Quilting with a Modern Slant Review + Giveaway

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Happy Tuesday! Today I'd like to share a beautiful new book with you! It's Quilting with a Modern Slant by Rachel May. The book is a bit of an encyclopedia for modern quilting. There are loads of tips and tricks from a variety of quilters, informational tidbits, patterns, and nearly 80 interviews with different quilters. Beyond that it's simply filled to bursting with quilted eye candy!

I've really enjoyed leafing through the book and I'm looking forward to reading about each quilter more in detail when I have the chance. I am happy to know many of the quilters in this book, it's interesting to hear a little more of their stories.  Today however, I'd like to share a few new-to-me quilters that I found inspiring and because of this book!


Andrew Mowbray: He makes quilts from unconventional materials, such as these quilts made from Tyvek. You can find his website here.

I love the simplicity of his quilts. It's always interesting to see how other people approach quilting.  While many of us think strictly fabric is appropriate in a quilt, there are really so many other materials out there that we could use! So cool!


Nancy Crow: An improv master and revolutionary quilter. You can find her website here.

I was immediately drawn to this quilt, I just love the playful color.  Upon learning that the fabrics are hand-dyed I was even more interested.  I've always loved dyeing fabrics, and the colors and look you can produce has such a great quality.


Lisa Mason: Artist and member of the Metro Modern Quilt Guild. You can find her website here.

I think this is my very favorite quilt in the book, there is just so much to look at.  There is so much movement in it, and the color adds to the craziness in such a good way.  Makes me want to stitch up some flying geese!


There are a few patterns I'd really like to try out of this book (like the Fraction Quilt by Rossie Hutchinson), but I am most drawn to it because it has documented our community.  It's really lovely.  I'll definitely be turning to it when I need a little boost of inspiration.

For more on Quilting with a Modern Slant, check out the book's website, here.


This book has made me consider why I quilt.  It's always an interesting question to think about, and it definitely changes a bit year after year.  I've been struggling over the last year or so with this question. When I first started quilting I was getting nearly all of my creative fulfillment from it. When things shifted and quilting became my primary job, it became more difficult to find that fulfillment from quilting alone.  Now that I've started knitting, it's actually made my relationship with quilting a lot better.  I don't need as much from quilting to be happy, so it's taken a bit of the pressure off.  On top of that, I'm enjoying it like I haven't in a while and that's been really good.  Honestly though, in the end, I quilt because I'm always cold. Let's be real, I just love to use quilts!


The kind folks at Storey have offered a copy of Quilting with a Modern Slant to an In Color Order reader! Just leave a comment on this post to enter. US entries only, giveaway will end Sunday, February 16th at 5pm CST. Winner will be announced the following Monday.

Good luck!

265 comments :

  1. This seams like a very interesting book. Quilting sure is !

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks for the great book review... It sounds like a fun read!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love that flying geese quilt too. I would love to win.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I quilt as much to just have the quilts as I do for a creative outlet. Knitting, crochet, drawing and painting are also lots of fun. Thanks for the giveaway!

    ReplyDelete
  5. This looks like a great book and I enjoyed reading your review. Thanks for the chance to win!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I noticed this book on Amazon last week and enjoyed reading your review. I'm always looking for great inspiration books and this one looks terrific! Thanks for a chance to win!

    ReplyDelete
  7. I thumbed through this book recently and it's defiantly on my to purchase list -- thanks for the review.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Looks like a great book. It's already on my Amazon wish list, but it would be great to win it! Thanks for the opportunity.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I checked the book out at the library, and now I don't want to give it back. It would be great if I could win my very own copy. Thanks for the offering.

    ReplyDelete
  10. My library could always use a new book, thank you for the opportunity!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Looks like an inspiring book! Too bad the giveaway is just for the US :(

    ReplyDelete
  12. This book looks like an awesome representation of modern quilting, and I sense endless inspiration coming from it!

    ReplyDelete
  13. What a great book, I'd love a chance to win a copy. Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  14. might have to pick this one up (if I dont win it)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Looks like a great book, thanks for a chance to win!

    ReplyDelete
  16. This book looks so inspirational! Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Thanks for reviewing the book, it looks like one I need on my shelves. Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  18. I think it is intereseting, someone said "Modern" is an evolving trend so it is fun to see how the "modern" quilt now is different from what was "modern" last year and three years before. In another fifty years, a whole new generation of quilters will be redefining modern.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Looks like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Thank you for the review and insight on the book! I've been thinking of adding it to my collection and appreciated seeing your perspective on it.

    ReplyDelete
  21. I laughed when I read you quilt because you're always cold! I love to quilt but really have used the ones I have so little as I don't need them much in Hawaii! I just love looking at them

    ReplyDelete
  22. Woohoo, I just put this book on my Amazon wish list! Maybe I'll be able to remove it :)

    ReplyDelete
  23. This looks like an amazing book! Thanks for the giveaway :)

    ReplyDelete
  24. looks like a cool book, thanks for the chance at a giveaway

    ReplyDelete
  25. Haha I think your reason for quilting is so funny and honest! I started quilting and continue to quilt because I am always cold. Except for an occasional baby quilt which clearly isn't for me :)

    The book looks very interesting I would love to read it!

    ReplyDelete
  26. I quilt because I ~LOVE~ fabrics. ALL fabrics. LOL~

    Lucy

    ReplyDelete
  27. Thank you for the chance to win such a cool book.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Oh I would LOVE to have this book in my library!

    ReplyDelete
  29. The book looks great. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    ReplyDelete
  30. This book sounds fascinating and inspiring. I could use some of that!

    ReplyDelete
  31. Oh, this looks wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win it!

    ReplyDelete
  32. What a great book, thank you for the chance

    ReplyDelete
  33. I really love that colorful flying geese quilt -- those alternate blocks really make it special. You know, I was up late on Pinterest last night, and I looked at so many spectacular quilts that were so elaborate and intensive that I know I will never be able to make anything like them. It got discouraging. I think that one of the best things about modern quilting is how much more approachable the projects are, yet still beautiful and inspiring. If I win the book (doubtful!), I'm going to make the flying geese quilt in the happiest fabrics I can find.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Thank you for the giveaway, this looks like a really interesting book. I would love to thumb through it! And now I'm thinking about why I quilt too... that's a tough question...

    ReplyDelete
  35. This book looks so interesting! Thanks for the chance to win!

    ReplyDelete
  36. this looks like a good read! would love to win a copy!

    ReplyDelete
  37. Sounds like a great book - it's on my list!

    ReplyDelete
  38. That's so funny! I'm a librarian and just yesterday I read a review of this book and ordered for our library. I would love to own a copy of my own. I'm glad to see it getting some love in our blogging community :-)

    ReplyDelete
  39. It looks like a very inspiring book. Thanks for the chance to win.

    ReplyDelete
  40. Looks like a very interesting book and a great addition to any quilter's library. Thanks for the chance!

    ReplyDelete
  41. The colorful flying geese quilt has been on my to-make list. I enjoyed seeing it in this book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    ReplyDelete
  42. Just starting my quilting journey...what a wonderful inspiration this book would be! Thanks for sharing it.

    ReplyDelete
  43. Looks like a really interesting book--my fingers are crossed--and thanks for the chance to win!

    ReplyDelete
  44. Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win!

    ReplyDelete
  45. I would love this book! The interviews sound really interesting. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  46. interesting looking book...thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  47. What a great book! I think I quilt because the act of creating is in my being. I used to sew clothes. I prefer quilting far more. When my husband and I first started dating he couldn't get his head around why I would cut up perfectly good pieces of fabric and sew them back together. My response was always, "Because it's prettier this way!" :)

    ReplyDelete
  48. I'm intrigued by this book! Would love to win it because I do tend to go to more modern patterns.

    ReplyDelete
  49. Looks like a great resource and I'm really interested in reading more about the projects inside! I think I quilt because I love beautiful things and I need a creative outlet and quilting gives me a chance to do that!

    ReplyDelete
  50. I've done traditional quilts and now I want to move towards modern quilting and this books looks packed with inspiration. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

    ReplyDelete
  51. I'd love to have this book! Thanks for hosting -

    ReplyDelete
  52. Hi!!!! This book sounds wonderful!!!! Thanks for the chance to win one!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  53. I love the fractions quilt. It would make a great donation quilt for my quilting group

    ReplyDelete
  54. i had not heard of this book. thanks for the review

    ReplyDelete
  55. sounds great, with just that, a different slant!

    ReplyDelete
  56. I just started to quilt and this book looks amazing :)

    ReplyDelete
  57. Looks like a great book! I didn't mean to quilt, but it's such a part of my family history, I don't think it could be helped!

    ReplyDelete
  58. I'm with you on always being cold! Plus, I want my daughter to have something as an heirloom for when I'm gone. I don't have any of my grandmothers quilts and I really wish I did.

    ReplyDelete
  59. I'm really excited about this book! I've seen it pop up here and there on the internet, but I can't wait to curl up with a quilt (obviously) and read through it!

    elisabeth.woo @ google

    ReplyDelete
  60. Looks like a great read…thanks for the sweet giveaway!

    ReplyDelete
  61. Hi,interesting new book>Thanks for sharing!
    Great for my fire-side reading!!!

    cobaltt16@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  62. This looks like a fantastic book! Thanks for the chance to win! =)

    ReplyDelete
  63. I just put this book in my cart at the library to check it out before buying. I'd love to own a copy.

    ReplyDelete
  64. This looks like a different kind of book. She is coming to speak to our MQG in May and we are very excited.

    ReplyDelete
  65. andrew mowbray's work with gourds is a delight to see. he pays respect to craft and history in a way any quilter can appreciate!

    ReplyDelete
  66. I am dying to make a quilt!! I love paging through books like this dreaming about all the pretty quilts.

    ReplyDelete
  67. I am dying to make a quilt!! I love paging through books like this dreaming about all the pretty quilts.

    ReplyDelete
  68. That looks like a very inspirational book. Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  69. Looks like a book filled with great ideas and beautiful quilts! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!! Love your stuff!!

    ReplyDelete
  70. I love that quilt with all the flying geese -- just beautiful! thanks for the chance to win the book.

    ReplyDelete
  71. My first time reading your blog. I loved the quilt you mentioned had flying guess. I do attend the quilt show here in my home town, but have been afraid I don't have the skill to quilt. Seeing all the different pictures, I would like to try. Thank you for offering this book as a give away. Sheryl

    ReplyDelete
  72. What an awesome looking book - so many new ideas to dry out. Thanks for the chance to win.

    ReplyDelete
  73. I love the varied projects! Thank you so much for the look inside and the giveaway!

    ReplyDelete
  74. Always love to have another quilting book and this one looks great!

    ReplyDelete
  75. Wow, great book, thank for the chance to win

    ReplyDelete
  76. That looks like a gorgeous book! Thanks for a chance to win!

    ReplyDelete
  77. Now that's a book to collect and pour over, again and again! I do hope to win, so so much! Thank you for the chance.

    ReplyDelete
  78. Looks like a book full of inspiration -- I'd love to win it!

    ReplyDelete
  79. I heard about the book the other day. It sound so informative and fun. I'd love to get my hands on a copy!

    ReplyDelete
  80. Thank you for the giveaway.I love these colorful designs!

    ReplyDelete
  81. I've seen this book and it looks so good! Thanks for the chance to win it.

    ReplyDelete
  82. Looks like a fantastic book. Would love to read about other quilters. Thank you for the chance to win.

    ReplyDelete
  83. Great inspiration in those pages. Thank you for the chance to win.

    ReplyDelete
  84. The book looks really interesting. Would love to see your take on some of the designs.

    ReplyDelete
  85. Jenn, you make a really good point about how quiliting changed from you to being pure pleasure and creative fullfillment to not quite as much. Its really different when it becomes your job--- I think the focus shifts from doing what you want to do to having to do what keeps the people happy so the bills get paid. Very different mind set- glad the knitting is giving you so much pleasure!

    ReplyDelete
  86. I was reminded why I quilt when I received a thank you letter from a young friend for the quilt I sent to her. Her words made my heart sing and my fingers itch to stitch!

    ReplyDelete
  87. I love the idea of quilting with something other than cotton. People can be so creative! Thanks for the giveaway.

    ReplyDelete
  88. Oh, this looks like a great book. Thanks for the review and chance to win a copy.

    ReplyDelete
  89. This books looks very intriguing. I'd like to read up on some more modern quilters!

    ReplyDelete
  90. This looks like an interesting read! Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  91. What a cool book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy :)

    ReplyDelete
  92. would love to win this great book, thanks

    ReplyDelete
  93. Looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance!

    ReplyDelete
  94. I am drawn to the modern quilt, and would love to win this book.

    ReplyDelete
  95. I need all the modern inspiration I can get! The book looks like fun reading!

    ReplyDelete
  96. This looks like a great book and a good way to try some new quilting!

    ReplyDelete
  97. Great review, makes me really hope I win it!

    ReplyDelete
  98. Dude, that improv quilt by Nancy Crow is crazy-good! What color & boldness!

    ReplyDelete
  99. Wow! I love books that include the history of the makers! This books looks amazing! Thanks for the giveaway!

    ReplyDelete
  100. I really want to read this book - sometimes I am so focused on quilt blogs - that I haven't taken the time to learn about modern pre-blog quilters. At the Northampton MQG meeting this month, quilters who have taken classes with Nancy Crow spoke- she sounds like quite the teacher!

    ReplyDelete
  101. Wow!!! Looks like a fantastic book!!

    ReplyDelete
  102. what a lovely book, so modern .. totally different with the quilt patter I already knew .. Thank you for the chance, Jeni

    ReplyDelete
  103. I'm always looking to add to my quilt book collection!

    ReplyDelete
  104. Looks like there is a lot of useful and fun information in this book. Thanks for the review!
    Sandy A

    ReplyDelete
  105. Oooh this looks like a great book.

    ReplyDelete
  106. Looks like an interesting book. I like the preview of some of the quilts.

    ReplyDelete
  107. Sounds like a must have book.

    ReplyDelete
  108. Book looks fabulous. Thanks for the chance to win!

    ReplyDelete
  109. I have seen this book on a couple of sites. It looks really interesting. I'm sure it would be very educational and helpful to have all that information in one place.

    ReplyDelete
  110. This looks like a great reference book would love it

    ReplyDelete
  111. I'm new to quilting, this book sounds like it would be a great reference. Thanks for the chance to win.

    ReplyDelete
  112. Thank you for sharing your review! It sounds like a great book full of inspiration.

    ReplyDelete
  113. I need some modern in my quilting. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

    ReplyDelete
  114. Really looking forward to seeing this book in person - I love roundups of practicing artists.

    ReplyDelete
  115. Would love it if you chose my number!...Thanks for your work on the blog I enjoy reading it!

    ReplyDelete
  116. Thanks for a chance to win. Looks like a fun book.

    ReplyDelete
  117. oh this looks so great - I love that flying geese quilt!

    ReplyDelete
  118. If you quilt because you're always cold, you may stop when you turn forty! And I agree about the flying geese quilt. It's awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  119. Great looking book. I liked that flying geese quilt!

    ReplyDelete
  120. Would love to have this book! Thanks for the chance(I'm always cold, too)

    ReplyDelete
  121. Wow. I could learn so much from this book and these quilters.

    ReplyDelete
  122. I can't believe I am in my forty this year and that there is about 22 year I do patchwork and quilting! I loved country style in the begin of k2y, but I have to said that Modern style is intriguing me so much! I would love to win this book and eventually making a new quilt for my 4 yo boy, did you know I haven't made any than a crib quilt since his birth? Xoxo Giusy

    ReplyDelete
  123. I have a very eclectic style while my daughter gravitates towards the modern style. I know she would love a more modern style quilt. This book would sure help me in that aspect. I would love to have a copy to help me on my modern way! Thank you for reviewing this book and giving us a chance to win a copy.

    ReplyDelete
  124. This looks like an excellent read; thanks for the chance to win it.

    ReplyDelete
  125. I can't wait to read this book! I think with 80 quilters included, there are going to be many new works to discover. So glad to see Nancy Crow included - I've always wondered why I never hear of her work as inspiration for modern quilters!

    ReplyDelete
  126. Looks like a great book. I'd love to get a copy of it.

    :)

    ReplyDelete
  127. I'm in just for the inspiration and eye candy. Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  128. It sounds like a great book and a wonderful way to get started with modern quilts.

    ReplyDelete
  129. I can't send you an email as your contact info will not let me verify I am not a robot, and I can't buy the pattern from your website that I want to buy. Can you please figure out why these two items do not work so I can buy your new pattern called side braid? Thank you

    ReplyDelete
  130. Sounds like a great book, and I would love to win a copy of it!

    ReplyDelete
  131. I love quilting books!! Thanks for the giveaway!

    ReplyDelete
  132. I can't wait to see this book. Looks very interesting.

    ReplyDelete
  133. Thanks for the chance to win! I love the Nordika!!

    ReplyDelete
  134. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance of winning!

    ReplyDelete
  135. Awesome book - thanks for the chance!

    ReplyDelete
  136. I certainly do not quilt as much as you, and if I did for income, it sure would take the fun out of it in a heartbeat, but you have inspired me to pick up knitting again and it has been a nice break!

    ReplyDelete
  137. Wow that looks like a very inspirational book. Thanks for a chance to win.

    ReplyDelete
  138. I learned to knit at age 5 and like it. I started sewing/quilting at age 65 and LOVE it. Thanks for the chance to win a great looking book.

    ReplyDelete
  139. Very cool...thanks for the chance to win!!

    ReplyDelete
  140. How exciting! It looks like a truly exciting read! One that you are sure to go to over and over again for inspiration. Thank you for a chance to win.

    ReplyDelete
  141. This book looks fantastic! Please enter me in the giveaway.

    ReplyDelete
  142. Looks like a fun book! I'd love to win!

    ReplyDelete
  143. I love Lisa's quilt also, would love to have this book, thanks

    ReplyDelete
  144. Wow! What a great looking book! Would love to win :-)

    ReplyDelete
  145. I could always use more tips and tricks in my sewing ~ looks like a lot of lovely quilts pictured too.
    Thanks for the chance to win this lovely book!

    ReplyDelete
  146. I was looking for a good read and inspiration for modern quilting. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

    ReplyDelete
  147. This book looks very inspirational!

    ReplyDelete
  148. This is my favorite quilting book ever, it inspired me so much, I designed a quilt and sewed half of it in one night, I was questioning why I quilt to and putting to much pressure on myself to learning techniques...Thats not what make a quilt, Love does, With RA its hard to cut, but as you read, and I have read this book cover to cover and more, you dont have to cut or be conventional. You just need to love what you have. Love the process, find your comfort zone... love love this book.....

    ReplyDelete
  149. I am really wanting this book!! I hope I win!! Thank you for the giveaway!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  150. I'd love to win this book. It looks great. Thanks for the chance.

    ReplyDelete
  151. As a beginner quilter, what a great opportunity to win such a book. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  152. That Nancy Crow quilt makes me drool! I think this would be a very beneficial book for me to have. Fingers crossed!

    ReplyDelete
  153. Perfect book for winter reading by a toasty fire! Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  154. how fun it would be to win this book- I see *several* quilts I'd love to make!

    ReplyDelete
  155. This book looks lovely! Thanks for the chance to win!

    ReplyDelete
  156. Thank you for the giveaway. I was looking at that book over on Amazon and spied the Gee's Bend quilt…going to have to pull their book out and look at all their lovely quilts again.

    ReplyDelete
  157. Looks like an interesting and inspiring book!

    ReplyDelete
  158. What a great looking book! Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  159. What you have showed looks VERY interesting! Great to know more about our Quilting Icons!

    ReplyDelete
  160. The more I learn about quilting, the more I appreciate the modern style. I just have a hard time being that unstructured, which I think is needed to get the nice modern look. Maybe this book will help me with that!

    ReplyDelete
  161. pramuditahandaristi at gmail dot com

    The more I read quilting blogs, the more I want to learn to make one!

    ReplyDelete
  162. This book looks great! I already see one I would like to make. Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  163. thanks so much...always enjoy seeing what you are up to!

    ReplyDelete
  164. It looks like a very interesting book. Would love to get my hands on it. Love the quilt with all the flying geese. Thanks for the chance to win.

    ReplyDelete
  165. I see some things I like. I will put the book to good use.

    ReplyDelete
  166. Looks like a book I'd like to add to my library. Thanks for the giveaway!

    ReplyDelete
  167. This book looks like it has a ton of inspiration for days when I can't figure out what to make. I think I will have to see if the library has it in yet.

    ReplyDelete
  168. Lovely book! Thanks for the chance.

    ReplyDelete
  169. Thank you for your review. Wow! The quilts were all lovely.

    ReplyDelete
  170. this looks like a fantastic book. thanks for reviewing it for us. I would love to put more modern into my quilting, I tend to be more traditional. thanks for a chance.

    ReplyDelete
  171. Love the idea behind the book. Something to refer to over and over.

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for keeping this blog a positive place, I appreciate the time you're taking to leave a comment! I'll answer any questions here in the comments section!

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...