What is Modern Quilting?

According to the "Modern Quilt Guild," modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. "Modern traditionalism" or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.

On this page, we are presenting books by some of the "stars" of the Modern Quilt Movement.

(Also check our "Machine Pieced" quilt book page.)


Find out more -- Visit the Modern Quilt Guild's website!


Quilt Lovely

by Jen Kingwell

128 pages, plus pattern pullouts, color, soft cover
from Fons & Porter Media

15 Vibrant Projects Using Piecing and Applique

Jen Kingwell brings you fifteen amazing new quilt designs in "Quilt Lovely." With nine gorgeous quilt projects that use a variety of techniques, including applique, hand sewing and hand quilting, and six fun pillow projects that can be expanded easily into quilts, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Full-size paper patterns make template creation quick and simple.

$26.99 [Add to Cart]


Quilt with Tula and Angela: A Start-To-Finish Guide to Piecing and Quilting Using Color and Shape


192 pages, Color, Softcover by F & W Media, Inc.

Quilt the rainbow with Tula Pink and Angela Walters! Add color and punch to your next project with Quilt with Tula & Angela. Known for her cool, innovative style, Tula Pink will inspire you to toss your color wheel and commit to her signature approach to combining colors. Angela Walters creates the complementary finish and surface texture for each design, resulting in the perfect marriage of color and style for each of the featured 17 quilt projects.

$26.99 [Add to Cart]


Alison Glass Applique
The Essential Guide to Modern Applique

144 pages+2 pullouts, softcover, color,
from Lucky Spool Media

With 20 illustrations and 120 stunning, detailed how-to photographs – you’ll learn to create gorgeous, eye-catching designs. Sample classic appliqué methods, including needle-turned appliqué, hand-stitched applique, and applique on crocheted, embroidered, and patchwork backgrounds. You will also learn how to use the latest substrates and a variety of fibers to create unique, contemporary designs that fit your style perfectly. 

$28.95 [Add to Cart]


Savor Each Stitch

Studio Quilting with Mindful Design
by Carolyn Friedlander

144 pages +pullout, softcover by Lucky Spool Media

An exploration of how selecting different materials, textures, and substrates combined with playing with the design concepts of line, contrast, scale, emphasis, color, volume and texture can impact the end result of the design. 8 quilts each with a multitude of color way options, illustrate how each design decision can impact the direction of a quilt. Projects range from table runners to full sized quilts each encouraging readers to play with design possibilities to create unique quilts of their own. Hand quilting, needle-turn appliqué, thoughtful design choices and experimentation replace the fast and easy counterparts found in many pattern books.

$27.95 [Add to Cart]

quilting with a modern slant book by rachel may

Quilting With A Modern Slant
by Rachel May

224 pages, soft cover, color, from Storey Publishing

...People, Patterns, and Techniques Inspiring the MODERN QUILT COMMUNITY.

Tour the varied world of modern quilting through the stories and works of more than 70 of its most exciting artists. Along with a compelling inside look at their creations, the quilters offer step-by-step instructions on favorite improvisational techniques and quilting project.s

$19.95 [Add to Cart]


Modern Quilts Illustrated # 10
Weeks Ringle & Bill Kerr

Just out!
Modern Quilts Illustrated #10 takes a colorful and graphic approach to modern quilting. Printed on high-quality acid-free paper, each issue contains patterns, design inspiration, tips and techniques.
Issue #10 is the Japan issue with articles and patterns relating to one of our favorite countries. Included are patterns for four quilts: Katsura, Kumihimo, Quiet on the Set and Give Me Liberty as well as two projects, an appliqued tote and a table runner made of vintage kimono.

25 pages ,soft cover, color,
from modern Quilt Studio

$15.00 [Add to Cart]


Modern Quilts Illustrated # 8
Weeks Ringle & Bill Kerr

Modern Quilts Illustrated # 8 takes a colorful and graphic approach to modern quilting. Printed on high-quality acid-free paper, each issue contains patterns, design inspiration, tips and techniques.
Issue # 8  Includeds patterns for Pacific, Jewel Box, Prism, Nice Tie and To the Point.

21 pages ,soft cover, color,
from modern Quilt Studio

$14.00 [Add to Cart]


Modern Quilts Illustrated # 9
Weeks Ringle & Bill Kerr

Modern Quilts Illustrated # 9 takes a colorful and graphic approach to modern quilting. Printed on high-quality acid-free paper, each issue contains patterns, design inspiration, tips and techniques.
Issue #9 includeds patterns for Downstream, Glyphs, Diagonal Bliss, Ascending Leaves and Cursive.

21 pages ,soft cover, color,
from modern Quilt Studio

$14.00 [Add to Cart]


Patchwork City

Elizabeth Hartman

192 pages ,includes pattern pullout,
soft cover, color, from Stash Books

New! A modern quilt sampler from the best-selling author of The Practical Guide to Patchwork

Tired of sewing the same old blocks? Here’s what you’ve been waiting for: a bonanza of 75 original quilt blocks from Elizabeth Hartman, one of the modern quilt movement’s favorite designers. Elizabeth gets you started with 6 complete sampler quilts to sew. Need help with fabric selection? Each of the 75 blocks is shown in 3 different fabric palettes. Change up blocks, sizes, or fabrics to embark on a limitless exploration of modern style.


$25.95 [Add to Cart]

the practical guide to patchwork book by elizabeth hartman

The Practical Guide to Patchwork
By Elizabeth Hartman

126 pages, soft cover, color,
from Stash Books

New basics for the Modern Quiltmaker! In this book, learn all the basics--from the supplies you need, to planning your quilt, to understanding its basic construction. Learn how to cut, piece, appliqué, machine quilt, bind and finish your quilt projects. The 12 projects are divided into sections for the beginner, the confident beginner, and the intermediate quilter. You will love Elizabeth's fresh approach, bright designs, and helpful tips.

$24.95 [Add to Cart]

a common thread by gwen marston

A Common Thread - A Collection of Quilts by Gwen Marston

144 pages, hard cover, full color,
from Martingale Press, 8.5" x 10.25"

Explore a life lived in stitches and witness the aesthetic evolution of a treasured quiltmaking artist. Immerse yourself in the beauty of detailed, up-close photos that will inspire and delight you.

$36.99 [Add to Cart]


Quilt Local
Heather Jones

For Heather Jones debut book, Quilt Local, she designed a collection of 20 quilts, each inspired by objects and places close to home—country roads, cityscapes, street signs—the landscape of her existence. Then, in a fascinating exercise in color theory and design play, she reworked each one in a second palette to show what a striking difference just a few basic changes can make. Pattern by pattern, Jones takes readers behind the scenes of her process, sharing photographs of her sources of inspiration, sketchbook pages, and the finished quilts.

158 pages ,includes pattern pullout,
hard cover, color, from Abrams Books


$27.50 [Add to Cart]

gwen arston modern minimal book

Minimal Quiltmaking

by Gwen Marston

96 pages, soft cover, color, from AQS

Join Gwen as she takes you through her process for designing minimal quilts. Follow her intuitive approach to make minimal quilts with maximum impact. Explore how to apply color, line, and the principles of minimal art to you own quilts. Find inspiration in page after page of quilts by Gwen and many of her students - No patterns needed!

$24.95 [Add to Cart]


37 Sketches

by Gwen Marston

96 pages, hard cover, color,
from Six Mile Creek Press

37 Sketches is both an artfully designed and beautifully made book. It shows Gwen's new work built on the idea of exploring the elements of design by constructing small studies.

$29.95 [Add to Cart]

Liberated Quiltmaking ll

by Gwen Marston

127 pages,softcover, color,

Gwen presents nine Liberated Quiltmaking processes and each is clearly illustrated with step-by-step instructions, pieced samples, and loads of example quilts. Multiple techniques and variations are given. Liberated Quiltmaking II provides a way of working without using templates or set patterns. Truly original quilts result that engage the quilter's intuition and emotion as well as technical skills.

$28.95 [Add to Cart]


Freddy & Gwen Collaborate Again

by Freddy Moran & Gwen Marston

192 pages,softcover, color,
from Lark Books

Collaborative Quilting authors, Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston, use historical quilts for inspiration and collectively give them their own modern interpretations. Gwen offers unique insights about historical formats, while Freddy imparts her extensive knowledge about color and pattern.

$24.95][Add to Cart


Free Range Triangle Quilts

by Gwen Marston & Cathy Jones

111 pages,softcover, color,
from AQS

Joining forces to reintroduce the triangle in quilting, the authors provide a new look for a seasoned shape with structure, clear direction, and focus for the projects. Get back to basics with lessons learned at "Granny's knee." Traditional methods and styles provide a springboard to updated quilt patterns. Quilt projects and patterns, included, encourage taking risks to create unique pieces of art.

$24.95 [Add to Cart]

contemporary curved quilts book

Contemporary Curved Quilts
by Jenny Pendigo & Helen Robinson
for Sew Kind of Wonderful

48 pages, soft cover, color,
from Landauer Publishing

Learn to make beautiful curved quilts with flair, using the Quick Curved Ruler. The book includes eight fun quilt projects, from table toppers to bed quilts, as well as how to use the Quick Curve Ruler.

$18.95 [Add to Cart]

Modern One-Block Quilts by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting

click on the book cover for a peek inside

Modern One-Block Quilts
by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting

127 pages, soft cover, color,
from Stash Books

Back to square one. Here are 22 exciting quilts, and all you need is one simple block pattern to make each one! From throw and wall hangings to queen sized quilts, Sewists of all skill levels will be inspired to create something new by manipulating one simple block pattern with interesting fabrics, unusual shapes, and expressive lines. Expert quilter's provide clear step by step instructions and a quilt making overview to help you from start to finish.

$23.95 [Add to Cart]

Modern Color by Kim Eichler-Messmer Book
click on the book cover for a peek inside

Modern Color
by Kim Eichler-Messmer

144 pages, soft cover, color,
from Stash Books

Go ahead take a dip. This DIY book teaches you how to dye cloth by hand to create unique fabrics to use in modern quilt designs. Includes instructions for setting up a home dye studio with minimal equipment and teaches key mixing techniques. You'll be able to make any color you want, including any value and gradation, allowing for an unlimited palette and endless inspiration. Create a one-of-a-kind quilt with hand-dyed fabrics. Learn how to dye fabrics expertly using simple recipes for stunning effects. Features 9 modern quilted projects, in multiple color ways, showcasing the beauty of hand dyed fabrics. Learn how to create a truly individual quilt for which you're the fabric designer, quilt designer, and quilt maker.

$25.95 [Add to Cart]

Tula Pink's City Sampler 100 Modern Quilt Blocks

100 Modern Quilt Blocks
Tula Pink's City Sampler

255 pages, soft cover, color,
from D&C

Create a sampler quilt as unique as you are! Tula Pink gives you a inspiring quilt block collection with Tula Pink's City Sampler. Make a beautiful, modern quilt of your own design with the 100 original quilt blocks or try one the the 5 city themed sampler quilts designed by Tula. In this book Tula has shown you how the make the blocks. But put your on touch on your blocks, and the book by re-naming them, what you want! Tula Pink's City Sampler is a collaboration between you and her. Have fun playing with the block and the Book.

Fabric Collections by Tula Pink

$27.99 [Add to Cart]

block party book

Block Party -
The Modern Quilting Bee

by Alissa Haight Carlton & Kristen Lejnieks

126 pages, color, soft cover, from Stash Books
The journey of 12 women, 1 blog, and 12 improvisational pieces. Let go of "the rules" with 12 fun, funky, and improvisational projects! The fundamental techniques are included--from fabric selection to quilt tops to binding. Projects are perfect for both beginners and experiences quilters.

$21.95 [Add to Cart]

Modern Quilting

In The Studio
with Angela Walters

127 pages, soft cover, color,
from Stash Books

Add a new layer of art to your quilts. Angela's machine quilting strategies will add dimension and distinction to any quilt. Each chapter features a design concept and technique that's tailored to a specific project. Apply what you learn about these special quilting effects to bring new life to all your work.

$22.95 [Add to Cart]

Quilting Modern Book

Quilting Modern
by Jacquie Gering & Katie Pedersen

143 pages, soft cover, color,
from Interweave

Quilting Modern has projects for quilter's at all levels, including Stunning Bed quilts, wall hangings, pillows, and table accessories. Quilting Modern is a field guide for all quilt lovers who strive to break free from the constraints of tradition and yearn to successfully make Modern, Exciting, Artful projects.

$26.95 [Add to Cart]