About Us

​Make Modern is Australia's only dedicated modern quilt magazine. It began in 2014 when a group of passionate quilters had a dream of producing a magazine for quilters, by quilters, filled with beautiful patterns and articles to inspire quilters like us to make more modern quilts! Seven years on and Make Modern magazine is read by thousands of quilters in over 70 countries around the globe and we are so proud! Our modern quilt magazine is published every two months in collaboration with a huge team of international quilt designers  who contribute patterns and articles. Each issue is 100+ pages jam-packed with modern quilt patterns to get your creative juices flowing, articles to inspire you and teach you something new, and interviews with your favourite quilt designers. Issues are delivered as PDF files, to be read on your computer, tablet or phone, with patterns printed as you wish. 

Come and join our Make Modern community! Tell us what you want to see more of. Tag your makes with #makemodern! Show us your craft rooms. Submit patterns or article ideas. We're quilters, just like you!


Our Team

Our team live thousands of kilometres away from each other so we don't get together often. But when we do, it's a lot of fun! Here we are at Camp Sewcial in 2019. From left: Kristy, Lara, Nic & Jane.


Jane Kelly


Mama to three teens, two cats and two dogs, Jane has been quilting over half her life. She prefers machine piecing, especially improv and FMQ, and has a soft spot for blenders in every colour! If she’s not quilting you’ll find her reading, listening to music or scrapbooking. Jane lives on the beautiful Australian east coast but is working on seeing more of the countryside in her new caravan.


Lara Motta

Business Manager

Mama to two kidlets, Lara started quilting as a crafty outlet from her previous day job as a scientist. While quilting is Lara’s first love, her drive to live sustainably is a lifestyle on its own. She loves doing things that force her to slow down - hand quilting, mending clothing, baking sourdough, stopping to smell the flowers, or chatting to neighbours in her little community in the Adelaide Hills. 


Kristy Lea

Creative Director

Kristy is a mama, designer and rainbow lover. While she loves quilting of all types, foundation paper piecing is her favourite technique. When she’s not designing new patterns or sewing something (likely rainbow!), she’s spending time with her two kidlets and hunting for the next show to binge watch. Kristy lives in beautiful Queensland.

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Nic Vaughan

Social Media Manager

Nic joined the team in early 2019 taking on Make Modern’s Social Media. She has been quilting for about 15 years and has discovered that hand piecing is her jam, but don’t talk about her unfinished WIP’s! Scrappy quilting is also close to her heart, the more prints the merrier and solids scare the heck out of her #kiddingnotkidding! She lives in Perth, Australia with her partner and four fur kids.

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