How exciting it was to receive this book in the mail! Each day I spend a little time enjoying the quilts and thinking about their makers.
Modern Quilts: Designs of a New Century is a beautiful, hardcover book that celebrates modern quilting in the context of the Modern Quilt Guild. It was curated by Riane Menardi, Alissa Haight Carlton and Heather Grant. The retrospective includes over 200 quilts, a brief history of the modern quilt movement and descriptions of characteristics found in modern quilts.
Two of my quilts were selected for the book: Coral Reef and Trestle Nestle. It’s a bit of a thrill to have them included and to see them in the company of so many quilts I admire.
Coral Reef appeared at QuiltCon 2015 in Austin, the first major quilt show that I entered or attended. What a surprise it was to win the Quilting Excellence Award that year! All those lovely hours of hand quilting make this one of my all time favorite finishes. You can read the rest of the story about Coral Reef in this post.
The large format of the book allows the quilts to take center stage.
Trestle Nestle was selected to go to Savannah last year for QuiltCon East 2017. Improvisational piecing and hand quilting, my favorite techniques, are used in this quilt.
The motif was inspired by a local railroad trestle on a wonderful walking and cycling trail near my home. Here it is on Christmas day, decked out in its festive finery.
It has been so interesting to read the backstories of many of the quilts included in the book. Below you’ll find links to all the sites in case you’ve missed some along the way.
|12/13/17||Amber Corcoran||Fancy Tiger Crafts|
|12/14/17||Heidi Parkes||Heidi Parkes Art|
|12/15/17||Melissa Cory||Happy Quilting|
|12/16/17||Penny Gold||Studio Notes|
|12/18/17||Shruti Dandekar||13 Wood House Road|
|12/19/17||Amy Friend||During Quiet Time|
|12/20/17||Paige Alexander||Quilted Blooms|
|12/21/17||Angela Bowman||Angela Bowman Design|
|12/22/17||Lysa Flower||Lysa Flower|
|12/27/17||Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill||Whole Circle Studio|
|12/28/17||Jacquie Gering||Tall Grass Prairie Studio|
|12/29/17||Christa Watson||Christa Quilts|
|1/2/18||Kristin Shields||Kristin Shield Art|
|1/3/18||Krista Hennebury||Poppy Print Creates|
|1/4/18||Cinzia Allocca||Deux Petites Souris|
|1/5/18||Suzanne Paquette||Atelier Six Design|
|1/6/18||Yvonne Fuchs||Quilting Jetgirl|
|1/9/18||Ben Darby||Hunts Patch Quilts|
|1/10/18||Nicole Daksiewicz||Modern Handcraft|
|1/11/18||Kristi Schroeder||Initial K Studio|
|1/12/18||Kathy York||Art Quilts by Kathy York|
|1/13/18||Marla Varner||Penny Lane Quilts|
|1/15/18||Brigette Heitland||Zen Chic|
|1/16/18||Stacey Sharman||Hello Stitch Studio|
|1/17/18||Stacey O’Malley||SLO Studio|
|1/18/18||Kim Soper||Leland Ave Studios|
|1/19/18||Steph Skardal||Steph Skardal Quilts|
|1/20/18||Cheryl Brickey||Meadow Mist Designs|
|1/22/18||Shea Henderson||Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio|
|1/23/18||Katie Larson||Katie Larson Studio|
|1/24/18||Katie Pedersen||Sew Katie Did|
(Thanks to Yvonne@Quilting Jetgirl for sharing this nifty table with all the links!)
When you purchase directly from the MQG, 100% of the profits and royalties of your purchase benefit the Modern Quilt Guild, a non-profit 501(c)3.
This weekend I’ll be at a retreat with my friends from the Bainbridge Island MQG and I’ll be taking my copy of the book so they can enjoy it, too. I’d love to hear your comments and I’ll reply just as soon as I get back home.
7 thoughts on “Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century”
Congratulations on having two quilts selected for publication in Modern Quilts, Marla!
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Marla, I loved seeing both of your quilts in person. Congratulations on all accounts. Your hand quilting is beautiful!
Thanks, Paige. I love seeing yours, too!
Congratulations! That must be so thrilling to be accepted in such a great overview book of the Modern Quilt movement. Well-done! Your work is excellent!
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Thank you for your kind words. Yes, it is exciting to have my quilts included, especially since it is the first time any of them have been published.