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Beyond Neutral: Quilts Inspired by Nature's Elements Paperback – May 6, 2014
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For long-time quilters, neutral meant muslin, off-white, cream or white fabric. Maybe you might venture to a light gray. At some point, quilters used black as a background. Neutral didn't mean a color. In Beyond Neutral, John Q. Adams created 16 original quilts where he used the colors of nature as his inspiration for his neutral - no cream or white here. He organized his quilts around the themes of wind; earth; water; leaves and grass; and lava, coral, and stone. I loved the movement and freshness of his quilts. Some of my favorites: "Canyonlands", inspired by a flock of starlings in flight with a peachy tan as a neutral; "Katmai", which had its roots in a traditional block that kept growing; and "Pacific Crest", with its image of flying birds on a navy background. You'll find lots of inspiration in the book and you'll look at neutrals differently, whether that's in using John's patterns or your own creation. --Review from Morna Golletz, ICAP Newsletter, May 2014
Beyond Neutral is the new book by popular blogger, John Adams. In Beyond Neutral, John encourages the sewist to move beyond using white or cream as the neutral in a quilt and to embrace the colours of nature. The quilt projects are not difficult to piece, but the results are beautiful and the use of solid focus fabrics (other than white or cream) is visually, very effective. "Glacier Bay" is just one of the quilt projects in Beyond Neutral. It is the most traditional of the projects and just stunning. Personally, I have this quilt on my "to-do" list. Beyond Neutral is filled with great quilts with a "masculine" feel. Finding projects to make for men is always tricky, but this book has plenty of inspiration. Excellent instructions and step by step images make this book an asset to any quilt book library. --Anorina Morris, Samelia's Mum Blog, June 2014
For his new book, "Quilt Dad" Adams found inspiration for the 16 included patterns in the great outdoors, specifically in some of his favorite "elemental" color combinations. True to its title, none of the quilts in the book use white, black, or traditional neutral shades as a background or neutral color. Rather, Adams demonstrates that many colors drawn from nature can, themselves, act as effective neutrals in a project. The 16 projects included in the book, while beginner friendly, are far from basic. Finished results yield quilts that are impressively simple, yet complex, and remain true to Adams' modern style. --Quilts Inc., eInsider Newsletter, June 2014
About the Author
John Q. Adams is a father of three who enjoys sewing and quilting in his spare time. Inspired by the growing number of crafting blogs and the emergence of vibrant, modern fabrics in the quilting industry, John taught himself how to use a sewing machine in 2004 and hasn't looked back. He started his popular blog, QuiltDad.com, in 2008 to share his love of patchwork with others. John is a published author and co-founder of the popular e-magazine and book series for modern quilters, Fat Quarterly.
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I'm around quilt books and patterns all day, and it's gotten to the point that I no longer add a book to my personal collection unless there at least three projects I'd love to make. There is not a single quilt I don't love in this book.
The projects really work with fabric, the design never overwhelming the prints but really enhancing them. And John breaks down the elements in such a way that none feel undoable, even for beginners.
Every quilt in this book has a intro from John. It’s nice to read about his points of view. The patterns are sorted in 5 categories; “wind and sky”, “earth”, “water”, “leaves and grass” and “lava, coral and stone” .
The quilts in this book (16 different ones) are a great way to use your favorite large print fabric! So check your stash and get started
Interestingly John has not been a traditional quilter, nor has he been exposed to the many traditional “rules and practices” that abound from many hundreds of years of traditional quilting. So John just brings to the table what he sees as the enjoyable art of making quilts.
This book is focused on the colour of Nature’s Elements, and John uses the colours of nature as his background or backdrops for his unique and very clever designs. I like every one of the quilts in this book. I particularly like the way John has taken the time to describe the inspiration behind each quilt, and also the clear instructions and accompanying diagrams and photographs that make this book very, very user friendly.
John definitely has an eye for colour, and uses the subtle range of grayed tones to work with. The designs look simply stunning, yet are not overly difficult to achieve. The quilt patterns in this book are very modern – lots of negative space, geometric shapes and solid colours. I really like that John isn’t shackled by the rules that govern quilting with stripes or directional fabrics. John just slots these into his creations, without fuss or fanfare, and yet these designs are very aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
Once again Martingale has shown their professional capability in publishing a very unique quilting book, and one that will please any quilter who is looking for the “edge” to their quilts. I would recommend this publication be a permanent resident on all quilter’s library shelves.
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Off this afternoon to buy some Navy Blue fabric...truly inspired!! Thanks John :-)