Quilting with a Modern Slant

by Nova on February 6, 2014

I was thrilled to be invited along on the blog tour of Rachel May’s book ‘Quilting with a Modern Slant’.


[image courtesy of Storey Publishing]

I really really like this book. I’ve read it twice already, cover to cover. It’s a book of stories & inspiration rather than a traditional quilting book. While it gives a comprehensive guide to quilt basics, supplies etc and includes lots of projects & tutorials from some of the 70+ (!) contributors, where this book won me over was it’s chats with designers from the modern quilting world.

Many of the names you will recognize & some may be new to you as they were to me.  There are a few of my personal quilty heros within the pages & to learn more about what inspires them is a treat. & the pictures! Oh the pictures are just lovely & like the contributors there are a lot of them which  is always a  winner.

The book is divided into 7 chapters including topics such as Play, Improv, Colour & Tradition – all music to these eclectic ears!

I noticed a common thread  that ran through many of the conversations with the quilters in the book.  That was to find your own style & make what you love. Be true to yourself – take inspiration from those around you and your surroundings but ultimately enjoy the make & find your quilty voice as it were. I love the whole ‘Inspiration Pay it Forward’ thing.

I also enjoyed the tips & snippets that are scattered in bite size bits throughout the book.

We quilt for all sorts of reasons; inspiration strikes & we are hooked. I’ve sewn for years but can remember discovering the world of modern quilting & just knowing it was going to be a good fit.

What inspired you to quilt modern? Maybe it was  blog you stumbled upon or a quilt magazine, an exhibition, a friends quilt, a gift or maybe it was some fabric that lead you on the path to modern quilting?

& what inspired me to quilt modern?  I remember back in the day discovering Amy Butlers Lotus fabric range, most notably the Full Moon Polka Dots & Wall Flower designs –  I have had a love affair with those dots ever since! I’m not quite sure what it was about that particular range – the designs, the colours,  the scale & most probably the nostalgia of them being the first modern quilting fabrics I owned.  Interestingly, in the book one of the designers cites this fabric as being a bit of a springboard for them too.

As I felt my way in this brave new (well, not so new but it was all new to me!) world  there were a few blogs I followed that I just couldn’t get enough of  & still read to this day, among them are – Tallgrass Prairie Studio, Film in The Fridge, Sew Katie Did  , Sew Mama Sew  (many, many more followed in quick succession!) …. all of whom feature in the book.  A while  later I was lucky enough to visit an exhibition of the Quilts of Gee’s Bend when they visited  Brisbane & I was smitten.

The very best thing though is that the inspiration sources are ongoing & that is the exciting thing about this world of modern quilting we are lucky enough to sew in :)

I’d love to hear  your story about what inspired you to quilt modern – whether you’re a seasoned sewer, a newbie or  you haven’t sewn a stitch yet! Leave a comment about what has inspired you for a chance to win a copy of this delightful book courtesy of Storey Publishing.  I’ll pick a winner this coming Sunday evening Brisvegas time. GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Catch up with more stops on the book tour at these inspiring spots:

29 Jan –  Patchwork Posse

30 Jan –  Inside Storey

3 Feb –  Craft Buds

9 Feb –  Dining Room Empire

11 Feb –  In Color Order

12 Feb – Pink Penguin

Quilting with a Modern Slant is available now at your local bookstore, library or online

eta: a sneak peek at some pictures from inside the book here!

Disclaimer: Storey Publishing invited me to participate in this blog tour & sent me a complimentary copy of the book. All opinions  within this book review are my own.

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