Quilting With A Modern Slant

Blakesley_Quilting with a modern slant

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

Quilting with a modern slant

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!

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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!

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  1. Posted August 21, 2014 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    I love the design and quilting on this one; that book was a great read!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted August 28, 2014 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Christa!

  2. Posted August 21, 2014 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on being part of the book! It does sound like a good read. I really love the design of your quilt!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted August 28, 2014 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Lucy.

  3. Dana Henry
    Posted August 21, 2014 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE that you chose to use grey!!! The quilt looks great.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted August 28, 2014 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much! Every once in a while I surprise even myself :)

  4. Posted August 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    (Laurie here from the BMQG and page 197 in the book): I remember meeting you by the Echino booth in Houston and I loved what Rachel wrote for your interview. It was cool to know you are LDS- I am as well. The quilt you did for the book is perfect. Thanks for participating!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted August 28, 2014 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Laurie! Fun to match names with faces (or blogs) even a few years later.

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