Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr graciously sent me a copy of their new publication, Modern Quilts Illustrated, to review. We all know that modern quilts are here to stay! While traditional quilts will always play a huge part in the quilting world, modern interpretations are showing up everywhere, and are continuing to grow in popularity by leaps and bounds.
When Peggy and I had our new book proposal accepted by the publisher, we were told to focus on modern design for the book. I, myself, have been moving over the years in this modern direction - it's fun journey!
Modern Quilts Illustrated is a fabulous example of this new wave in the quilting world. Of course, we all knew that Weeks and Bill were uber talented! But their periodical is truly genius!
It's not big, but big enough. Three quilt patterns are presented, each with optional color variations. In case you want to recreate their sample exactly, they provide all fabric details (manufacturers and style numbers). In fact, they have available for sale kits for these quilts. It doesn't get easier than that!
One thing I love about Modern Quilts Illustrated is the CLEAR instructions. Each pattern includes detailed drawings so you will never have a doubt about how to proceed. Take from someone who is now immersed in writing quilt patterns, this is not as easy as it might seem. I could take a lesson from them.
Each issue also contains a feature called Palette Chasing, where a photo is shown (this issue's photo is from the Library of Congress in D.C.). Weeks and Bill have pulled colors from the photo to illustrate an inspiring palette you might want to use in a quilt. They even feature specific fabrics in the palette.
I know you'll love this publication as much as I do. That's why I'm giving one of you a chance to win a copy of your own. Leave a comment on my blog before May 10 if you want a chance to win!
I am a wife, mother to two daughters, an avid art quilter, cooking contest entrant, and dog lover. My book, FABRIC PHOTO PLAY, AQS, 2005, demonstrates my original technique for making portrait quilts. My second book (with Peggy Rhodes), Quick and Easy Hexie Quilts was recently released.