Modern Patchwork – book review

Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman reviewed by Ruth.

image by C & T publishing

I would love to share Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman, published by Stash Books. As you may know I am a member of The London Modern Quilt Guild and love the modern approach to quilting as well as some more traditional approaches.  Elizabeth has designed 12 quilts to stretch your sewing skills and move on from the basics.  The quilts are different and laid out beautifully, with the block size and overall quilt dimensions.  Making the blocks is explained well and also for me at least has lots of photo’s and drawings showing how to exactly.  There is always one large quilt photographed and others showing how one can interpret the design in different ways.

image C & T Publishing

There are some great tips and fabrics used through out the book.  I love the Xylophone design above.

image C & T publishing

The Looptastic quilt is made with 3 sets of coordinating fabrics, shown here in teal, chartreuse and white, with each set including one solid and 3 prints.

image C & T publishing

Glam Garlands uses a relaxed piecing technique that produces slightly wonky blocks that resemble paper garlands.  There is a lot of information in the back, showing fussy cutting and tips.  The basics, so if you are newer to quilting all is explained and also tips on pressing seams.  For instance Elizabeth recommends ironing them open, not to one side.  There are projects that use appliqué and the book has a whole section on this, ideas on machine quilting at home with lots of examples shown.

image C & T publishing

The quilt above is called Roller Rink; I think this will be the quilt I would make first.  Each block measures 4 inches by 16 inches and could be made in the 52″ x 80″ or scaled up further to a super king.  The back of this quilt is just as fabulous as the front; I think this is my favourite.

Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman is published by Stash Books on 28th June 2012.

All the book photographs are from C & T Publishing.

Thanks to Ruth from Two Hippos for reviewing this book.

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