Our PEIMQG is attempting to build a library for members use and part of the responsibility that goes along with that, is to offer insight into the books available for loan. Naturally this is a huge job and we are a very new Guild, so the other night our blog author, *Cathy* asked for volunteers to write a book review on one of the books in our library. Since I have no personal self control at all, I took the plunge and agreed to give a report/review on one book on the list.
So here goes.
It was long long ago, and far far away in my Grade 12 literature class, when I last wrote a book review so it goes without saying that I completely forgot how to do it and a reminder was in order. It turns out I am not the first to wonder about writing interesting and informative book reviews. There are approximately 1.2 gazillion sites that will tell you how to go about it. But for the most part, all agree with step one.
Introduce the Book… so with no further ado, please meet
ModBlock – Missouri Star Quilt Co. – The Color Issue.
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I have to say right here at the get-go, this is not an old-fashioned beginning to end book written by one author, explaining the one technique that made him/her famous and then giving examples of his/her work; this is the first edition in a series of books by MSQC to feature some really well known and respected quilters/bloggers, talking about what they do best.
Are you a “new-ish” quilter? or perhaps you are new to the whole idea of “modern” quilting. Then, you, my friend, are the person who this book is written for. Let me quote what ModBlock has to say,
“There is a new found freedom that you feel when making a modern quilt. You can follow the pattern or break free and choose you own design path. There are no rules, just great ideas to help you get started….”
So, there are no quilt police, no rigid rules to follow, no right or wrong, no matchy-match match monkey business. Anything goes. Sounds like a great place to start doesn’t it? (or alternatively, absolutely terrifying and the stuff of your worst nightmares…. but that’s a subject for another day and another book review)
The contributors in this edition are Molli Sparkles, Shea Henderson, Amy Ellis, Natalie Earnheart, Lisa Hirsch, Alexia Abegg, Vanessa Vargas Wilson and of course, Jennny Doan, founder of MSQC. Each of them tackles a part of the quilt making process and explains what they think about and how they approach building a cohesive, modern block/quilt.
Themes discussed are tone/color play, colour placement, improv piecing, twists on old-fashioned/traditional blocks, use of negative space and new and exciting tools of the trade. There is even a section for someone who wants to really break out of their box and make a tote bag! Holy Heck Hermione!
Each chapter is presented by a contributor in his/her own words so you can get a really clear picture of how they interpret a particular aspect of quilt making and IMHO should make sense to even the newest newbie who ever picked up a rotary cutter. And bonus, there are tons of photos in every section. Naturally each presenter provides great examples of projects and provides a pattern for you, should you be inclined to try out the technique. All told, there are 10 great projects included in this book.
In terms of which author provided content that was most meaningful to me AND which project I want to try, there was absolutely no contest, my favourite contributor was Natalie Earnheart. I absolutely fell in love with her “Dapper Dan” quilt. The section discusses “negative space” and how to make it interesting (which is something that I always struggle with). It also touches on composition and making opportunities for interesting movement in quilt design (another thing which I grapple with every times I pick up my rotary cutter). O yeah, there are also templates involved in this pattern….Yikes. So am I going to make this quilt…You betcha, but I’m gonna need help from my friends at PEIMQG to make it happen.
If you are a somewhat cautious or new “modern” quilt artisan, you will enjoy this book because it is simply written, with tons of great features such as supply lists for projects and tips to help guide you through construction 0f each project while making it as easy peasy as it naturally should be. The frosting on the cake are the great pictures (sorry folks, there no cake pics).
If you are a well established modern quilter, you will identify with the ideas presented and enjoy the opportunity to get a better perspective of what some of your favourite quilt designers/bloggers are doing and how they go about doing it. In my opinion thats a win/win.
All told this is a very good book, with information that both new and more experienced modern quilters will appreciate. It’s well worth a read!