Irish Chain Quilts :: Review & Giveaway!

ETA: Our winner is Lynda! Thanks to everyone that stopped on the tour!

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Hi there! I’m excited to share a new book with all of you today (and give an ebook away too!) My friend Melissa Corry from Happy Quilting Melissa authored Irish Chain Quilts: Contemporary Twists on a Classic Design – and it’s fantastic! 15 approachable and fresh quilt patterns are included in the book, for every style of quilter, and Melissa walks you through each and every step of the process.

The book is written in four sections, Twist on Tradition, Modern Patchwork, Improvisational Piecing and Appliquéd Chains. Melissa gives a brief introduction to each group of quilts, and is her usual encouraging self throughout the book. If you don’t know Melissa yet, stop by her blog and get to know her!

As part of this blog hop, each of us made a block for a charity quilt that Melissa will be donating to Primary Children’s Hospital. I made a North Star block in a few Chic Neutral fabrics.

North Star block from Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry

This block is nice on it’s own, but I love it in the quilt – so striking!

North Star from Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry

Image Courtesy of Martingale Publishing, Photographer Brent Kane

*To win a copy of Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry, leave me a comment here, telling me your favorite way to update a traditional block. A winner will be announced on June 19th!


Also note that Melissa has some amazing prizes over on her blog click over to enter to win.

Irish Chain Quilts Blog Hop - Grand Prizes

All of the quilts will be featured over this week and the next, check out all the stops to learn more about all the projects in the book and be inspired :

June 8th –    Happy Quilting – Blog Hop Intro & Grand Prize Entry
June 9th –    Moda Lissa – Lissa Alexander
                    Fat Quarter Shop – Jocelyn Ueng
June 10th –  Piece N Quilt – Natalia Bonner
                    In Color Order – Jeni Baker
June 11th – Sew Kind of Wonderful – Jenny Pedigo
June 12th –  Quilt Story – Megan Jimenez
                    Diary of a Quilter – Amy Smart
June 15th –  Freshly Pieced – Lee Heinrich
Christa Quilts – Christa Watson
June 16th –  Moda Cutting Table – Carrie Nelson
Little Miss Shabby – Corey Yoder
June 17th –  Fresh Lemons – Faith Jones
V and Co.  – Vanessa Christenson
June 18th –  A Quilting Life – Sherri McConnell
Stitch This! – Jenny Wilding Cardon
June 19th –  Happy Quilting – Wrap Up & Grand Prizes

Ready to buy Irish Chain Quilts? Follow these links:
    Martingale (get a free E-copy with your order)
    Amazon  (there is a Kindle version international friends)

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By |2017-02-06T09:17:51-06:00June 11th, 2015|books, give away, review|181 Comments


  1. Susan June 11, 2015 at 4:57 am - Reply

    I’d say my favorite way to update a traditional block is to just use more modern fabrics.

  2. Pat in WNY June 11, 2015 at 5:31 am - Reply

    I’d have to echo Susan – I just use more contemporary fabrics with traditional block designs.

  3. Allison C June 11, 2015 at 5:48 am - Reply

    I like using more negative space around it, using modern prints, using solids, or altering the block just slightly

  4. Anita June 11, 2015 at 6:05 am - Reply

    Using bold and unexpected color combinations is my way to update a traditional quilt block.

  5. Kathe June 11, 2015 at 6:13 am - Reply

    I use shades grey as the background – not the book(s).

  6. Sally Dixon June 11, 2015 at 6:16 am - Reply

    I would use contemporary fabrics to update traditional blocks.

  7. Anne June 11, 2015 at 6:28 am - Reply

    I try to use a background other than white/light. Even a neutral scrappy background would be neat.

  8. Judy S. June 11, 2015 at 6:57 am - Reply

    Using a variety of negative quality fabrics (many, many shades of neutrals) in place of one negative fabric shade is one of the ways I like to update a traditional quilt pattern. Thank you for the giveaway!

  9. Jacque June 11, 2015 at 7:08 am - Reply

    I update by using low volume prints and text prints for backgrounds. Thanks for the chance!

  10. kris June 11, 2015 at 7:11 am - Reply

    I like to take a block and do something wonky or improvisational with it.

  11. Gaye Mathusek June 11, 2015 at 7:19 am - Reply

    Fabric, Fabric, Fabric. Updating a traditional block using low volume, solids, or unusual prints is how I roll.

  12. Cheryl June 11, 2015 at 7:20 am - Reply

    I like to update traditional blocks by making them really big.

  13. Beth June 11, 2015 at 7:24 am - Reply

    I like to use bright modern fabrics to update a traditional block

  14. Debbie June 11, 2015 at 7:32 am - Reply

    Being a fairly new quilter I don’t have any unique ideas. However, I do enjoy poking through my stash looking for different color combinations. Does this count?

  15. Margie Murphy June 11, 2015 at 7:39 am - Reply

    My favorite way to update a traditional block is through fabric choice and changing proportions of the pieces.

  16. Michelle June 11, 2015 at 7:39 am - Reply

    I love reproduction and vintage fabrics, so I like to update traditional designs with more modern background colors, like gray, or by making larger blocks.

  17. Marcia June 11, 2015 at 7:43 am - Reply

    To update a more traditional block I select a more modern, colorful fabric! Along with the fabric’s design, even the size of the fabric’s print could update the block! Also, the background color can ramp it up! (For example: use a gray background rather than a white background).

  18. Mary Jo June 11, 2015 at 7:44 am - Reply

    I like to use the modern prints and lots of solids. Also, like having no borders.

  19. Lou June 11, 2015 at 7:51 am - Reply

    I use more bright solids and grey to modernize traditional blocks:) Book looks so inspiring!!!

  20. Renae June 11, 2015 at 7:52 am - Reply

    I really like the modern look of no borders!

  21. Trina June 11, 2015 at 7:52 am - Reply

    Love!! My favourite way to update a traditional block is either using modern fabric prints or with free motion quilting.

  22. Diane June 11, 2015 at 7:53 am - Reply

    I love traditional blocks but like to use more contemporary fabrics. I like the lighter look.

  23. cynthia June 11, 2015 at 7:57 am - Reply

    I like to mix modern fabrics with traditional.

  24. Susan June 11, 2015 at 8:00 am - Reply

    I use gray or dark solid color backgrounds and modern prints to update a traditional pattern, and a pieced back. I love all the quilts in your Modern Neutrals book, Amy, and take hints from there.

  25. Lori Morton June 11, 2015 at 8:12 am - Reply

    To update a Traditional block, I would probably change the colors or prints I’s choose.

  26. Verna June 11, 2015 at 8:16 am - Reply

    I just use modern fabrics in the blocks.

  27. Doris McCarty June 11, 2015 at 8:20 am - Reply

    The use of trendy colors work. It can make a traditional pattern more modern looking.

  28. Deb W June 11, 2015 at 8:24 am - Reply

    I use bright colors in some of my quilts to give it more of a modern feel and I also use grey and/or black.

  29. Vivian June 11, 2015 at 8:26 am - Reply

    I’d update a traditional block by playing with either the scale of the block or units within the block. Changing the color placement to bring out secondary patterns within it or between adjoining blocks is another way. I love seeing tradition with a twist!

  30. Betsy June 11, 2015 at 8:27 am - Reply

    I like to take the block apart and then make it a little wonky or reverse the colors. Sometimes I add extra piecing to a section.

  31. Mama O June 11, 2015 at 8:32 am - Reply

    I’m too new to quilting to feel brave enough to make changes to an actual block. I just try to use surprising color choices. And I always “try” to have one “Amish” or mistake block in each of my quilts. It’s not that hard — I make a lot of mistakes. :)

  32. amy June 11, 2015 at 8:50 am - Reply

    I would change it by using modern prints when choosing fabric.

  33. Laura June 11, 2015 at 8:57 am - Reply

    My favorite way to update a traditional block is using more modern fabrics or to modify the block by by off-kilter piecing (eg wonky log cabin).

  34. Lee Ann L. June 11, 2015 at 8:58 am - Reply

    I don’t know. i only know that I like to put my own spin/twist on quilts. I especially love to use leftover fabrics from the top to make the backing!

  35. Mary hughes June 11, 2015 at 8:59 am - Reply

    I just like the old fashion quilts. I would try 20 or 30’s fabric. Thanks for the giveaway

  36. Gael June 11, 2015 at 9:00 am - Reply

    Altering the setting or scale of a traditional block is a fun way to update it.

  37. Esther G June 11, 2015 at 9:14 am - Reply

    I usually just change the size…make it really big or tiny.

  38. What comes next? June 11, 2015 at 9:26 am - Reply

    this block makes a fabulous quilt! I like changing up the size of the block when I am modernizing, and playing with the layout, too

  39. Amy losordo June 11, 2015 at 9:36 am - Reply

    I too would go with more contemporary fabric but also love Melissa’s take on changing the sizes of the blocks.

  40. Emilee June 11, 2015 at 9:38 am - Reply

    with fun fabrics &/or making it bigger than a traditional block!

  41. Glenda Penner June 11, 2015 at 9:41 am - Reply

    I love to make an Irish Chain by alternating a 16 patch with a solid. I make the center four blocks of the 16 patch as well as its corner blocks read as either lights or darks. The solid would we the opposite. Has a lot of movement.

  42. Kathie L June 11, 2015 at 9:53 am - Reply

    I’ve been making some bigger versions of blocks. It makes for a quick quilt.

  43. LINDA June 11, 2015 at 9:54 am - Reply

    HI, just a beginner, so size is all I have changed>wide open field today! Thanks for sharing a great giveaway!

  44. Kathy LOL June 11, 2015 at 10:09 am - Reply

    I would use batiks in a nontraditional color schemfe.

  45. Susan June 11, 2015 at 10:12 am - Reply

    I like to change the size of the blocks

  46. Hildy June 11, 2015 at 10:12 am - Reply

    By using fun and modern fabrics! Perhaps changing the layout and the size, too. The possibilities are endless;-)

  47. LJ June 11, 2015 at 10:14 am - Reply

    I think this is my favorite block so far on the hop. Love the way it works into a quilt. Thanks for sharing your block with the hospital.

  48. Melva Nolan June 11, 2015 at 10:29 am - Reply

    The easiest way to modernize a pattern is to use current, trending fabrics. Looks fun!

  49. Camille Mendel June 11, 2015 at 10:29 am - Reply

    I like to update by using modern fabrics and using gray, navy or black as a background. Also the quilting makes a huge difference.

  50. Lynda H June 11, 2015 at 10:30 am - Reply

    this is one of my favorite blocks so far – I think that by upsizing and using more solids and geometrics you can update a traditional block

  51. suzanprincess June 11, 2015 at 10:32 am - Reply

    I like to do the unusual, be it larger size, brighter color or unusual prints.

  52. Ashley June 11, 2015 at 10:37 am - Reply

    Another vote for using modern fabrics in the traditional block here!

  53. Crafty Ashley B June 11, 2015 at 10:51 am - Reply

    I like to use modern fabrics or think of unusual color combinations.

  54. Alycia June 11, 2015 at 11:00 am - Reply

    I think I am still in that stage where I LOVE them all!!

  55. Beth June 11, 2015 at 11:11 am - Reply

    I’m not a very seasoned quilter so I would say the only way I have updated a traditional block is by using modern, bright fabrics. Maybe later I’ll actually play with the structure but not yet! I love the quilt you picked from Melissa’s book!

  56. Julie Craven June 11, 2015 at 11:11 am - Reply

    I’ll update a traditional pattern with bright novelty prints. What better way.
    Thank you

  57. Susan the Farm Quilter June 11, 2015 at 11:21 am - Reply

    I will use more solids, make the traditional block, then cut it up and sew it together in a different way. I’ve played with 9P, 4P and pinwheel blocks this way – so much fun! Love this new book!!

  58. Connie Cain June 11, 2015 at 11:26 am - Reply

    I like using black as the background and bright colors that pop! :)

  59. Jackie June 11, 2015 at 11:48 am - Reply

    I think using more solid colours.

  60. LeAnne L June 11, 2015 at 11:53 am - Reply

    I usually change the layout of the quilt a little bit or add in an unexpected color to give it some pop.

  61. Cindy June 11, 2015 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Using more modern shades of colors.

  62. Deb C June 11, 2015 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    I love using batiks with intense colors and patterns to add movement and interest to traditional blocks.

  63. Kathie Peters June 11, 2015 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    I am just learning quilting, and loving it, I might add. I found that batiks really do give a life to some of the plain patterns.

  64. Lori Smanski June 11, 2015 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    wow this is a wonderful quilt. I love how the blocks graduate. and when put together they are great. your block is great. I love the fabrics you chose. So far I have not repurposed a quilt. I am sure that day will come though.

  65. Jean Burke June 11, 2015 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    I like to use unexpected colors – or darks where it is typically light. this book looks beautiful!

  66. tina June 11, 2015 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    I just use modern fabric and colors contrasted with whites.

  67. MaryBeth June 11, 2015 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    I like traditional blocks so I don’t “update” much. But when I do it’s usually by using an unexpected color. Thanks for the chance to win.

  68. Terri June 11, 2015 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    Does applique count? ♡

  69. Pamela R June 11, 2015 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    I use EQ7. Thks.

  70. Lisa Marie June 11, 2015 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    I use modern fabrics and sometimes make blocks wonky on purpose, so I guess those are updates. This looks like a great book!

  71. Janie June 11, 2015 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    I update a traditional block by, making it bigger or using modern fabrics. Love your quilt. Thanks for the giveaway.

  72. Susan Brennand June 11, 2015 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    I guess the easiest way would be to use modern fabrics or solid colour fabrics.

  73. Susan June 11, 2015 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    I would update a tradition block to make it modern by using more modern fabrics. Im really enjoying seeing the quilts in Melissa’s book.

  74. Charlotte Norby June 11, 2015 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    I think the best way is to liberate the block or, in other words, make it wonky.

  75. Lynn June 11, 2015 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    I love traditional patterns, but I make them in clear modern patterns, and usually change the borders. lynmcindoe at gmail dot com

  76. Jan N. June 11, 2015 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    By using modern fabrics, bright colors and solids.

  77. Nancy June 11, 2015 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    By using solids.
    Thanks for the giveaway…

  78. barbara woods June 11, 2015 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    i would use red white and blue

  79. Joyce Hennessey June 11, 2015 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    I really don’t know how to do that. I am so new to quilting I do what ever the instructions tell me to do. Maybe in a year or so I would have a better idea, just not yet.

  80. Jessica June 11, 2015 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    I love making the blocks bigger and using lovely contemporary fabric. ..usually something from art gallery!!

  81. Liinda Gagliano June 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    I like to look at traditional blocks and find something to turn around or change the size of .

  82. Kathy Klobucher June 11, 2015 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    My favorite ways to update a traditional block is to make it wonky or to use plain colored fabric.

  83. Lisa E June 11, 2015 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    My favorite way to update a traditional block is to use solids.

  84. Julia Elliot June 11, 2015 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Irish Chain is my favourite block to make and I love all the variations!

  85. Laura B June 11, 2015 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    I like scrappy jewel tones.

  86. Miranda Rosa June 11, 2015 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Change the colors and size

  87. Karen in Breezy Point June 11, 2015 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    I use low volume background prints and text prints to add a modern flavor.

  88. Paula C. June 11, 2015 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    I like to use non traditional fabric in non traditional colors!

  89. Leslie Sorenson June 11, 2015 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    I think the choice of fabrics does a lot to update a pattern.

  90. Phyllis D June 11, 2015 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    I love to use unexpected modern colors in traditional patterns.

  91. Nancy Thone June 11, 2015 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    I go for the solids with large negative spaces.

  92. Cecilia June 11, 2015 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    I like to use modern and bright fabrics to update traditional blocks.

  93. VickiT June 11, 2015 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    I don’t make the traditional blocks as they are usually seen, but in using mixed fabrics like different prints within the same block. Also using brighter fabrics than they are traditionally seen using.

  94. Jayne June 11, 2015 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    The popular response…modern fabrics! Bold and graphic works well!

  95. Jbutler June 11, 2015 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    I’m always delighted by how a block can change with shading of colors.

  96. Beardedquilter June 11, 2015 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    I would use a more up-to-date fabric with the traditional block

  97. Ellee June 11, 2015 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    My favorite way to update a traditional block is to use batiks and sometimes reverse the lights and darks.

  98. Amie June 11, 2015 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    i use modern fabrics in traditional patterns.

  99. Nancy June 11, 2015 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    I think using updated colors/fabric helps modernize traditional quilt blocks, and then of course reworking the settings can make a big difference.

  100. Nicole Sender June 11, 2015 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    I’d update a traditional block by using brighter colors and more solids!

  101. Bonnie Larson June 11, 2015 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    I like to use modern colours and fabrics. tanks so much for sharing

  102. Carol June 11, 2015 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    I would say with interesting color combinations. I am not that great at envisioning this unless I see someone else’s modern version.

  103. Karen Thurn June 11, 2015 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    I’m still learning about modern quilting. But using new fabrics, with a traditional block, and lots of negative space is what I plan to do. Along with some fancy schmancy quilting.

  104. Hi! I love twists on tradition, too. I like playing with color and positive and negative space with the color changes. It’s also fun to super-size blocks to make one-block quilts. That’s the option I chose when I did Melissa’s Starburst QAL. She’s wonderful!

  105. Becky June 11, 2015 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    The way I update a traditional block is to use solid fabrics or fabrics that read solid. Happy quilting everyone!

  106. Kelsie June 11, 2015 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    i like traditional patterns but with modern color combos!

  107. Marjorie June 12, 2015 at 4:32 am - Reply

    For me, machine wuilting is new and updated. but I do like to use the fresh modern, bright fabrics.

  108. Paige June 12, 2015 at 5:03 am - Reply

    I think increasing the size of the block really updates a the look.

  109. pam w June 12, 2015 at 5:31 am - Reply

    Would love go use some of my marcia derse fabrics with one of this quilts

  110. Gigi Voegeli June 12, 2015 at 5:35 am - Reply

    I like to make things asymmetric for a modern look. Thanks!

  111. Karen June 12, 2015 at 6:29 am - Reply

    I like modern fabrics and scrappy backgrounds.

  112. Louise June 12, 2015 at 6:39 am - Reply

    I’m new to modern quilting, so I’ve updated traditional blocks with bold fabrics. I love seeing your alteration through changing the proportions. Beautiful.

  113. Juanita Ross June 12, 2015 at 6:56 am - Reply

    I like to play around with different backgrounds..other than white.

  114. Patricia June 12, 2015 at 7:04 am - Reply

    As a new quilter, do not have a favorite.

  115. Debbie June 12, 2015 at 7:43 am - Reply

    I like mixing different sizes of the same block in a single quilt. Thanks!

  116. Susan June 12, 2015 at 8:14 am - Reply

    My favorite way to update a traditional block is to use modern fabric and set the block in an unusual setting.

  117. Sandra Richardson June 12, 2015 at 9:12 am - Reply

    I would make a scrappy Irish Chain and use some of my scraps that just keep multiping!!

  118. Becky T June 12, 2015 at 9:16 am - Reply

    Color and messing with the scale makes a “new” kind of statment

  119. Carol McNab June 12, 2015 at 9:50 am - Reply

    beautiful quilt. would love to win and try. Thanks for the chance.

  120. Stephanie Neumann June 12, 2015 at 10:05 am - Reply

    I would use bright fabrics to update a traditional block. Lots of dots, maybe some strips and definitely some conversation prints!

  121. Sarah June 12, 2015 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    My favorite way to update a traditional block is to use modern fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win!

  122. teri June 12, 2015 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    My favorite way to update a traditional block is to use unexpected color.

  123. Sarah J. June 12, 2015 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    I’m newish to quilting so right now I’ve relied on fabric choice to make a block more modern!

  124. Karen Seitz June 12, 2015 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    What a great question! I guess the way I usually update a traditional block is by using modern fabrics. Your question will get me to look for other ways to make those updates.

  125. Susanne D June 12, 2015 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    I, too, would have to say I use modern prints in most of my quilts to update the classic pattern. Also, I love to use any shade of grey as my background fabric.

  126. Judy June 12, 2015 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    I have not made that many quilts but I would probably just use modern fabrics to update a traditional quilt pattern.

  127. Susan June 13, 2015 at 5:00 am - Reply

    The only way I usually update a traditional block is by using modern fabrics. Very rarely do I change the actual block’s shapes, or dimensions.

  128. Cathy Wilson June 13, 2015 at 6:47 am - Reply

    Just a beginner so still learning so much! I’d love to try some of the quilts in this beautiful book!

  129. bekki June 13, 2015 at 7:44 am - Reply

    I like traditional blocks that have been enlarged or made tiny and used sparingly in a quilt

  130. Rosalind Gutierrez June 13, 2015 at 7:48 am - Reply

    I try to use a colored background to feature the blocks instead of white in every quilt that I make.

  131. Debby E June 13, 2015 at 7:54 am - Reply

    I’m still a bit of newbie to quilting so I’m not sure I know how to update a traditional pattern. I’d probably use more modern fabrics -.
    Thanks so much for the chance to win :)
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

  132. June June 13, 2015 at 8:31 am - Reply

    My favorite way to update a traditional block. Fabrics. I like plain fabric the best, but am being drawn to the retro designs now too. Thanks for the chance, great drawing!

  133. Rose H June 13, 2015 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    I really like solids with white, and I just use bright or “on trend” colours to make them look modern!

  134. Nanna June 13, 2015 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    I use modern fabrics, various neutrals as background instead of white, empty spaces and different scales to modernize my blocks.

  135. Karen June 13, 2015 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    i guess the easiest way is the new fabrics but I also think there are new settings that can modernize them.

  136. Nancy Hilderbrand June 13, 2015 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    I like all the quilts and patterns and like charm packs

  137. Karen June 13, 2015 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    I like redoing traditional blocks with improvised curved cuts.

  138. Ilana June 13, 2015 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    I think changing up the fabric can make all the difference between a block looking traditional or looking new and updated.

  139. Kath S June 13, 2015 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    I’m a beginning quilter so haven’t changed anything. Though from following excellent blogs I’ve learned it doesn’t take anything radical, simply use current fabrics instead of period reproductions.

  140. Mary on Lake Pulaski June 13, 2015 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    My favorite way to update a traditional block is to make it larger and combine prints & solids.

  141. Tiffany June 13, 2015 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    I’ve to use bold, modern fabrics and I like the off centered look in modern blocks.

  142. Mary D June 14, 2015 at 1:54 am - Reply

    The most often way that I use to update a traditional block is with modern print fabrics and change the settings and use of background fabrics. I love using low volume and text prints for the background. I absolutely love all of the vivid prints and colors of the modern fabrics.

  143. Vicki in MN June 14, 2015 at 7:02 am - Reply

    It really is pretty fun to update just by using white background and solids!

  144. HeatherK June 14, 2015 at 9:46 am - Reply

    I love it when the quilting finished a block/quilt in a whole new light. It’s a fun way for the art to shine through.

  145. Rita June 14, 2015 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Updating for me is trying colors I have not used together before.

  146. Linda S June 14, 2015 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    I still consider myself a beginner, so I pretty much still follow the patterns as they are written. I’ll get there some day.
    dragonfly9716 at yahoo dot com

  147. Jan S June 14, 2015 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    I am a new quilter but have loved them since I was a child, watching my grandmother, mother, Aunts, and neighbors get together around a huge quilt frame and make what I consider to be art in history. These quilts have been passed down through the years and hopefully will continue through my children and grandchildren. I think i put my own touch in taking something old, maybe just a square, something that has been a favorite of a piece of another tattered scrap of fabric or even a quilt too worn to be used but a piece here or there to bring back that nostalgia while being a part of the future with new crisp fabric and array of colors and choices out there now… Hope I didn’t put anyone to sleep! Thanks for sharing your talents!!!

  148. Joanne Roberts June 15, 2015 at 12:37 am - Reply

    I’m still too new to quilting to sew outside the box yet. But I will get there

  149. barb June 15, 2015 at 6:57 am - Reply

    I like to use solids and a fun unexpected pop of color

  150. Donna W June 15, 2015 at 9:19 am - Reply

    Fabric is what I use to “update” the block.

  151. Shawn June 15, 2015 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    I like to use modern fabric, lots of solids and saturated colors.

  152. stanleybeagle June 15, 2015 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    modern fabric again!

  153. Linda Cartwright June 15, 2015 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    I have to agree with most other comments, using brighter fabric.

  154. usairdoll June 15, 2015 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Love your block! My quilting background is more traditional but I feel I am stepping out of my box and falling in love with more modern quilts. I think fabric plays a huge role in how a quilt block looks as well as what a quilt looks like using that block. I also think quilting can make a difference if its heavily done.

    Awesome giveaway!


  155. Kim June 15, 2015 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    I will use solids, mainly shades of gray, as well as the use of negative space to modernize a traditional block. Also, I design asymmetrically to change it up!

  156. Ellen K June 15, 2015 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    I love the way the scale of the blocks changes the look of the chain. Very fun variation.

  157. Heather A June 16, 2015 at 12:17 am - Reply

    I would love to make the quilt on the cover of this quilt. I like to play with block placement to make traditional blocks modern. Combined with more contemporary colour and fabric choices for a “bit of the unexpected” is what I find most attractive in modern quilts even when you see the traditional pattern showing through.

  158. JanetK June 16, 2015 at 12:57 am - Reply

    I don’t feel like I have enough experience yet with traditional blocks – bough this book and hop are definitely inspiring! I agree that modem color combos and choice of prints can really update traditional patterns though.

  159. Sandra June 16, 2015 at 1:53 am - Reply

    Modern twist to Irish chain quilt pattern is so cool!

  160. LMS | Irish Chain Quilts June 16, 2015 at 4:00 am - Reply

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  161. Sara June 16, 2015 at 7:49 am - Reply

    I’d go for simpler fabrics to update a traditional block – solids instead of patterns and a limited palette.

  162. Karen Crafts June 16, 2015 at 8:29 am - Reply

    I love using bright colors!

  163. Marija Vujcic June 16, 2015 at 8:39 am - Reply

    My favorite? One you made might just be IT – love this block!! I also love one that is on the cover and then also… yeah, like this book A LOT!
    Thanks for a chance to win!!

  164. Janna June 16, 2015 at 8:56 am - Reply

    My favorite way to update a traditional block is to mix fabrics

  165. Kristy Smith June 16, 2015 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    I love blowing a traditional block up in size to make a one-block quilt as a way to modernize a traditional design. It usually gives the effect of lots of negative space.

  166. Sallee June 16, 2015 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    I like to use bright colors to update traditional blocks. This makes a big impact, especially if they were originally done in calico.

  167. Lyn Kaufmann June 16, 2015 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    To make things modern I enjoy really bright colors. I love the Irish Chain Quilts.

  168. Debbie June 16, 2015 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    I try to use more solids to update blocks.

  169. Helen June 17, 2015 at 7:59 am - Reply

    I used to be a traditional quilter, but in the last few years I try modern pattern and is fun!!!

  170. Chris June 17, 2015 at 8:12 am - Reply

    i love assymmetrical settings, often with lots of negative space.

  171. Kim-the-girl June 17, 2015 at 11:24 am - Reply

    I like to blow up a single traditional block into a big quilt to modernize it. Lots of solid, white, grey, or dark background color with pops of fun modern prints makes me smile.

  172. Jennifer P June 17, 2015 at 11:54 am - Reply

    The more I see of this book, the more I like it. Thanks for the opportunity.

  173. Teresa P June 17, 2015 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Swapping placement of lights and darks can drastically change the look of a quilt enough that you kind of change perception of the positive/negative spaces.

  174. janet moilanen June 17, 2015 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    Using solid fabrics and leaving off the border is an easy way to modernize a quilt.

  175. Allison Evrard June 18, 2015 at 3:40 am - Reply

    I update blocks by using more modern prints. I’ve had some interesting variations!

  176. Cathy June 18, 2015 at 6:12 am - Reply

    I like to redo rather than update my blocks. Sometimes that means smaller for a cat quilt or bigger single blocks. Also like to change up the elements or add bits in between blocks like corner squares that would make four patches or triangles to make hourglass units.

  177. NONNIE June 18, 2015 at 6:15 am - Reply

    Good I did not miss the deadline… 1st I find blocks I want to try in BLOCK BASE (EQ) then I play with it to check it out and find a quilt I want to make… sometimes I just make a bunch of blocks for sampler quilts… currently making a row by row but putting the blocks on a diagonal…..looking forward to playing with the block you have picked for your quilt…
    2nd > love your podcast look forward to downloading every time you publish.

  178. Janna LeClaire June 18, 2015 at 11:51 am - Reply

    What a lovely, inspiring quilt!!!! I am ready to make another quilt. WhooHoo!!!!

  179. Sandy W. June 18, 2015 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    I like the modern quilt look, but all that open space for quilting intimidates me.

  180. Marguerite Namdar June 18, 2015 at 10:56 pm - Reply

    I like the purple and green combo

  181. Kathy E. June 19, 2015 at 9:58 am - Reply

    To update a traditional block, not only would I use modern fabrics, but also some applique in the largest portion to give it my personal, creative touch. *I’m a new follower!

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