Blog Tour: Modern Mix

Welcome to the second to last blog tour stop for Modern Mix, by Jessica Levitt. Modern Mix includes 16 patterns, including quilts, bags, pillows and more. It focuses on combining designer prints with solid fabrics, and includes many tips for color selection, as well as mixing small and large prints to showcase them properly.

Jessica has been sewing and quilting since the age of 12. She is a former engineer, who now spends her time pursuing one of her many crafty endeavors—including designing several lines of fabric for Windham Fabrics. She has taught herself many different crafts and quilting techniques, and encourages the reader to be fearless and step outside of our comfort zones to create “art you can use.”

Modern Mix includes four chapters based on how much, and in what way, the solid fabrics were used:
Back Me Up—using solid fabrics as a background for your favorite prints
Strips and Stripes—adding strips of solids to highlight your gorgeous prints
Accentuate the Positive—little bits of solid colors to bring out the best in pattern
Steal the Show—piecing solids as the focus of your project
It also includes essential information on fabric design and color, techniques and quiltmaking basics for quilters and sewers of all skill levels.

Color Block Tablecloth

 

We did a quick Q & A with Jessica to find out a little more about her, so here we go!

What is your favorite quilting memory?
Hmmm…I think it would be working on my daughter’s baby quilt. Being pregnant and designing something special for my baby I had yet to meet was warm, sweet, and full of apprehension. 

Gradations Bag

What is your favorite holiday? Why? Do you love to decorate/quilt/sew for it?
Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love the warmth and family and feeling of sharing. It always feels like taking a break from real life and nesting together as a family. I definitely sew for it. I try to make some gifts every year and have make decorative items like a tree skirt and stockings etc.  
But, Halloween is a close second and that is because I love sewing costumes and dressing up. My kids have yet to wear store-bought costumes and my creations for them are some of my favorite projects.

What is your favorite type of project to design? Quilts, bags, other home decor items? Or something totally different?
I don’t think I really have a favorite. I always like to try something new. I sometimes feel like quilts are the easiest because they are essentially 2-dimensional, but, then I like to challenge myself to come up with something new. I do particularly like designing for a larger projects. Like sewing decor for a designed room or designing the projects that went together in this book.

Pretty Pinwheels Quilt

We see on your blog that you love many types of food, including cake and cheese. If you had to choose to eat just one for a whole week, which would
it be?

Bread for sure. I know by most accounts carbs are evil, but I LOVE bread. Soft warm bread. yum! Plus there are enough different flavors to keep me from getting bored
all week.  :)

Now for the chance to win your very own copy of Modern Mix! Comment on this post and tell us your favorite fabric designer or fabric collection. The winner will be chosen Wednesday, October 26th. (If you reside outside the United States, you will receive an electronic version of Modern Mix.)

Be sure to visit Jessica’s Juicy Bits blog tomorrow; it’s the final stop and she’ll be giving away a bundle of fat quarters from her latest fabric collection, Kingdom!

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117 Responses to Blog Tour: Modern Mix

  1. Caroline C says:

    I don’t have a favorite designer or collection. If I like something, I use it. Thanks for the giveaway. There are several projects in the book, that I would love to make!

  2. Dawn Mason says:

    Hi I love your work.As a Beginner I love seeing how other people interpret their own work and designs.I loved the pretty pinwheels quilting design.Hope one day I can be as adventurous.
    I agree with you about the bread though I don’t think I could live without bread!

  3. Liane R says:

    Right now I am loving Anna Maria Horner. I have also be resisting buying some of the Heirloom fabrics, but my will power is dwindling!

  4. Roberta says:

    I just love fabric! But if I had to choose it would be Kaffee Fasset.
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  5. Louisa says:

    love the quilts and colors!!!! would love to have this book!!

  6. DianeY says:

    I love everything Tula Pink has done, but I have lots of other favorites, too!

  7. Jill says:

    I like to take patterns or quilts I have seen and change them up to reflect me (or the person I am giving to, seems I rarely keep for myself!). Presently have been working on finishing a delectable mountains bed quilt for the master bedroom, with matching shams, curtains and bedskirt…..long process but almost at completion and I feel good! I get inspired by everyone else or when I take a class….love quilting!! ; )

  8. Bec Clarke says:

    Great interview, I am totally in love with Dolce by Tanya Wheelan right now. I am not sure what grabbed me but it just got me.

  9. Misty D says:

    I am a beginner and I purchased my first bits of fabric from Jennifer Paganelli’s Honeychild line. I love the bright colors.

  10. poppyinpink says:

    That is so tough because there is not just one that is in my mind but a whole series and each designer for me provides only a facet toward the beautiful gems of quilts that are produced. In fact, and I hope I dont offend by speaking frankly..there is something a little unbalanced that goes on for me when the whole quilt is made in only one designer’s work. Now, that dosent always happen but I find myself feeling a little unsatisfied when looking at these particular quilts. It is easier perhaps to choose fabrics from one purposely designed colourway but to me it is like takeaway food..it fills you up but doesn’t satify your taste in the sameway a carefully selected and prepared meal can. I like a good mix of a variety of designers whose workmanship can compliment and enhance another’s designs.

  11. Margaret says:

    If I have to pick just one fabric designer it would be Denyse Schmidt. So far, I love everything she has designed.

  12. Carolyn says:

    Unfortunately I don’t have a favorite yet as I am just getting started!!! I am a big fan of all color and prints that make up quilting tho!!!

  13. JudyCinNC says:

    Hands down Kate Spain and anything she creaters. I love bright, pure, intense color so always look for her fabric. Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to win. This has been a great blog tour for this book and I have loved everyone of the reviews, so much so that I am really hoping and keeping my fingers crossed. Judy C

  14. Kate F. says:

    I think that my all-time favorite is Anna Maria Horner’s Innocent Crush. I am excited to get my hands on some Kingdom, though!

  15. Marcia B says:

    I love Kansas Trouble fabrics, but have such a varied taste when it comes to fabrics! I can be found ‘adopting’ most any fabric line! :) Thank you for offering this book as a prize! Someone is going to be very, very happy!

  16. Dianne Giles says:

    I have several favourites: Kate Spain, Kaffe Fassett, Chez Moi etc etc. I love colour and am into solids quite a bit at the moment (love charcoal). Thanks for the chance, Dianne

  17. Karen Linton says:

    I have 2 favorites: Kate Spain and Thomas Knauer. But, I love lots of others’ fabrics, too.

  18. Nina Kuusisto says:

    I don’t have any one special fabric or designer. I use many different ones, whatever fits my project at the moment. I’d love to win this book and would enjoy using many of the projects. thank you.

  19. Debi says:

    I love working with Kaffe and kona fabrics. I see alot of great projects I want to try from this new book!

  20. Allison says:

    Kate Spain jumps to the front of my mind but I do have many favorite designers I like and lines of fabric that I tend to hoard:) Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Claudia says:

    Favorite designer is easy for me. I’m a Kaffe person.

  22. Nicci B. says:

    I love old reproduction fabrics. Judy Rothermels Sturbridge Village and New England Quilt Museum reproduction fabrics inspire me. Thanks for the chance at winning your book, I know I’ll love it.

  23. Jo Ann says:

    I love a wide variety of designers; Denise Schmidt, Anna Maria Horner are two favorites. I also love the 30 reproductions for baby quilts and 1800′s for traditional patterns. There is so many good designers that I can never choose just one.
    I would love to win Modern Mix b/c combining patterns and solids and colors is my biggest challenge.
    thanks for the opportunity.

  24. Carol Y says:

    Kaffe Fassett prints and color combos are always inspiring to me. I love to combine his fabrics with other Rowan designers.

  25. Donna says:

    My fabric fabric collection (at this moment) is Etchings–something about it just appeals to me. I also love anything Kaffe, periwinkle or turquoise, well and most fabric. Would love to win this book and “modernize” my projects a bit!

  26. Lynda G says:

    My favorite designer or collection all depends upon what is inspiring me at the time. I love fabric and am always attracted by texture, whether the texture is tactile in nature, or created with pattern or color.

  27. Patty says:

    One of my favorites is Sweetwater. I have loved every one of their collections. And I own some of every collection. I just love their fabrics.. ;-)

  28. VickiT says:

    I’m not sure I can pick ‘a’ favorite because I love so many different designers and it really depends on my mood while searching for new fabrics. I would say however, that I have just loved every single new fabric line that Kate Spain has released in the past three years so I suppose I could assume she could be my favorite based on that.

    Thank you for the great interview. You’ve shown a picture I don’t recall seeing yet during the blog tour yet and I REALLY love it. The Pretty Pinswheels quilt is beautiful. Wow.

  29. Donna Baker says:

    I’m enjoying this blog tour – this book sounds fantastic!! That is a loaded question in my opinion- like asking which kid is your favorite! I love so many: Amy Butler, Amanda Murphy, Kate Spain, Joel Dewberry, Cosmo Cricket, Basic Grey!

  30. Julie says:

    Mmmm, good question. I think my favorite are kona solids so far. As for designer, I don’t have a favorite yet, still finding new ones every shopping trip.

  31. Pam T. says:

    I love everything that Kate Spain designs, but there’s also a newcomer to the fabric scene that I have a keen interest in! That’s Creative Thursday ( Marisa Haedike) with her new line, “Meet the Gang.” Very cute and fun!

  32. Carla G says:

    I really like Me & My Sisters fabric lines! They are so bright & cheery! Thanks for a chance to win this wonderful book! :)

  33. MarciaW says:

    It is difficult to name just one designer or collection as a favorite because my taste is all over the map (so to speak). Joel Dewberry consistently releases collections that I like (though don’t always buy because of cost). My favorite older collection is Hope Valley. And, I really really like Kingdom from the photos, just haven’t seen it in person. Modern Mix appears to be full of quilts that I would love to make so hope can win a copy of the book to use. Thanks for being a stop on the book tour, and for the giveaway.

  34. Patti says:

    I don’t have a favourite either. I tend to buy colours I like. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  35. grapes and hearts says:

    hm. My favourite designer would be Daisy Janie. But I also adore Riley Blake :) Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  36. Lynne Woolf says:

    Loving her fresh approach. Would love to own her book. I adore anything by Kate Spain – her fabrics sing to me!

  37. There are so many wonderful designers it’s so hard to choose. I do love the fabrics from Bonnie & Camille…so fresh and fun!

  38. Gill says:

    I love the gradations bag!
    I love Kate Spain and especially her Terrain collection at te moment

  39. amylouwho says:

    I fluctuate between favorite designers. Currently heirloom by Joel dewberry and secret garden by sandi Henderson are my favorites!

  40. Lisa Marie says:

    Right now I am swooning over Kate Spain’s Terrain fabric line. I think I could pair it with some solids for some projects in this book!

  41. Lisa K says:

    I love Erin McMorris, Joel Dewberry, and Sweetwater right now. But my faves change every day!

  42. Mary Beth says:

    I always find myself in love with fabrics by Me and My Sister Design..such bright colors and fun designs. Altho I also covet the Grinch fabric you are selling as well as the Feline Folley’s that matches the Folklorical fabric of last year. Thank you for the chance to win!

  43. Jo says:

    From what I have seen of this book it looks to be a winner! You have posted a wonderful interview. It is always so much fun to learn about the people who create the things we use. At the moment I am going to have to say Kate Spain is my fav, but you know how that goes, ask me next week and it may be someone else.

  44. I love Kate Spain, especially Terrain!

  45. Janelle says:

    I am pretty new to the quilting world so Im not that versed in designers but I really love Cloud9 organics, the prints are lovely
    thanks for the chance

  46. favorite?? can’t say just one…i am too much of a fabric junkie to have a single favorite! I definitely prefer color! no muted tones for me:) I LOVE the peeks of Jessica’s projects – Gorgeous!

  47. Mary Jo Larson says:

    There are so many great designers and lines of fabric it is very hard to pick a favorite. My most recent purchases have been Little Apples by Anela Hoey and lots of solids. i love all Kate Spains’ fabrics also.

  48. Polly says:

    Oh Oh OH, I just love the Pretty PinWheels Quilt. The variations of pink just make it oh so beautiful…. sweet and tender. I adore this quilt and will be making this one, for sure.

  49. Em says:

    My favorite is constantly rotating. I do love Jessica’s stuff, but right now Joel Dewberry’s heirloom holds the top spot.

  50. Flaun says:

    It’s hard to pick just one, but if I’m forced to, I’ll say Alexander Henry. I love his pin-ups!

  51. Kate says:

    I’d have to say AMH, though I’m loving Joel Dewberry’s Heirloom line too!

  52. Carmen says:

    I’m such a beginning quilter I don’t think I have a favorite designer. I feel like such a baby when exploring what’s out there.

  53. Allison C says:

    My favorite right now is Dena Designs Taza collection. I really like Aneela Hoey and Lizzy House’s lines too.

  54. Deb says:

    I don’t have a favorite line or designer – I use everything everywhere.

  55. Rita Goshorn says:

    my favorite fabric designer is kate spain … her collections are brilliantly colored with an exciting variety of disigns in each piece.

  56. Nancy says:

    Just Wing it by Moda is one of my favourites – Michael Millers’ Christmas line with the combination of pink and green is also on my list. Thanks for the chance to win

  57. Tamie says:

    Favorites include Kate Spain and Joel Dewberry. I’d love to add this book to my library.

  58. LM says:

    Love Pat Bravo and Joel Dewberry, but sometimes I go with traditional florals too.

  59. karen says:

    I don’t have a particular favorite fabric designer. I like to mix and match as I find things that I like. I’m only really particular about the quality of the weave. Thanks, I would love to win this!!

  60. Miranda says:

    Right now I seem to be crushing on Anna Maria Horner, and I think her bold prints are what I would love to use for some of the patterns in this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  61. PrairieWhimsey says:

    Just wanted to add my favorite – Laurel Burch who when shops were filled with fabric in golds, dark red, browns and olives was true to her own vision of bright, pure color and light! Years of joy from her whimsical creations.

  62. Beth T. says:

    My favorites are ever-changing, but I always fall for Martha Negley’s beautiful flora designs.

  63. MoeWest says:

    Sweetwater would be one of my favourites, but there are many others with wonderful fabrics.

  64. charlotte says:

    Love the gals from Sweetwater. All their lines so far have been great.

  65. Kate says:

    I really love the collections that Kate Spain comes up with. I’m currently working on a quilt with her Flurry fabric and I’m excited to get my hands on some Terrain fabric too :)

  66. Wendy says:

    I use what I like! However, I do love Kaffe Fassett and love Jessica’s new Kingdom range as well.

  67. Cecilia says:

    I love most of the Moda designers, with Me & My Sisters being at the top of the list. Their collections are always so bright and cheerful.

  68. Cindy says:

    Oh, Sweetwater has been my latest favorite…but I also love Deb Strain and Kate Spain.

  69. Mary Ann B says:

    Hi.. Favorite designer? WOW.. that’s so hard as it depends on what I’m working on or my ‘mood for the day’! As a quilter who started out in the ‘calico’ world and was away from sewing for 15 years, it is exciting to come back to the wonderful collections being designed today! I love bright and deep colors, Kaffe Fassett has some amazing prints, along with the wonderful feel and colors of the shot cottons. But then I am also drawn collections of Bonnie and Camille, Cosmo Cricket, Kate Spain and long time favorite Alexander Henry. LOVE it all lately , actually! Thank you for the giveaway too! Modern Mix is on my ‘wish list!’

  70. Dianne Neale says:

    So difficult. I think it has to be Denyse Schmidt’s Hope Valley. It’s so versatile.

  71. Ana Catalina says:

    I love your site entertains me and I learn but there are some kits discontinued and I would like to see them thanks

  72. Jocelyn says:

    I really have fallen in love with all the French General fabric. I love Rouenneries as it was the first line with beautiful reds. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  73. Barbara says:

    I love Denyse Schmidt’s Katie Jump Rope collection.

  74. Anne says:

    I love almost all quilt fabric. I am drawn to geometrics and lots of solids. Favorite designers include Anna Maria Horner, Denyse Schmidt, Kate Spain, Amy Butler. Thanks!

  75. I love all 1930′s reproduction fabrics by any designer, but my favorite all time designer right now is Heather Ross and her Far Far Away I & II line. So fun and fine!

  76. Dorothy Reynolds says:

    I too love almost all fabric .. my favorites though usually come from Marcus Bros.
    As for food ?? pizza or lasagne would be tops on my list.

  77. Kathy P. says:

    Oh, I do like the photos of the projects that you have shared! This would be a great idea book to own. As for fabric, I tend to purchase what catches my eye at the time, but I do like the Amy Butler and Moda lines.

  78. Sara says:

    Now I totally know how I’m going to make this years Christmas table runners! Solids will solve my problem fabric! Thank you!

  79. Marianne says:

    I like fabrics with lots of color like Kaffe Fassett and batiks. Lately I like the modern look of color and white together. I can’t wait to get this book! even better if I win it :-)

  80. Jean D. R. says:

    What a fresh approach to quilting. Hope I win. I like Kaffe Fassett.

  81. Georgie says:

    This looks like a great book. I like doing all kinds of things, boring to do the same over and over.

  82. Nancy B. says:

    I love almost anything fabric…..hard to pick a fav designer, but I do love Kaffe Fassett.

  83. Kelly Maynard says:

    I am really drawn to the more modern quilt designs and I adore the “big fabrics.” I am learning to use solids – the “murkier” the better.

  84. Jane A. says:

    Love your ideas, will now use the fat quarters I purchased in the spring.

  85. Jeanette B. says:

    I like Jennifer Paganelli, her spirit and her fabric. Can’t wait to see her new collection!

  86. Kelly McPherson says:

    I usually see a fabric that inspires me to look further for a patter most suitable. I love your designs and color choices. Thank you for the chance to win!

  87. Cheree Hull says:

    Not sure I can pick! I love all fabrics! I’m lately drawn to the Moda lines (Bonnie & Camille, Chez Moi, Sandy Gervais) and Riley Blake Designs. More traditional–I’ve always loved Thimbleberries by Lynette Jensen and Kansas Troubles. I love all the projects on this post, too!

  88. Ann Tascone says:

    I like the patterns and colors in the Generals’ Wives collection. Showcasing some of the traditional large motif designs with solids using the patterns in Modern Mix would be stunning.

  89. sandy bartelsmeyer says:

    I was not familiar with Jessica but enjoyed learning about her. The sounds great. My favorite fabric collection of all times is Fairy Frost. It is wonderful to applique with, however I have never found a 100% cotton fabric I didn’t like.

  90. Shelley Haines says:

    I have so many favorites it would be hard to pick just one. I would love a copy of this book, it looks like it has some amazing patterns!

  91. susan sampson says:

    Love the baby quilt! The quilting pattern really keeps it from looking too juvenile, something to grow with baby

  92. Linda K.C. says:

    I love Robert Kaufman’s fabric. I also buy a mixture of CT’s fabric. I really love the details in the baby quilt.

  93. Jeanne Collins says:

    Love Modern Mix

  94. Allison Evrard says:

    I’ve been looking for a crib quilt for my new granddaughter and love the one pictured here! It would be perfect for her room and looks like one I would be able to handle.

  95. Tracy Lindsay says:

    I like the photos she has posted of some of her creations above. Made me think of new ways to use some of the fabrics that I have and how to create new projects. I’ve never thought of 3 dimensional quilting projects, but really liked what I saw. I don’t have any favorite fabric designs, as I will use a pattern or color that works with my latest creation. Even when using a pattern with suggested fabrics I will often find some options that aren’t the traditional ones used in the directions. You have to add your own mark to your work. :)

  96. Amy says:

    How funny, I am an engineer too. And my college roommate quilts too. There must be something to this…love the quilts and the quilting!

  97. Brenda MacKinnon says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win. Looks lovely.

  98. SMJ says:

    My Favorite designer is Debbie Mumm I love all her fall/winter fabric.

  99. ida lawson says:

    I don’t have just one favorite designer. My favorite changes with my mood and the project I am working on. With that said, I can always find something to love with Jo Morton’s designs.

  100. Shari says:

    My stash includes a very wide range of styles and my favourite is usually whatever I’m working on at the time. I have everything from I-spy to reproduction and 1930′s, country style and brights and funky and interesting. I love the Bali fabrics too but only have a few so far. I only recently began to take note of designers – with the ease of blogging it becomes achievable. I really like the various Sweetwater collections by Moda at the moment.

  101. Vanessa Massey says:

    I don’t have a favorite designer or fabric collection. I just love fabric! I would like to have Jessica’s book.

  102. Kathy says:

    Looks like fun!!!

  103. Alice Osbourn says:

    The book looks like a winner??

  104. DeMose Salyer says:

    I love all of them.

  105. Vicki Coster says:

    Would love to have this book in my library.

  106. Judy J. says:

    Right now…my favorite collection is “Neko” from Kona Bay. But generally, I have a LOT of favorites…

  107. My love is for antique quilts, so I look for old fabric and unfinished quilt blocks to work with. I always wonder who made the stack of quilt blocks that never got made into a quilt…and who the quilt was intended for.
    Thanks for the interview and the chance to win the book!

  108. Jackie H says:

    Ah, my favorite designer would definitely be Anna Maria Horner – every since her Good Folks line, I’ve been drawn in by her vibrant, bold use of colors and her fun style! :)

  109. Joelene Didora says:

    What beautiful quilts, love the bright colors and would love to have a copy.

  110. Sallie says:

    I love Kate Spain’s Terrain. Thanks for the giveaway!

  111. I love bright colors. I would love to own this book.

  112. Joyce Mitchell says:

    I really like Kaffe Fassett’s fabric. And I’d really like to win a copy of the new book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  113. Lisa Estrada says:

    Right now I’m loving Kate Spain’s Terrain. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  114. sandy says:

    OMG, l love the purse! l would love to see this book and find a project to do!

  115. Nancy Sue says:

    My recent favorite is Crayon Commute from Alexander Henry Fabrics’ Monkey’s Bizness series. Thank you for participating in this fun blog tour/hop/skip and jump!

  116. Jodi G. says:

    I have several designers I like but Kate Spain probably is my number one.

    Thanks you for the giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  117. Shawna says:

    I’m new to quiting so I’m learning all the designer’s names. I’m really like Jessica’s lines. Have you seen her new line Kingdom? Gorgeous!! Thanks for the giveaway.

    missmoozie(at)gmail(dot)com

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