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Quilting with a Modern Slant: People, Patterns, and Techniques Inspiring the Modern Quilt Community Kindle Edition
Modern quilting allows artists the freedom to expand on traditions and use fabrics, patterns, colors, and stitching innovatively to create exciting fresh designs. In Quilting with a Modern Slant, Rachel May introduces you to more than seventy modern quilters who have developed their own styles, methods, and aesthetics. Their ideas, quilts, tips, tutorials, and techniques will inspire you to try something new and follow your own creativity—wherever it leads.
“An encyclopedia of modern quilting . . . Like a good host, May serves as an enthusiastic introducer, teacher, and cheerleader.” —Publishers Weekly
“The bounty of creativity is inspiring, and the variety of quilts featured will open the readers’ eyes to all of the aspects of this popular movement . . . This volume belongs in all quilting collections.” —Library Journal (starred review)
“Light in tone and visually beautiful . . . Quilting with a Modern Slant will become the book on modern quilting by which all others to come will be measured.” —Craft Nectar
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Find Your Inspiration
--This text refers to the paperback edition.
Modern Quilting gives artists the freedom to play with every element of the quilt, to improvise and build on the aesthetics of traditional and art quilts, and to welcome inspiration however it strikes. Tour the varied world of modern quilting through the stories and works of more than 70 of its most exciting artists. Along with a compelling inside look at their creations, the quilters offer step-by-step instructions on favorite improvisational techniques and quilting projects.
- ASIN : B00ESCVNFM
- Publisher : Storey Publishing (January 28, 2014)
- Publication date : January 28, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 47513 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 490 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #419,617 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In fact I first discovered quiltmaking when my husband came back from the USA on a business trip with a copy of "Quilts, Quilts, Quilts!" for me in his suitcase as a gift, in the late 80s, which shows how old I am, 60 next week! Until then, I had made clothes (since a young girl) and some English paper pieced patchwork, then the perennial curtains (drapes), blinds, cushions (pillows) and so on after marriage. I was so excited by that book and sent for a rotary cutter and ruler/mat set via details in the back of the book - nothing like that was available here and no one I knew made patchwork in that way in blocks here in the UK at the time. It felt so much more creative than making clothes following patterns (which were becoming cheaper to purchase anyway) and I was totally hooked. I helped to start a local quilt group in the early 90s, was spurred from that into starting to draw and eventually made it all the way to art school to study Textiles part time (ending with an MA - "Master of Arts" degree) to my utter surprise! I taught Textiles on a degree course for 10 years following that until recent retirement, wrote a "serious" blog and took an academic view of all things Textile.
The point of this long winded story is to prove - quilting changes lives! True, here in the UK art schools don't do much quilting, if at all, they take a more conceptual approach to textiles. A lot of my students couldn't sew, didn't want to sew and were happy binding blocks of concrete or wood together for installations etc. I think the USA takes a different view, honouring actual making skills more, but someone will maybe put me right on that one?
So, it was interesting to re-discover quilting all over again, for myself this time and not for serious teaching purposes. And oh the sheer joy of it - I have bought a new Janome quilting machine with a small legacy left me by an aunt, the same aunt who left me piles of cotton dressmaking remmnants from the 60s/70s. I have discovered Modern Quilting at just the right time; it needed a new invigeration of blood. I like the way its become fun again, relates to mid twentieth century art and design and has a simplicity/love of the actual act of sewing as well as excitement with colour.
As a retired college tutor, and just as a ordinary quilter, I can see where Rachel May was going with this book - it lays out the foundations of what Modern Quilting is all about. A lot of the stuff - quilt groups, etc and little bits of history/touching on important points in quilting history - is known to old hands like myself, but it doesn't hurt to read it again. Anyone coming new to quilting, with find it invaluable. I hope to start up a new quilting group when I move home soon and pass this book around; it is essential reading and an excellant intro to the subject. The approach is sweetly naive at times, just touching on some important topics relating to all Textile forms, but not over academic as to frighten new quilters/sewers away. I applaud her work on this book as I am excited all over again and feel just what I felt with that first quilt book many years ago - the possibilities are endless! Thank you Rachel.
I would urge everyone to try the Improv Piecing with Scraps if you have not done this before. It's exciting and liberating and helps you get over any hangups you might have coming from a traditional quilting background.
For those interested in getting started in quilting, there are many tutorials here about basic techniques.
For experienced quilters looking to push themselves further, tutorials like Alice's bias binding will add polish and precision to your work.
I think this book will also appeal to traditional quilters. Yes, it's about the modern movement, but it's more about the act and art of quilt making and is chock full of inspiring quilt designs and inspiring quilters.
For its size and the amount of info in it, it also reads very fast--you can get through it the first time relatively quickly, then refer to it again and again to get ideas for fabric purchases, improvisation piecing, or to just look through for all the quilting eye candy! :)