Of the two, I liked Quilts Made Modern the best. Having said that, there was only one pattern in there that I think I would have made - and even that was pretty doubtful. The patterns in this book were pretty plain to say the least. The actually quilting is what made them special. I think had they just shown unfinished quilts they would have been pretty ho hum - that is in my personal opinion of course. There is nothing wrong with this book, It just didn't make me want to run to the craft room and grab some fabric and a rotary cutter to get to work.
Overall, a sad trip to the library that left me not wanting to clear off the sewing room table.
I am really wondering why if you slap some color here or there on a white background a quilt can be called Modern. Maybe I am expecting too much from my interpretation and I can't really put in to words what my interpretation would be - maybe something that feels fresh and not old fashioned? Something that has the finger on the pulse of a new crafting generation. I just don't know. Neither of these books had that feel for me. It is what it is. Like I said though, they were both "nice" books. Maybe great for a beginner but I would not personally add either of these to my collection.