can’t wait to see this book!!

  • I just took this out of the library and I HAVE To HAVE IT! (sorry, didn’t mean to shout, but it’s awesome!)

  • I may have to try the stitch and flip before I see the book also – too hard to wait. I love the look and “un-perfect-ness” of it – my kind of project!

  • This book belongs in my collection!! Thanks for the give-away –

  • im excited about this stitch and flip method!

  • The book looks so inspiring! thanks!

  • i love your version of the stitch and flip technique!! i’ve long been a fan of jacquie’s work and just recently have become enamored with katie’s.

  • I love all these quilts. Thanks for sharing.

  • Thanks for the review and giveaway. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  • Looking forward to having my own copy of this great book to dog-ear and love

  • Wow! What a lovely book! So much to learn…

  • LOVE your circles! Thanks for the opportunity to win my own copy,

  • This style of quilting is the only kind I find myself attracted to and I’d love to read this book! (ps-I’ll be in the US very soon!)

  • sandy in california June 3, 2012 at 9:30 am

    This looks like a fabulous book — I’d love to be the winner!

  • This is a pretty great looking book. I agree that Blind Co-pilot is an incredible looking quilt. I’d love to read more about the techniques shown in the book.

  • Thank you for the opportunity to win this book! I have been looking at it and will buy it if I don’t win…FABULOUS quilts/ideas/techniques!

  • I am really liking what I have seen from this book! I would love to have a copy of it!

  • Love tjis book, just what I need to reignite my quilting mojo.

  • Angel Holland June 3, 2012 at 10:29 am

    This book seems like such a winner. Loving your circles!

  • I was looking for a good quilt pattern to use with all my daughters old clothes. Maybe I could find something in this book,

  • Susan Jonsson June 3, 2012 at 10:50 am

    My favorite is the red cross quilt too. Would love to have a copy of this book to try the techniques….So inspiring!

  • I love modern quilts and I’m so curious to learn more about the techniques in this book. Love what I’ve seen so far!

  • those triangles are great!

  • The book sounds great!

  • I was sketching quilt designs today. I need this book!

  • Love how the book inspired your work, thank-you for sharing!

  • Diann Cornell June 3, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I enjoyed seeing your version of the stitch and flip method.

  • Love the slice technique. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • I love that stitch and flip too, but would have no idea how to go about doing it! One day I will finish a quilt!!

  • I love that this book teaches so much technique.

  • I like the appearance of the stitch and flip triangles and want to learn more. Thanks for the journey through the pages of Quilting Modern. Please enter me into the drawing as I would win a copy to take the journey “for real.”

  • I love how the quilting on the cover quilt look like river stones.

  • Power to the People! :) I really want to learn how to do improvisational quilting and I’d love to own this book.

  • I am not in the US, but would love to enter on behalf of a dear friend who is. What a wonderful giveaway, the book looks SO inspiring (will deffo be adding it to my amazon cart!), I love the idea of a more intuitive approach to quilting, yours is coming along beautifully.

  • Looking to shake up my quilting life, so I would LOVE to win this book!

  • I love that book. So wonderful.
    There is some fabric waiting to be made into a bed quilt and I think that this is the direction that I need to go.
    The book would be inspiriting!

  • stitch and flip triangle looks like a blast to piece

  • Thanks for being part of the celebration. It seems like a very inspiring place to start.

  • I’m moving to a new house in August and would love to put together a beautiful modern quilt for it. The one you’re working on it a great inspiration! So lovely! Thanks, Blair!

  • I love your stitch-and-flip triangles. I just received a packet of scraps that would be perfect for something along those lines.

  • Beautiful book, and I love your stitch & flip triangles. Cant wait to see the finished quilt!

  • I love the new modern quilts, although there’s still a place in my heart for my grandmothers hand cut, hand sewn and hand quilted pieces of art. I would love to win a copy! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Looks like a great book!! :)

  • I got my little paws on this book first at the library. I love it, love it, love it. And, I’m with you–in addition to the patterns, they focused on technique. I sat down with a piece of graph paper after reading a section and drew out a quilt design that I am dying to try out now! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Hey Blair! Thanks so much for being a part of the celebration and for all you’ve done to support Katie. I’m thrilled that you’re stitching and flipping! Power to the people for sure!!

  • I’ve never heard of that technique, but I love those blocks!

  • love the little triangles!! i need to try that right about this very second šŸ˜‰

  • I will definitely be putting this book on my wishlist! Looks fantastic.

  • It looks like a great book! Every so often I get bored with what I’m doing. This book looks like the cure to boredom with new ideas and techniques to try.

  • i am very far on the “new” end of the quilter spectrum and would love to read tips and get inspiration. looks like a great book.

  • Haven’t seen this book in person but can’t wait to! Thanks for the sneak peek and the chance to win one :-)

  • I would love to try working with those stitch and flip triangles!

  • can’t wait to get my hands on this book ….thank you for the sneak peek….so many techniques….so little time

  • count me in : )

  • Thank you for sharing your favorites from the book! I can’t wait to flip through the pages!!

  • i love your stitch and flip triangle blocks! i was wondering how quilt would look with a off white background myself…so to see this…wow! i love the colors you chose! :) this book seems like it would be such a GREAT one to have in the library!
    thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  • WoW! Looks like an awesome book. Coming from a more traditional background Iā€™d love to learn all the techniques. First Iā€™d like to learn the free piecing. Then I could let myself go. hehe. I’d love to learn to step out of the box.
    Thank you and Interweave Press for a great giveaway and a chance to win a super book.

  • Love how your blocks are turning out! This book looks so neat! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  • I’ve just started getting into quilting (I’m working on my 4th right now). This book looks so inspiring!

  • I want to do all of them. I need a copy of this!

  • I’m interested in the improvisational curves section. I would love to learn more about that.

  • This book looks like a must-have! Can’t wait to read it!

  • love the ‘add it up’ book!

  • what a great book – can’t wait to make something inspired by it!

  • ok. the book looks AWESOME, but i’m hyperventilating over the sneak peek.
    seriously. wow.

  • Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. I’ve been trying to pare down my book collection lately (it’s gotten seriously out of control), but I’d happily make an exception and add this lovely book to my library!

  • Would love to see this book in person! Love your crazy stars

  • The book looks like it has great information and inspiration for improvisational piecing!

  • This would be a great book to inspire me to start quilting again.

  • This book is definitely on my Gotta Have It list!
    Thanks for the chance. šŸ˜€

  • Looks like a fun and inspirational book. Thanks for sharing.

  • One of the wonderful aspects of this book is that it is inspiring without being intimidating. Not every book by a talented quilt artist cab accomplish that.

  • Oh my! I can’t wait to see your finished project. Love the inspiration you’ve shared and definitely have this book on my wishilist…triple crossing all of my toes and fingers!

  • I have been wondering how to make the triangle quilt, I adore that one too!

  • I am looking forward to having this book. Modern quilting is fascinating!

  • roxanne reynolds June 4, 2012 at 4:33 am

    amazing!i’m with you – i love the add it up quilt. thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book.

  • I love the idea of moving forward and out of the traditional confines of quilting. Such amazing projects.

  • I am so reluctant to buy quilting books but this one looks very interesting. I really like those triangles too!

  • Thank you for a chance to win! Definitely a book I have to get my hands on.

  • This is one of those ESSENTIAL books – one that a quilter really needs! I can hardly wait to see it, and am very hopeful that I might be the winner as I have maxed out my amazon book acquisitions for the summer! The designs are very inspiration. Thank you for this opportunity!

  • This just may be THE book of 2012. Everyone should have it, because, as you said, “You will have the knowledge to take chances and explore new things.”

  • I’d love a copy of the book!

  • I’d love a copy of the book!

  • I’d love a copy of the book!

  • Beautiful. Looking forward to devouring this book.

  • Carol Campbell June 4, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Your stitch and flip circles are wonderful! Such an easy technique that looks great – and lots of fun!

  • I love the delicate look of the Add It Up quilt. I can’t wait to see more from the book.

  • I love the Blind Copilot also. Just my style.

  • Thank you for your thoughts on the new book. The more I see, the more I want this book on my bookshelf.

  • Thanks for the sneak peek — very inspiring! Would love to be able to have the book for keeps… just recently lost all my books to a fire & am trying to rebuild my library. Internet is a nice alternative, but not like holding the book in your hands & marking up the pages with little yellow sticky notes @ 3am. Thanks again!

  • Would love to have this book – thanks!

  • So simple and enticing! Can’t wait to give it a try.

  • I can’t wait to try it! such beautiful stuff!

  • would love to win this book!

  • This book looks AMAZING.

  • I would love this book to add to my crafting inspirations.

  • WOW is that beautiful quilting!
    This is so inspiring and it makes me want to try to make my very own!
    Thanks so much for the give-away!

  • what an inspiring post! love the quilts…thanks for the chance to win…

  • What a great inspiration book. Love the dark background

  • The more I read about this book, the more I want to see of it!