Modern Country Girl…

Make that Country Girl Modern.


This book – 11 Modern-Traditional Quilts from the Junction.  Petticoat Junction?  Nope.  Iowa.  Jo’s Country Junction – Jo Kramer.  Jo and her daughter Kelli – Kelli Hanken – have been making and designing quilts for ages, and they’ve finally published a book of quilts “inspired by country air, traditional roots, and modern fun.”

We – meaning more than just me, the Carrie typing this – have known Jo and Kelli for awhile and when she asked us if we’d join the blog hop and review their book, how could we resist?  There’s a quilt in the book named “Modalicious”!


How much fun is that!

So here’s the review.  The quilts.  They’re terrific – a few are such that a quilting-newbie will have great success, and a couple have enough pieces that even a long-time quilt-maven will be kept busy.  Some of the quilts need yardage or fat quarters, and others will put a big dent in your scrap basket.


This is Bohemian Rhapsody – it’s my favorite and the one that I’m itching to make with something… anything.  While it’s made with 1/2 yard cuts, I think this is one that would be great for scrap-busting.

The instructions.  They’re clear, concise and I love the “Quick Reference Chart” – that’s a genius idea.  It’s a “cheat sheet” of how many pieces / units you need to make the quilt.


Seriously.  This is a great idea.  (In pattern-writer-speak, that means it’s an idea absolutely worth “borrowing”.)

So have I convinced you that this is a great book and you should have one?  As your luck would have it, we can help with that last part too.  If you leave a comment here by Midnight on Sunday, March 15, you just might win a copy of Country Girl Modern.  Be sure to leave your e-mail address with your comment – and no, don’t put the e-mail in the comment, simply include it where and when the comment form asks for it.

Thank you to Jo and Kelli for asking us to hop with the Country Girls.  And Thanks to YOU for hopping too.


Really.  Thanks to YOU.  (That’s the name of this quilt.)

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386 thoughts on “Modern Country Girl…

  1. I love that Thanks to You quilt! I’ve been following Jo and Kelli for several years now. I’d love to win their book.

  2. The book looks fabulous! I love the quick reference. I will add this book to my library. Thanks for the chance to win.

  3. I have never made a “modern” quilt. Just an old fashioned girl, I guess. But the patterns in this book look delicious. I would love to have the book so I could give a new adventure in quilt making a try.

  4. Wish all authors would use the Quick Reference Chart in their books! Really love the Star Quilt!!

  5. This Country Girl loves the quilts in this book, so colorful! My favorite is the Star quilt. Great photography too! Thanks for this opportunity.

  6. Simply love the quilts previewed, however, I love the “stars” quilt and would love this book.

  7. Jo and Kelli are coming to our quilt guild very soon to share their talents. We can’t wait. Their new book looks awesome!

  8. Very enticing quilt patterns and love the colour/fabric combinations in the samples shown! I would dearly love to add this book to my collection – and see two quilts already that I really want to make! Thanks for the opportunity…

  9. Looks like a great book. He cheat sheet idea is great. Especially for people that understand better seeing the visual. Hopefully more authors will use this great idea. Love the star quilt can’t wait to make it.

  10. Love the cheat sheet idea. These quilts look amazing and I can add to my “to do list”. Thanks for the opportunity.

  11. Oh wow…these are gorgeous. I especially love the last one – Thanks to You. The colors & mix of patterns is outstanding. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book.

  12. Very nice quilts and I’d like to make one too! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book.

  13. Thanks for showcasing this book, love the way it breaks down the pieces in the quick reference sheet. The pictured designs look like great inspiration to liven up my style too, maybe break me out of my traditional mode.

  14. The book looks great: the quilts that you showed us look like such fun and they’re lovely. A quick reference guide is a wonderful idea. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  15. I’ve been following Jo’s blog for several years, so know the progress of the book. It is beautiful with simple designs.

  16. I’d love to add this book to my collection. You’re right the instructions look easy! I’m a modern country girl at heart!

  17. I follow Jo’s Blog and the quilts in her book are gorgeous. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of the book.

  18. Lovely quilts. Appreciate the close up pics. Thanks for a chance to win. Not sure which quilt is my favorite– love the candy taffy one, and the YOU star…

  19. Ok so I NEVER thought I would be a modern girl until I attended Quiltcon a few weeks ago. Wow so now I’m diving in and this book would be the perfect way for me to get started. These are modern without all the negative space (which still I cannot wrap my mind around).

    Thank you for the giveaway…crossing my fingers.

  20. I have been making the move from traditional to modern quilting. Love the colors and excitement these quilts bring out of my creative side. This book would be very inspirational.

  21. I love all the quilts that Jo and Kelli have designed , the colors and the designs are wonderful.

  22. I really like the Quick Reference Chart! And the bright star quilt is calling my name……another one for the never ending list……….

  23. I just started getting interested in quilting books and this one looks like a lot of fun. Thank you!

  24. The book looks great. I like the page showing clearly how many units to make. When I figure out my own patterns, or make a small quilt bigger, I always do the same for myself. After reading all of the reviews, it’s clear that this book goes to the top of my ‘must have’ list!

  25. I really enjoy making scrappy quilts. This book would be a great addition to my quilt library – 11 Modern-Traditional Quilts from the Junction. Hope I win.

  26. The piece chart is such an amazing idea for new to expert quilters. THanks for a look… into their book!

  27. I’m always looking for quilt patterns that will help put a dent in my scrap buckets. It looks like there are some here that would certainly fit that bill!

  28. Sounds like a good book to lure in some younger quilters. We need the next generation to get on board!

  29. Carrie – I wait for your blogs and have enjoyed everyone including this pattern book review. I have learned so much. Thank you!

  30. Love these two and their blog! don’t know which quilt I’d start with. Thanks for the opportunity!

  31. I’m so excited for Jo and Kelli. Their book looks awesome and I like all the quilts, but especially May Flowers.

  32. Ongrats to Jo and Kelli, looks like many great quilts. Love you too Moda Bake SHop with that palette builder tab, waht a fantastic tool and handy reference for palette aka: color finding, it works great, thanks!

  33. I usually don’t like real modern quilts , but these are sew colorful and pretty. I am a Midwestern girl also .

  34. The book looks great. Love the quilt on the cover thats over the hay bale. Color choice makes all the difference. The quick reference chart looks like it would be great help also.

  35. I wouldn’t know which quilt to start first–all the ones shown look so fun. Plus, I’m a sucker for quilt pictures on the farm! Thank you so much for sharing.

  36. This book is already on my “need it” list! Sure would be fun to win! Thanks for the opportunity.

  37. I am going to have to find this book. I am trying to get my scraps under control and this book would be perfect.

  38. I have always enjoyed Jo’s and Kelli’s contributions to Moda Bakeshop.. Congrats on their book. pam

  39. I have added this book to my list. Seriously. And the family has been put on alert that my birthday is right around the corner….

  40. Wow, love this book! Looks like I would have to put some projects on hold to work on these! Oh, don’t tell me the rest of you quilters haven’t done that! 🙂

  41. That “cheat sheet” idea is definitely a good one. Looks like a great book, thanks for sharing!

  42. Pretty quilts, great bright colors, very useful cheat sheet especially for planning on how to use scraps ,

  43. I LOVE when a pattern gives me the total amount of units I need upfront AND the size of the unit!!!. I have worked with patterns where they give me the cutting instructions and show me how to piece the block, but fail to put the unfinished measurement of the block after constructed. I know I can add up the size of the pieces I’m putting together but it’s much more reassuring to get the number upfront. Wins major points for that cheat sheet.

  44. In my second year of quilting, Moda is my fabric of choice! Combined with this awesome book, I see fun times in my sewing room!

  45. Quick reference chart is what I need with all my patterns, I end up with to many or to few, either way it’s a pain, this would be great, oh and the quilts look super good.

  46. Looks like a fun and inspiring book. And it looks like my list of wanna-make quilts just got longer!

  47. Love the Modaliscious quilt, it is my favorite. The quilts are all so different but so pretty. Thanks for reviewing it for us. Glad you are here on the Cutting Table Carrie. It is nice to read your posts. K-

  48. This does look like something I really need. Pick me! LOL thanks for the review and the opportunity to possibly win a copy…

  49. I think I would really love this book. I don’t need it in the way I need air or food, but still, it looks like a really great book. Thank you for your wonderful blog which I so enjoy. It is almost as good as chocolate!

  50. Fingers crossed.
    Agree that the Quck Reference Chart would be useful for other quilt patterns/books.

  51. I love that they have some scrap busters in the book – I also love stars, so it would be fun to make this quilt. Thanks for the opportunity

  52. it would be wonderful to win a copy of this book – looks like there is a lot there to keep me busy for a while.

  53. Carrie, I so enjoy all the postings by you. Thank you for sharing. I am liking the Quick Reference Chart too. Stash busters are a necessary evil……I hope I win.

  54. I too think that “cheat sheet” is a fabulous idea! Finally, a place to quickly see what it is I need to make. And I’ve seen some pics of the quilts in various places–like, like, like! Been following Jo’s Country Junction blog for some time now, and just love what they do. Their recipes always sound yummy too!

  55. This book looks fantastic and would be a great addition to anyone’s home library. Especially mine! Thanks

  56. Love the traditional/ country meets modern. All the cover quilts are beauties too! The Quick Reference sheet is genius!

  57. Love the cheat sheet and wish every pattern had one. This book has a lot of cute projects. I would love to win.

  58. Oooooh! some very fun looking quilts! Would LOVE to win a copy of Jo and Kelli’s book! I love their blog, too!! Modalicious!

  59. Definitely going to be on the lookout for this book. Already saw a couple of quilts for my to-do list.

  60. Oh, yes, I would love to win a copy of Jo’s and Kelli’s book! I follow their blog and love their stories, as I do their quilts. Thanks!

  61. Thanks for a chance to win — this looks like a great book! I really love the Modalicious quilt!

  62. Even a non-pattern-writer such as I can get excited about the Quick Reference Chart. What quilter doesn’t long for more clarity at some point during the process? Thanks for the chance to win this fine book.

  63. Thanks for the look at this beautiful new book. I see several that inspire me. I would Love to win the book.

  64. I met Jo and Kelli at a Bonnie Hunter retreat weekend. They are the energizer bunnies when it comes to sewing! This looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  65. I started following Jo first because of the quilts but fell in love because she has beagles and so do I! I’m so happy and thrilled for them with this book.

  66. I have been enjoying the blog hop and the different quilts. I love the “cheat” sheets that tell you what you need. Good job, Jo and Kelli!

  67. Thank You is a great-looking quilt! and Thank YOU Moda and Carrie for helping out with the contest. I need this book! LOL…

  68. Thanks for drawing attention to Bohemian Rhapsody; it is such a busy quilt that I have not really looked at it closely. I have now studied it a bit, and you are right, it would be a great stash buster; I like the steady blue that gives some stability to the overall action in the quilt!

  69. It looks like a very special book—I love what Jo and Kelli make….thanks for the chance to win….I love, Love Moda fabrics…….

  70. The cheat sheet is a great idea! Hope a lot of quilters borrow this idea would be great for the readers!

  71. This book looks inspiring in so many ways! I would love to see it first hand. What a fabulous idea for the cheat sheet. So helpful.

  72. These gals are from the great state of Iowa, and I am close to them, so have been looking forward to their book! Looks like we will not be disappointed!

  73. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book- there are so many quilts I’ve seen from it that I would love to make! Thanks!

  74. Fabric stash. Check.
    Time to quilt. Check (cause I just retired.)
    Quilting book with Thanks to YOU quilt pattern. Need to purchase or win!
    Thanks, Carrie. Enjoying your posts. Educational and fun.

  75. Great photo location. Very inspiring patterns. Sounds like a wonderful mother-daughter-relationship! I would love to win the book!

  76. There are several quilts in this book I want to make. The cheat sheet is a fabulous idea! Thank you for the chance to win.

  77. I know exactly where they are in Iowa. We pass by their place on the way to my mother-in-laws place in Harper’s Ferry. How awesome would it be to win this. Very pretty projects in the book. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  78. Love the star quilt. I’ve been looking for something new and bright to make a new king size quilt. This might be it!

  79. From the looks of it even I might be able to make one of their quilts – Yippee!! I love the Bohemian Rhapsody too. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  80. I can already see a couple of quilts I want to make from this book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  81. What a wonderful book! I would love to win a copy. There are several quilts I would like to make. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  82. All the quilts in the book look beautiful, love Jo’s blog and Moda fabrics too. Thanks for the chance to win this great book!

  83. Beautiful quilts in this book! I have followed Jo’s blog for a while now and am always inspired by her and Kelli’s work. I love the cheat sheet page, too!

  84. Over the years I have developed a similar technique of (yes) actually reading the pattern front to back, and then breaking down just how many of each unit I might need and making a quick drawing and add the sheet to the pattern. Then when I get back to making/finishing the project, I already know what I need and have checked off what is done. I’d love to see her method and learn some new tricks. By the way, I love the star quilt with multiple stash made pieces!

  85. Whoa–I think I could do some serious scrap busting with these beauties! Can’t wait to see all the patterns.

  86. I love that reference chart! So very helpful when deciphering a pattern! Thanks for the chance to win this book-the quilts are lovely, it would be hard to figure out which to make first!

  87. Bohemian Rhapsody would be a great scrap buster along with most of the quilts in this great book. Thanks for the chance to win one.

  88. The more I see the quilts in this book the more inspired I feel. If I don’t win one, I’m sure to buy one.

  89. This looks like a must have book. Beginner or otherwise. Can’t wait to see it! Would love a chance to win a copy.

  90. I love the scrappyness of the Thanks to You quilt! Congrats Jo and Kelli on your book…it looks awesome.

  91. The star quilt with the red backing is my favorite! I would love to win a copy just so I could tackle that quilt. Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

  92. Every time I see another quilt pictured from the book – THAT’S the one I want to make next! Thank you for the chance to win, because apparently I want to make them all!

  93. It’s been fun hopping around and seeing what other bloggers are saying about Jo and Kelli’s new book!!

  94. Love this Book already!!! 🙂 Would love to Win! This Hop has been Awesome…to find so much info, and the pictures of the Quilts are Amzing. Thank you for chance to win! 🙂

  95. I’ve really been enjoying the blog hop for this book. Great to see so many reviews of it. Thanks for another chance to add this book to my library.

  96. This looks like a great book to get many ideas and learn so much from would love to win it

  97. I love them all. But I can’t figure out which one I like most, Modalishish or the star one!

  98. Great looking book, puddle duck appeals to me. Big blocks and lots of color possibilities, what’s not to love!

  99. That little star quilt at the end is just twinkling for me to make it. And it definitely a scrap buster.

  100. I love the scrappy look and the controlled scrappy look. Great book it’s on my wish list. ;->

  101. Hi Carrie, I like the May Flowers. It is so pretty. Great book and I am an avid fan of their blog and yours too.


  102. Oh wow – I love that scrappy bright star one. Thanks for showing us the book. I’m going to hop along to see more

  103. Would love to win this book and make Thanks To You, May Flowers….well…you get the idea..I love them all! Thanks for the chance…..

  104. I have not purchased a quilt book in a while. But I will be looking for this one. Thanks for the info and the chance to win this book.

  105. I would love to win a copy of their book, it looks wonderful! I would have a hard time choosing which one to make first.

  106. I love the way the pattern pieces are shown with the number of sewn pieces needed. I hope I’m the winner of a copy of this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  107. This is definitely a book I want to own. I love the quick reference chart it is definitely a great idea.

  108. I’m always impressed with what Jo and Kelli are busy with – I love their blog, and I’m really excited about their new book! Thanks for a great book review, and thank you for the chance at a fun giveaway!

  109. I like May flowers or the scrappy stars but thanks for showing that quick reference chart – I like that.

  110. Sometimes I will buy a book because there is a quilt I am itching to make. This book, however, is chuck full of inspiration and there isn’t one quilt I do not like. Jo’s blog is fun to read as you follow along with her life, she is very generous in her sharing. Thank you for the chance to win.

  111. Thanks for the opportunity to win Jo and Kelli’s book. I love the quilts they are so bright and refreshing.

  112. Modalicious is one of my favorite quilts from the photos. It looks tricky but I can’t wait to get a copy of this book and see how to make it! Thanks for the chance to win!

  113. I love the “cheat sheet” idea. It gives you the sense that if all you have is a short amount of time, you can still get x done. Thank you for the opportunity to win the book!

  114. Bohemian Rhapsody is BEAUTIFUL!!!! The cheat sheet is pure genius, not to mention about time! Great job, ladies!

  115. I would love to win your quilt book. I faithfully read your blog daily and feel like I’ve know you forever. Your quilts are beautiful and so is your new Home..

  116. These quilts are fantastic! And, this book would be a great addition to everyone’s home library. Especially mine!

  117. Hopped over to Jo and Kelli’s blog to see all the quilts in the book and I want to make all of them-they are just great! Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful new book!

  118. This is one book I am definitely going to have to own. I follow Jo & Kelli’s blog & always enjoy seeing what they are up to.

  119. Thanks for the inside look in the book, the reference chart is a great visual. Thanks for all, Kathy in Colo

  120. This book would add a bunch of things to my bucket list, I think! I love the idea of the reference charts. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  121. Looks like a great book to add to my library. Although I love traditional quilts, the modern quilts are a fun break.

  122. The book looks wonderful and would be a fun addition to my quilting library. Thanks for the chance to win! Tracy D.

  123. I would love to have this book. I want to make the Thanks to You with the stars, and every other quilt too.

  124. Thank You for the opportunity to win Country Girl Modern. I love the quick reference chart!

  125. It’s always fun to see new quilt patterns. I agree that Bohemian Rhapsody looks scrumptious.

  126. I’ve been a blog reader of Jo’s for quite some time. I would love to win this book! I love Bohemian Rhapsody. I’m making something similar but would love to try this version. They do a wonderful job with their quilts!

  127. Kudo’s to Jo and Kelli for a GREAT book! I’m not sure how these two busy ladies were able to put together such a fantastic book but I’m glad they did!

  128. i just love the “thanks to you” quilt! i don’t think i have enough scraps to do it but i think i would try and see how far i could get on it. thanks for the chance

  129. Well, I *thought* I had enough quilt books and didn’t need any more. Apparently I was wrong. Looks like a good one, specially for those of us whose ears perk up at “stash management”

  130. What a great book, and it would be fabulous to win! Very proud that it’s designers are from Iowa!

  131. I am so excited about this new book! I often think of Jo and Kellie as the queens of scrap quilts!

  132. This has been such a fun blog hop! I’m loving so many of the quilts in this book and I can’t wait to get a copy!

  133. I’ve followed Jo and Kelli’s blog for a while and it’s fun to see they have written a book. I love all the quilts but especially ‘Thanks to You,’ a great name for a quilt!

  134. Thanks for the great review–This book looks like a lot of fun—and projects look achievable—Love the photos!!

  135. Well, I’m hoping the deadline for comments is tonight midnight and not last night! If I’m not too late, I’d love to win. and Bohemian Rhapsody is my favorite.

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