Book review of Quilt Modern Curves & Bold Stripes by Daisy Aschenhoug and Heather Black.

February 16, 2020

I’ve been eagerly anticipating this book by Daisy Aschenhoug and Heather Black.

Both Daisy and Heather have been on my radar for years as I share their love of curves and the Drunkard’s Path block in particular. They are modern, innovative and creative quilters both with their own unique style and I always look out for any new and exciting quilt designs from either of them. So when I heard there was a book in the works my antennae started to tingle. I’ve just received my copy of Quilt Modern Curves & Bold Stripes and as I expected it is packed full of beautiful quilts, clear instructions and heaps of tips and tricks.

There are 15 modern and fresh patterns in this book and, from my own teaching of beginners, intermediate and advanced sewers, I’d confidently say it contains something for every level. The joy and curiosity shines through on every page and in every curvy quilt design. What adds even more style and distinction to the patterns is Daisy’s and Heather’s use of bold stripes in combination with the curves.

The Getting Started section does not only include advice on how to choose fabrics, what tools to use (thank you Heather and Daisy for including my templates) and how to cut your curves, but also various ways of piecing the curves and strips successfully.

My favourite designs by Daisy is Lys, a clever play on light and dark,


…and Finns, a humorous use of the quarter circle in different directions.


Most of the patterns also has one option for pieced strips and an additional suggestion on how to use printed stripes.

I really enjoy the way Heather uses the stripes in Festoons…


..and Aurora in two very different ways and, by doing so, creates two very different quilts whilst using the same curve*.


*These two patterns are compatible with my Complete Drunkard’s Path Set.

With it’s clear cutting diagrams, technical drawings and assembly instructions, this book would be a great addition to any (existing or wannabe) curve addict’s go-to quilt book library.

You can get your own copy on Heather’s website or, if you’re in the UK, here.

I hope this book will get you sewing curves and that you’ll enjoy them as much as i do.