Are you ready for the next level of creative patchwork? Bring Elizabeth Hartman's innovative style into your home...she's back with brand new quilts! These projects are bold, bright, graphic, and designed to give modern quilters new challenges. Learn new skills like curved seam piecing and create your best modern quilt yet. Make it fresh, make it fun, make it something you will use and cherish for years to come.
• Expand your skills with new designs and techniques from the best-selling author of The Practical Guide to Patchwork
• Each project shows additional colorways - have fun with all your favorite fabrics
• Make your next modern quilt even more sophisticated and beautiful
Review By: Ruth Al-Mushadani, - May 1, 2012
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.
There are some great tips and fabrics used through out the book. I love the Xylophone design above.
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.
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.
Review By: Amorette Drexler, Creative Troupe - May 10, 2012
Excellent sequelBook Review: This book is an excellent sequel to Ms. Hartman's first book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork. It has many of the same elements for layout and projects- some easier, simple piecing progressing to more challenging work and different skill sets. Luckily for us, she also kept the alternate fabric suggestions at the end of each project along with example photos. This little touch really makes the difference for me; I love to see what else can be done, because often the first time I see a pattern I don't like it, but love it in different fabrics. These alternates are a stroke of genius. The other genius bit is instructions for completing the back, in case you don't want just a whole piece plain-jane backing. Plenty of the backs would make a great quilt on their own! I found at least 5 projects in here I would love to do immediately, and several more I put on my longer term to-do list.
Review By: Leanne Elliott, Creative Troupe - May 25, 2012
Wow – that’s the word I used most when I first opened Elizabeth Hartman's new book and had a look through – the quilts are colourful and amazing and they all have that wow factor.Elizabeth presents 12 modern quilts for the intermediate quilter but even if you’re a beginner quilter there are well written instructions and a whole section on construction basics to help you along the way.There are a few things I love most about this book …One is how Elizabeth gives colour options for each quilt which is helpful to those who want to use fabrics from their stash rather than purchase new fabrics for a quilt.Another is that Elizabeth uses a variety of different techniques to challenge the maker while introducing new skills.The photos are clear and detailed as are the quilt instructions. Elizabeth’s introduction, notes on fabric selection, and thoughts on the backing of each quilt give insights into her design process which make for interesting reading.While I intend to make every quilt in this book, Glam Garlands and Looptastic are on my immediate to do list !
Review By: Jacqueline Craig, Creative Troupe - June 5, 2012
Review Title: A wonderful follow-upBook Review: I'm a big fan of Elizabeth's first book and this one doesn't disappoint, with all the things I liked about the first, such as alternate versions of the quilts in different fabrics, but with new techniques and ideas and with an emphasis on more advanced projects. The book reflects her evolving style nicely. I'm particularly taken with the use of appliqued circles and curves, a great effect with less anxiety! The quilts are bold and modern, with lots of negative space but still have the friendly, approachable feel you'd expect from Elizabeth.
Review By: Jacqueline Craig, Creative Troupe - June 6, 2012
I was (and am!) a huge fan of Elizabeth Hartman's book 'The Practical Guide to Patchwork' so I was really excited when she put out a new one called 'Modern Patchwork'.
However, the few advance glimpses of it didn't really get me as excited as I felt I should be, and I was a bit disappointed. However, I should have known that in any book review, the reviewer concentrates on the quilts they personally like, because there are only so many images you can show in a blog post! I got a digital review copy from C&T Publishing and yes there are quilts in it that I love, and no I'm not disappointed anymore - so let me show you the ones that really get me excited and tell you my plans for one of the patterns! And yes of course there are quilts in it I don't care for, but as the owner of far too many a few quilt books, I figure that if you love about half the quilts in a book then it's a good buy and I'm over the magic 50% with this book.
One of the things I loved about Elizabeth's first book was how she showed alternate ideas for the quilts and she's done the same thing here, which I'm really happy about! Although I'm getting better at looking past fabrics I don't care for to the block beneath, I still find it helpful when someone does it for me. This one is Glam Garlands, though I have to say that for some reason it looks more like trees in a forest to me! In this case however, I do like the yellows and greys a lot.
These little houses in Neighbourhood are cute, you could have a lot of fun with the fabric in the windows.
I also love this big geometric diamond quilt called Fire Drill, it's not so precise that it becomes what I dread in patchwork - too precise and geometric (take that hexagons!). Plus if you stare at it long enough it makes you go cross-eyed.
Two of the quilts I especially like feature curves. For some reason I'm paranoid about sewing curves, despite the fact I happily sew them when I'm making clothing! Irrational much? Anyways, these quilts are cunning because they're applique and for some reason that seems easier!
The one I've got plans for is this one, Zylophone
The Monday night quilt group has been talking about doing a bee and I think I'm going to see if this one would work - and do it with my stash of vintage sheets. I've never been especially keen on bees because while I've seen some really great quilts done that way I've also seen some less than inspiring ones! But I think we've got such a great group that I'm happy to give it a go now. I'm not entirely sure how this would break down so that a group could do it, and we're only 8 or 9 people, but I only want a Queen size so I'd probably get at least half of it done for me? I need to sit down with the specs and really think it out - plus figure out how much it'll cost to get the sashing etc. Quilts are so spendy, even if you have half the fabric already and I'm too much of a control freak to not supply the background and most, if not all, the fabrics!
Review By: Jane Kelly, Creative Troupe - June 27, 2012
Modern Patchwork truly lives up to its title – it’s packed with great projects from one of the modern quilting blogosphere’s superstars. There are a few projects in this book that are right up my alley, and I’ll be sure to be making some of them.One of the highlights for me is that every quilt featured includes instructions for a pieced back. I love me a good pieced quilt back, but it’s often hard to know where to start. Elizabeth has taken elements from the quilt fronts to make each back a reflection of the front and a work of art in itself. For any quilter who is loves quilt backs and needs more inspiration or know-how, this book is worth its price for this factor alone.I also really like that each quilt features two alternate block ideas, which takes the guesswork out of changing each quilt design if you want to try a different look. As a quilter who works by colour, I really love Elizabeth’s use of colours and print. Overall, an excellent addition to any modern quilter’s library.
Review By: Kristin Groman, Creative Troupe - July 3, 2012
As a quilter with more books in my personal library than my local quilt store (really, I have counted), it takes a very special book to get my attention. Elizabeth Hartman's "Modern Patchwork" has done that and more. This book has all of the prerequisites to gain a spot on my shelf: First, the quilts are artistic and photographed very well - this could be a coffee table book, valued for its artistic self. (Photos by Christina Carty-Francis and Diane Pederson.) Elizabeth has captured the modern quilting look, and yet, as she states, her patterns are of a more challenging nature than other modern quilt patterns I have seen. Second, the quilts are calling me to make them - each and every one of them. Ordinarily, if there are 2 or 3 quilts per book that I would consider making, the book is a winner. With this book, I want to make all of them. Based on the names alone, who wouldn't want to make "Roller Rink," "Looptastic," or "Fire Drill," just to name 3 of the 12 quilts in this book. Third, there is a unique aspect to the book. Elizabeth not only shows different color options for making the quilt, and discusses her thought process for selecting fabrics, she also offers an assist on what to do with the backing. Backings are rarely addressed in quilting books, and Elizabeth has done a fantastic job of creating beautiful yet simple backings to complement the quilt tops. Finally, the directions are simple to read, simple to follow, and in full color with a lot of illustrations, and the back of the book contains tips on fabric, color, cutting, piecing and quilting from which beginners and advanced quilters alike will benefit. Although I have granted a spot on my shelf for this book, I don't intend for it to sit on that shelf - I expect it will be sitting right beside me on my worktable.
Review By: Alyssa Lichner, - July 6, 2012
Once you have read The Practical Guide to Patchwork: New Basics for the Modern Quiltmaker, 12 Quilt Projects Elizabeth Hartman's first book, you will have all the basics you need to begin quilting and to progress to an intermediate level. Once you feel you are at an intermediate level, than I would strongly encourage you to check out Modern Patchwork: 12 Quilts to Take You Beyond the Basics. The title could not be more accurate for this book, it will take you beyond the basics.One of the most important things about Elizabeth's books (and the key thing that sets her apart from others) is that with each pattern she includes a design for the quilt backing. If you have spent anytime reading beginner quilting books you will see that most often the patterns only include directions from the quilt top, leaving you with no clue what to do on the back. Even now, as an intermediate quilter, I am sometimes stumped on what to do on the backs of my quilts. Also with each pattern, she includes alternate ideas for fabric options, which can really help you step out and make the quilt your own.The 12 Projects in this book all use different techniques so you will learn a ton! I love this book and can't wait to make all of the projects.
Review By: Kelly Smith, - July 6, 2012
Elizabeth Hartman was the one who started it all for me. I came across her blog over three years ago and I have been faithfully following it ever since. I loved her first book, A Practical Guide to Patchwork, and was anxiously awaiting the release of her second, Modern Patchwork. It was definitely worth the wait! Modern Patchwork picks up where The Practical Guide leaves off, giving the reader more advanced piecing and quilting techniques. If you are just beginning to sew, I recommend starting with the Practical Guide to Patchwork, but Elizabeth's straight-forward directions are easy for the beginner to understand also. What I love the most about Modern Patchwork is the gorgeous pictures, the alternate quilt ideas, the pictures and directions for the quilt back, and the numerous diagrams to help piece together blocks. I only wish that the pull-out pattern in the back could somehow be incorporated into the book, but that is the only tiny issue I have with this quilt book. My favorite quilts from the book (it's hard to limit to just three) is Neighborhood, Looptastic, and the cover quilt Honey. This book is geared toward the confident-beginner quilter, and a must in any modern quilter's library!
Review By: Kelly Smith, - July 11, 2012
Elizabeth Hartman was the one who started it all for me. I came across her blog over three years ago and I have been faithfully following it ever since. I loved her first book, A Practical Guide to Patchwork, and was anxiously awaiting the release of her second, Modern Patchwork. It was definitely worth the wait! Modern Patchwork picks up where The Practical Guide leaves off, giving the reader more advanced piecing and quilting techniques. If you are just beginning to sew, I recommend starting with the Practical Guide to Patchwork, but Elizabeth's straight-forward directions are easy for the beginner to understand also. What I love the most about Modern Patchwork is the gorgeous pictures, the alternate quilt ideas, the pictures and directions for the quilt back, and the numerous diagrams to help piece together blocks. I only wish that the pull-out pattern in the back could somehow be incorporated into the book, but that is the only tiny issue I have with this quilt book. This book is geared toward the confident-beginner quilter, and a must in any modern quilter's library!
Review whipstitchfabrics.com - July 11, 2012
Elizabeth Hartman‘s new book, Modern Patchwork, is lovely, as you’d expect. I like that she’s designed each of the projects around a very specific goal: offering modern quilters block patterns that will allow them to develop more advanced skills through clean, modern design. Most of us, including my Your First (Modern) Quilt class and my online Essential Quilting e-course, learn advanced piecing techniques through more traditional blocks, primarily because there is such a lack of collections of modern blocks on the market for us to utilize to cement those skills. While not all of the blocks in Modern Patchwork lend themselves very easily to a sampler quilt, they are such chic and sophisticated designs with such appealing lines that I’m already dreaming up ways to incorporate them into projects I’ve got on the back burner.
Review Fab Shop Magazine - July 11, 2012
Modern Patchwork: 12 Quilts to Take You Beyond the Basics is Elizabeth Hartman’s second quilting book. Her first, The Practical Guide to Patchwork was an instant classic and her second proves to be a wonderful addition. Going on from what quilters learned in the first book, or from beginning quilting books, Elizabeth takes it up a notch with more intricate piecing.Her designs range from the fairly simple Xylophone (reminiscent of Stacked Coins) to the impressive Looptastic. Then, of course, she pushes quilters to stretch a bit further and tackle appliqued ovals with Owl Eyes. Each quilt is accompanied by two other sample blocks that show the design in completely different colorways. Included are templates for the appliques and piecing.
Review www.pileofabric.com - July 24, 2012
The instructions are very descriptive and include very well designed illustrative diagrams. I was able to easily analyze the instructions and take out what I would need for a single block as opposed to the whole quilt. The techniques in this book are definitely intermediate, and the challenges are so much fun! I don't do a lot of improvisational quilting, but after this block I think I will be doing it much more often.
Review craftytwinmommy.blogspot.com - July 24, 2012
Modern Patchwork is geared toward the confident-beginner quilter, with quilts that have a little more complicated piecing or more advanced applique techniques showcased. But if you are a beginner, do not let that discourage you. Elizabeth's straightforward directions are amazing (you may just want to buy both of her books and start with one or two from The Practical Guide).The pictures are gorgeous. Full color, professional pictures are I believe a must in quilt/sewing books. Clear, well written instructions, WITH diagrams to help show you piecing and block assembly. Alternate ideas. I really love quilt books that show the same pattern with different colors. It can definitely change the way I feel about a quilt.
Review Broadbent Quilt Shop - July 24, 2012
Elizabeth is the oh so talented author of ohfransson.com?She is such a creative force in the quilting world.?This is her second book....Her first "The Practical Guide To Patchwork" was wildly successful. ?I still think it is the best book out there for those who are craving to dive into the world of quilting.??Modern Patchwork, has 12 quilt projects that take you beyond the basics.?It is geared toward the intermediate quilter. They are all clean and modern with a little more detail.??Elisabeth has such incredible color sense. Each quilt has the color combinations laid out very plainly. She has also included alternate color combinations and ideas which are extremely helpful.??I am very impressed with the layout, clear cutting and sewing instructions & fantastic photos. ??Every page is rich with color and inspiration.....I love this book!
Review craftycrafty.tv - July 24, 2012
Elizabeth is the oh so talented author of ohfransson.com?She is such a creative force in the quilting world.?This is her second book....Her first "The Practical Guide To Patchwork" was wildly successful. ?I still think it is the best book out there for those who are craving to dive into the world of quilting.??Modern Patchwork, has 12 quilt projects that take you beyond the basics.?It is geared toward the intermediate quilter. They are all clean and modern with a little more detail.??Elisabeth has such incredible color sense. Each quilt has the color combinations laid out very plainly. She has also included alternate color combinations and ideas which are extremely helpful.??I am very impressed with the layout, clear cutting and sewing instructions & fantastic photos. ??Every page is rich with color and inspiration.....I love this book!Review from broadbent quilt shop NEW REVIEW I'm an old fuddy-duddy when it comes to quilting - I love piecing and quilting my quilts by hand (or by surrogate hand - my mother often helps out!)But if anyone could convert me to the world of the rotary-cut, overall-quilted coverlet, it's Elizabeth Hartman. I've been a fan of her designs under the Oh, Fransson! moniker for quite some time now. You may also know her as the author of the excellent Practical Guide to Patchwork. With her second book, Modern Patchwork (Stash Books, 2012), Elizabeth blazes a wide and colorful trail for those who are interested in a less traditional approach to the aesthetic side to quilt design. Basically, if you like big bold shapes and striking colors - and you're not afraid to change tools! - this is the book for you. The intro: In her prologue to this beautifully packaged volume, Elizabeth responds to critics who say that modern quilting techniques are exclusively focused on quickness and convenience. By upping the complexity and sophistication of the patterns we use, she argues, the modern quilter can have the best of both worlds - a gorgeous quilt that takes less than a decade to complete. The projects: Geometrics dominate here, with quite a range from the ovals of Owl Eyes to the hexagons of Honey. I especially liked the Jetsons vibe of Happy Hour, where capsule shaped dollops of print pop against subdued solids. The occasional nods to pictorial quilting, as in the birdhouses of Neighborhood, offer a welcome counterpoint to the general air of updated Midcentury Modernism. What else is there?: Tips on choosing and tonally grading fabric, as well as pointers on the various tools that go with this very machine-oriented strain of quiltmaking. Elizabeth dedicates a few pages just to the process of machine quilting, with a level of detail that will be welcome to those just starting out in this tricky endeavor (just FYI, there are plenty of places that will finish your quilt for a fee. Ask at your local quilt shop for details!) Also, Modern Patchwork comes with templates for the projects in the book, so you can get started without any fussy printing or tracing. Craft type: Quilting by machine, exclusively. Quilters who want to learn how to piece by hand, or who covet a traditional block-oriented quilt will have to look elsewhere.
Review Fabrications Quilting For You Magazine - September 1, 2012
Expand your skills with new designs and techniques to take you beyond the basics in design and colour choice. These projects are bold, bright and graphic and are designed to give modern quilters new challenges and skills. For example, curved piecing set in a very modern design. Each project shows an alternative colourway and despite much of the fabric being identified as standard patchwork fabric, it is the way it is used within the bold designs that makes it look so different.
Review threadbias.com - September 18, 2012
There are 12 quilt designs in this book, and alternate ideas for fabric choices are given for each quilt. These alternate ideas are shown in the form of one-block mini-quilts that are just begging to be whipped up as a small weekend project. I thought it would be fun to make each one of the mini-quilts and plan to do one per month. Elizabeth Hartman is hosting a quilt-along on her blog, highlighting a new quilt each month. I'm excited to quilt my way through these, and hope to make at least one of them full sized. The other quilts in the book are interesting and modern, and there are several I'm very excited about making. I love the Neighborhood quilt and I think the Glam Garlands quilt would make a beautiful quilt for the holidays. Another very cool feature in this book is that each quilt also has an incredible back that is really a quilt in itself - It's almost double the number of quilts patterns, really. I was able to see a presentation at my local guild meeting where she shared some of the quilts in the book. They are really amazing, front and back.
Review Quilts & More Magazine - September 18, 2012
Author Elizabeth Hartman follows up on her best-selling book The Practical Guide to Patchwork with a dozen modern projects geared to expand the skill set of intermediate-level quilters.
Review Australian Homespun - September 18, 2012
Modern quiltmaking has copped some criticism from traditionalists for being simplistic and unstructured, suitable only for people who don’t have good basic quiltmaking skills. Elizabeth Hartman, one of the prime movers and shakers of the modern quiltmaking school, rejects this assessment and argues that it’s about embracing a clean, bold , graphic aesthetic rather than following a previously established set of rules. That said, she does acknowledge that a lot of the patterns that have been published to date for modern quilts have been quite elementary. So she’s branched out and designed a set of patterns for intermediate-level quiltmakers that promote precision piecing and thoughtful fabric selection, and introduces new technical challenges. Instructions are provided for 12 projects, requiring skills such as curved piecing, working with hexagons (shown on the front cover) and diamond shapes, machine applique using interfacing and using templates.
Review The Professional Quilter Magazine - September 20, 2012
This follow-up to Elizabeth Hartman’s first book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork, is a winner. Her book features 12 original bold and modern quilt designs geared for the intermediate quilters. In addition to the initial quilt, Elizabeth offers two additional colorways for each design. She also provides instructions for a complementary pieced back for each quilt. I found so many quilts to like in the collection and was particularly taken with “Neighborhood.” Using a log cabin construction method, she fussy cuts the center panel to feature a bird then builds around it, in the end creating houses. She includes some extra tips in the general instructions, including making a design wall and organizing your project.
Review By: Christine French, International Quilt Festival Magazine - October 24, 2012
Elizabeth Hartman follows up her first book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork, with this gem that takes you beyond the basics and into the realm of bold, graphic modern quilt design. In addition to being an excellent instructional resource, the book is a primer on the use of geometry and color to achieve bold-but-apporachable contemporary design.The "alternate ideas" section that accompanies each in-depth tutorial is invaluable to new and intermediate quilters; seeing the project completed in several different palettes enables readers to concretely see how various color and fabric choices achieve very different styles. Design ideas for giving the quilt backs their due add to the fodder for making each quilt a truly polished product and, one could argue, a two-in-one design.
Review Australian Quilter's Companion - December 1, 2012
Be ready to be wowed with Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman. Those of you inspired by the designs, colours and lines of today's modern quilts will delight in Elizabeth's quilt creations. In fact, all quilters will appreciate Elizabeth's contemporary quilts. This is a great addition to the bookshelf.
Review Modern Quilts Unlimited - November 1, 2012
Written to take the modern quilter beyond the basics, this book offers instruction on materials, fabric and design vocabulary, supplies, construction basics and so much more. Each of the 12 projects takes you a little further toward expanding your skills and finding your own design voice. Definitely the book to refer to as you advance your quilting knowledge and skills.