Modern Minimal: 20 Bold & Graphic Quilts ~ Quilting Tips + Giveaway

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You know we’re big fans of Alissa Haight Carlton from Handmade by Alissa. She’s the talented designer behind our Modern Block of the Month (BOM) Sew-Along Series inspired by Block Party: The Modern Quilting Bee: The Journey of 12 Women, 1 Blog & 12 Improvisational Projects, a book written by Alissa and Kristen Lejnieks.

We’re inspired by Alissa’s NEW Modern Minimal: 20 Bold & Graphic Quilts too! All of the designs in the book were imagined as a full quilt top first, and do not use a traditional approach of sewing multiple quilt blocks to create the full top but rather come together as a full design from the start of your piecing. This makes the designs quick and satisfying, and Alissa says many of the tops can be completed in just one or two sewing sessions. All of the designs use 1/4″-seam piecing with straight lines (no triangles or circles!), making the book super-accessible to beginning quilters.

The designs include good use of solid fabrics and negative space. Alissa places a big emphasis on variations for the quilting, which we absolutely love. Rather than seeing the quilting process as almost an afterthought, Alissa shows that the quilting makes just as much of an impact as the fabric and pattern. All of that– great designs with high impact, super quilting variations, satisfying and accessible quilts– is presented in Modern Minimal: 20 Bold & Graphic Quilts without being overly complicated or intimidating.

Alissa’s quilting variations are some of our favorite parts of the new book so we asked her to talk a little more about these today. Alissa shows us how quilting can change the look and feel of a quilt by demonstrating quilting options on some of the digital quilts in our Modern BOM series.

Stash Books is offering one Sew,Mama,Sew! reader a copy of Modern Minimal: 20 Bold & Graphic Quilts! (A hard copy if the winner is in the US, ebook if the winner has an international address.) Comment on today’s post for your chance to win, and enjoy Alissa’s quilting tips below.

From Alissa: In Modern Minimal: 20 Bold & Graphic Quilts I give two examples of how to quilt each of the 20 quilt patterns included in the book. The quilting you decide to do can completely change the feeling and texture of your finished quilt.

To demonstrate this, I’ve given a few examples of quilting options on some of the digital quilts that I’ve put together with the Sew,Mama,Sew! Modern Block of the Month blocks.

Let’s start with the recently posted block for March. This is one of the layouts that the block can create:

And here are two options of how you could quilt this layout.

This first option has some diagonal lines across the quilt with some zigzagging that follows the piecing design.

When quilting diagonally like this, it’s best to start in the middle of the quilt and work your way out. That means that first you’ll sew the center most portion of the zigzagging. And then the two center portions of the straight lines.

When sewing straight lines like this, it’s best to draw on the first line of your quilting (with chalk or a fabric pen) so that you know it’s straight and travels down the quilt in the direction you’d like. Then, depending on the density you’d like to quilt the lines, you can use the edge or your walking foot or you can use a quilting bar to keep your lines parallel. Some people like to put painter’s tape on the quilt as a guide that they move along with them as they quilt line after line.

Continue working from the center out until you’ve filled in one entire side of the quilt top. Then, flip the quilt 180 degrees and fill in the other side. This way, the more quilting you get done, the less of the quilt top you have to squeeze through the throat of your machine and the easier it gets.

Another straightforward way to quilt this quilt is to simply fill it with dense straight lines that run vertically.

Start in the center of the quilt and work your way to the right, seam by seam. When you’ve reached the outside edge, turn the whole quilt 180 degrees, start in the center again and work your way to the right until you get to the other outside edge.

When I quilt in this manner, I use the edge of my walking foot as the guide for each seam I sew.

Moving on to a quilt layout from October’s block.

This quilt has a lot of negative space, so there are limitless ways to fill it in.

First, why not use some free motion quilting skills and create rows of wave like patterns to fill in all of the negative space?

If you make sure your quilt is very well basted you don’t have to work from the middle out. Fill in the entire central panel of free motion quilting first, but work in rows, from the top of the quilt to the bottom. Then using the piecing of the blocks as a guide, fill in the piecing with dense straight lines as pictured. Finally, finish up by filling in one outside edge, and then the other, with the free motion waves. Again, start at the top and work your way to the bottom in rows.

An entirely different look is given to the quilt if you do all straight-line quilting that echoes the piecing. Start with the center panel again and follow the piecing to create the first zigzag. Then simply keep echoing the seams you sew, until you’ve filled in the whole center panel. When portions are filled with quilting, simplify the zigzag, to be able to keep on filling in, echoing line by line. Next, fill in the piecing of the blocks with two less dense spirals as pictured. Finish up by filling in either side of the quilt with more zigzagging dense lines.

Finally, let’s look at a layout from December’s block.

This block design creates an optical illusion of perspective.

This straight-line grid pattern all over the quilt top keeps the look of that illusion going. To quilt in this manner, turn the quilt on its side and start in the middle, filling in the horizontal lines, working to your right. Here I’ve pictured the lines following the piecing on the first block but then just running straight all the way across the quilt. A line runs along either outside edge of every color and down the middle of each color. Once you’ve worked your way all the way to the right, turn the entire quilt 180 degrees and fill in the other side in the same way. Then you can fill in the vertical lines on the quilt and also the lines that follow the piecing at a diagonal. Those lines need to stop and start in the middle of the quilt top, so always remember to sew locking stitches at the beginning and end of them. You can trim all of your threads later, or do it as you go–- It’s completely up to you!

A softer way to quilt this quilt is to fill in all of the color in the top with pebble free motion quilting. This can be a time consuming quilting choice, but it adds really wonderful texture. If you were to quilt in this design, all of the un-quilted negative space would look a bit puffy compared to the pebble quilted areas.

I hope that these quilting ideas help you to come up with your own and realize that you can mix and match quilt patterns and quilting designs in countless different ways. Why not step out of your stippling routine and try something new? More involved quilting patterns definitely take more time but oh, how the results are worth it!

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221 Responses to Modern Minimal: 20 Bold & Graphic Quilts ~ Quilting Tips + Giveaway

  1. Jane says:

    My mom has been asking for a modern quilt. This would be perfect to make as a gift 🙂

  2. shannon says:

    i love the use of solid color to create so many different looks. some people may think it’s boring, but i just love what you can do with solids. love how you can change things just by the way you piece it all together. i’ve always loved how people can play with depth as well. 🙂

  3. Jen says:

    I love the bold designs and would love this book!

  4. Mama Spark says:

    I really love your blocks but I am so grateful for all the quilting suggestions too. Thank you for sharing your creative spirit with all of us!!

  5. Nancy Sue says:

    This book looks like a great solution to the infamous blank canvas syndrome…deciding what pattern to use to quilt!

  6. amorette says:

    this is great information and nice to see an author providing some tips and choices for quilting instead of just fabric choices.

  7. Becky says:

    Very enlightening post – and the book is very enticing.

  8. WandaFish says:

    The book looks just what I need! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂
    Great quilting tips too.

  9. Leslie says:

    I’m really enjoying seeing more Modern quilt blocks and this books looks fantastic and interesting to try out.

  10. Deb says:

    I would love to know how to quilt both straight line and free motion and do it with confidence. I’d love to win.

  11. Linda says:

    These designs are so simple when compared to traditional quilt designs which generally involved technical block-sewing. It’s great to see Alissa’s suggestions for quilting, which, in my humble opinion, does more to enhance the design than the the design itself! Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  12. chibidani says:

    i like the idea of piecing a whole quilt, instead of making it from tons of blocks.

  13. Mary says:

    Love the looks of these quilts- How fresh and new- I’ve been quilting for many years and I LOVE the trend away from traditional blocks- I LOVE how accessible these designs are for people just learning – and for those of us who don’t have any desire to remake what’s been done before! Kudos!

  14. Verena says:

    Thanks for showing the different effects the different quilting variations will give the finished quilt!

  15. Kathy says:

    Thanks for the great tips. The book looks wonderful too!

  16. Suzanne says:

    Looking forward to completing my modern blocks and putting them together…then on to quilting them..your ideas are fabulous…the book looks terrific

  17. Sarah says:

    I’ve just started sewing, eager to develop my skills so I can take on awesome projects like this. Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. Megan says:

    Would love to win this!

  19. Lee says:

    Thank you for the reveiw – the book looks great!

  20. Carol H says:

    Just starting quilting and need ideas that look impressive but are simple to do. These ideas were great.

  21. Anna Dorothy says:

    Wow…these were great examples..I have yet to machine quilt my quilts, but really want to start! and the book looks fabulous!

  22. Kathleen says:

    I like the quilting variations for the December block the best.

  23. Janet says:

    The book looks really great. Thanks for the chance to win!

  24. laura says:

    I love the modern quilts. It’s great inspiration for the next quilt I need to make!

  25. dana says:

    oh, sigh….looking at these diagrams makes me realize I need a better machine to start quilting my own quilts. 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. Kerry says:

    I have had my eye on this book 😉

  27. Melaniet says:

    Wonderdul demonstration! Thanks for the chance.

  28. Michele says:

    I would love to give this book to a dear friend who is very into Modern quilting!

  29. Dorothy says:

    This book looks fantastic. Modern but still heirloom material.

  30. Fabulous – I’m such a fan of Alissa’s quilts, it’s really great to see all the different ideas on quilting. I too struggle when it comes to the quilting process.

  31. Tina says:

    Love all the options–I don’t know how to decide. I would love to see what’s in the book!

  32. Lynn says:

    Love the crisp lines, and white space. Looks like a fab book.

  33. MickeyT. says:

    As one just entering the world of modern quilting, I truly feel ‘let out of the boxc.” I love the simplicity, the clean lines and the emphasis on negative space – a new way of thinking for me! I’d love to have the book to continue my education….

  34. Alli says:

    I just know I’m going to love all the quilts in this book! 🙂

  35. Meg says:

    The different quilting options are so interesting and really change the feel of the quilt. Thanks for the ideas!

  36. Thanks for this – it’s interesting to see ways in which the quilting can change the finished feel of the piece. As a beginner quilter that’s something I’m just starting to get my head around.

  37. margie says:

    I love piecing a quilt top together but dread deciding on how to quilt it. Thanks for the suggestions, it will help me look at things a little differently.

  38. Fran says:

    Thanks for the quilting ideas…& showing the variations….
    food for thought. It really makes sense to work from the
    middle out. Ahhh….a beautiful book….thanks for the giveaway !

  39. Wilai says:

    Love it! Never quilt. But this would be perfect to try for my boys.

  40. Alicia says:

    I am just beginning to quilt, and I LOVE the look of these. They are so inspiring!

  41. Yvonne says:

    Have been lusting after this book since I first read about it. Thanks for a great opportunity to win a copy.

  42. Susan says:

    I am really digging these quilts. I love the different quilting ideas.

  43. I love the opportunity to see more than one style of quilting on each top. It is amazing how much it changes the look!

  44. robin says:

    This looks like an interesting book – love the different quilting ideas. Thanks for the chance.

  45. Beverly says:

    As a beginner “quilter” I love that the quilting options look like something I could actually manage! Love the few designs I’ve seen from the book.

  46. Kay Taylor says:

    I’ve been reading Alissa’s blog for a long time and really admire the elegant simplicity of her quilts. I’m so glad she included suggestions for quilting.

  47. Jen S says:

    Thank you for the tips on how to layout a quilt pattern. Nearly endless possibilities!

  48. Hueisei says:

    I loved straight line quilting. Thanks for the ideas!

  49. Anne says:

    Stunning quilts for a modern home. I love it!

  50. Rebecca says:

    These would all look great in a mid-century modern home!

  51. Kerrin Moeller says:

    I am so excited to try out some of the free motion quilting techniques Alissa talks about! Thanks for the chance to win!

  52. Jolee says:

    Very cool looks. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  53. Christine B says:

    I checked this book out from the library and immediately put it on the top of my wishlist. It’s a great book with great directions.

  54. Anne says:

    Looks like a great book. Thanks

  55. Carola says:

    Beautiful quilt ideas! The book looks like great fun to read and try out!

  56. carole says:

    I love this style – so refreshing.

  57. Carole Ann says:

    Thanks for sharing these great ideas! I’m tiring of just stippling all the time – and I’m ready to try out some of these new ideas! The book looks great!

  58. Jennyroo says:

    I love that this book includes options for quilting, instead of just leaving the instructions end at piecing of the quilt top! Brilliant!

  59. floribunda says:

    Love those quilting tips! I’d love to win a copy of this book.

  60. Beth Ellen says:

    very interested in all of the different ways you could quilt this for different looks!

  61. Deirdre says:

    Fascinating how the quilting changes the whole look of the pieced designs. Alissa’s book is definitely on my “mustbuynow” list.

  62. Destiny Lair says:

    I have had my eye on the book for a bit and would love to win it! 🙂

  63. Lisa says:

    As a beginning quilter, I love the simplicity and inspiring choices that Alissa’s quilts offer. I’m inspired! Thank you : )

  64. Jessica says:

    I just adore modern quilts, I love how their look can be changed by different quilting.

  65. Jins says:

    Thanks for the tips and the giveaway. Planning to make some placemat with this concept.

  66. Deb W says:

    Wow – I never thought that different quilting & contrasting threads could make such a dramatic difference. Thanks for the insight.

  67. Amy Grace Clark says:

    I like the different options given for quilting – makes such a difference in the appearance of the quilt.

  68. Dawn B says:

    I am a beginning quilters – haven’t even finished my first “doll” sized quilt! But I am totally inspired by these modern graphic designs. I can not wait to try one!! Thanks for all the helpful information and inspiration.

  69. Gill says:

    Thanks for the review! This looks a great book!

  70. MollyP says:

    I am such a fan of Alissa’s. Her blog and books are so inspirational. Her style is so clean and minimalist. Thanks for the review and the opportunity to win a copy of her latest book.

  71. Jeannie says:

    Love these modern looking quilts! So elegant. Would love to win the book.

  72. Diann Cornell says:

    I love the emphasis on the quilting. Too many books and patterns neglect this aspect of quiltmaking.

  73. Rachel B says:

    I love the new Modern trends and would love to win this book.

  74. Maya says:

    I really like the diagonal line quilting. I think I might try that.

  75. Alyssa H says:

    I’m a new quilter and have just finished piecing my first quilt. That means I’m learning all I can about the quilting process. I really appreciate the variations described, and can’t wait to give them a try!

  76. craftytammie says:

    i love her quilts – she always makes the best color choices! and love how quilting has come so far since the days of stitch in the ditch and all over stipple!

  77. Mystica says:

    Looks a very handy book. Thanks for sharing.

  78. Gene Black says:

    I usually just quilt an all over design, but it is interesting to see the different options laid out like this.

  79. upstatelisa says:

    I would love a copy of this book. I love how you can change the look with moving the blocks around!

  80. Kendra says:

    I’m a newbie, but this is beautiful. I can’t express how much my husband would love to see another new hobby in the house! 😉

  81. Jill says:

    i love the use of solid colors and can’t wait to read the book. i prefer the straight quilted ones.

  82. Sarah McGrath says:

    Oh I love those quilts, such clean lines! Beautiful.

  83. Kerry says:

    Looks like a fascinating book!

  84. Juli says:

    What a great book! Simple quilts with so much style.

  85. Ashleigh says:

    The quilts in your book are stunning.

  86. Bruinbr says:

    Love the quilting options! The book looks great!

  87. amy dame says:

    ooh, what an awesome giveaway! i’d love a copy of Modern Minimal, it’s already on my wish list!

  88. Valerie B says:

    I have only recently started quilting and so excited about this post. Thanks for the giveaway

  89. Jill B says:

    Looks like a great book. And I loved those diagrams of different ways to quilt!

  90. Rawyah Alsunaid says:

    Beautiful quilts and very creative quilting patterns..
    Thanks for the giveaway..

  91. Jennie P. says:

    Thanks for the chance. I like the variations fro the December block.

  92. Emily says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I’ve been enjoying seeing what great texture can be created with the straight lines. A recent quilt show featured an artist who did some wonderful texture with straight lines.

  93. Becky Greene says:

    I would probably only be able to accomplish the straight line quilting, but I love the mix or straight-line (in the geometrics) and waves (in negative space).

  94. Courtney P-F says:

    Great tips and thank you for the chance to win!

  95. Janet K says:

    I love seeing these options for quilting! I am not terribly experienced with FMQ and pretty much only stipple or straight line quilt. Time to branch out!

  96. Brooke says:

    That book looks great. I am still very new to quilting…this would be awesome!

  97. Hilary says:

    Great ideas for quilting. Deciding on a final quilt design is always the biggest hurdle for me.

  98. Leela says:

    Whoa – so different! Really interesting ideas.

  99. Tamie says:

    This looks like such a cool book. Thanks for the preview and the giveaway.

  100. Kaela F says:

    Love these modern quilts-they make quilt giving so much easier & appreciated in the 21st century!

  101. Jen says:

    Great idea giving quilting variations! Love the strong graphic nature of the quilts featured; very striking. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  102. Amy says:

    I do a lot of sewing, but have yet to make a quilt. This is the year I will finally do it. Alissa’s book would be a great inspiration!

  103. Barbie Kanta says:

    I love the fresh clean look and the Scandinavian feel of the designs! Thanks in advance for the chance!

  104. Lisa E. says:

    I love the clean lines and colors. I would love to try some of these patterns.

  105. SewLindaAnn says:

    I need to step out of my straight lines. Love the graphic combinations.

  106. Barbie K says:

    I love the fresh clean lines, the Scandinavian feel. Thanks in advance for the chance.

  107. Kc Shortes says:

    So exciting to see this book

  108. Jennifer LaSuprema says:

    Nice demo. I’m a beginning quilter & I’m dying to do an all-solids quilt!

  109. Ginny says:

    The combination of design and quilting options is a great tool. Would love to have this book as a resource!

  110. Ramona says:

    This book looks wonderful. I love how the change of quilting can really change the looks of the quilt.

  111. angelinai says:

    im working on 7 inch square now. love red on back of the first quilt! would love a copy thank you

  112. Kim McM says:

    I love modern quilts! And books! And the way you’ve managed to combine the two into one perfect package. I would be thrilled to pieces (ha!) to win this giveaway.

  113. liz says:

    I have admired Alissa’s work for years! She is amazing talent. I can’t wait to read her book.

  114. erin says:

    Wow, this is an inspiring book! I’ve been exploring modern quilts recently and I”m very intrigued with “negative space” and it’s uses. Thanks for showing us more of what we could learn through this book.

  115. Nicole D. says:

    I love this, and keep up with her blog daily! What a great chance to win the book, thank you!

  116. Alexandria S. says:

    Awesome tips!

  117. Michelle says:

    So many great ideas and options! Thanks for the fun post and for the chance to win a copy of the book!

  118. Katrina says:

    I LOOOOVEE modern quilts. and I would LOOOVEEE to make one too!

  119. Brigette says:

    As a beginner quilter I love to hear that the book has quilts that are more accessible for me!

  120. leanne says:

    great post – thanks – love all the options and variations and thanks for the chance to win one of Alissa’s books

  121. Carol says:

    I love seeing options for different ways to quilt the same top! Looks like a great book!

  122. Denise Best says:

    I’ve been wanting to get this book. Love all the fresh ideas! Thanks!

  123. Cynthia says:

    Love the look of modern quilting. Would love the book.

  124. Julie C. says:

    Quilting is so addictive! Seriously! This book makes quilting so modern and sophisticated! I love it!

  125. Jen O says:

    So bold, so modern, SO COOL!

  126. Ellen M. says:

    It’s amazing how many ways you can quilt a single quilt top design. Thanks for the tip on quilting from the center out – I am about to quilt my first top and that really helps. Thanks also for the chance to win!

  127. Morgan says:

    This is crazy inspiring! So many possibilities!

  128. rebecca says:

    Beautiful! I’ve always been a little intimidated by the actual quilting part of quilting. This makes me want to try.

  129. Norma says:

    I love the way the quilt changes by the different quilting suggestions.

  130. Mom C says:

    Impressive. Those are great exmples. Thanks.

  131. Tiffany says:

    I LOVE it when pattern/book writers include ideas for quilting!

  132. Crystal says:

    I’m so new to quilting that I haven’t really considered how the actual quilting is a design feature on its own. Thanks for sharing your great tips and the giveaway! The book look absolutely wonderful – I’d love to win it!

  133. Sharon T says:

    I would l.o.v.e. to own this book! Thanks so much for the quilting ideas.

  134. Alexandrea M says:

    I have just started quilting recently, and its boggling my mind how many options there are out there. This book looks like it has some really interesting designs that would suit my husbands taste just right. Thank you for the giveaway!

  135. Camilla says:

    Great post! Looks like an inspiring book!

  136. Heather says:

    Awesome! It’s nice seeing these blocks in a quilt layout.

  137. blue.crab says:

    I love the ideas here. I sometimes need some inspiration when quilting, especially if there’s no “obvious” way to quilt a pattern.

  138. Hannah says:

    Those are some really great quilting options. Thanks so much for sharing! It’s always great to get a fresh perspective to get myself out of a rut.

  139. beth says:

    Oh, I’d love to win the book. Thanks for the chance!

  140. Kat Scott says:

    Would love to win the book, thanks for the chance. I enjoy the BOM modern designs and can’t wait to try some.

    ^Thanks again!

  141. Candi says:

    love it all!

  142. Janice says:

    Wow,what great modern quilting designs !

  143. Wendy says:

    Fabulous designs. I’d love this book!

  144. Leslie says:

    I really love the look of modern quilts, as I am new to quilting I had looked at buying this book. Also I find this blog to be very helpful for a new quilter like me, Thank you for all the hard work you put in to bring us great posts like this!!

  145. emmy says:

    As a somewhat new quilter, I really appreciate the ideas for quilting. It’s hard enough (for me) to choose colors, let alone how to quilt it. The quilt on the cover is lovely. Thank you for the giveaway.

  146. Michelle says:

    Seems like a fabulous book for a beginner and the ideas for quilting in different ways are wonderful.

  147. L says:

    I’ve been eagerly awaiting this book’s release!

  148. Tina O says:

    I love all the blocks in this book. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

  149. Laura R says:

    I love seeing the way different quilting patterns catch your eye differently. This would be an exciting book to have! Thanks for having a giveaway.

  150. Allison C says:

    This book has been on my wish list for a while now. Love minimalist quilts and love her ideas for quilting. Never would have thought about using the negative space like the ideas in this post. Brilliant!

  151. Hallie says:

    This looks like a really fun book full of quilting inspiration. I would love to have this book in my collection!

  152. Shannon says:

    Beautiful quilts! Can’t wait to see more of what the book has to offer. Thanks for the chance to win.

  153. Jenifer Dick says:

    Thanks for showing some quilting ideas on “real” quilts! The visuals are great!

  154. ooh this looks such a winner of a book …

  155. Sandy says:

    I love the clean, bold lines of these modern quilts. Thanks for a chance to win this book!

  156. Bianca says:

    This was great. I love learning how to look at a quilt and to choose a good quilting design. I never know what to do.

  157. Anya says:

    Great ideas! Thanks!

  158. rae says:

    I don’t think my skill level is up to par, but I love to try.

  159. Rhonda H. says:

    Looks like a great book; there are some lovely quilts in the pics up there; they look so fresh; thanks for chance to win the book!

  160. Kim B. says:

    I love how she uses the same palette to show the variations in the blocks. Love the patterns!

  161. Jane S. says:

    Deciding how to quilt it is always the most difficult part for me, especially when I’ve made a more modern style quilt! This book would be so helpful. Thank you for the chance to win. 🙂

  162. Angela B says:

    I’m a fan of hers! Thanks for a chance to win!

  163. Christina says:

    I admit I am intimidated by quilting but the explanation above and the description of the book make it seem like it might be possible as I continue my journey of learning to sew!

  164. Liz says:

    Thanks for the chance. I’ve been wanting to check out this book and have fallen in love with her modern designs!

  165. Jenelle says:

    Thanks for all of these great quilting ideas. I didn’t jump in at first with these blocks, but I do plan to revisit them in the future. Thanks for the chance to win!

  166. MarciaW says:

    Thanks for a most informative article on quilting. It drives me crazy when patterns just say “Quilt as Desired” because as a beginning machine quilter does need some guidance. I like the straightline quilting motif. I also like the chance to win a copy of this book!

  167. Sharon says:

    Thanks for making me think differently about how a quilt could be made. I am new to this and often very scared of all the different ideas for quilts!! I like the simplistic color schemes.

  168. lisagd says:

    I love it when designers give more than one option for finishing a project. It’s so easy to just stick with the original design, but seeing other options makes you think outside the box.

  169. Joy says:

    Deciding how to quilt my tops can be a challenge – thanks for these helpful thoughts!

  170. jodi says:

    This is very inspiring. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book.

  171. Kerstin says:

    This looks like a must-have book for every modern quilter’s library!

  172. Lindsey F. says:

    Great ideas for quilting. I love the straight-line quilting, probably because I have yet to master free motion quilting. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of her book.

  173. Christina says:

    Now that’s the kind of quilting I can see myself actually trying.

  174. Erika says:

    i would love the chance to win this book.

  175. Julie says:

    I am so excited for this book! I love the fresh perspective on quilting!

  176. great tips on quilting lines. something that i always struggle with! The book looks amazing!

  177. Kristy Daum says:

    Alissa is a great talent and the quilts in this book are wonderful. I own the book; but would love to win a copy for my Quilt Guild.

  178. Mandy says:

    Very neat looking book, I like the idea of being able to create something really neat as a beginner

  179. Laurel says:

    Wow! I love the quilt. Thanks for showing quilting ideas. It is always a challenge to decide how to quilt it. Thanks for the chance to get the great book.

  180. susan mzf says:

    oh wow – such terrific ideas! can’t wait to check out the book!

  181. melissa says:

    Thank you for the giveaway. Looks like an interesting book.

  182. Judith says:

    So many designers just finish off their patterns with “quilt as desired”, so this is really refreshing. Especially, since there is a preview of what different quilting styles might look like in the finished project. Very motivating.

  183. Carolyn says:

    I’m just learning to quilt, so this would be a great resource for my personal library!

  184. Tish says:

    I really love your crisp, fresh designs and the use of your color and patterns is spectacular. Can’t wait to try out some of your designs.

  185. Rachel Trindle says:

    I love seeing the quilting given its due attention — my favorite part of the whole process, and so important to the final look and feel of the finished quilt. Thanks for a great look at some quilting options. The book looks fabulous.

  186. Celia says:

    Love how she places as much importance on the quilting itself as on the patchwork pattern. Love that it is a straight line only book, making it more accessible to those of us that are begginers.

  187. Andy says:

    Thanks for the review and tips! I didn’t realize this book contained an abundance of quilting ideas.

  188. charity says:

    looks very cool.

  189. PennyDog says:

    Great tips thank you- I always struggle at the quilting step

  190. Heidi says:

    This is fascinating! I would love to own a copy of this book!

  191. What an awesome book! I love the multiple ways you can arrange the blocks to create totally different quilts from the same block. Totally cool!!

  192. Kasia says:

    Am really loving modern quilts, they’re beautiful and her book seems realLy neat with its different options and ideas!

  193. carriem says:

    I’d love to learn more modern techniques for block construction!

  194. Jaimee says:

    I’ve just started quilting and would to try some new techniques.

  195. Paige says:

    These are the types of quilts I want to see on my bed! 🙂

  196. Robyn G says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book! Thanks for the giveaway.

  197. Christy says:

    Wow! What simply beautiful quilts! I usually don’t like the quilting part because I am tired of working on the top by the time I am ready to put it all together, but choosing a simpler design for the part looks like more fun.

  198. Lindsay says:

    Thanks for the quilting tips! Love Alissa’s work. 🙂

  199. Anya says:

    It’s amazing how quilting can completely change a quilt. Alissa’s quilts are so inspiring – and motivating to get me to branch out in my quilting technique!

  200. Heather K says:

    Thanks for the fabulous quilting tips! This is the part I struggle with – thinking outside the meander. Eager to give these a try.

  201. Pamela says:

    Great tips for quilting – it’s neat to see how the quilting can accentuate the pieced top!

  202. Katie says:

    This is great – I’ve only ever quilted in straight lines using a walking foot, so these quilting designs are perfect!

  203. Erin says:

    I love how your quilting suggestions offer something for everyone, Alissa. I always come away from your blog with new ideas to challenge myself while not feeling overwhelmed by the patterns I’m not quite ready to tackle. Thanks!!

  204. Mary P says:

    Great thoughts on quilting. So often I see “quilt as desired” and it is easy to get stuck in a rut.

  205. Ashley Y says:

    I would love to try some of these quilts and love the quilting tips! My favorite part of creating a quilt is probably designing the quilting.

  206. Jen says:

    Thanks for this — I’ve been in a habit (as opposed to a rut) with quilting, always going for what I know, rather than thinking about other options for my work. This was a great post!

  207. Anna says:

    Such beautiful designs!

  208. Beth says:

    This book might just be my entry into quilting! So far, I have only sewn clothing, bags and some simple home decor items.

  209. thanks for the chance to win, fingers crossed!

  210. amy says:

    Love this. I’m thinking about the quilting part of my beginner quilts I’m making for my daughter and I just can’t decide how to do it. This book looks great for someone who doesn’t like fussy sewing. Thanks for the giveaway!

  211. Margaret says:

    Alissa’s quilting ideas are great! Wish I had her vision or skills.

  212. Diane W says:

    Love the quilts! and thanks for the quilting tips!

  213. Corvus says:

    I love this! I’ve often found the final texture stitching gives a quilt just as, if not more, interesting than the fabric and color choices.

  214. Rosi W. says:

    I love december’s block! I like seeing the mockup of how it will look in a finished quilt.

  215. cynthia says:

    It is amazing how you can just change the placement of quilt squares and they give so many different options. I really enjoyed reading this post!

  216. Jocelyn says:

    I always find that deciding how to quilt my quilt is one of the hardest parts. All my quilting is done on my domestic sewing machine, so sometimes I feel a little limited. I do like geometric, as that gives me lines to follow. Thanks for all of the ideas.

  217. Thanks for the chance to win this book! I was just looking at it on amazon but BLock Party ended up in my cart instead!

  218. Katrina R. says:

    I’m a starter quilter and I think that this would be a great thing thing to have for me starting off! You guys always have great giveaways.

  219. Hilary S says:

    So interesting to look at the modern shapes and perspectives!

  220. lisa swinney says:

    Thanks for the review. Ive had this book on my wishlist for awhile.

  221. MC says:

    I love the look of straight line quilting, thanks for the chance to win.

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