Modern Designs for Classic Quilts ~Book Review & Giveaway

Today I am very excited to introduce a brand new quilting book that you are sure to want to add to your Christmas wishlist. Modern Designs for Classic Quilts is written by Kelly Biscopink and Andrea Johnson and is complete quilting eye candy. I met Kelly as an Editor through my publisher and was absolutely thrilled when I found out she had written a book of her own!

At quilt market in Houston, TX last month, my mom (aka Grandma Jane) and I went out dinner with Kelly and Andrea and we. had. a. ball. We laughed so hard we cried. I’m telling you, these are my kind of girls. So I’m going to try hard to write an un-biased review, but it always helps to know that the authors behind a book are truly wonderful people. And it helps when they’ve written a truly fabulous book!

I absolutely adore the concept of this book as I feel it is very similar to how I view sewing children’s clothing. The book has some of the most traditional, classic quilt styles, yet they are taken to a whole new level through the use of modern patterned fabrics and bold solids.

This Spider Web Quilt, called Effie’s Web, might be my favorite in the book. I love how much color and movement you can see throughout the quilt. Look at it one way and you see one thing, look at it another and you see something else. Also, it’s a great way to use up scraps of fabric and with all the clothing I sew, you know I have a lot of scraps.

Although, I love Effie’s Web, it’s a pretty close call between that one and the cover quilt called the Urban Cabin. First of all, how cute is that name? It is a traditional log cabin style quilt, but the way in which the fabrics are placed is so totally modern. Brilliant!

Check out some of these quilt patterns included in the book that use beautiful solids incorporated into their designs. As much as I love patterned quilting cotton, sometimes I think solids can bring the beauty out in a quilt design like nothing else.

The overall tone of Modern Designs for Classic Quilts is very friendly and welcoming, just like Kelly and Andrea. The techniques section is beautiful with very clear photographed instructions. They include everything from cutting, sewing and pressing to how to match seams, sewing curved seams and paper piecing. There are also non-quilting techniques included such as installing a zipper, ruffling and raw edge applique that are used for some of the smaller projects included in the book.

Kelly and Andrea have done such a wonderful job bringing together two worlds of quilting together in one book; modern and traditional. Who says you have to be defined as a modern quilter or a traditional quilter? No one. And these ladies show that you can have it all……a little modern, a little classic and a whole lot of beautiful.

So guess what? Not only did Kelly and Andrea send me my very own copy of this book for this review, they sent a copy for one of you! 

Would you like to win a copy of Modern Designs for Classic Quilts?
Well, this one is easy, just leave a comment on this post telling us why you would like this book. 
One entry per person. Giveaway will be open until Monday, November 19, 2012 at midnight (CST).
To check out more reviews of Modern Designs for Classic Quilts, please visit some of these other wonderful blogs on the book tour:
Tuesday, Nov. 6             (Lindsay, CraftBuds)
Wed., Nov. 7                 (Jill, Darling Jill Quilts)
Thursday, Nov. 8           (Faith, Fresh Lemons)
Friday, Nov. 9               (Generation Q)
Saturday, Nov. 10         (Angela, Quilting is my Therapy)
Sunday, Nov. 11            (Shannon, Stitch Craft Create)
Monday, Nov. 12           (Laurie, Scarlet Fig)
Tuesday, Nov. 13          (Kaysie, KZJo’s Studio)  
Wed., Nov. 14               (Jessica, A Little Gray)
Thursday, Nov. 15         (Mary, The Tulip Patch)
Friday, Nov. 16             (Deborah, Whipstitch)
Saturday, Nov. 17         (Lindsay, The Cottage Mama)
Sunday, Nov. 18           (Jenny, Sew Kind of Wonderful)
Monday, Nov. 19          (Carla, LollyQuiltz)
Tuesday, Nov. 20         (Thomas, Thomas Knauer Sews)
Wed., Nov. 21              (Brenda, Pink Castle Fabrics)
Thursday, Nov. 22        (Lindsay & Liz Rea, CraftBudsInspire Me Grey)
Friday, Nov. 23             (Sarah, The Last Piece)
Saturday, Nov. 24         (Cara: Cara QuiltsAndie: AndieJohnsonSews, Kelly: Stitchy Quilt Stuff)

Also, you can keep up to date with these lovely ladies over on their blogs: 
Kelly at Stitchy Quilt Stuff and Andrea at Andie Johnson Sews.

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  1. I would love to win because I’d like to make all the quilts you featured! It looks fantastic!

  2. I would love to win this book! I’m just learning quilting so it would be so helpful, not to mention fun, to have!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  3. This looks such a great book! I’d love to try the flying geese and the dresden plates quilts!

  4. I would love to win this book because it looks wonderful! I love to browse quilt books and be inspired. Thanks for the chance!

  5. Thank you so much for a chance to win this book. I would love to win because I have recently gotten into my modern quilting. I am just starting inspired modern quilts on craftsy and it’s great. Thanks

  6. I would love to make the modern log cabin quilt. I also love the spider web one too!

  7. This looks like a fantastic book to add to my library – traditional and modern at the same time – perfect! I especially like the log cabin with the gray & white strips – that would be first on my list. Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. In every things, people like to make designs and people can design differently with their creative ideas. I am very crazy about to home designing.

  9. I’d love to win this book, as I am looking to start a new quilt and need a great source of inspiration and guidance! This book will be just perfect! Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. This winter I hope to be a first-time home owner and I’ve been dreaming about how to decorate. I’d love to win this book, because ideally I’d like to find a fun quilt pattern to then make and hang on one of my walls. Thanks for sharing your review!

  11. I am just about to finish up my first quilt and I want to make more!

  12. I’ve been collecting vintage fabric for a quilt and would love to do a modern style to keep it fresh!

  13. I think this book matches my style – I still appreciate the traditional but want to add a modern spin to the items that I make. Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. I never ever quilted in my live and this book would give me the inspiration to start with it !

  15. I am just learning to quilt and I think this book looks wonderful.

  16. I am getting into modern quilting and would love some good ideas.

  17. I simply MUST have this book! As a graphic designer I love COLOR! I’m also new to quilting. My grandmother always made sure everyone in the family had a quilt, and now that she is gone I have decided to learn how to quilt and keep that tradition going. What a great way to carry on a old tradition with a modern spin!

  18. These quilts are GORGeous! Love the bold colors!

    snickerdoodlstew (at) gmail (dot) com

  19. I would really like to win this book for my friend Rebecca! She loves quilting and could use a cheer up right now.

  20. Color, Color, Color!! How wonderful! I just love it.

  21. I’d love this book simply for the eye candy! So many gorgeous designs! And I would use it for inspiration. While I might make some of the patterns in it, more likely I would use them as starting points. I never seem able to follow the directions anymore, LOL!

  22. I would love this book! It sour be inspirational to see. I already have 3 projects planned just from seeing the pica you posted.

  23. I love the colors! [email protected]

  24. love the urban log cabin,

  25. I have been looking for fresh quilt ideas and this book looks perfect! Thanks!

  26. I love all the color and the use of solids in these quilts. I would love to make a new quilt for each of my kids’ to go on their new (for Christmas) bunk bed. Thanks! kristie_keely(at)yahoo(D0t)com

  27. I’ve been wanting to try out quilting for a while and this looks like a great book to get started with.

  28. Each picture I see of quilts in this book make me think I should so make that one!
    A book like this will keep me busy for a long time!

  29. Yes, I would love a chance to win this book. I am trying to step our of my “tradtional” box and need some ideas. thanks for a chance.

  30. Beautiful ideas! Thanks for the chance to win!

  31. I would love to win this book for my mom. She has been quilting since before I was born and would love this!

  32. i would love to just read and get ideas from this book thanks for the chance

  33. I’m a new quilter and it is the modern style of quilting that really drew me in. I like how the two styles can truly be combined, and I would learn lots from this book. Thanks for the chance to win!

  34. I am dying to make the log cabin on the front cover. I love it!

  35. Such a beautiful book full of wonderful modern ideas. I would love the chance to win a copy.

  36. I’d love to win it! I love the log cabin on the front, as well as the one with the three rows of flying geese! 🙂

  37. I’m still so new to quilting and learning every day, so any book is helpful, and this one especially with the beautiful designs. Thanks for the opportunity.
    [email protected]

  38. This looks like a fabulous book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  39. Oh, I would love to make that cover quilt!! Thanks for the chance to win, that book really looks like I would love to make several projects from it ;o)

  40. Oh, I would love to make that cover quilt!! Thanks for the chance to win, that book really looks like I would love to make several projects from it ;o)

  41. This book looks so awesome! The cover alone is very inspiring,but the peeks you show really speak for it. I would love a copy to learn from and to teach my daughter from.

  42. I am interested in the sewing basics, tips and techniques section of this book as well as several of the quilt patterns. Thanks for the chance!

  43. I love the modern twist to the traditional designs…flying geese, the spider web is my favorite..I want to make one of those.

  44. I LOVE log cabin quilts….and have never seen one quite as colorful and beautiful as the one on the cover! I’d love to win the book for that quilt alone. Beautiful book. debgiro at wildblue dot net

  45. I’d like this book because I’ve seen three quilts that I am interested in making, and who can resist that?

  46. I need all the help I can get. thanks

  47. I’ve begun quilting again after more than a dozen years away. It was really the Modern Quilting movement – bright splashes of color and bold graphic layouts – that caught my eye. And I want to play! I think this book looks like a fabulous resource! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  48. I would love to win this book because it’s exactly what I’m into in my quilting (and my other sewing) at the moment – using modern fabrics in traditional blocks/styles.

  49. Why would I like to win this book??? Because it looks freaking awesome and I’d love to try making more quilts.

  50. I would love this book because I met Andrea in Cincinnati and she’s a hoot! Also, the quilts look great!

  51. I would love to read this book. It is like vacation at my home.
    So inspiring.


  52. Looks like a great book filled with fun quilts, let’s get quilting!!!!

  53. I love scrappy quilts and this book has them in a modern style, so I would love to drool over them and get lots of inspiration!

  54. I’d love this book – the traditional designs with modern fabrics are right up my alley.

  55. My niece has just started quilting and I’d love to share this book with her.

  56. I would be ECSTATIC if I won this book:0 I love modern fabrics and quilts!!!

  57. Oh my gosh, I LOVE thier “Urban Cabin”! Wow. That’s just so awesome.

    I still have so much to learn about quilting although I’ve just started a little more than two years ago. I’ve been working mostly in the traditional area but I find myself drawn to the modern quilts with thier bright colors more and more. I’d love to have this book to read what they have to say and get their ‘take’ on the Modern Quilting trends.

  58. Just learning to quilt, this would be great to have some great designs to try.

  59. I have some lovely new scraps I could use for one of these quilts.

  60. I am a traditional quilter but have been intrigued by the modern quilt movement. The book looks wonderful.

  61. I want to make my cousin a quilt for Christmas and she is very hip and modern. I bet there is a quilt pattern in this book that would be perfect for her. Thanks for the chance!

  62. I’m currently elbow-deep in a Crazy Quilt that is making me crazy!! I love to sew for my grandchildren and sort of fly by the seat of my pants. A little structure would go a long way with me. I promise to read it cover to cover as I love to read anyway!

  63. I love this book…and I must make that quilt on the cover. To be able to do that I must win this book….pleaseeeeeeeeeeee

  64. I’m just getting started in quilting and am a little scared. It would be great to have a book of patterns to help, and I love the look of the quilts you pictured!
    ([email protected])

  65. I’d love to learn more about quilting. The pictures look beautiful.

  66. I’d like to win this book because of all the pictures I’ve seen, I haven’t seen a single one that I wouldn’t like to make. That doesn’t happen very often. Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity.

  67. I have only been quilting for a little while, and love the designs of modern quilts. This book would help give me some direction in how to make some modern quilts of my own.

  68. As a pretty new quilter, I don’t have much of a foundation in traditional quiltmaking. I think this book could expand my knowledge both historically and in developing my skills.

  69. I would love to have this book to make the Urban Cabin Quilt. It is just so striking! All the quilts that you showed impressed me and aroused my interest. Thank you for the chance to win the book!

  70. What pretty quilts! I have been wanting to learn more about making quilts, and this book would help with that goal.

  71. I would love to win! I’m always looking for more fun quilt patterns!

  72. I would like to make a spider web quilt from this book. What fun patterns.

  73. I would love to win because I do not have any new and modern quilt books, only old ones that have been passed down. I am more of a modern girl. 🙂 Thank you Bobbi
    ([email protected])

  74. Why wouldn’t I want to win this book??? Stunning!!!!

  75. I’ve just started quilting and, though I love the traditional quilt patterns, I absolutely LOVE the bright colors and bold patterns of the new fabrics. This book would SO help me incorporate both! Donna ([email protected])

  76. Great book and I`d win because the cover is just beautiful and also the other one and with this book I can try sewing tradicional and modern quilts.

  77. Love the mix of modern and classic!

  78. This book looks really interesting! Lately, I’m lack of ideas for quilting, so it will be a good way to get new ones. Really love all the quilts you’ve posted!
    thanks for this chance to win 🙂

  79. This book looks amazing! I would like it to give me additional ideas for the quilts I do for charities!

  80. I love modern quilts and am always looking for new ideas. I am relatively new to quilting so I need all the help I can get. I love these designs!

  81. I’d love to have this book because I get so overwhelmed with ideas that I find on blogs. I really need to have instructions set forth right in front of me. Of course I can take my own spin on it with fabric choices, but when it comes to design elements, I seem to be spatially challenged and need patterns! Love this book!

  82. I would love to get into quilting and this looks like a beautiful book!

  83. Thanks for sharing the pics from the book. Why do I want it? I’m a modern quilter who loves traditional quilts so this book sounds perfect for me. Thanks for the chance to win.

  84. I want the book for all of the pretty pictures!

  85. HI! This book would be so neat with both modern+classic designs!
    Thanks for sharing!

    [email protected]

  86. I love the bright colors and traditional quilt designs so inspirational! Thanks for the chance to win.

    Rocio H. thisbe31(at)yahoo(dot)com

  87. Looks like an amazing book! I’d love to have this book to help me “step outside the box”. I’m sure it’s full of inspiration and that would help me.

    Thank you, Kelly and Andie for an awesome giveaway and a chance to win.


  88. This book is such a wonderful idea! I love the old patterns, but really want to do something fresh and new. I know this book will help spark my creativity. I love the patterns of the quilts that are included, and I’d appreciate being included in the drawing. Thanks!

  89. What a great book thank you for sharing. This is the first blog post I have seen about the book so off to read some more:)

  90. i would love to try out the urban cabin! what a great design!

  91. My business partner and I have published two patterns now, and under the same premise–contemporary updates of classic quilt block patterns. I’ve been a blog friend of Andie’s for quite some time now and I cannot wait to read her book!!!!

  92. I would love to win this book. I need to use up a LOT of scraps.

  93. I have a niece graduating next year, and I think the vibe of these quilts would be just right for her. Thanks for the giveaway.

  94. I would like this, because I love the look of all the quilts!

  95. I would love to own this book. I have quilted some over the years but would love a more modern approach. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this book.

  96. I love the look of this book–traditional designs with a modern feel.

  97. I would love to read this book because it is so full of colors and patterns….makes my heart beat faster.

  98. I am teaching my daughter to quilt. This would be a great book to use with her! Thanks for the chance to win!

  99. Because it looks fun and interesting. I want to start quilting.

  100. Well, why WOULDN’T I want to win this book?! You’ve shown some fantastic quilts from the book and I’m keen to get started! I’m newish to quilting so am soaking up inspiration and instruction!

  101. I saw this book at market and loved it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  102. I love the quilts in this new book and would love to win a copy. I am currently looking for ‘new” blocks as I am making a quilt for a friend who is an art teachers and I want to motivate him to learn to sew. He’s a painter, very talented-should be teaching college classes. The high school students who have him are very lucky as he is a great artist and I can’t begin to imagine what he would do with fabric after seeing some of his work. Thanks for the opportunity.

  103. I love all these quilts featured in the book! I plan to make a quilt or two as Christmas gifts this year, and this book would be perfect in helping me accomplish that. 🙂

  104. I’m a new sewer and I’ve never tried making a quilt before so I hope this book can help me make something impressive!

  105. I have yet to make my first quilt and this book looks like it has some great patterns in it! Thanks for the chance to win!

  106. The book looks really interesting. I’m curious to see all the updated patterns.
    Thanks for offering this giveaway and good luck to all who participate!

  107. I see several quilts I would really like to make! Thanks for the review and giveaway.

  108. I would love to win this book! I don’t have any quilt books.

  109. I would like this book because there are some lovely patterns in it I would like to try!

  110. I grew up making quilts with my mom,but have never attempted one of my own, I hope this would give me a few good ideas on which one to attempt on my own.

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

  111. I have been wanting to start making quilts and I would love this book to help get inspired to finally start. [email protected]

  112. I have been wanting to start making quilts and I would love this book to help get inspired to finally start. [email protected]

  113. I have been wanting to start making quilts and I would love this book to help get inspired to finally start. [email protected]

  114. Wow…some of these quilts sure remind me of being in an art museum. They’re beautiful. This book would be a nice challenge for me! Thanks for the giveaway!

  115. I’ve wanted to make a spider web quilt for some time. Would love to try the one in this book. Happy Thanksgiving!

  116. Nancy McCracken says

    Wow, everything old is new again when you use the modern palate, clean clear bright colours that pop against the solids. Eye candy is right but I might even make a few of these.