Blogging can be quite challenging. It has taken me a while, but I posted a new Gallery page on my blog this morning. It carries slideshows of 10 different series of innovative and art quilts I have designed and made over the years–lots of luscious “eye candy.” Enjoy!
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One of my students at Quilt University took time out from our online quilt class Reflections to attend a Ricky Tims Super Seminar in Asheville, North Carolina. She was one of the organizers for the Seminar, so got a good firsthand look and had a wonderful time. She had this to say about her experience:
I’m just now recovering from this intense 3-day experience. The seminar was wonderful — informative, inspiring and very entertaining. As a volunteer I worked VERY HARD, but as a bonus lost a pound, mostly because there was so little time to eat.
Dena, Alex Anderson and her husband John also had very good things to say about you and your Guild (as did Ricky and Justin) — you all must have made quite an impression.
And as another bonus, they gave each seminar attendee the latest copy of The Quilt Life, which has your article in it — so 475 more people get to see the great work you do there.
If anyone has a chance to attend this seminar, I strongly recommend it!
My student was referring to the Kenya Quilt Guild‘s “Tea with the Stars” which took place in Nairobi, Kenya, last January when Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims and their tour leader Jim West of Sew Many Places visited Kenya.
According to Amazon, these are currently the best-selling books about patchwork quilting:
|Your First Quilt Book (or it should be!)
|The Thimbleberries Guide For Weekend Quilters: 25 Great-Looking Quilts for the Busy Quiltmaker
|Kaffe Fassett’s Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts: 23 Original Quilt Designs
|Little Quilts : All Through the House
|Schnibbles Times Two: Quilts from 5″ or 10″ Squares (That Patchwork Place)
|Stack-n-Whackier Quilts (Another Magic Stack-n-Whack(tm) Book)
Bethany S. Reynolds
|The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt: Letters from 1920s Farm Wives and the 111 Blocks They Inspired
Laurie Aaron Hird
|Layer Cake, Jelly Roll & Charm Quilts
|Cozy Modern Quilts: 23 Easy Pieced Projects to Bust Your Stash
|500 Art Quilts: An Inspiring Collection of Contemporary Work (500 Series)
An article I wrote recently called Quilting in Kenya has been published in Quiltposium, Jim West’s online and FREE magazine! I hope you will enjoy reading the entire magazine, as it’s lovely and chock full of information!
What is your favorite patchwork, appliqué or quilting book? What’s the one book that gave you the “Ah-hah!” moment you needed to set you off on a quilter’s path, that life-changing book without which you might never have become the quilter you are today?
The one quilt book that gave me that moment of light in the mind, that opened many doors and gave me both understanding and permission to move forward, was Freedom in Design by Mia Rozmyn, from That Patchwork Place, Bothell, Washington, 1995–ISBN 1-56477-1-2-4. In her book, Mia showed me that piecing is not limited to straight lines, nor to rotary cut shapes. She taught me that I could piece any shape, and that opened my mind more than has any other book.
I was also impressed by Jinny Beyer’s Color Companion for Quilters, The Quilt Digest Press, Lincolnwood, Illinois, 1992–ISBN 0-8442-2639-4. This book pulled together everything I had learned in a couple of color physics courses in university, and made it practical. Jinny’s system of developing palettes of color works beautifully and is easy to master.
Won’t you share with us your favorite, or the most influential in your life as a quilter, quilt book? Leave a comment below to tell us about your favorite book. Thanks!