Modern Quilts & Chess on the Steps

A Celebration of Modern Quilting

Traditional craft, modern aesthetic

We can't wait to get our hands on what is arguably the most covetable, collectable book celebrating modern quilting. Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century illustrates how the Modern Quilt movement has taken the industry by storm. Curated and written by Riane Menardi, Alissa Haight Carlton and Heather Grant of the Modern Quilt Guild, it presents the very best of modern quilting.

Modern quilts are utilitarian. They are art. They tell stories. They are graphic, improvisational, or minimalist. They make a statement. 

The book is a veritable gallery, with large, colour photographs of more than 200 quilts. It traces the history of modern quilts and explains the hallmarks of the genre, from quilt empires like the Amish and the quilters of Gee’s Bend to the first use of the term 'modern'. And it's a celebration of the best modern quilts and quilters of the past decade.


Chess on the Steps by Krista Hennebury

Here at Oakshott, we were especially thrilled and honoured to discover the work of one of our favourite designers featuring in the book. We are of course referring to Krista Hennebury of PoppyPrint and her quilt Chess on the Steps. Krista's characteristically modest blog post tells the story of how Chess came about.

You can recreate this modern classic yourself with our Chess on the Steps Kit. Or perhaps her Variegated Threads Quilt is more your style (image courtesy of Simply Moderne).

Variegated Threads by Krista Hennebury

If you're in the UK and would like to learn Krista's Improv Under the Influence technique, look out for news of her April teaching tour - details published locally.

Modern Quilts also features the work of other designers with whom we collaborate, including 

  • Amy Friend (Diamond Jewels)
  • Leanne Chahley (Hint)
  • Mary Menzer (Flight Path)
  • One thing's for certain: you need never be short of inspiration!   

    Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century is available from the Modern Quilt Guild shop (the profits and royalties will benefit the MQG, a non-profit organisation), or from Amazon.

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