Now Touring – Modern Designs for Classic Quilts by Kelly Biscopink and Andrea Johnson

by tracy on November 9, 2012

I help write the book reviews here at GenQ and so some days I swear it is like my birthday as I unwrap brown envelopes to find what new book is waiting for me. To a quilting book junky like me, I really could not have a better job.

Just before I was getting ready to leave for Houston, this book arrived in the mail.


Now I had the pleasure of meeting Kelly at Spring market. We chatted for quite a while and I thought she was just the sweetest person. She didn’t let on that she had a fantastic new book coming out. So when I saw that she was co-author of Modern Designs for Classic Quilts, I was doubly excited.

I only had a brief chance to look through the book before Market and what I saw, I liked. I stared at the book longingly as I packed for Houston. I wanted desperately to take it with me, read it on the plane and perhaps ask to have it autographed.  The problem was that I knew that I would be coming home laden with goodies (Just see my post on my personal blog) and it would be one more book I would have to carry. So I sadly left the book on my nightstand as I left for the airport.

Now, I want to preface this review by telling you that I read A LOT of quilting books.  I have been a quilter for 20 years and in that time I have read all I can get my hands on in the way of sewing, stitchy goodness. Since doing reviews with GenQ I seriously read nearly a dozen books per week.

Modern Design for Classic Quilts is full to the brim with beautiful step by step photos of how to make a quilt. I especially love when Kelly and Andie have different ways of doing something, pinning blocks together to sew for example, they show photos with both techniques. I enjoy teaching others to sew so this feature was especially appealing to me.

The quilt designs are visually stunning and the designs truly are a modern twist on the classic designs.

Take Andie’s design “In The Clouds” which is her modern interpretation of the Flying Geese block…

Modern Flying geese quilt


Or Kelly’s design “Must Stash”  which is a classic diamond block that she used to showcase all of her favorite fabrics that she couldn’t bear to cut up.

pattern in Modern Designs for Classic Quilts

Filled with patterns for kaleidoscope, hexagons, log cabins, New York Beauty and spiderwebs, this book is filled with patterns, inspiration and techniques to take your quilting to a new level.

And I am not saying that just because I really like Kelly and Andie…

Kelly Biscopink and Andrea Johnson

I am saying that this book is a wonderful addition to your quilting library. Go buy it or put it on your holiday wish list!

Now on to the good stuff…

Kelly and Andie have generously offered a copy of their book as a giveaway to one lucky reader! We will randomly select one Q-bie who leaves a comment below answering the question “What classic quilt design would you like to make modern?”

Winner will be selected on Monday November 12th and notified by email.

Thank you to all who entered. Comments are now closed. The winner is Toni who said:

Toni Identicon Icon Toni November 10, 2012 at 10:15 am [edit]

This book sounds intriguing and I would love to win it. Thanks for the opportunity.

Congratulations Toni! I will be emailing you for your address. 

For more chances to win, check out the rest of the Blog Tour and thank you to all who entered! 


Continue on the blog tour for more chances to win! 

Monday, Nov. 5        AndieJohnsonSews and Stitchy Quilt Stuff

Tuesday, Nov. 6        CraftBuds

Wed., Nov. 7              Darling Jill Quilts

Thursday, Nov. 8      Fresh Lemons

Saturday, Nov. 10    Quilting is my Therapy

Sunday, Nov. 11        Stitch Craft Create

Monday, Nov. 12       Scarlet Fig

Tuesday, Nov. 13      KZJo’s Studio

Wed., Nov. 14            A Little Gray

Thursday, Nov. 15    The Tulip Patch

Friday, Nov. 16          Whipstitch

Saturday, Nov. 17     The Cottage Mama

Sunday, Nov. 18       Sew Kind of Wonderful

Monday, Nov. 19      LollyQuiltz

Tuesday, Nov. 20     Thomas Knauer Sews

Wed., Nov. 21            Pink Castle Fabrics

Thursday, Nov. 22     Inspire Me Grey

Friday, Nov. 23            The Last Piece

Saturday, Nov. 24      Cara Quilts And  AndieJohnsonSews and Stitchy Quilt Stuff

Comments on this entry are closed.


Doris Identicon Icon Doris November 9, 2012 at 8:54 am

Hmmm… tough question (great book, though, that’s easy to call!) … I’m going to say Double Wedding Ring. I know the Single Girl Quilt is out there, but that really doesn’t do DWR. Still needs to be done.

Jennifer Identicon Icon Jennifer November 9, 2012 at 9:00 am

Mariner’s Compass

MarciaW Identicon Icon MarciaW November 9, 2012 at 9:04 am

“What classic quilt design would you like to make modern?”
Quilt made of churn dash blocks

Laura Identicon Icon Laura November 9, 2012 at 9:14 am

I’d like to make a more modern log cabin quilt. Thanks for the chance!

Four dogs and one quilter Identicon Icon Four dogs and one quilter November 9, 2012 at 9:29 am

Would love to see a modern version of the Double Wedding ring.

Hueisei Identicon Icon Hueisei November 9, 2012 at 9:42 am

I’d love to see modern Shoo Fly block :)

Molly Identicon Icon Molly November 9, 2012 at 9:43 am

One of my all-time favorite bloggers is Andie and I’d just be tickled to win a copy of her book!! I’ve been aching to make an Amish schoolhouse block and have printed off the pattern (step one) and bought the fabric (step two). If I ever get to actual cutting and sewing (step three) I’ll be thrilled. For now I’m stalled at step two ….

Gill Identicon Icon Gill November 9, 2012 at 10:10 am

I’d love to see a modern Drunkards Path!

Anne Identicon Icon Anne November 9, 2012 at 10:23 am

One of my all time favorite blocks is the simple 9-patch. It has so much potential to be used in so many different ways. I’ve tried several of them myself and hope to do a more modern take on the 9-patch soon.

Ali M Identicon Icon Ali M November 9, 2012 at 11:50 am

I’d like to make a modern version of a double wedding ring quilt, now that I think about it! Thank you for the giveaway, and I’d get burnt out on reading that many books too!

Kimberly Listrud Identicon Icon Kimberly Listrud November 9, 2012 at 11:51 am

I am having a hard time coming up with an answer no one else has said, although what first came to mind was the double wedding ring. I guess I would like to see a very modern crazy quilt. I am sure it has been done but I do not recall one. Great contest.

Andie Identicon Icon Andie November 13, 2012 at 6:56 am

Kimberly – There’s a pattern for a very modern Crazy Quilt in the book. It’s very clean and crisp and done with minimalism in mind. I *love* this quilt as it’s a true mix of tradition and modernism.

Debbie R. Identicon Icon Debbie R. November 9, 2012 at 11:56 am

The pinwheel block lends itself to a modern interpretation and would be fun! Thanks for the chance to win.

Lisa Marie Identicon Icon Lisa Marie November 9, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Wow, I’ve seen lots of traditional patterns made modern so I’m not sure what’s already been done. I like a pineapple block, is there a modern version of that?

Rachelle Identicon Icon Rachelle November 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I’d like to make a modern log-cabin

Sarah N Identicon Icon Sarah N November 9, 2012 at 1:11 pm

I love the pattern with the flying geese!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

Nancy, Near Philadelphia Identicon Icon Nancy, Near Philadelphia November 9, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Thank you for the opportunity to win. I’d go with Churn Dash.

Debbie-Esch House Quilts Identicon Icon Debbie-Esch House Quilts November 9, 2012 at 2:26 pm

I love the two quilts you showed from the book – can’t wait to see more! Modern update? Double wedding ring is one already mentioned quite a few times. How about a feathered star?

DianeY Identicon Icon DianeY November 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I really like the Pineapple block and that’s one I think would be cool a little more modern

Robin (not ever sewing) Identicon Icon Robin (not ever sewing) November 9, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Or yo-yos.

Pat S Identicon Icon Pat S November 9, 2012 at 3:16 pm

I love the look of a drunkard’s path quilt, could this go contemporary?

Nita Identicon Icon Nita November 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I think it would be interesting to see what could be done to the bear’s paw block. And it’s relatives of course (sister’s choice & etc).

Deb Identicon Icon Deb November 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm

That’s easy….definitely the Log Cabin.

jackie Identicon Icon jackie November 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm

I’d like to try an Irish chain modern style

Teresa Identicon Icon Teresa November 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I’ve been wanting to do an updated Churndash. This book would be a great reference.

sue Identicon Icon sue November 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm

I’d love to see a twist on log cabin quilts……

Lisa E Identicon Icon Lisa E November 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I’m intrigued by the New York Beauty block. Would love to see what they do with it.

Joan Identicon Icon Joan November 9, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I would like to make a modern Double Wedding Ring!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Beth T. Identicon Icon Beth T. November 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Maybe a Pineapple Quilt–do you suppose there is a way to add some space to it but retain its easily identifiable shape?

ritainalaska Identicon Icon ritainalaska November 9, 2012 at 5:11 pm

a drunkard’s path please … i have it on my to-do list; a modern interpretation would be most interesting.

Becky Greene Identicon Icon Becky Greene November 9, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Either Churn Dash or a variety of star blocks. Both are on my To-Do List. Thanks for the chance to win!

Lorraine Identicon Icon Lorraine November 9, 2012 at 7:47 pm

I am going to repeat alot of others and say the Double Wedding Ring and the Log cabin. We see a huge amount of “modern” interpretations of log cabins now, and thats a good thing. If we could see the same amounts in DWR I might actually make one.


Deborah Identicon Icon Deborah November 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I would love to make a modern log cabin quilt – lots of solid colour and some bright scrappy log cabins.

Amye Identicon Icon Amye November 9, 2012 at 6:33 pm

I am dying to do a modern spiderweb quilt…and by modern I mean that it would look awesome enough to seem vintage:). This book looks super!

Beezus Identicon Icon Beezus November 9, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I don’t know, I think there are a lot of “traditional” quilts that seem very modern to me already . . . I’ve been thinking about how I’d like to make a pineapple quilt, because it feels modern to me based on the fabrics used. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

Fran Identicon Icon Fran November 9, 2012 at 6:51 pm

For me it’s a classic log cabin. I’d call myself a modern quilter but still haven’t made a log cabin quilt. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this fantastic book (great review as well!)

Cheryl Identicon Icon Cheryl November 9, 2012 at 7:12 pm

I like the drunkards path design. I’ve got to get me a job like yours where I’m required to read a dozen quilting books a week!! You certainly have a dream job.

Barb Identicon Icon Barb November 9, 2012 at 7:49 pm

I would love to see a modern twist on applique quilting.

Andee in AZ Identicon Icon Andee in AZ November 9, 2012 at 8:10 pm

I have never been super interested in the log cabin block…seeing it done modern makes me want to give it a whirl! Thanks for the chance!

Rina Identicon Icon Rina November 9, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I’d like to see the Drunkards Path or a really fresh and new Dresden Plate.

patty Identicon Icon patty November 9, 2012 at 9:45 pm

I have wanted to make a Double Wedding Ring quilt for years. I’d love a new modern design!

Suz Identicon Icon Suz November 9, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Bear Paw has been my favourite block for a long time…would love to see it modernised!

Mary on Lake Pulaski Identicon Icon Mary on Lake Pulaski November 9, 2012 at 9:51 pm

It would be great to find a modern way to make the bow tie quilt!

erin m. Identicon Icon erin m. November 9, 2012 at 10:01 pm

I would love to make a modern log cabin

claudia w Identicon Icon claudia w November 9, 2012 at 10:28 pm

I would love to see Grandmother’s Flower Garden with a modern twist to it!

Barbara Identicon Icon Barbara November 10, 2012 at 6:40 am

I would love to win this book! “In the Clouds” looks so eye-catching and streamlined.

elsa Identicon Icon elsa November 10, 2012 at 6:54 am

The Churn Dash ~ I’ve always loved the design and think there’s so much you could do with it!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Tamie Identicon Icon Tamie November 10, 2012 at 8:24 am

I really want to do a wonky log cabin. Thanks for participating in the tour.

quiltzyx/sue Identicon Icon quiltzyx/sue November 10, 2012 at 9:03 am

Hmmm, maybe a modern Irish Chain. Thanks for the chance!

duff Identicon Icon duff November 10, 2012 at 9:04 am

The World’s FAir block is a fun one–can it be made modern? If so, what a feat!

Toni Identicon Icon Toni November 10, 2012 at 10:15 am

This book sounds intriguing and I would love to win it. Thanks for the opportunity.

Toni Identicon Icon Toni November 10, 2012 at 10:17 am

I would like to update a wonky Ohio Star.

Christina in Cleveland Identicon Icon Christina in Cleveland November 10, 2012 at 10:18 am

Wow, thanks for the spin on the wheel of quilting fortune! :) I’d love to see the Virginia Reel block made modern… so many possibilities.
~ Christina ~

Fran Wiest Identicon Icon Fran Wiest November 10, 2012 at 10:20 am

I would love to try that modern Log Cabin!

LeAnne L Identicon Icon LeAnne L November 10, 2012 at 10:31 am

Bear Paw blocks.

Sharon Scott Identicon Icon Sharon Scott November 10, 2012 at 10:32 am

I think the Double Wedding Ring made modern would be awesome….Now to get designing :)

Cheryl Identicon Icon Cheryl November 10, 2012 at 10:47 am

I would love to do a modern take on the Ohio star block

Barb in MI Identicon Icon Barb in MI November 10, 2012 at 11:02 am

How about a modern drunkards path – with easy curves though… Thanks for a chance, it sure looks beautiful!

Susan Stitch Identicon Icon Susan Stitch November 10, 2012 at 11:08 am

I’m definitely interested in this book. It’s a great way to link tradition and today’s modern feel. So excited that it’s been published. I’d love to see something with a Jacob’s Ladder.

Elizabeth Johnson Identicon Icon Elizabeth Johnson November 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I personally would like to make a Diamond Block Quilt, I have so many beautiful fabrics I would like to showcase! The Modern fabrics are so original and detailed that I really don’t want to cut them into little pieces.

Susan Identicon Icon Susan November 10, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I have fallen in love with modern quilts!!! Thank you for the opportunity to win this awesome book!!! I would love spiraling flying geese without paper piecing!!

Kate Identicon Icon Kate November 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Dresden plates, they all look the same and Im hopeless and coming up with design. Looks like a great book!

Dyann Identicon Icon Dyann November 10, 2012 at 3:06 pm

The pineapple block would be interesting to see made modern….it is one of my favorite blocks :) This book looks like one that I would love to add to my library.

Dana Identicon Icon Dana November 10, 2012 at 3:22 pm

I have been thinking that Jacobs Ladder would be neat.

Marj Identicon Icon Marj November 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm

So far I am convinced to pick up a copy of the book, but I would love to win one.

Anne O'Connor Identicon Icon Anne O'Connor November 10, 2012 at 4:52 pm

This book looks super! Nice clean lines on the quilts I have seen – the dresden plate, the flying geese. I would like to see a modern version of the hunter’s star. Thanks for the give-away – I would really love to win this book

Karen Identicon Icon Karen November 10, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Hi, I would love to see a modern version of Log Cabin…Thanks!!

Sallie Identicon Icon Sallie November 10, 2012 at 6:52 pm

the drunkard’s path. Thanks for the giveaway!

Judith Identicon Icon Judith November 10, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Maybe the shoo-fly block. Done in vibrant solids, it might look good as a modern quilt.

Caitlin Identicon Icon Caitlin November 10, 2012 at 8:23 pm

I would love to make the diamond quilt

Jo Identicon Icon Jo November 10, 2012 at 10:04 pm

I like squares, so I would say a modern jacobs ladder might be fun.

Deb (Two Cheeky Monkeys) Identicon Icon Deb (Two Cheeky Monkeys) November 11, 2012 at 2:09 am

Log cabin – though I have no idea how to do that other than using uber cool fabrics, LOL.

Dorothy Ramage Identicon Icon Dorothy Ramage November 11, 2012 at 2:51 am

I think the old ‘broken dishes’ would look really good in modern colours

Holly S Identicon Icon Holly S November 11, 2012 at 5:13 am

I would love to try a modern wedding ring quilt.

Mary Pomerantz Identicon Icon Mary Pomerantz November 11, 2012 at 8:27 am

Without a doubt, Ohio Star. It is my favorite traditional star blocks and one of the first that I learned to make.

Carla G Identicon Icon Carla G November 11, 2012 at 9:38 am

I’d like to make a modern log cabin quilt! Thanks for a chance to win this fabulous looking book! :)

Jane S. Identicon Icon Jane S. November 11, 2012 at 10:52 am

That’s a tough question! I think I’d go with Grandmother’s Flower Garden. I really like hexagons and it would be fun to play around and come up with something unique. Thank you for the chance to win. :)

Nancy A Identicon Icon Nancy A November 11, 2012 at 11:03 am

I love the idea of doing a modern (and easier) double wedding ring. I also LOVE the modern dresdan featured in this book! Thanks for the chance to win!

Regina Identicon Icon Regina November 11, 2012 at 11:19 am

Hmmm…. Hunter’s Star…

schatzi Identicon Icon schatzi November 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I’d love a modern Ohio Star.

Corinne Identicon Icon Corinne November 11, 2012 at 9:13 pm

I would love to see the pinwheel design, not the wonky one, but the half square pattern

usairdoll Identicon Icon usairdoll November 11, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Lots of great suggestions. My suggestion would be one of the “basket” blocks. I know there are tons of different basket blocks so one of them would work I’m sure.

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


Marcy Identicon Icon Marcy November 11, 2012 at 11:11 pm

I’d love to see a modern Snail’s Trail. Wouldn’t that look great?

Sharon Identicon Icon Sharon November 12, 2012 at 5:02 am

I think the spiderweb looks amazing. I love all the colors.

Sylvia Identicon Icon Sylvia November 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

I would love to play with a Storm at Sea.

Tsigeyusv Identicon Icon Tsigeyusv November 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I’ve been thinking of making a lovely wedding ring quilt, but can’t stand the tired looking country colors I’ve seen many of them in. I want vibrant and fun!

Michelle Identicon Icon Michelle November 12, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Dresden Plate! Looks neat, can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. :P

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