review: Go Big, Go Bold

Go Big, Go Bold

Go Big, Go Bold: Large-scale modern quilts by Barbara Cain

Modern quilt – it’s a term that can be defined in a number of ways, but probably falls into the ‘I know it when I see it’ category. One common feature is the use of large blocks, larger than you’d commonly see in many traditional quilt styles, anyway. That’s the basis of these ten quilt designs, each of which includes a list of materials, a cutting list, directions for making templates, fabric recommendations, step-by-step piecing instructions, and palette suggestions.

full disclosure: I borrowed this book from the East Lansing Public Library via the MeLCat interlibrary loan system


review: Mixing Quilt Elements

Mixing Quilt Elements

Mixing Quilt Elements: a modern look at color, style & design by Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession

Doughty is an Australian quilt blogger, speaker, fabric designer, and so forth, and she traveled throughout Australia to photograph the quilts in this book. The resulting photos are gorgeous and though the background is often only just barely visible in the shot, the natural light and contrast of the backgrounds really works to showcase the lovely quilt work. Doughty espouses a slow approach to quilting, taking the time to hand piece and stitch and really appreciate the process. This doesn’t mean she skimps on the little things, though, as each one is highly detailed and the finished pieces have a harmonious blend of a lot of things going on. Familiar shapes and styles are found in each quilt, including log cabin, wedges, rings, octagons, and many more. Pattern pieces are included in a perforated section in the back.

full disclosure: I borrowed this book from the Baldwin Public Library through the MeLCat interlibrary loan system


review: Quilting from Every Angle

Quilting from Every Angle

Quilting from Every Angle: 16 Geometric Designs by Nancy Purvis

Geometry is a part of quilting (whether one recognizes it as such or not) and Purvis takes inspiration from the building blocks of squares, rectangles, and triangles. She looks for these shapes all around her in everyday life and then translates those images into quilts (in a non-literal way) and here provides some instruction to the reader on how to do the same. Some aged and slightly broken pavers can inform the design of a quilt block, as can a photograph of a landscape, for example. Some introductory quilting techniques are included. Purvis started writing about quilts on her blog and throughout the book encourages readers to engage others using social media, such as sharing their creations using hashtags. Each pattern includes all the information needed to make it with diagrams for piecing and assembly. I just wish she’d included photos of her inspiration for each one – it would have been really neat to see the inspiration side by side with the resulting quilt.

full disclosure: I borrowed this book from the St. Charles District Library through the MeLCat ILL system