Modern Patchwork with Elizabeth Hartman

One of the first quilting blogs that I fell in love with was Elizabeth Hartman’s Oh Fransson ( I am intrigued by her variety of style and subject matter. She offers a lot of techniques and quilt-alongs for some really cute projects. When I heard we were getting her newest book, Modern Patchwork, I was really excited to get my hands on it.

As a graphic designer, I’m drawn to well-laid out books such as this. While a lot of the patterns in the book are geared towards someone who has mastered (or at least has experience with) the basics, I have stored a few of them away for the future when I am more experienced. It’s because of books like Modern Patchwork that I am champing at the bit to quickly gain that experience!

Elizabeth’s patterns seem so mathematical, yet the end results appear so natural and freeform. From start to finish, the level of detail in her patterns makes it very tangible, even for a beginner like myself. She walks you through step-by-step, from cutting instructions to making the quilt back. I appreciate the fact that she took the time to comprehensively explain fabric suggestions and tips on selection, as well as including multiple alternate color ways for each design. I find Elizabeth’s color and fabric selection really brings the beauty of her quilts to another level. While she does incorporate some very bright and vivid colors, they remain sophisticated with just the right amount of playfulness.

Some of the quilts featured in Elizabeth’s book are very solid-friendly. The “Honey” quilt featured on the cover would look great with any of our new solid samplers. A few choice, bright solids would be great in the “Happy Hour” quilt (below).

The “Glam Garland” pattern (below) is really open to many color combinations. I’d really like to try it in gradients of blues, greens and reds… some solids, some prints, for a modern and scrappy twist on Christmas.


  1. Maryann S. - May 30, 2012

    It has been a busy weekend with family and grandchildren. 🙂 There is a quilt I would like to make for our twin sons. When they were in college they had a red pick up truck. I found a quilt pattern titled, ” My Little Red Truck”. Don’t know when I will get it started, but it is a goal of mine to make each one of them one before I die. 🙂 Maybe after I retire. I did just finish two Baptism afghans for our twin grandsons. 🙂

  2. Alene Knox - May 31, 2012

    I’d love to learn some new techniques for using to make quilts for the very young. Love bright, fresh colors. Currently am working on many quilts to give to children who are being placed in foster homes. Need new ideas and bright thoughts too! Thank you!

  3. MarciaW - May 31, 2012

    Elizabeth Hartman designs gorgeous quilts, both the front and back are stunning.

  4. Letty - June 6, 2012

    I love Elizabeth’s fresh designs and choice of colors.