I’m a big fan of modern quilts and home décor. Although my decorating aesthetic veers more toward classic or neutral than bold or cutting edge, the white walls and light-colored furniture in our house make a great backdrop for more brightly hued accessories. In fact, our couches and chairs are lined with colorful pillows, plush throws, and cozy quilts that add pops of color and style in an otherwise tranquil space—or at least as tranquil as any space with two kids and a dog can be.
So I was over the moon when I saw the curated collection of projects for Modern Patchwork Home. Featuring gorgeous designs from the namesake magazine, the twenty-four quilts and home décor projects offer easy-to-customize patterns for quilters with a variety of skill levels.
As Editor Vivika Hansen DeNegre noted in the introduction, “The projects in Modern Patchwork Home were chosen with the discerning modern sewist in mind: they are innovative, diverse, useful, and on trend. You’ll find a variety of projects, from funky kitchen items to sophisticated quilts, perfect for even the most discerning modern quilt enthusiast. And even better, many of the projects are beginner-friendly and would make great gifts.”
Here is a sampling of just some of my favorite designs from this gorgeous book:
Quilts for Home
Modern Courthouse Steps
Designer Siobhan Rogers variation on the classic Courthouse Steps block looks fresh and modern when it’s used as the entire quilt top.
Twinkle Star Quilt
This star pattern from designer Debbie Grifka looks both classic and modern. It can also be made with a charm pack of 5” squares, so you can spend less time cutting.
As this gorgeous Nine Patch pattern from Christine Barnes shows, dynamic designs don’t have to be complicated. For maximum color impact, Christine says, “Don’t be afraid to include colors that aren’t in the center plaid square—they add a surprise element and make your design more original.”
For Kitchen and Dining
Braided Table Runner
This stunning centerpiece may appear complex, but thanks to designer Daisy Aschehoug’s simple, Log Cabin-style construction method, it’s actually easier to make than it looks.
Quilted Patchwork Apron
This sweet half apron from designer Jen Carlton-Bailly makes a great gift. It’s also easy to personalize through fabric color choices and quilting designs for anyone on your list.
Cool Carryalls and Whimsical Accessories
Twisted Flower Tote
Designer Vanessa Christenson paired linen with beautiful pink prints to create this gorgeous tote.
Make Mini Quilt
What’s not to love about a quilted sign that inspires us to create? Hang this simple yet striking design by Angela Bowman in your studio or quilting space as a colorful reminder.
Bloom Selvedge Pillow
This intriguing design by Cindy Weins turns selvedge edges, the part of the fabric quilters usually cut off before starting a quilting project, into a charming record of their stash. Sew cool!
This book also features a chapter on quiltmaking basics, including step-by-step tutorials on French-fold binding and envelope pillow backs, as well as time-saving tips—something any quilter can appreciate. There are also a number of projects that are just right for using up your stash or working in those fat quarter bundles and large-scale prints you’ve been holding onto. Yet another reason I love the projects in this book. Through fabric and color choices, the patterns in Modern Patchwork Home can be personalized for almost every design aesthetic.
Ready to start creating?
Order your copy of Modern Patchwork Home or download the digital edition to get started today.