Block Party The Modern Quilting Bee

Block Party The Modern Quilting Bee : The Journey of 12 Women, 1 Blog & 12 Improvisational Projects * Foreword by Denyse Schmidt

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It's hip to be square! In this inspiring book, quilting mavericks Alissa and Kristen chronicle their year-long "virtual" quilting bee. Twelve chapters (one for each month) showcase the designs of today's leading modern quilters along with easy-to-follow guidelines, so you can reinvent their work in your own signature style. Best of all, with this book in hand, you'll have everything you need to start your own online quilting bee and enjoy collaborating with other fabric lovers around the world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 203 x 254 x 10mm | 498.95g
  • Concord, United States
  • English
  • full-colour throughout
  • 1607051974
  • 9781607051978
  • 102,031

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July 11



Twelve quilters, most from different parts of the United States, got together online for a virtual quilting bee. Carlton and Lejnieks, who organized the bee, decided to chronicle the group's quilting year in a book. To several of these quilters, "modern" seems to mean "wonky"-most of the patterns feature purposely crooked cutting and off-center piecing. A few of the projects veer into interesting territory, including a striking modern Dresden Plate and some intriguing applique projects. Although the patterns leave something to be desired, social networking-savvy quilters will be inspired and will enjoy reading about each quilter's creative process. * Library Journal, USA * Aug 11



The Modern Quilting Bee Block Party by Alissa Haight Carlton and Kristen Lejnieks There's been a lot of discussion in quiltmaking circles of late about whether the wave of young women who have discovered the craft in recent years and who come to it without a strong background in the classic skills should learn how to do it "properly": their points don't match; there's a strong emphasis on "quick and easy"; and a pinwheel block is considered advanced because it involves half-square triangles that all need to meet in the centre. At Homespun, we are strong advocates of the "live and let live" philosophy. That there are women making quilts that give them enormous joy and provide them with a much-needed creative outlet is surely to be celebrated, even if they don't know what a Mariner's Compass is and have no interest in making a traditional sampler quilt. These women (and admittedly, some men) are very much the future of quiltmaking and their enthusiasm is playing a significant role in energising fabric companies, local quilt shops and - with books such as this one - even craft publishers. This book is a must have for all those who aspire to call themselves "modern quilters". It offers instructions for 12 blocks and the quilts made from them, including the log cabin - much loved by traditional and modern quilters alike - and four blocks that are called "wonky". In addition, there's an overview of basic quiltmaking techniques and tips on how to join, and happily participate in, an online quilting group. * Australian Homespun * Oct 11



If you've been curious about how a virtual quilting bee works, or are looking for fresh ideas to make your quilting group more vibrant, look no further. Block Party chronicles the yearlong quilting adventures of a virtual quilting bee and includes not only the quilters' individual perspectives on the process, but also ides and tips to help you start your own virtual quilting bee. This is not just a look at how quilters can use technology to come together, but a realistic approach on how to create a quilting community that can bridge distances to create beautiful, collaborative works of textile art and enduring friendships. The book is broken into chapters, each including patterns with detailed piecing instructions and in-process photographs. * International Quilt Festival Magazine * Oct 11



In this interesting book, quilting mavericks Alissa and Kristen chronicle their year-long 'virtual' quilting bee with twelve chapters (one for each month of the year), showcasing the designs of today's leading modern quilters along with easy-to-follow guidelines, so that you can reinvent their work in your own signature style. This is from the creators of the popular blog ww.blockpartyquilting.come and, with this book in hand, you will have everything you need to start your own quilting bee and enjoy collaborating with other fabric lovers around the world. * Fabrications *
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About Alissa Carlton

Alissa Haight Carlton lives in Los Angeles with her filmmaker husband. She is one of the founders of the Modern Quilt Guild. Her work has been published in Stitch magazine, Quilter's Home, and Quilting Arts' Quilt Scene. When not quilting, she casts reality shows, including seasons seven, eight, and nine of Project Runway. Alissa blogs about her quilting at handmadebyalissa.com.

Kristen Lejnieks lives in Washington, DC, where she's an attorney, quilter, and mom.
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