Saturday, November 24, 2012

Book Review! Modern Designs for Classic Quilts

When I went to Quilt Market (I didn't tell you I was/went to QM. I did. It was crazy.) I was very happy to be able to meet up with Andie Johnson and her friend/writing partner Kelly Biscopink.
I knew Andie from....actually I don't know how I "met" Andie. Blog? Talkin Tuesdays? I really don't know now. Anyways, I was very much looking forward to it as Andie is such a sweet person online, and in person!

I was able to score a copy of Kelly (@stitchykelly) & Andie's(@AndieJohnsonSew') book "modern designs for classic quilts" (kp) that is available now!

The title is pretty self explanatory, Kelly & Andie are modern quilters who love classic quilts. They wrote an awesome book on it. You want more?? Well ok then.

What the two of them has done is bridge the gap between the modern & traditional quilter.

 I really was very impressed with the book, and I've read a lot of quilt books. This book is geared towards those who already sew and quilt, which I LOVED.
The techniques are not how to make a quilt sandwich, but rather how to sew in a zipper for the pillow project, or how to do some step up piecing.
The large dresden project. I LOVE this design. TOTALLY wakes up the tradition.
Another thing that really makes this one stand out is the fact that when Kelly and Andie had a different way of doing the same thing, they put BOTH in the book and each explained why they liked to do it the way they do.
This is really like sitting with some friends and learning it with them, instead of being lectured on ``how it must be done``. 

The last thing I love about this book and you will too, is that each big project has an accompanying smaller project. There isn`t a need to make a huge dresden plate quilt just to learn the technique. Make the smaller project to see if you actually like doing it. If you do, great! jump in to the larger project and really master the technique
If you don`t love it, you have a small gift to give and you never have to do it again.


Because in quilting it`s as much about learning what you don`t like or doesn`t work for you as it is what does.
And you never know, hexies may become your most favorite thing ever. Or not. No serious time, and money, is lost in finding out.

24 comments:

ritainalaska said...

enjoyed your review! this has been a great book blog tour ... each has made this book interesting, inspiring and makes me want to work several of the patterns. thans for the chance to win a copy.

Lisa Marie said...

That sounds great that they offer different ways to do things and advantages of each method. This must be a good book!

VickiT said...

Great review Cara. Thank you. I like how you pointed out they both 'showed/talked' about their way of doing something if they each differed on that technique and explained why. It's always great to have a choice that to one may work better than another.

Donna Hawley said...

Thanks for the review I've put this on my Christmas wish list. Now I just need to send the updated list to my family or maybe I'll just do a me gift.:)

Marcia W. said...

This looks like a great book. Thanks for the review!

Beth said...

Cara, this is a great review of what I can tell is a really interesting book.

Ullhärvan said...

Thanks for a great review! I also like that you don't have to make a large quilt every time you want to test something new!

B Greene said...

I love the fact that the authors included a small project to get your feet wet when trying a new technique - Genius! Thanks for the great review, Cara!

Jenniffier Kramer said...

What a nice review. Thanks for sharing.

craftytammie said...

i like the idea of two projects from one technique! this book looks great!

Samantha Leslie said...

It sounds like a fantastic book. It is going on my wish list.

Lisa said...

Love the fact they show 2 techniques to do one thing as many of us have different ways of completing a step. I'll have to add this to my wish list :-) The cover of the book is GORGEOUS! Gives me more ideas...

Marian Griffin said...

ooo! this sounds like the book for me! I love how you said they show more intense techniques instead of all the basics again...looking forward to reading it!

Tiffiny Quilts said...

Great review Cara! Love you always with #talknt2 & #talknt on Twitter! Big hugs, Tiffiny ~ Smilie Mommy :)

PippaP said...

I like small projects, love the dresden, thanks for the review

FiberofAll Sorts said...

Super great looking book. That's what this entire sewing/crafting/quilting life is all about. . right! All testing the waters and knowing there are a gazillion different ways to do one thing.

I can't wait to rent this from my library.

thepianohouse said...

I'm really excited about this book. I'm very interested in using traditional methods (EPP mostly) to achieve more modern results and I'm looking forward to finding out their thoughts on the process. Thanks for sharing your take on it.

Lisa said...

This is a great giveaway, it's actually on my wish list, so I may be able to cross it off if I win!

Great review too, love the idea of them giving 2 perspectives on completing on project.

Thanks again.

O! Jolly! said...

I'm becoming more and more intrigued by quilting and its many forms. Great review!

Lisaleh said...

This looks like a great book! I'd love to win it!

Shannon said...

This book looks so awesome! It is on my Christmas List!

Sue said...

What a great article, love the way you write. Would really love a copy of the book

Rosanne Derrett said...

Great review and I really like books that give two projects per technique and a variation in size too.

I'd love to add this to my collection.

Carole said...

Hi there, the December edition of Books You Loved has just gone live today. Here is the link Books You Loved December Edition Please do pop by and link in a post about a book you loved. Maybe this one? Cheers