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!

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]

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]

Modern Color by Kim Eichler-Messmer Book
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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]

Modern One-Block Quilts by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting
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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]

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.

Acacia Fabric Collection

$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]

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]