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!

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Suze said...

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

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

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

Unknown said...

These are beautiful!

Betsy said...

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

Bri said...

Looks like a good book!

Jane said...

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!

Lisa Marie said...

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

Paula said...

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!

Katie said...

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

PugMom said...

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.

Teri said...

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.

SewSewJenner said...

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

Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge said...

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

Liz said...

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

Sewing Mom said...

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

Julie Wasson said...

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

EmileeHope said...

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

audrey said...

That book looks gorgeous! :)

Cassandra said...

thanks for the giveaway :)

HalfDozen said...

Thanks for the chance to win.

annabelle said...

Thank you :)

Anita in Florida said...

Looks like a great book! Thanks.

stitchingandbacon said...

This book looks so inspirational! Thanks!

Jodi said...

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

Alicia said...

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.

Kathy G said...

What an interesting book!

Stephanie said...

Looks like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway!

Unknown said...

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.

DianeY said...

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

Bethany said...

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

Anna said...

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

Lex said...

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

Unknown said...

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!

Karilee said...

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

Lucy

qltmom9 said...

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

Lisa said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Missenota aka Kristin S. said...

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

SuzG said...

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

Tricia said...

What a great book, thank you for the chance

Sarah said...

thanks for the giveaway!

Rebecca Grace said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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...

Elizabeth said...

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

Kelly O. said...

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

Debbie said...

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

Animated_Librarian said...

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 :-)

Erica said...

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

emily and russ said...

I want this book!!

Abbie @ Rosewill Arts said...

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

Pam E. said...

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!

ArabesqueStitch said...

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

Donna~~ said...

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

Debra said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

jeanne e. said...

interesting looking book...thanks for sharing.

Kathie said...

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!" :)

Bunny Wilson said...

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

Taya@TypeB said...

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!

LindaBee said...

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.

Deb said...

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

carla said...

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

julie said...

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

Pam said...

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

Anonymous said...

The book sounds wonderful!

Jodi said...

sounds great, with just that, a different slant!

Unknown said...

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

Jill said...

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!

Heather B said...

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.

Elisabeth said...

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

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

cobaltt16@yahoo.com

Crafty Coffin said...

Looks like an awesome book!

Unknown said...

What a fun book!

Ly said...

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

Erin Marie said...

I love that Flying Geese quilt.

Allison Sews said...

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

L said...

Inspiring pictures!

Tamie said...

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

Unknown said...

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!

Unknown said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Alexis said...

That looks like a very inspirational book. Thank you!

Danita Ellis said...

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

Laurel09 said...

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

Sheryl said...

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

Gramma said...

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

Ali said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Cheryl said...

Wow, great book, thank for the chance to win

Ella said...

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

Anonymous said...

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.

floribunda said...

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

Jennifer said...

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

Allison said...

looks like a fun book :)

Carla S said...

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

Tennjenny said...

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

Janarama said...

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

Susan Jonsson said...

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

Lesley said...

Looks like a great book!

Mrs Quinn said...

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

Kathy said...

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!

Dianne said...

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!

Unknown said...

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

Diane M said...

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

Lisa E said...

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

Lynn M said...

thank you for the chance

kbzelazny said...

This looks like an interesting read! Thanks!

Anita said...

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

barbara woods said...

would love to win this great book, thanks

SeeMaryQuilt said...

Looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance!

Nancy L said...

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

Janet M said...

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

Cara said...

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

Annie said...

Great review, makes me really hope I win it!

Kelli said...

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

Unknown said...

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

LynneMcL said...

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!

rmsreid said...

I'd love to read this!

Unknown said...

Wow!!! Looks like a fantastic book!!

Nisa-mom said...

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

Diann said...

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

scottylover said...

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

supersara20 said...

Oooh this looks like a great book.

Anonymous said...

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

Jo said...

Sounds like a must have book.

Becky said...

Book looks fabulous. Thanks for the chance to win!

Shar said...

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.

Michelle@factotum-of-arts.com said...

This looks like a great reference book would love it

Joy said...

Beautiful quilts!

Unknown said...

It looks like a beautiful book.

teachme2sew said...

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

Maria said...

Looks like a good one!

Anonymous said...

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

DebraKay Neiman said...

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

tracy_a said...

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

Esther said...

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

Carol said...

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

Melanie said...

This book looks fabulous!

Jeana said...

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

Marcia R said...

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!

Dawn said...

Great looking book. I liked that flying geese quilt!

Jennifer said...

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

Beth said...

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

Giusy Jdeebella said...

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

Anonymous said...

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.

Newbie Jen said...

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

Poppyprint said...

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!

Unknown said...

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

:)

janequiltsslowly said...

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

KatieQ said...

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

Perry said...

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

Anita said...

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

Unknown said...

I love quilting books!! Thanks for the giveaway!

Cynthia said...

This book looks amazing.

Gwynne said...

This looks great.

GranChris said...

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

Karrie said...

Thanks for the chance to win! I love the Nordika!!

Lace Faerie said...

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

Tsoniki said...

Oh that book looks fantastic!

annemarie said...

Awesome book - thanks for the chance!

Donna Baker said...

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!

Abby@ ColorBarQuilts said...

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

justinemalinski said...

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.

Unknown said...

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

Mommarock said...

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.

Pam Schoessow said...

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

Sonya said...

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

Paige said...

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

Kitty said...

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

Elsa said...

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!

Always In Stitches said...

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

Allison C said...

This book looks very inspirational!

SIMPLESEW said...

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.....

Lauren said...

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

Robin Walston said...

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

Tammy Lynn said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Jan Barnett said...

Perfect book for winter reading by a toasty fire! Thanks!

jennifer said...

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

brittany said...

This book looks lovely! Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for chance to win.

Anonymous said...

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.

Beth said...

Looks like an interesting and inspiring book!

jbsews said...

What a great looking book! Thanks!

Kalynn's Creations said...

Fun Book! Thanks for the giveaway!

Lou said...

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

Kathleen said...

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!

Dita Bybee said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Brooke said...

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

Mie said...

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.

Unknown said...

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

Katherine McNeese said...

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

StudioCherie said...

Looks like a wonderful book to own.

Chris Radcliffe said...

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.

giddy99 said...

Lovely book! Thanks for the chance.

Anonymous said...

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

Lori said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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

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