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We Love Color: 16 Iconic Quilt Designers Create with Kona Solids Paperback – June 16, 2012

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Modern quilting is as much a marketing buzzword as it is a real movement in fiber craft. It's strange, then, that one of the best collections of modern quilt patterns isn't touted as a 'modern quilting' book. The designs range from striking minimalist color studies (Cherri House's Centered) to cheery riffs on classic quilt blocks (Rita Hodge's Lady of the Lake) to explorations of geometry (Malka Dubrawsky's Sweet as Pi Baby Quilt; Emily Cier's Lupine). Broken down into pieces, none of the quilts is as complex as it first appears. VERDICT: The variety and versatility of the designs, combined with excellent instructions, make this a must-have for quilting collections.
(Library Journal)

We Love Color from Stash Books contains 16 visually dynamic quilts from 16 'iconic designers.' Some are easy to piece, and some more complex, but one of the best features is the color key for Robert Kaufman Fabrics Kona Cotton Solids.

(American Quilt Retailer, May 2012)

I think this is the first time an entire fabric line has inspired a book. In We Love Color you will find 16 fresh exciting quilt projects all made using Kona Cotton Solids. The Robert Kaufman Company produces and ships millions of yards of Kona internationally and throughout the United States every year. There is certainly a place for these richly colored fabrics in quilts of all kinds from traditional Amish quilts to the new quilting styles of the modern quilt movement. To celebrate the creative spirit and the endless inspiration of the Kona Cotton Solids the Robert Kaufman Company has teamed with 16 of the modern quilt movements' leading designers. This book is a result of that collaboration. The projects in this book are bright, bold and colorful and range from modern to traditional. Although there are more modern quilts than traditional quilts you are presented with an opportunity to experiment with precision piecing, improvisational quilting or appliqué. You will find easy to read instructions and beautiful photographs. There is also an index to Kaufman colors so you can match the exact fabric for each project.

(The Applique Society Newsletter, September 2012)

16 quilts designers offer a fresh look at quilts in both modern and traditional styles. Using the more than 200 solid colors offered in the Kona fabrics line by Robert Kaufman, the designers experiment with piecing techniques, improvisational quilting applique and more. Included in an index to the Kaufman colors for exact matching to the projects.
(Modern Quilts Unlimited, 11/1/12)

Put versatile solid fabrics to use in quilts created by influential designers in the modern quilt arena.

(American Patchwork & Quilting, February 2013)

This book has 16 projects by amazing designers using Kaufman's colorful Kona Solids.

The designers are well known 'modern' quilters who have some great quilt projects—there's even an Aussie quilter amongst them :) It's hard to pick a favourite but I absolutely love Jacquie Gering's Think Big which is on the front cover—its bright and wonderful as is Malka Dubrawsky's Sweet as Pi baby quilt.

Each project has an introduction by the designer with comprehensive instructions and quilting and finishing tips. They range from easy to a bit more challenging with a few improv projects and applique as well.

There are very clear diagrams to help with putting the quilts together and there is a section toward the end of the book with general instructions on how to finish the quilt.

Also included in the book is an interview with Denyse Schmidt who talks about the use of solids in her quilts. The last pages have information about all of the designers of the projects and as a bonus all of the Kona solids used in the book are listed too.

This is a wonderful book for those wanting to make a quilt that uses the amazing array of colourful solids.
(Leanne Elliott daisyandjack.blogspot.com, 2/12/13)

Who doesn't love color? We Love Color is a collection of 16 quilts made by some of today's leading designers in the modern quilt movement. They all use Kona cottons from Robert Kaufman Company. Some of the quilts look quite traditional, some abstract. You'll find structured pieced quilts and free-form landscapes. I was particularly taken by 'Orbit' by Jennifer Sampou, made with improvisational circles and strips. The book also includes an interview with Denyse Schmidt about her Paper Bag Piecing technique, which she uses to help students choose and combine colors to create their own one-of-a-kind quilts. A resource guide showcasing all the Kona cottons used in the book is included. (The Professional Quilter Magazine, Summer 2013)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (June 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607055449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607055440
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #965,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By sewer on June 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
What a range of work - for good and bad. The editor of this book did not seem to have particularly high standards. Some of the quilts are exquisitely made with beautiful piecing and quilting, others, such as the TV color block quilt, are shockingly poorly made. The machine quilting on quilts such as ladders and sanibel are wonderful though.

Like many who sew, I love the range of Kona colors but, also like many I know, I really am not a fan of the coarseness of the fabrics or the inconsistency of their dye lots. I hope that quilters realize there are many other choices other than Kona out there.
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`We Love Color' is a compilation of quilts made by many designers, compiled by Susanne Woods. All of the quilts are made using solid Kaufman Cotton Solids. Kaufman Cottons are a favorite of mine. I love making paper-pieced stars from them. There are over 200 colors in the Kaufman Cottons line, and at the back of the book, you can see the colors, their names and item numbers. I usually don't like books that use one fabric line, because by the time you get the book, that line is usually discontinued. Not so with the Kaufman Cotton Solids line, that has been around for more than 30 years. This book shows the exact colors that are used in the quilts, and if you like the quilt in those colors, they are easy to replicate.
There are 16 different quilts in We Love Color. The book contains quilts with a variety for quilter's skills, beginner to intermediate. I saw 4 quilts that really appealed to me.
Little Landscapes features 2 quilts designed by Jean Wells. They are free-form landscape quilts, where she teaches how to sew gentle curves. They are very nice!
Lupine has been designed by Emily Cier. Her quilt features octagons, which make it very interesting.
Orbit is another free-form quilt, designed by Jennifer Sampou, made with appliquéd circles. It would make a very unique quilt, unlike any other quilter's.
Spring will Come, by Kajsa Wikman, really does depict spring. It is another appliquéd quilt, with a white background, with many bright leaves, and a bird at the top. It is a very clean, clear and simple quilt that looks gorgeous!
When you read this We Love Color, you will find something that appeals to you, and it is hard to believe that they are all made from solid fabrics!
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We Love Color is an excellent choice for quilters of all skill levels who want to quilt with solids. The range of projects extends from traditional blocks to improvisational piecing to curved piecing to appliqué and there are plenty of projects I'm wanting to do.
The instructions are clear and easy to follow, with plenty of diagrams. Any new or unique techniques are well-presented and offer the experienced quilter a chance to extend their skill set.
Many of the designers also offered ideas for alternative color schemes, which I liked. It was great that the quilting on each quilt was clearly shown and I also really liked the introductions to each quilt, where the quilters told us a little about each project and why they chose to do particular elements.
The only thing I felt was lacking was an introduction that outlined quilting with solids - it would have been useful to have a guide to start off with.
Overall, I recommend this book to any quilter who wants to extend their skills and think outside the square of the myriad of prints available today.
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This is an interesting book in that it only uses Kona color solids in its designs. It also gives you a color chart showing the names of the colors used in each quilt, so you can exactly duplicate each project. This is a bonus for people who are frustrated when they want to duplicate quilts in books that use long out-of-stock fabrics.

We Love Color contains 16 different quilts, designed by 16 different quilters. There is great variety in the quilts -- pieced, appliqued, and improvisational. None of the projects appeared to be too difficult. They are all modern in design but range from more traditional to very unconventional. What I like most -- as a longarm quilter -- is that there are great pictures of the quilting.

At the beginning of each chapter, the designer talks about their inspiration for the quilt. I found this very interesting, since it's often hard to tell what inspires modern quilts. At the end of the book are biographies of each of the designers, so you can learn more about them.

Overall I found this to be a great inspiration on how to work with solid fabrics.
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Any quilter knows that the newest trend is "Modern Quilting". What is so great about this book is the contributions from 16 different designer-quilters with names familiar to most quilters. While the underlying promo is the Kona Solids, they are certainly not the only solids out there that are available. Working with solids can be a challenge for many as we have depended on the patterns of the fabric to inbue style and design. Of course, today's solids are in hundreds of colors which helps each quilter make any quilt in her own color way. I wouldn't necessarily want to make all of the quilts, but I would consider at least half of the designs to inspire me to action. The text is breezy and the instructions are not intimidating.
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