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!