Quite some time ago, I met members of the Boston Modern Quilt Guild at Quilt Market, and one of them introduced me to their then-President, Rachel May. At the time, Rachel was working on a dissertation on modern quilting and narrative, I believe. I’m sure many of you are familiar with the result of this work, published in January of this year: Quilting with a Modern Slant: People, Patterns, and Techniques Inspiring the Modern Quilt Community
I made a flying geese baby quilt for the book–it was in the middle of working on quilts for Vintage Quilt Revival, and I enjoyed working on something a little more free-form, and in colors that I wouldn’t normally use. Look! No white in this quilt!
I was also interviewed by Rachel for the book. At the time, I don’t think I realized the scope of the project, or that it would be published for a more mainstream (instead of academic) audience. I probably would have given different answers if I had realized this. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading interviews by quilters of all backgrounds, styles, levels of popularity, etc.
The book is pretty hefty–224 pages–and includes roughly 70 interviews, quilts, and a handful of patterns. Besides being a beautiful book, it’s a good read. I think it would be a great introduction for non-quilters, as well–there is a style and aesthetic for everyone in these pages. I’m looking forward to getting my books out of storage (it has to happen eventually, right?) and reading more of the interviews!
[my kids loved Modern Domestic. I teased them the next day that we had to go back, and they said, OKAY! What???]
For my birthday a few months ago, my in-laws surprised me with a gift certificate to Modern Domestic, a beautiful quilt shop/sewing studio in Portland. Seriously, every town should have a shop like this. I have wanted to make a quilt for my bed for… years (we sleep under a quilt from Ikea!), and the gift certificate + birthday money from my parents to long arm the quilt + a beautiful wall of Cotton + Steel fabric was just the impetus I needed. I’m not sure when it will actually get done, but that is besides the point, right?
I decided to make a version of Faith’s Geometric Slide Quilt from Vintage Quilt Revival
I had to supersize the blocks (I’m keeping Faith’s original 10 block layout) and can’t wait to share more progress. Hopefully soon! Also, I participated in Tracey’s Cotton + Steel 10 square swap, so I think I’m going to be crazy and sew the squares together (probably in color order) for the back. Why not, right?
Linked up to Freshly Pieced this week.
It’s been almost a month since my last blog post, so I thought I’d pop in to say hi. I was lucky to spend the last week at a beautiful house on the Delta (Discovery Bay, California) with my parents, siblings + spouses, nieces + nephews, and kids. Isn’t this such a pretty shot? I’m pretty sure all of us stole my younger sister’s picture. We spent our time boating, eating, laughing, playing, reading, and being together. We just missed my husband, who recently started a new job and couldn’t come.
I still have bad days and good days (27 weeks into this pregnancy. I will survive. Right?), but I think the distraction was good for me. And I’m so grateful that everyone took such good care of me and my kids, and let me retreat to the quiet bedroom/sleep when I needed to. I’m a lucky girl.
I belong to a family of daredevils, of which I am not one, but its fun cheering for the crazies as they do all of their wakeboarding/surfing tricks. It was great fun to see my son wakeboard for the first time, and my daughter finally participated in the fun (after bribing her with the opportunity to buy something at Target. At least she knows what she likes!)
I’m hoping to blog a bit more before school starts. I have so many things to share!
Happy end of summer, everyone!
My friend Anna from Life Sew Crafty has hosted a blog hop over the last few months called For Pinks Sakes, to honor friends and family members who have had breast cancer and to help her mother-in-law, Tina, especially. Anna has asked fellow quilters and bloggers to make a pink block, any pattern, any size (bigger than 4”) that she is using to put together a quilt to donate to the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion in Grand Rapids, MI where her mother-in-law has had all of her cancer treatments.
According to the National Breast Cancer Center, 1 in 8 women will have breast cancer in their lifetime. I have watched brave friends battle the disease successfully, including one recently while pregnant. Talk about inspiring. I have actually made a quilt for a good friend during her chemotherapy days, but it is red and black instead of pink, which is more her style. Something about making quilts to show love when you feel like there is little else you can do.
Anna is hosting a giveaway on August 2nd for people who helped out (contributions, pink blocks, reposting about the blog hop, etc.) so you still have a few weeks to make a block or make a contribution towards her mother-in-law’s medical bills. Thankfully, Tina is two years cancer free, but the medical bills from chemo, radiation, surgeries, etc. have put a damper on her spirits. I’m sure the love Anna has shown buy organizing this will help.
My block is very simple–it is a wonky log cabin (with an off-centered center). I used some of the new Cotton + Steel prints that I bought from Modern Domestic, which serendipitously is only 10 minutes from our temporary housing, with some fun scraps from a circle quilt I’m working on. Jacquie has a tutorial for a wonky log cabin block if you are interested. Its an oldie but a goodie.
I hope you consider making a block/contributing to the cause. Happy sewing!
For Pinks Sakes Blog Hop Schedule