Multiple sizes, alternative colorways, and design tips are included for all 10 project quilts
Patterns range from "quick and easy" to "involved but inspiring"
Learn about color theory, fabric selection, and elements of design
Build your skills with step-by-step instruction and tips on piecing, hand or machine appliqué and quilting, and finishing
This is your "go-to" book for contemporary quiltmaking!
You'll love the dramatic results you get with this modern approach to quiltmaking. Popular author/designer team of Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr present their design and construction methods with 10 projects, then show you how to transform their ideas into quilts that truly express who you are.
Review FabShop News - June 1, 2010
“This husband-and-wife team of quilt designers and teachers has been extremely influential with their clean, contemporary designs. This project-filled book should win them even more fans than their earlier hits, including The Modern Quilt Workshop.”
Review Professional Quilter Online - February 23, 2011
As long as I'm on a modern theme, I took a look at Quilts Made Modern by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr, founders of Fun Quilts, a contemporary quilt design firm. The book includes excellent material on design and how to consider all the elements (or layers) of the quilt. The authors offer tips on using fabrics in particular designs. I loved their tip for looking for fabric in your stash at an online retailer to see how the color looks with fabrics you are considering purchasing. The book includes complete instructions for making 10 quilts. What I also found valuable was the discussion on why particular fabric and quilting choices work with each quilt.
Review Quilters Home Magazine - March 1, 2011
The husband wife phenom pair of Bill and weeks has put modern-style quilts in the mags for years. With this, their second book, they're actually defining classic style. This book is absolutley gorgeous in its photography and presentation, and the quilts are to die for! The projects are clean and simple but subtly sophisticated and very approachable for all skill levels. And, there is a good range of techniques throughout so theres no boredom.
One of favs is Birds On A Wire, featuring hand appliqued finches as seen from Bill and Week's kitchen window. Another fav is Fashion District, a beautiful blend of bold prints in an arrangment that will have you diving into your face fabrics like yesterday! Confesson time: many of the mod quilts around today notably use alot of solid fabrics. At first glance, we saw these beauties live at Fall Quilt Marketlast year, and they're actually made of tone-on-tone prints, some very small and delicate with very little color contrast. The effect this creates in the quilts is soft and warm, and it's a design lesson we're taking to heart.
Review American Quilt Retailer - May 1, 2011
Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr are known for their crisp and distinctly simple quilt designs, and in this new book quilters will be inspired to learn their methods. With 10 projects included, this is a valuable educational and how-to resource!
Review Australian Quilters Companion - May 1, 2011
Quilts Made Modern by Weeks Ringle & Bill Kerr
This is a beautiful book looking at the importance of colour, design and texture in quiltmaking. It contains 10 quilt projects, with alternative colourways and multiple sizes included.
Review American Patchwork & Quilting - June 30, 2011
Quilts Made Modern
Authors Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle of FunQuilts are two of my favorite contemporary quilt designers. What I love most about their work is the thoughtful approach they take to designing. And they articulate their theories of quilt design in the first 45 pages of the book. I find my self reading and re-reading it in order to take it all in. In a word, it’s brilliant! I can’t decide which of the 10 quilt projects I want to make first, but if you find yourself repeating a favorite color combo, don’t miss the page titled “Climbing Out of a Palette Rut.” It’s priceless advice.
Review Fabrications Quilting For You - June 1, 2011
Quilts Made Modern by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr
This is your 'go-to' book for contemporary quilt making as it offers sophisticated style, simple piecing, multiple sizes, alternative colour ways and design tips for all the ten projects. There is information about colour theory, fabric selection and elements of design and some really striking new-look quilts here. This book is well worth a look if you need to make a more modern quilt for a young adult.
Review By: Leanne Elliot, Creative Troupe - June 26, 2012
As a relatively new quilter I found the first section of this book invaluable – it’s all about design - with information on colour theory and proportion, layers of design, developing a fabric palette, and even looking at the inspiration behind making the quilt.There are also sections on understanding the fabric with handy hints about working with different scales of fabrics and then looking at the design aspects of constructing the quilt - border vs no border, backings, batting, and selecting the right thread along with quilting options.Weeks and Bill then present 10 quilt patterns that use various design elements from large blocks in Fashion District, small blocks in Beach Glass, to circles in Roundabouts and the aptly named Improv. Big Circles uses freezer paper applique and hand applique is a feature of the gorgeous Birds on a Wire. Each pattern has an introduction, ideas on fabric selection, along with different quilting options and colour variations. Multiple sized patterns are also offered for each quilt.The final section of the book is all about the construction of the quilt – this section is just as detailed - showing the methods used in each quilt as well as the quilting process and there is also information about the importance of labels and caring for your quilts. The templates for Roundabouts, Big Circles, and Birds on a Wire are also included in this section.Quilts Made Modern is 160 pages of fabulous inspiration with lots of hints and design ideas to think about and lots of different techniques and methods that will suit various skill levels.
Review By: Donna Keating, - July 13, 2012
The photography in this quilt book is visually stunning and many of the quilt designs are gorgeous. The emphasis is on color, hue, and scale. The authors' design principles are fully explained in detail. It is quite evident that the authors are quilting and color theory teachers by the way they explain each step so thoroughly from beginning to end in the quilt-making process. An excellent book for a beginner who is not particularly interested in quilts that look like their granny made them, although as an intermediate-level traditional quilter, I appreciated some of the hints and refreshers in techniques and color theory. Many of the quilt designs intrigue me and some may become my projects at some point.
The Design Notes after each quilt pattern and the three additional color variations per quilt further caught my attention. This book is a classic modern jewel. I was so impressed with it that I bought their Transperancy Quilts book afterwards and was not disappointed.
Review quiltingbeargal.blogspot.com - July 24, 2012
If you are interested in the “modern” quilt movement, this book is a good place to start. The authors Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr illustrate design principles and vision for modern quilts like no others. They encourage use of colors outside one’s comfort zone. Even is a color is one you just hate, when used in context with other colors it may be the perfect addition. There is also in depth discussion of the various looks one achieves from different threads. There are ten projects in this book – 9 regular quilts with multiple sizes and one appliqué wall hanging – each showing three alternate color combinations for each one. That I like. There is so much background on design, fabric, technique, quilting, etc., this book would be perfect for a beginner but contains lots of interesting information for the more intermediate quilter.