Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts
We first met and fell in love with Jacquie at the Fall International Quilt Market in 2010 when she was helping out some of her buds with their book releases. We’d just started seeing her work and it was love at first sight, both for her incredible talent and her kindness and professionalism. She’s a joy to be around and we couldn’t wait to start playing with her!
While working on our former publication, we had just secured Jacquie’s talents through an awesome quilt that was going to grace our next cover. When that former publication was suddenly shut down, one of the biggest regrets we felt (besides our jobs) was not being able to play more with Jacquie and her quilts.
Fast forward to this last Market and we’re all in a good place. We’ve got the debut issue of our print mag in our hands and Jacquie’s got her first book-baby in hers. We followed Jacquie around a bit while she conducts her book signings and just generally exudes all of the excitement she deserves for birthing this baby with the equally awesome Katie Pedersen (who we wish we knew better, but at least we completely enjoy her through her blog, Sew Katie Did).
And today we get to celebrate right along with them as we participate in a blog release party for their wonderful book, Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts. (Interweave, 2012)
This book is all about taking the common and the tried in quilting and turning it into something less–less planned, less structured, less predictable. And the results are something so much more than their parts suggest.
Jacquie and Katie use techniques such as free-piecing, log cabin assembly, slice-and-insert and more to create modern quilts that are unique and beautiful in their simplicity and punch. What we really like about this book is this duo’s deep respect for traditional quiltmaking and their oh-so-true advice to master the foundational techniques for making quilts in order to better manipulate them for your improvisational masterpieces. (We’ve been saying this for years!)
There are 21 projects in here, included pillows, placemats and many, many quilts. Yes, even with the improvisational approach, you can almost recreate their quilts. (Winter Windows and Fiesta Wall Quilt are two of our faves.) But that’s not really the point of what Jacquie and Katie are trying to inspire. Instead, consider practicing their techniques and then turning them loose on your own creations. You’ll release your inner artist in no time, and have fun doing it!
Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen, Interweave Press, 2011, Softcover, 176 pages, $26.95