Modern Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks from Your Favorite Designers

Posted on November 11th, by Amy in books. 183 comments

No doubt you’ve seen this book around the last couple of weeks!  I submitted two blocks for consideration in Modern Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks from Your Favorite Designers and both of them have been included.  Which also means that I have a copy to give away to one of you!

While designing I hoped to create dynamic blocks on their own, but also be able to visualize them as a quilt of one block.  So I thought I would share my sketches with you!

First is Pixel Peaks -

With this block, I was inspired by a rug I had seen at a friends house.  Super simple construction, it’s just a matter of cutting the pieces, but if you wanted to make a whole quilt, it could easily be strip pieced!  If I were to make quilt with just this block, I would arrange it like so -

Despite the pixel nature, it feels kinda organic to me.

And Stonehenge -

With this block, I was trying to get the movement of a circle, without piecing a circle!  Not opposed to circles, but I know they aren’t everyone’s cup of tea.  For a quilt, I would alternate the color placement, to create more drama within a quilt top -

I really like the shapes created where the corners meet!  I think the best part of both of my blocks, is that they can be made to suite any decor.  If I were to make either of them right now, it would probably be purple.  I have bought two purple shirts and one cardigan in the last month!


In the book there really are 99 blocks!  Many are pieced like mine, however embroidery, and applique are also included.  It’s organized alphabetically, which always makes me happy, and there’s a great group of designers included!  The cover at the top, is a great representation of the inspiration to be found in this one book – so who would like a copy?

To enter:

Leave me a comment telling me your current favorite color.

I’ll select a winner on Wednesday, November 16th.

Good luck!


183 thoughts on “Modern Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks from Your Favorite Designers

  1. My current favorite color is mint green. The fave is a color in whatever quilt I’m presently working on :^)

  2. More and more of my favorite people are part of this book! My favorite colors are purple and pink these days. Thanks for sharing your sketches too. It really helps to see the blocks replicated into a larger image.

  3. I’d have to go with my old favorite. I love a nice bright shade of red violet. It always makes me feel happy!

  4. Love the shape of your stonehenge block.
    My favourite all time colour is pink, all shades of pink, and when it is put with green I am one happy camper.

  5. I would love to win this book! Every block I’ve seen out of it has been fantastic – including yours :)

    I have to put my favorite color in fabric terms – right now it is Kona Stone – I want to put it in everything.

  6. That book looks like one that I have to add to my wish list for Santa this year. He is always needing help finding me gifts that I really want. My favorite color has always been periwinkle.

  7. I am loving jewel tones right now – including orange and teal. Have always loved purple though – case in point – my bridesmaids wore purple!

  8. ABSOLUTELY adore the book. I have been playing in my EQ (just learning) with the blocks so that I can see which of the quilts I want to make. I have been having a blast with them and I have already started on a few baby quilts I need using the patterns.

    I did like your blocks, especially STONEHENGE and hope to make it into a laptop for my brother for his March birthday.

    FAVORITE COLOR : ANY color but I use blues mostly so that is probably my favorite…I tend to avoid brown like the plague.
    Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams – Blog


  9. Hmmm… for a while it’s been sort of a kelley green… but not quite. With a touch of lime perhaps. Ha! That probably makes no sense. :)

  10. Congratulations on being published. Black is my all time favourite and I include it whenever possible…..even though it is not a colour. I love the way it makes colours pop, whether it is a print or solid. The deep orange of Indian textiles is my current favourite. Perhaps it is because it is almost summer here…..There is just something about it that draws me to it.

  11. I love the fact that you asked for “current” favourite colour. Mine seems to change on a regular basis, partly depending how much I’ve been working with it. Right now, deep royal blue would have to be my choice.

  12. my favorite color is now grey a shade closer to a blue grey.
    I recently had my bathroom and bedroom painted in 2 different shades of grey. we also got new bedroom furniture with a linen grey upholstered headboards. I also have a big stack of grey fabric to make into a quilt (hopefully before we consider the furniture to be vintage!)

  13. My favorite color has always been purple, although I like to mix it with yellow. If you look in my closet you would know. I love your block designs. To win the book would be a great birthday present for me this. month. Thanks for sharing. Pat

  14. Loving both of your blocks, Amy! How exciting to have both of them in the book, congrats! The 2nd one reminds me of the DP quilt I making right now so I would say you did a great job making it look like a circle but without having to deal with circles (those curved seams can be tricky!).

    My favorite color right now is gray! Thanks for the chance!

  15. My favourite color would have to be aqua but being a mom of 4 girls, the youngest only 3 months old, I tend to use pink in everything!

    The book looks fabulous! Congrats on both of your blocks being published! Thanks for the chance to get my hands on a copy of this wonderful must-have book!

  16. ola….a minha cor favorita é dourado com muito brilho para comemorar o natal que se aproxima….combina e dá glamour as peças .obrigada

  17. Hi Amy,
    I love your blog and I’m working my way through your book. I’m on my 3rd quilt from it. I love how quickly a beautiful quilt come together. My favorite color is deep turquoise…. for now.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  18. My current favorite color is the combo of pinks and browns. Your blocks are very nice. Love stonehedge. I could see it in many combo of colors.

  19. I have always loved teal. Current favorites include pairing teal with turquoise, chocolate brown and cream. Fantastic blog, btw. So glad to have discovered it during your Blogger’s Festival. Awesome idea!

  20. That’s so funny, I was just looking at this book on amazon thinking about how much I’d like to have it! My current favorite color is purple….I think…or maybe green :)

  21. My all-time favorite color is verdigris–think sea glass, aquamarine and Tiffany blue all combined. =)

  22. I love all colors but I have to say I think my favorite right now is sage green.
    This looks like a very fun book. Thanks and Congratulations!

  23. my favorite color is orange – any shade of orange – this has been my downfall my entire lifetime.

  24. My favorite color is now, always has been, and probably always will be purple. Rich, dark, royal purple. I’m planning a quilt for myself after I finish this batch of gifts, and it will be a tumbler quilt of various purple batiks with a few scattered tumblers of my prized border collie print fabric.

  25. I am also highly partial to purple at the moment :-) But my all-time favorite color is blue-gray. Crayola stopped making it when I was a kid, but I’ve seen it in house paint under pseudonyms like “flannel” and “Gettysburg.” Thanks for the chance to win!!

  26. Awesome blocks…and I love the visuals of how you would do a quilt with them…really opens up my ability to “see” LOL…Thanks for the opportunity and congrats!!

  27. Favorite color: purple! Thanks for the giveaway. This book looks like a great resource, and I love every block I’ve seen!

  28. Congrats on the blocks in the book! My favorite color right now is orange. I’m guessing fall has put me in that mood.

  29. This book looks fantastic! I’m seeing alot of inspiration coming my way with this book. I’m loving the color gray: gray and pink, gray and turquoise, gray and green, gray is the new neutral for me….

    Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful book!

  30. My favorite color is pink, but I have LOT of blue in my fabric stash :-) So I guess that is a favorite too. The book looks awesome. Congratulations on having block in the book!

  31. I love your blocks! My favorite color right now is red. Thanks for the opportunity to win!=)

  32. Oh…my favorite was blue but now I’m in love with the pink and yellow color scheme…makes me smile and feel much more cheerful.
    I’m new to this site and I’m loving it!!

  33. Purple…

    Though I have not made a purple quilt yet… still saving up some purples with plenty of greens to go along.

  34. I’ve been a steadfast green lover for many years… but now orange is sneaking it’s way into my heart :) Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book!

  35. I’m a purple fan too and I’m so glad there are some fun fabric lines coming out with lots of purple. Thanks for the chance . . . the book looks awesome.

  36. It’s a combo for me: robins egg blue with brown. Love it. Love, love, love it.

    Congratulations on being included in this book–it looks fantastic!

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  38. I love all colours but at the moment it has to be green. With white. It’s just so fresh and clean and if I want it spring-like I add in some pink!

  39. Currently I am really liking orange – go figure! Up to now, I’ve been a blue and teal kinda girl! Would love to win this, and I really like that second block that you showed!

  40. My favourite colour of all time is red and white. And lately I love the combination red and pink. Thank you for the giveaway, have a great weekend.

  41. I seem to change color likes, but tend to always return to greens as favorite most of the time. Am really getting into the modern approach in my block choices over the more traditonal ones I used to always choose.

  42. Il mio colore preferito è il blu, in tutte le sue sfumature chiare o scure, forse perchè vivo vicino a un lago dai colori stupendi tutti i giorni con bello o cattivo tempo.

  43. I really love bright yellow . Your blocks are really great! Both of these blocks are on my to-do list.

    Thanks for the giveaway and a chance to win this great book.


  44. I’ve always been partial to blue, but I’ve been trying to expand my likes lately. The Fall/Autumn palate has been piquing my interest lately.

  45. I really like your blocks.The book looks great. Maybe because it is Fall my favorite color is Mustard. I love it with a whole lot of other colors.Thanks

  46. My current favorite color is orange. I love to mix it with teal blue and brown. And congrats on your inclusion in this book, that’s really something to be proud of! Thanks for the giveaway.

  47. My current favorite color is blue. Ordinarily, I’m partial to red. Right now I’m making a blue quilt. Thanks for the giveaway and congratulations on having two blocks in the Quilt Block Magazine.

  48. Thank you for chance to win that wonderful book! I would love to learn new blocks! Favourite colour – absolutely orange! Who knows why, because till now it has always been blue.
    Have a lovely weekend!

  49. My favourite colour – red. A deep blue red which has depth and just makes everything lively and vibrant. Thank you for the giveaway and congratulations.

  50. I really love the top block and the quilt you designed with it. Might have to do a straight up copy. My fave color is green and all by big projects lately seem to be using lots of it.

  51. Before I started quilting almost 25 years ago, my stated favorite color was blue. Over the years of playing with fabric I began to like more and more colors. Now I absolutely love yellow! I painted my bedroom walls yellow—not cream, not pale—but real yellow! It makes me smile every day!

  52. I do, have always, and think I always will like purple best!! What a fun giveaway and so useful, too.

  53. Congratulations on having your blocks included in the book! I love how the stonehenge block looks in a quilt.

    My favorite color is red.

  54. Like you, purple is my favourite colour, both in clothing & lately in quilting (a couple of solids only quilts that I LOVE). Congratulations on your blocks, they look amazing & thanks for the giveaway.

  55. My favorite color is blue with a deep purple-y blue my current favorite shade (think iris blue). Thanks for the giveaway. I’ve been reading cuttopieces’ blog posts on her block contributions and would love to have the book with instructions.

  56. For a while now my favorite color has been lime green. I still like it, but my current favorite color is slate gray. Boring I know, but what ‘ya gonna do? I love it and it goes so well with so many things, such as lime green. :)

  57. Every where I turn I am seeing burnt orange. I want it so bad, yet orange has never been a favorite. Things change.

  58. Stonhendge is a cool block, I could see myself sewing the pixel peaks for something different! Great blocks. as for color i am funny I have favorites for different things in clothing is a salmon/ rusty color, as of late that has moving into my quilting this year but more our a accident the then propose. i was sewign up older fabric that I had purchased in the past. So i must have been attracted to the salmon/rust color for a while and now realized it! They are so nice and warm usually.

  59. I really like both of those blocks :) I especially like Stonehenge with the alternating colors…nice! Let’s see, favorite current color, I think I’ll go with RED right now. Congrats on the inclusion of your blocks…love ‘em!

  60. Love the Stonehenge block. I took like the look of circles but without having to sew curves. My favorite color right now is orange. Thanks for the chance to win.

  61. My favorite color is always red but lately I have been loving working with oranges. I guess the fall colors have inspired me.

  62. My favorite color is any purple. Amethyst is my birthstone, and it comes in so many beautiful shades.

  63. I’ve been working on so many Christmas projects lately that I feel like my new favorite colors are red and green (with a little blue splashed in there)

  64. I’ve been into deep purple this fall. Not a normal color for me, but so it goes. I would love to win a copy of the Modern Blocks book, thanks for the opportunity.

  65. My favorite color is red. I would love to make a red and white quilt but haven’t yet.

  66. My favorite color right now is probably oatmeal. Plain, sure… but I love the neutrals to pair with things that make ‘em pop!

  67. I really like your blocks. They would be great in any color. My favorite color changes, but right now it would be turquoise.

  68. My favorite color is Green..a mossy warm Green. There is something so very comforting about it and I love it!

  69. My favorite color is red with green a close second. The book looks wonderful! Love your blog.

  70. Love pixel quilts and love that orange quilt even if you weren’t intending it to look like a pixel quilt. My current favorite color is gray!

  71. Seems to me that I have been making black and white quilts, and red and white. Favorite color is orange.Woould love the book and all its ideas.

  72. i’m so in love with orange right now. and i love your suggestion for a whole quilt made from your first block in the book. thanks for the giveaway!

  73. i’m so in love with orange right now and thanks for having a giveaway! i especially love the quilt design with your first block.

  74. I’m new to quilting but just LOVE the look of “Pixel Peaks” – it looks so inviting and I cannot wait to see it made up!

    My favorite colour is PINK!

    It has so many shades and tones and looks great in so many types of fabric patterns. It describes me.

  75. I am still in my purple obsession, though I’ve been making so many quilts for others in their favorite color schemes that you’d never know it! I really like the look of this book – it’s on my holiday wish list, but how exciting would it be to win one early! I’d have to rename you “Santa Amy” in my mind! :)

  76. My favorite color right now would probably be red– it’s SO vibrant and exciting! But, ask me again in a month or two and it’ll probably change… ;-) thanks for the giveaway!! FUN! :-)

  77. I just saw that book at the library and LOVED it! I put it on my Christmas leash list to my family.

  78. My all time favorite color is green. But for now I am collecting red & aqua fabrics for a quilt.

  79. At the moment I am going through a berry colour phase. I am also very keen on blue.
    That book looks good.

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  81. what a fun giveaway! my favorite color today is charcoal gray – kinda reflects the weather and my mood. :)

  82. I just noticed your post tonight and I’ve been wondering about this book….looks like a great resource to add to my library! Did I mention Wed was my birthday too? That would be great luck!!!

    Thanks for being so generous:)

  83. My favorite color is red. While red is my fave, I seem to be attracted to the earth tones lately, yes definitely red. Fantastic blocks.

  84. Currently my favorite color is red…or orange…or turquoise, purple, or aqua blue. They all seem to be my favorite. sigh…

  85. My favorite color is blue, and earth tones. This is one amazing collection of quilt blocks, love the unusual modern block. thanks for the giveaway.

  86. Purplr! my favorite color is and always will be purple.
    your pixel peaks block is really unique. i love how it works with any color and makes it pop.

  87. Ooh, I hope I squeaked in… this book looks awesome! My favorite color today is green. Thanks for the chance to win (if I’m within the deadline)! :)

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