QUILTING WITH A MODERN SLANT by RACHEL MAY
This book is by Rachel May is a founding member of the MODERN QUILT GUILD and a PhD candidate in English and cultural studies with a focus on quilts and narratives. She started this book as her graduate thesis then turned it into a book. She features interviews with many of the new personalities ( as I call them QUILT DIVAS) discusses the on line quilting communities and blogs. In the 224 pages, in this book, Ms May explores many aspects of the modern quilt movement. I have many quilt books exploring the history of traditional, folk quilting and art quilting but this is one of the first books that I have read delving into how the modern quilt movement started. I do appreciate how Ms. May pays homage to earlier quilt movements.
This book includes some technique tutorials and a pattern or two from contributors to the book but this is not the main focus of the book. Ms May main focus is the on-line communication and blogs and the Modern Quilt community. As I read thru the book I google each of the bloggers listed and added them to my FEEDLY BLOG READER. I look forward to following them in the future.
To peak your interest I am listing the chapters and just a few of the quilt personalities listed in this book:
1./ A SENSE of PLAY …. Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr and Kathy Mack
2./ IMPROV( ISATIONAL) …. Nancy Crow and Denyse Schmidt
3./ The Personal is Political …. Betz White and Lee Heinrich
4./ Quilting from Tradition …. Pepper Cory and Katy Jones
5./ For the Love of Color …. Amy Butler, Elizabeth Hartman, Malka Dubrawsky
6./ Practicing Scales ….. Jane Sasserman, Valori Wells, Heather Grant
7./ Coming Full Circle …. Geta Grama, Sarah Fielke, Melony Miller
In GOODREADS I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars review. I always revisit the rating after I have had the book several month to update my review. I do think that if you want to understand the MODERN QUILT MOVEMENT this is a good book to start with. I will also update this blog post when I update the review on GOODREADS.
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