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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.
"May, a founder of the Boston Modern Quilt Guild, has created an encyclopedia of modern quilting. So-called 'modern' quilting labels the latest category of quilting, following 'traditional' and 'art.' Modern quilting admittedly hard to pin down, but proudly inclusive is a hybrid of the other two, resulting in quilts that 'perform both a design and functional purpose.' May divides her book into seven sections with titles that reflect the whimsy and experimentation that help define modern quilting, including 'A Sense of Play,' 'Improv,' and 'For the Love of Color.' Within those chapters, she presents modern quilters ('Meet'), such as Angela Walters, David Butler, and Caro Sheridan; offers directions ('Project') for techniques like paper piecing and for quilts, like Sherri Lynn Wood's modern t-shirt quilt; and covers history and museums. Sidebars cite quilters' blogs and places to donate quilts, among other information. Crawls at the bottom of pages define words ('Quilt Lingo') and blurbed quotes from quilters and their blogs are scattered throughout for encouragement. Like a good host, May serves as an enthusiastic introducer, teacher, and cheerleader." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"In this collection, writer and crafter May profiles some of the big names in modern quilting and some quilters who are lesser known but whose work is quietly helping to redefine the possibilities of quilting. The book is divided into seven sections, each focusing on a particular aspect of modern quilting, such as improv, color, scale, or a theme (e.g., "the personal is political," "coming full circle"). 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. There are some fantastic patterns and tutorials throughout, but what sets this work apart is its emphasis on quilt makers rather than on quilt making. VERDICT May does a marvelous job of capturing a moment in the modern quilting movement, as well as the viewpoints and opinions of the creators who have made modern quilting into an enduring form of expression. This volume belongs in all quilting collections." -- Library Journal Starred Review
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 70 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.
Modern quilting allows artists the freedom to play with traditions and take liberties with fabrics, patterns, colors, stitching, and the ways in which they all connect. In Quilting with a Modern Slant, Rachel May introduces you to more than 70 modern quilters who have developed their own styles, methods, and aesthetics. Their ideas, their quilts, and their tips, tutorials, and techniques will inspire you to try something new and follow your own creativity wherever it leads.
About the Author
Rachel May is an organizing member of the Boston chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild and a lifelong crafter who has focused her energy on quilting for the past 6 years. She teaches writing classes and is currently a Ph.D. student of English and Cultural Studies with a focus on quilts and narrative at the University of Rhode Island. Her writing has received multiple awards, including two Pushcart Prize nominations. She lives in Rhode Island.
Table of Contents
Six Steps to a Quilt
What You'll Need
Find Your People
What is Modern Quilting?