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Freddy & Gwen Collaborate Again: Freewheeling Twists on Traditional Quilt Designs Paperback – May 5, 2009
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Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston are popular, well-respected quilters with distinctly different styles. Freddy is known for her flamboyant use of colour and pattern. Gwen is a noted quilt historian and author of over 23 books on the history and applications of traditional quilt techniques. Both women teach internationally, have appeared at countless quilt shows and have published multiple books.
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Both books are sumptuous and a joy to read; i love spending time looking at these books. They really explain things well,, both visually and with their text. Gwen and Freddy give me courage, and help me to know that there are no "mistakes" that can't be creatively and inventively rectified.
i also like in this book how they refer to the African American quilt traditions - so rich in color, abstraction, and resourcefulness. It shows that Freddy and Gwen were also influenced by looking at many gorgeous and artful African American quilts.
This time, Gwen and Freddy have enlarged many of the basic process blocks in the workshop and they have incorporated the process technique into medallion quilts. Many, many, ideas about how to take quilting ideas from the 19th century and step them into 21st century colors, fabrics, and designs that IMHO--most of our quilting foremothers would have been delighted to try.
I regularly read and look through this new book as well as Gwen and Freddy's first book. (which I also just bought) for ideas on how to assemble assorted blocks I have lying around.
I also arranged some appliqued blocks in a medallion pattern and tried some different color arrangements on my niece's wedding quilt I would not have tried if I had not studied these books. It has also enouraged me to put up quilts on design walls again to play with the arrangement. :) When I showed the new quilt at a quilt club--someone asked me if my niece was Italian since it has lots of green and red like an Italian flag. She is not--but I have to admit that I put the blocks together on the design board on the evening of Cinco de Mayo after a couple margaritas and it does look a bit like a Mexican flag--except with flowers. :)
Great fun and great quilting. You won't regret purchasing this book!
The book is well written. The layout, and content are well organized and easy to use. Individual interviews with both Gwen and Freddy provide fascinating insight. Galleries of quilts include commentary on each quilt. Instructions are clear and well defined.
I've completed six quilts and am working on my seventh using this and their previous book for inspiration. The best part, I've never had so much fun quilting! A must have.