let's talk quilting books... how do you use them? i find that i rarely make the exact things shown in the books, but when looking for inspiration, i often pull my favorites off the shelf. to be totally honest, i very rarely read the words in these books; they might as well just print pictures on hard pages a la board books.
it would seem fitting for a book titled Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe to inspire a dialogue about "what is modern quilting?" and "in what way do these quilts represent that aesthetic?"... frankly, the book is a little light on that substance, but honestly, that's not really my gig anyway. so, for me, the inspiration offered by this book is enough.
but there are important discussions about modern quilting happening around the blogosphere. in reference to modern quilting, and this book specifically, Rossie wrote this review, which is worth a read. and my dear friend Thomas Knauer has a lot of thoughtful things to say on the subject of modern quilting... if you're not already reading his blog, you can and should check out some of those posts here.
as far as my thoughts on this book go... well, i decided to just make something inspired by this quilt from Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts:
i put the whole thing together rather quickly (which was easy to do because it's so small, just about 7.5" square) and didn't pin anything. i'm pretty shocked that any of my points line up, actually! i just might try some fun quilting on it and i think it will be the perfect resting place for a nice cup of tea.
would you like to be inspired by this book? Jennifer is giving away one copy of the book, so stop by Ellison Lane Quilts to enter for your chance to win!
*for disclosure's sake: i was given a copy of this book in exchange for posting about it today. all opinions are my own.*