• 16 one-of-a-kind quilt projects to make for babies and kids.
• Almost all the patterns offer sizing for baby quilts and 7 of the patterns easily adapt to fit sizes baby, crib, and twin. Also includes instructions for a pillow and quillow
• Fun, full-color photographs throughout the book are sure to inspire both beginner and novice sewers
Growing Up Modern shows how anyone can make a child’s quilt that will be cherished for years to come. Beginner and expert sewists alike will find inspiring ideas and plenty of guidance in these 16 versatile keepsake projects. Most of the patterns can be sized for baby quilts, and seven of the patterns easily adapt to make crib- and twin-sized quilts. There is a comprehensive overview on quiltmaking basics, step-by-step instructions, and vibrant photographs to help you from start to finish. And for those who believe that quilting is impossible when you have kids, the author (and mother of 3) includes helpful hints on finding the time and keeping it fun.
Review connectingthreads.com - June 11, 2013
As a new working mom, I struggle to find the time to quilt as often as I would like to. This book addresses just that issue. Allison Harris understands what it’s like to have the creative bug for crafting and quilting, and she gives some great advice: from giving your kids scraps of fabric to glue on a cut-out cardboard letter, to being realistic and limiting yourself to two projects: one small “faster” project, and one more which you might have started a while ago. That way you’ll most likely finish the projects that you start! I also really love the projects she’s put together for this book because they mix a variety of skill levels and she features quite a few modern designs that I’m attracted to.
Review Down Under Quilts Magazine - June 25, 2013
This is a very beginner-friendly book written by a busy mum, who shares tips on how to find time for quilting when you have a few littlies running (or crawling) around. There is a lot of easy-to-follow information on quilting basics and the projects (12 quilts, a pillow and a quillow) are sweet and simple. This book would make a perfect present for a young mum who wants to make her first quilt but is not sure how to start.
Review Australian Homespun Magazine - July 15, 2013
Allison Harris presents 16 patchwork projects to make for children in the 'modern quilt' style of large patches, lots of solid fabrics and straightforward stitching. The book has been designed specifically for busy mums (and grandmothers, aunts and friends) who want to make quilts for young children that will be snuggled with, dragged around, made into forts and loved until they are worn and thin. The projects are beginner friendly - indeed, Allison makes the point that if you're only just starting out on your quiltmaking journey, these quilts are ideal, as "kids don't care if you make a mistake". Almost half of the projects include instructions for making the quilt in crib and twin, as well as 'baby' size. There are also chapters on quiltmaking basic. Each quilt is shown in a flat shot as well as in one or more additional photographs, and coloured diagrams are provided to assist with cutting and assembly.
Review www.southernfabric.com - August 12, 2013
This book is quickly becoming one of my favorite quilting books, ever! There are so many fun patterns, cute fabrics, and great tips. And the best part, they are novice friendly! I also love that she gives you the fabric requirements to make almost every quilt in a baby, crib, or twin size. Oh that beats doing the math yourself!
Review www.alittlebirdmademe.com - August 12, 2013
My very first impression was about the way the book is presented. There are lovely clear pictures with clear, simple colours. There is nothing ‘fussy’ about this book – and really reflects the style that Allison shows in her blog. The layout is easy to follow with a chart for yardage, for cutting, for block assembly and for quilt top assembly. It appears to flow really well. My second impression was that the blocks she has chosen are appropriate to use for children and babies, but through their modern simplicity can also be adapted to use for adults. So the book is not just aimed at young people. Following on from that, I LOVE the fact that her quilts for children do not involve cutsie little teddies and duckies and other things that mean that the quilt will forever be a baby quilt. Instead, by using simple lines and clear colours, she makes patterns for quilts that are beautiful pieces of art that can be used for many years. The book starts off with chapters on how to cut and piece blocks, and then on how to assemble quilt tops. This is written with great simple tips, and doesn’t over-complicate the process. I could chat on for quite some time about this book but my simple recommendation is that if you are thinking of starting to do some quiltmaking, or already know how but want some modern simple designs to work with, then this is the book for you. As a bonus, it looks good sitting on the coffee table too!
Review www.pleasant-home.com - August 12, 2013
There are some really cute patterns in this book and as with all Stash Books, it has great illustrations for the patterns to help you along the way and awesome instructions too.
Review The Needlecraft Shelf - September 6, 2013
Growing Up Modern: 16 Quilt Projects for Babies & Kids is for beginners and expert sewers alike who will enjoy a solid collection of kid-oriented quilts for babies or children. Seven of the patterns adapt from crib to twin-bed-sized, with step-by-step instructions and color photos throughout, simplifying the process of producing quilts especially tailored for young people. From time-saving quilting tips for those with kids to keys on making quilts that are welcomed, this is a lovely project book for all quilt levels.
Review International Quilt Festival - Quilt Scene - October 1, 2013
Whether you're an experienced quilter or a new kid on the quilt block, this book has something to offer for any of the young children in your life. Designed with busy moms in mind, this book has 16 quick and easy projects, 7 of which can be easily adapted from crib and twin sizes. If you're looking for something different, you can try patterns for a quillow and a reader pillow, which has a pocket for storing your child's favorite book. Filled with helpful diagrams, charts, and other visuals, this book also provides basic, beginner-friendly instructions for piecing a quilt top, layering, and finishing a quilt. And if you're a mom, there's a bonus - a short-but-sweet section with realistic advice on finding the time to quilt when you have young kids at home. And we all know that may be the hardest part of all!