All quilters draw inspiration from the past. But how do today's artisans put their personal stamp on classic patterns? Twenty influential quilters from across the stylistic spectrum present their unique creative vision of timeless designs. Each pattern, Double Wedding Ring, Crazy Quilt, Dresden Plate, Bear Paw, Log Cabin, Nine Patch, Hexagon, Yo-Yo, Flying Geese, and Rail Fence, comes with step-by-step instructions for two adaptations, one traditional, the other modern.
The book also includes a history of each pattern, images of heirloom or museum-quality quilts for inspiration, easy-to-use templates and essential quilting techniques.
I love many things about the style of this book. First, the paper feels so great! I think we are weirdly tactile creatures, us artists. The paper quality is exceptional. I love that the book has folds on the front and back cover which makes it easy to place-hold a page.
Since I adore hexagon quilts of any size and shape it was great to be asked to create a 'modern' version of this classic shape. As much as I love paper piecing hexagons I wanted to see if I could construct them in a different way.
First, I constructed a long section of strip-pieced fabrics.
After drawing and cutting several graduated sizes of hexagons from paper, I used these to cut my hexagons using a 1/4 inch seam allowance around the paper shapes. I cut two in each size, front and back.
Placing the right sides together, I stitched the front and back of each hexagon together leaving one side of each open (in order to turn the shape right-side-out).
Before turning, the corners need to be trimmed close to the seam to allow a crisp point.
After turning the hexagon right-side-out, I turned the raw edge opening in so it could be pressed into place, then stitched it closed.
After the hexagon is stitched it was placed onto the quilt top surface and stitched into place all around the perimeter.
Just for fun, and because I am slightly nuts, I added four octagons for a little visual confusion.
I like the result! Hexi and Octi go out for a date!
(Side-note: I was just in a class with a woman who told me she loved this shade of Kona gray so much that, if this color of fabric were a man, she would marry him.) I sort of understand.
Apparently the book also functions as a hat.
There is so much great stuff in this book, and you could WIN one by leaving a comment! I will be doing a drawing to give away a copy of this gorgeous book from those who have written me a note here. You must comment by November 1st to be eligible for the drawing.
Please use the following link to order your own copy of this gorgeous book:
Stop by all these amazing artists for more inspiration:
Oct. 20th Michele Muska http://www.lolarae.com/blog.html
Oct. 21st Leslie Jenison http://leslietuckerjenison.blogspot.com
Oct. 22nd Janneken Smucker http://www.janneken.org/category/blog/
Oct. 23rd Valerie Bothell http://pinkbunnykansas.blogspot.com
Oct. 24th Kaari Meng www.frenchgeneral.blogspot.com
Oct. 25th Elisa Sims Albury : www.stitchoutsidetheditch.com
Oct. 26th Heather Jones www.oliveandollie.com
Oct. 27th Victoria Findlay Wolfe http://www.bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com
Oct. 28th Amy Smart http://www.diaryofaquilter.com
Oct. 29th Jackie Kunkel http://cvquiltworks.com/blogs/blog\
Oct. 30th Pat Sloan http://blog.patsloan.com/
Oct. 31st Shelly Pagliai http://prairiemoonquilts.com/?page_id=62
Nov. 1st Allie Aller www.alliesinstitches.blogspot.com
Nov. 2nd Kristin Omdahl www.styledbykristin.com
Nov. 3rd Jacquie Gering http://tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com/
Nov. 3rd Pat Sloan 4:00pm eastern time http://toginet.com/shows/americanpatchworkandquiltingradio