Don’t you just love That Patchwork Place? I do, too! They always come up with the most interesting books on quilting and their latest is Sew a Modern Home by Melissa Lunden. Now, I have to tell you that the current ‘Modern’ movement is a bit different from my comfort zone, but this book gives you 19 projects that are suitable for the modern aesthetic and easily adaptable to a more traditional look.
I started off with the last project in the book, a Farmer’s Market tote bag (pictured). The book shows it in a striped ticking, and I liked that look. I did it in an upholstery weight floral. The instructions were easy to follow and the bag went together in an afternoon. I found that clipping the curve between the handles before it was turned right side out helped it lay flat.
There are several patterns for quilts and accessories that are done in colors that are low volume, meaning there isn’t a lot of contrast or saturated colors. If you are a fan of the desert palette, you’ll love those.
Another quilt features a blue, teal and white horizontal bar design in different widths that is really interesting and reminds me of the ocean. The author says to pick your favorite three colors, so it could look quite different depending on your choices. I could see this done in autumn hues for a totally different look, yet still modern.
I want to do the Bee’s Knees Picnic quilt next. It is done in soft greens, and features a sashed triangles. This pattern is a nice crossover of traditional to modern.
There are children’s quilts, crib bumpers and soft toys, along with a very clever take-off of a quillow for a napkin design with flying geese placemats. This book is 83 pages of inspiration for home quilting in every room with a modern feel.
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