With its rich colors, natural patterns, and beautiful landscapes, the American Southwest has been an inspiration to artist for hundreds of years. Now that inspiration comes to your quilting room with Southwest Modern, the first book for modern quilters that celebrates southwestern palettes and motifs. The 15 quilts and 3 smaller projects - including wall hangings and table runners - feature simple piecing and a balanced use of negative space which appeals to beginners and experience quilters alike. Part armchair travel, part project book, Southwest Modern highlights the wide open spaces, beautiful vistas, and deep cultural heritage of New Mexico and West Texas. The author explores 5 distinct regions in this book - from White Sands, New Mexico to Big Bend National Park, Texas. Each project is beautifully photographed on location and comes with the author's color story and design explanations. Also included for each region visited is a list of the author's favorite places to eat, shop, explore, and play, allowing the reader to plan their own trip if the travel bug bites while they are quilting. An introductory chapter on the author's process and and a chapter on piecing and quilting techniques will allow any quilter, regardless of experience, to recreated these beautiful graphic and textual designs inspired by the great American Southwest. The 18 patterns in this book are centered around easy piecing and use mostly solid fabrics which tend to be less expensive, making this book a good choice for a beginning quilters. The 70 illustrations and templates, paired with detailed instructions, ensure any quilter can create their own Southwest inspired quilts.