Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr are professional quiltmakers and co-founders of Modern Quilt Studio, a design studio in Oak Park, Illinois. Having written the first book on Modern Quilting, Bill and Weeks are pioneers of the Modern Quilt Movement. Weeks made her first modern quilt in 1987 to rethink the possibilities of the American quilt as being expressive of the time in which we live. Having sewn since he was 8, Bill began designing and making modern quilts in 1995.

Modern Quilt Studio launched the first ever magazine exclusively dedicated to modern quilting, Modern Quilts Illustrated, in 2011. Their books on modern quilting and design include Transparency Quilts, Quilts Made Modern, The Modern Quilt Workshop and Quiltmaker’s Color Workshop and A Kid’s Guide to Sewing.

Their work has been featured widely in the national press including in O:The Oprah Magazine, TIME, The New York Times, Dwell, American Patchwork & Quilting, Patchwork Tsushin, France Patchwork and Country Living among others. In addition to having worked with various fabric companies, Bill and Weeks have developed bedding and textiles for Crate and Barrel.

Weeks and Bill have taught extensively throughout the US, Canada, Japan (classes taught in Japanese), England and France (classes taught in French). In addition, Weeks has taught two online classes, Designing Modern Quilts on Craftsy and Solids Revolution on iquilt.com

When not busy designing and sewing, Weeks writes about craft and creativity on her blog Craft Nectar. When he’s not working in the studio, Bill can be found at Dominican University in River Forest, IL where he is Director of the Graphic Design Discipline and former Chair of the Art Department.

 

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Bibliography  
Recent Publications:
 
Modern Quilts Illustrated Issues, 2011-2016
 
Fat Quarter Love, 2015
 
   
Books we've written:
 
A Kid's Guide to Sewing, 2013 Fun Stitch Studio
 
Transparency Quilts, 2011 C&T Publishing
 
Quilts Made Modern, 2010 C&T Publishing  
Quiltmaker's Color Workshop, 2006 Quarry Books
 
The Modern Quilt Workshop, 2005 Quarry Books  
Color Harmony for Quilts, 2002 Rockport Books (later revised and re-released as Quiltmaker's Color Workshop.) This was also translated  and released in German as Farbharmonie für Quilts and in French as Guide de la Couleur en Patchwork.
 
   
Books that feature our work:
   
Quilting with a Modern Slant, 2014 release Storey Publishing    
Amish Quilts: The Adventure Continues, 2013 C&T Publishing    
We Love Color, 2012 Stash Books
 
Modern Blocks, 2011 Stash Books  
   

PRESS

Our work, writings and patterns have appeared extensively in the international press including:

American Patchwork & Quilting, June 2015 & June 2014
Magic Patch (France), January 2014
Best Modern Quilts,
Special Edition #4, 2013

American Patchwork & Quilting,
June 2013

American Quilt Retailer,
three issues in
2012
Australian Quilter's Companion Modern Quilts #1, 2012
Magic Patch (France),
Number 98, 2012
Get Creative, Winter 2011
Quilter's Newsletter,
August/September 2011
Quilter's Home, July 2011
Design Interiør (Norway) March 2011
Quilt & Zo (Holland) issue 09, 2011
Quilter's Home February/March 2011

Dwell October 2010
American Patchwork & Quilting June 2010
Quilts and More Spring 2010
American Patchwork & Quilting Feb 2010

Real Simple October 2008
Australian Quilters Companion
Number 23, Fall 2008
American Patchwork & Quilting Feb 2008
Country Living October 2006, July 2006, November 2004

Chicago Magazine July 2006
TIME June 12, 2006
Child September 2005
Quilts Japan September 2005
Chicago Magazine August 2005
Chicago Magazine HOME special edition Summer 2005 
The New York Times Style section May 2005
Time Out New York November 2004
The Chicago Tribune August 13, 2006, May 25, 2003, 
Oct 29, 2000, Nov 4, 1999
Metropolitan Home November/December 2002
O:The Oprah Magazine November 2002
Time Magazine November 11 2002
Women's Day Decorating November 2002
Country Living Gardener November 2002
The Washington Post October 24, 2002
Bernina Inspiration USA 2002
Fine Furnishings International September/October 2002
Bride's Magazine Summer 2002
HFN June 24, 2002
The New York Times July 12, 2001
Interior Design August 2001 Special Market Issue Fall 2001 
HOME magazine March 2000
Furniture Style July 1999