Lindsay Conner is a writer, editor, and quilter. Her work has appeared in Stitch and Stitch Craft Create magazines and the One-Yard Wonders books. You can follow her crafty ventures at Lindsay Sews and Craft Buds. lindsaysews.com, craftbuds.com She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and two loveable cats, Murph and Chloe.
An old-fashioned quilting bee: wooden frame fills the parlor, neighbors at their needles, better quilters stay late to redo poor quilters' "toenail-catchers." A modern bee: quilters connect only by Internet and snail mail, each month a "host" chooses a block, others work that block to return to the "host" for assembly. The first way is real; the other, a virtual group project. Conner, a writer/editor/quilter/blogger, produces a well-crafted guidebook based on her online bee, the Mod Stitches. Members designed a baker's dozen patterns-one for each month, plus one for gift-giving or charity fundraising-that would work well for the modern bee as well as for individual quilters. March's "Bluebell's Cabin" is refreshing; September's "Trellis Crossroads," bracing. Conner also offers basics for newbies and coaching for quilters with intermediate skills (including templates for "Baseball Curves") as well as sound guidelines for modern "bee-keeping," including ideas to compensate for quilters who run late or are a poor fit in the group. No matter whether the bee is in the parlor or cyberspace, "sewing with others is a way to creatively stretch yourself," Conner writes. Publishers Weekly, 8/2/13 This book offers a virtual, one-year quilting bee! There is a full-sized quilt for each month of the year, plus one extra. The patterns are modern in style, yet inspired by traditional quilt blocks. Each monthly project includes instructions for the block and for finishing the quilt. The instructions allow you to learn more advanced techniques as you go along. Quilter's Digest, 9/15/13 Online quilting bees are popular among modern quilters, and this collection of 12 quilt patterns that emerged from the yearlong Mod Stitches Bee features designs that fall squarely within the modern-traditionalist style. Quilters familiar with the modern quilting blogosphere will recognize several of the designers, including Elizabeth Dackson, Jeni Baker, and Sukie Newbold, all of whom sell or share their patterns online. The projects include modern takes on log cabin, snowball, drunkard's path, and star blocks, as well as a string-pieced circle block that looks much tougher than it actually is. VERDICT: Those who enjoy quilts that bring modern flair to traditional blocks will enjoy this compendium of beginner-to-intermediate patterns. Library Journal, September 2013 The quilt patterns in this book are created by Mod Stitches Bee. They are organized by skill level from beginner to confident beginner through intermediate. Lindsay Conner shows you how to start a bee, choose members and projects, and how the bee can give back to the community. Within the 13 patterns are helpful tips from using the proper tools to trying a new fabric or layout. The book concludes with finishing techniques - borders, sashing, backing, basting, quilting and binding. Modern Quilts Unlimited, Fall 2013