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Block Party--The Modern Quilting Bee: The Journey of 12 Women, 1 Blog, & 12 Improvisational Projects by [Carlton, Alissa Haight, Lejnieks, Kristen]
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Review Source: Library Journal / School Library Journal Review Date: 7/1/11 Review Content: 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."

Block Party is a lovely book for those who want to start quilting, but feel somewhat intimidated by the scale and precision of the craft. Alissa Haight Carlton and Kristen Lejnieks, both lovers of modern quilting, formed a virtual quilting bee, where twelve quilters from all over the U.S. shared the process of making twelve quilts over the course of a year. The book shares the patterns, color stories, and processes of making for all of the quilts, along with stories of how these quilters helped each other grow new skills and feel connected through making. Block Party encompasses relaxed approaches to a number of time-honored quilt block designs, including the Nine Patch, Roman Stripe, and Dresden Plate. Step-by-step photos explain how to make each block, and an illustrated chapter on basic assembly covers backing, binding, and various quilting methods. Beginners should find everything they need to dive into quilting. What's perhaps most interesting here, though, is the collective story of how these monthly block exchanges pushed the group to learn techniques and use colors they would have never attempted otherwise, and how these "out of the comfort zone" projects deepened their quilting practice. The quilting bee is a time-honored idea, and it's nice to see it play out in the online space., CRAFT, 7/1/11

About the Author

Alissa Haight Carlton is a founding member of The Modern Quilt Guild. Kristen Lejnieks is a successful attorney, mother, and quilter.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 17096 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Stash Books (1 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006VDX5NO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #722,853 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I bought this book last year, and as a new quilter I just enjoyed looking through it. Just this week I made the January Crazy Log Cabin pattern. I'm thrilled, it really is the best one I've made, and very simple to follow. I love the layout and the info about each person behind the quilt. I thoroughly recommend it (and I own lots of quilt book; but don't tell my husband;)
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I am thrilled to bits with this book. I bought a few modern quilting books - Denyse Schmidt, Modern Log Cabin Quilting, Little Bits Quilting Bee - but this is the only one that I actually want to make anything from. I want to make a few of the quilts, and virtually every project was inspiring in some aspect. Loved every page. Highly recommended to those who are interested in funky modern quilt making.
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it's okay but not really great. It just isn't modern enough for my tastes and most of these patterns you can get for free on the internet.
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Clarity with a beautiful end result - would recommend to anyone thinking of dipping a toe into patchwork and quilting.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 35 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love, love, love this book! 27 May 2011
By Rina A. Stein - Published on Amazon.com
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Just got this book yesterday and it is just the best! I have a bunch of quilting books, but I was looking for some new and fresh ideas rather than the traditional quilting patterns. The authors use some basic traditional ideas as a jumping off point and give chapter after chapter of fresh, beautiful examples with some excellent advice on color choices. I am INSPIRED to make all of the quilts in the book. I definitely recommend this book. Also, the pics are beautiful :)
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic concept, beautifully executed 6 Jun. 2011
By Alissa R. Wright - Published on Amazon.com
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I absolutely LOVED this book! I buy and use a lot of quilting books, but this is the first one that I read cover-to-cover without skimming over anything, and the reason is that it has, in addition to beautiful, illustrative photos and clear, concise directions, a great narrative through-line! I loved reading about how these twelve women, each in far-flung locations and with different lives and tastes and aesthetics, came together to make this 21st century version of a traditional quilting bee work. I am eager to try out all of the techniques in this book, especially the modern take on hexies. This is also the first time that paper-piecing techniques have ever made sense to me, and I've read dozens of descriptions and tutorials on them in the past.

I can't recommend this book highly enough! It is a must-read and must-own for modern quilters or anyone interested in learning more about modern quilting. I'd give it a sixth star if I could!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern quilts against the backdrop of the quilting community 30 May 2011
By Carol S. - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm relatively new to quilting, and found myself charmed and fascinated by what some call the "modern" quilting aesthetic -- use of solid and nearly solid fabrics, sashing as a design element, off-kilter or "wonky" piecing, pieced quilt backs, free-motion quilting, use of some of the exciting new fabrics out there. So I was very pleased to see that "Block Party" had finally arrived in stock.

"Block Party" takes the traditional quilting bee, a gathering of women to work on quilts together, and updates it for the internet age. Twelve quilters (who also blog) join together for a virtual quilting bee. Each month, one quilter sends fabric to the others, along with general instructions for the size and type of quilt block she is requesting. The others create blocks and send them back, and the original quilter combines those blocks, along with her own, into a full-size quilt.

The book is divided by month, and each month features photographs and instructions for creating each different block: half-triangles one month, nine-patch the next, dresden plate another, and so on. The reader ends up with ideas for 12 different types of blocks, all with a modern, often wonky sensibility. Each chapter also visits with the individual quilter/blogger, with a one-page profile about what drew her into quilting and her background. The book contains general instructions for putting quilts together, including information about color, fabric selection, construction, and binding. It also contains tips for setting up one's own virtual quilting bee.

I'm really enjoying reading and re-reading "Block Party." There are some interesting ideas for quilt blocks, lots of inspiration in the many photographs and styles of quilts represented, and good tips on quilting construction. I'd highly recommend it for anyone who loves modern-style quilting, unconventional piecing, or who is looking for inspiration to dive into their fabric stash.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Darling! 23 Jun. 2011
By Stacey M Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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There are quite a few "modern quilting" books on the market right now. It's hard to wade through them all, but this one rises to the top. The basic premise is that you can create a cyber quilting bee-- get 12 ladies from wherever and each month a "hostess" sends out fabric to all and suggests a quilt block design. The bee-ladies create their block, send it back to the "hostess" who then stitches all of the blocks together and creates a quilt! Everyone gets quilt within the year. Genius!

I love the idea, but wonder how it works in reality. So much of creativity is ruled by inspiration, so for me it would be a little difficult to create a block that I wasn't 100% behind. And what about slackers? I've never been in a group of 12 people without at least one person who just can't get their act together.

Never the less, Block Party is an awesome book! It's full of inspiring quilts. The instructions are a little light -- you need a little sewing experience and quilting knowlege to complete a project. But I don't think Block Party is a hard core how-to kind of book. The design inspiration is fantastic-- it would be easy to use the quilt designs for your own creation -- or as a spring board. Basically these bee-ladies suggest throwing convention out the window and embrace creativity and have fun! Love it!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quilt projects 8 Jun. 2011
By K. Platt - Published on Amazon.com
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Here are fresh ideas, month by month to create blocks and quilts. This book is also about getting together with like-minded people and producing quilts from blocks made by each member of a 'quilting bee'. Instead of cutting on the straight many pieces are cut wonky. The designs include log cabin, squares, triangles, strips, stripes and more. Contemporary fabrics have been used and both the ideas and projects have great wide appeal to a good age range and ability. This book includes clear instructions, good photography, tips and techniques on achieving a professional result. I really liked this book. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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