Today I am very excited to introduce a brand new quilting book that you are sure to want to add to your Christmas wishlist. Modern Designs for Classic Quilts is written by Kelly Biscopink and Andrea Johnson and is complete quilting eye candy. I met Kelly as an Editor through my publisher and was absolutely thrilled when I found out she had written a book of her own!
At quilt market in Houston, TX last month, my mom (aka Grandma Jane) and I went out dinner with Kelly and Andrea and we. had. a. ball. We laughed so hard we cried. I'm telling you, these are my kind of girls. So I'm going to try hard to write an un-biased review, but it always helps to know that the authors behind a book are truly wonderful people. And it helps when they've written a truly fabulous book!
I absolutely adore the concept of this book as I feel it is very similar to how I view sewing children's clothing. The book has some of the most traditional, classic quilt styles, yet they are taken to a whole new level through the use of modern patterned fabrics and bold solids.
This Spider Web Quilt, called Effie's Web, might be my favorite in the book. I love how much color and movement you can see throughout the quilt. Look at it one way and you see one thing, look at it another and you see something else. Also, it's a great way to use up scraps of fabric and with all the clothing I sew, you know I have a lot of scraps.
Although, I love Effie's Web, it's a pretty close call between that one and the cover quilt called the Urban Cabin. First of all, how cute is that name? It is a traditional log cabin style quilt, but the way in which the fabrics are placed is so totally modern. Brilliant!
Check out some of these quilt patterns included in the book that use beautiful solids incorporated into their designs. As much as I love patterned quilting cotton, sometimes I think solids can bring the beauty out in a quilt design like nothing else.
The overall tone of Modern Designs for Classic Quilts is very friendly and welcoming, just like Kelly and Andrea. The techniques section is beautiful with very clear photographed instructions. They include everything from cutting, sewing and pressing to how to match seams, sewing curved seams and paper piecing. There are also non-quilting techniques included such as installing a zipper, ruffling and raw edge applique that are used for some of the smaller projects included in the book.
Kelly and Andrea have done such a wonderful job bringing together two worlds of quilting together in one book; modern and traditional. Who says you have to be defined as a modern quilter or a traditional quilter? No one. And these ladies show that you can have it all......a little modern, a little classic and a whole lot of beautiful.
So guess what? Not only did Kelly and Andrea send me my very own copy of this book for this review, they sent a copy for one of you!
Would you like to win a copy of Modern Designs for Classic Quilts?
Well, this one is easy, just leave a comment on this post telling us why you would like this book.
One entry per person. Giveaway will be open until Monday, November 19, 2012 at midnight (CST).
To check out more reviews of Modern Designs for Classic Quilts, please visit some of these other wonderful blogs on the book tour:
Tuesday, Nov. 6 (Lindsay, CraftBuds)
Wed., Nov. 7 (Jill, Darling Jill Quilts)
Thursday, Nov. 8 (Faith, Fresh Lemons)
Friday, Nov. 9 (Generation Q)
Saturday, Nov. 10 (Angela, Quilting is my Therapy)
Sunday, Nov. 11 (Shannon, Stitch Craft Create)
Monday, Nov. 12 (Laurie, Scarlet Fig)
Tuesday, Nov. 13 (Kaysie, KZJo’s Studio)
Wed., Nov. 14 (Jessica, A Little Gray)
Thursday, Nov. 15 (Mary, The Tulip Patch)
Friday, Nov. 16 (Deborah, Whipstitch)
Saturday, Nov. 17 (Lindsay, The Cottage Mama)
Sunday, Nov. 18 (Jenny, Sew Kind of Wonderful)
Monday, Nov. 19 (Carla, LollyQuiltz)
Tuesday, Nov. 20 (Thomas, Thomas Knauer Sews)
Wed., Nov. 21 (Brenda, Pink Castle Fabrics)
Also, you can keep up to date with these lovely ladies over on their blogs: