Make Modern Issue 57 is here!

About Us

We’re a small team of passionate quilters from around Australia, working with a huge team of contributors worldwide. Our obsession with living and breathing all things quilting led to the creation of Make Modern, so we could share our passion with quilters everywhere.

Make Modern Magazine

Make Modern is Australia’s only modern quilt magazine. It started in 2014 when a group of passionate quilters got together with the dream of producing a magazine for quilters, by quilters, filled with beautiful patterns and articles to inspire quilters like us to make more quilts. Fast forward to now, and Make Modern magazine is read by thousands of quilters in over 70 countries around the globe!

Our modern quilt magazine is published every two months. Each issue is 100+ pages filled with beautiful quilt patterns and modern sewing projects, and articles to inspire. We collaborate with a huge team of international quilt designers to bring you the best modern quilt patterns guaranteed to get you itching to jump into your fabric stash and sew. For avid readers we have articles to inspire and teach you something new, and interviews with your favourite quilters.

Make Modern magazine issues are delivered as a digital PDF to read on your computer, tablet or phone. This means no waiting on delivery, and it’s environmentally friendly. It also means you’re not using precious storage space in your sewing room (yay!) and you can conveniently access patterns while shopping or read our magazine while you’re on holidays or on the go!

Subscribers receive a unique subscription link where all of their Make Modern magazines can be safely stored online and ready to download at the click of a button as often are they like while their subscription is active.

With over 600 quilt patterns in our pattern archive, your only problem will be deciding on which pattern to start first! There are modern quilt patterns featuring traditional patchwork piecing, foundation paper piecing (FPP), English paper piecing (EPP), improv and applique; techniques like pixel quilts, 3D quilts and fabric weaving, and plenty of patterns with lots of negative space for you to quilt. When it comes to fabric, we have modern quilt patterns designed for pre-cuts like jelly rolls, fat quarter bundles, and charm packs; solid fabric quilts; lots of quilts designed for you to use your stash and scraps; and quilts made from recycled fabrics like denim.

Because size matters, we have mini quilt patterns, baby quilts perfect for gifting, lap quilts and lots of full-sized quilts too. And it’s not just quilts! There are also loads patterns for cushions, pincushions, placemats, table runners, bags, pouches, wallets, camera straps, coasters, luggage tags, doll quilts, sewing machine covers, journal covers, baskets, Christmas stockings, needle books, a hopscotch rug, and even a foldable waterproof picnic blanket! Whether you are a beginner quilter looking for your first project or an experienced quilter wanting to try something new you’re sure to find a project (or many!) that you’re itching to make.

Make Modern magazine is by quilters, for quilters just like you. Come and join our growing community of international quilters and be inspired!

Our Team

Jane Kelly

Jane Kelly

Editor

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Jane Kelly

Editor

Mama to three young adults, three dogs and a cat, Jane has been quilting over half her life. She prefers machine piecing and FMQ and couldn’t live without her Juki, Optimus Prime – though she’s amassing an impressive collection of vintage sewing machines. Jane lives on the Australian east coast and is embarking on a major tree change to a small farm where she has a lot to learn about renovating, gardening and life on the land.

Kristy Lea

Kristy Lea

Creative Director

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Kristy Lea

Creative Director

Kristy is a mama, pattern and fabric designer and a lover of rainbows. She lives in the beautiful Darling Downs region of Queensland. Kristy loves to dream up fun foundation pieced patterns under her label Quiet Play and designs fabric featuring bold rainbow designs for Riley Blake Designs. When she’s not designing new patterns or sewing, Kristy enjoys spending time with her two kidlets and hunting for the next show to binge watch.

Lara Motta

Lara Motta

Business Manager

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Lara Motta

Business Manager

Mama to two creative little humans and two loveable dogs, 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, cooking with her Sicilian hubby, baking sourdough, reading, stopping to smell the flowers, or chatting to neighbours in her community in the Adelaide Hills.

Nic Vaughan

Nic Vaughan

Social Media Manager

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Nic Vaughan

Social Media Manager

Nic joined the team in early 2019 taking on Make Modern’s social media. Sometimes referred to as the infectious laugh of the hand stitch movement, Nic has been quilting for 15+ years with a passion for hand stitching and quilting, and a LOVE of appliqué. She is on a mission to introduce quilters to the glimmers that sewing patchwork by hand gives via her brand Craftapalooza Designs. She lives in Perth, Australia with her partner and two kitties.

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