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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Book Review: Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge, from Taunton Press,via Netgalley,  for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Many quilters would love to attend quilting workshops from the 'superstars' of the modern quilting world, but can't afford to travel to attend them. This new book bring the workshops to the quilter, in the comfort of their own home!

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making cover


Ten of the best known and most respected teachers in modern quilt making, many bestselling authors in their own right, including Jacquie Gering Cheryl Arkison, and Dan Rouse, share one of their most popular workshops with you. Each class is designed to help you improve your own composition and design choices whether you create your own patterns or want to follow one of the 16 patterns included. The final workshop is an inspirational gallery of 50 modern quilts that exemplify the tone, color work, and techniques found in modern quilt making today. This is the must-have collection of modern quilt making

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making Kari Vojtechovsky color guide


This book is meant for an intermediate quilter for the most part. Many basics are assumed, and not discussed. But the workshops are about bringing new ways of thinking to familiar topics and patterns in quilting. A beginner quilter will get a lot of helpful info from the first chapter, Kari Vojtechovsky's "Principles of Color". She really helps you to understand tints and hue, and how to better blend your patterns and colors in a quilt top. You can click HERE to get a color sheet download, to play around with color, and check out info from the first chapter! The next 2 chapters expand on color and prints, and really help you to better understand a pattern from the inside out, based on color.

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making Angela Waters top quilting sample

Angela Waters' chapter on Machine Quilting was very interesting to me- she showed how to meld both old style top quilting, with modern forms, to create a totally new look, that can take a simple pieced quilt top (like above) to something awe inspiring! I have to admit, top quilting has always been my bane! I love to piece and see the top come together, to match the quilt back and find the perfect binding. I just HATE doing the top quilting and putting it all together!  She really made me want to attempt these intricate designs!

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making heather jones large scale pieced quilt

One of my favorite chapters was the one from Heather Jones on Large Scale Piecing. I had never thought of doing this with an older pattern, but WOW how striking is this quilt? The simplicity of the design coupled with the strong color combination gives it a very modern edge, yet the block pattern is very old. To be it is the perfect example of how to blend the old style of quilting with the new!  I want to go grab my grandmother's quilt block books from the 1920's and see what I can come up with to showcase some of the gorgeous quilt fabric I have!

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making  denyse schmidt piece as you go

Another great chapter was  Denyse Schmidt's "Improvisational Patchwork"! I love the idea of piecing as you go, using your collection of scraps (in the workshop, they are all put in a brown paper bag, and you just grab one from the bag and sew, then repeat!)! Known as 'crazy quilts' in my Grandma's day, this modern version is a great way to use up your scraps and to make quilts that may not necessarily be the star attraction on your bed, but are wonderfully handmade, and have their own story to tell! Course my problem is keeping a stash bag, as the kid keeps absconding with my scraps (see this week's Wordless Wednesday post for an example of what she makes with them)! 

The other chapter that really excited me was Penny Layman's "Paper Piecing"! Applique is one of those easy/hard things to do in quilting, depending on what is being made. I am always looking for easier ways to get it done! penny really made it simple and easy! Now I'm not afraid! 

All in all this is a WONDERFUL quilting book, one that any quilter would LOVE to have! The instructions on modern technique, piecing and pattern ideas, will really stir the creative imagination and with only
154 days until Christmas, it would be a great Christmas quilt for the quilters in your family!

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About Lucky Spool:

Lucky Spool is an illustrated book publisher within the crafting space located in Colorado. The Publisher, Susanne Woods, sits on the board of the National Modern Quilt Guild and has been an active part of the book publishing and quilting industries for over 10 years You can check out more about the writers (including links to their own blogs and websites)  in this book on their website!

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