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.