Quilting With a Modern Slant: A Review
So friends, I'm doing a sponsored book review today! (Sponsored meaning the publisher sent me a book for free, and I get to give one copy to one of you) If you read my blog much, you know I just don't do this stuff. I find it way too hard to be honest, but also nice at the same time:)
So why am I doing it this time? I don't know. Must have been that the concept of the book intrigued me, as it did not seem to be your typical quilting book. And even though I don't label myself as a modern quilter, I am influenced by modern quilters and very interested in this topic as a whole.
So I said yes, I will accept this book and talk about it on my blog. And then in the weeks I was waiting for it to arrive, I wondered to myself why I had put myself in for this, since I was sure to disagree with most of what the book said about 'modern' quilting.
After the book arrived (only yesterday, so I haven't had a lot of time to look at it) I cracked it open and started reading at the beginning.
I started out by being pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed Rachel May's introduction, as well as the following pages which include Six Steps to a Quilt (simple breakdown on how to make a quilt), as well as a few pages with her thoughts on modern quilting. I found this first part of the book to be very encouraging and inclusive.
This book is mainly a collection of quilters and artists who have inspired or been a part of the modern quilting community. Each person has a page or two with some of their thoughts on various aspects, as well as some examples of their work.
I was very pleased to find Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr as the first featured artists. I only wish that they could have had a few more pages to share their amazing quilts and valuable thoughts.
I could go into so much more, but I'll try to put my overview into a few sentences. I enjoyed reading this book, but am not sure what it's use is for me. There are patterns sprinkled throughout, but none that I would be likely to use. There are lots of beautiful quilts shown, but it felt like I'd seen a lot of them before. It was interesting to hear a bit from each of these quilters, but I would have rather seen a smaller number of contributors and more in depth conversations as well as more samples of each artist's work.
I feel like I'm being picky by saying this, like I'm expecting perfection! The fact is, this is a beautiful book with a LOT of content.
If you are a quilter deeply immersed in the modern quilting world, you'll find this book interesting simply because you'll recognize many names and feel a connection.
I would also recommend this book to a fairly new quilter as I feel like it has a very encouraging and inclusive tone to it. Overall, I am very happy with the impression it leaves of the quilting community in general.
I hope this little review interested you enough to go check it out!
Oh, and leave me a comment here on this post for a chance to win a copy. I'll leave the giveaway open till Feb. 24th.