Monday, November 3, 2014

Quilting the New Classics



"...a single quilt does not exist in a vacuum.  Every quilt is tied to past quilts and past traditions, to other forms of visual culture, to its maker's ancestors, to its future use, and to all the stories we collectively tell ourselves about quilts...Every quiltmaker and every quilt is part of this ongoing conversation of adapting, innovating, and contributing to a larger, more beautiful whole."

from the foreword by Janneken Smucker

This quote from the foreword of Michele Muska's new book eloquently sums up the philosophy behind her new book, Quilting the New Classics.  Michele chose 10 traditional blocks and asked a group of quilters to interpret them in both a traditional and modern way with a touch of each quilter's personal stamp resulting in an eclectic mix of beautiful quilts.  I am happy to be a part of Michele's book and I am also proud to be a contributor to that "more beautiful whole."

There are ten traditional patterns featured in the book.  Each has its own chapter and Michele shares a brief history of the pattern along with historical examples and then a traditional and modern interpretation of the pattern along with instructions for each.  Whatever your quilting aesthetic, I'm sure you'll be able to find a design in this book that will intrigue you.


My assignment was a modern interpretation of a log cabin block.  I was paired with the incomparable Pat Sloan.  You can see our quilts side by side on the back cover.  My quilt, Hot Flash, is a minimalist interpretation of a log cabin and you can guess the inspiration from the title.  The quilt is lovingly subtitled, "My Hubby Wears Wool Socks and a Sweater in the Summer". 

When you get your copy, be sure to check out Michele's beautiful yoyo quilt made with Kona solids.  I never thought I could fall in love with yoyos, but that one intrigued me for sure.  I also loved Elisa Sims Albury's interpretation of the Bear Paw with her mama and baby bear blocks.

I am the last stop of the tour for Quilting the New Classics.  If you'd like to win a copy of the book, please leave a comment on this post by Wednesday at noon central time.  I'll choose a winner from the comments, or you can purchase a copy of the book so you'll be sure to get one.  

My greatest takeaway from participating in Michele's book, is that we don't own these designs and techniques, we share them, and we should be encouraged to use, adapt, redesign and put in our personal touch as we make what we love.  

The rest of the tour is listed here in case you want to hop around and check out everyone's thoughts on Quilting the New Classics and don't forget to listen to Pat Sloan interview Michele this afternoon on Pat's radio show.  Enjoy!

Nov. 3rd Jacquie Gering You're here now!
Nov. 3rd Pat Sloan 4:00pm eastern time  American Patchwork and Quilting radio show!

Comments are closed.  Winner announced tomorrow!





115 comments:

Leanne said...

I love the two interpretations of the log cabin, and would happily make both. I would love the book, and if I don't win will surely be buying it.

Brenna said...

Just the teaser pictures on the back are enough to make me want this book. Congrats!

Margo said...

Wow, this looks like a great book! I'll definitely have to check it out. Your quilt looks great.

judy graczyk said...

I love doing traditional designs with new fresh fabric colors, and solids. This book will certainly be on my wish list!

Maureeneh said...

I would love to win a copy of the book. Love the name you gave to your quilt!

Sue H said...

Beautiful quilt, love the colors you chose. This book is definitely on my wish list.

Cathy L said...

I love the name of your quilt, and I love the look of it. I would love to win the book. Thanks for the chance.

rita siavelis said...

What a great book. I have already put it on my amazon christmas wish list. Love the log cabin. My freind is getting married and this would be a great gift

Cher said...

what a wonderful sounding book! I will look forward to either winning it, or tracking it down to buy at a later date.

Judy J said...

Love, love, love this log cabin quilt! Another of your fabulous quilts that I can't wait to try.

Bobbi D. said...

Love! I can never have too many books
Thanks

Brita said...

You nailed it! What an interesting concept, re-inventing the old and making it modern in so many ways. I'd love to own this book!

patty a. said...

Your quilt is a wonderful take on the log cabin block!

DianeY said...

This looks so fascinating! Love all the examples you showed and would love tosee more

Archie the wonder dog said...

It sounds like a wonderful book and I think I'd happily make all of the quilts on the back cover!

Michelle said...

Your quilt is fabulous!!! This book would be a great addition to my quilty library :) Thanks for the chance to win!

elle said...

Nothing new they say but there always seems to be new inspiration. Yes, lets all share!

DonnaM said...

This looks like a wonderful book and that I will need in my library. Love your log cabin quilt.

The Cozy Quilter said...

I love how you took the log cabin out of its box! At my house, I am the cold one and my husband is a micro furnace!

Anya said...

Love your log cabin interpretation!

Linda said...

HI,would love to win this book>so interesting! Thanks for sharing!
Love your Log Cabin Quilt!

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thecreamsiclecat said...

I'd love to win a copy of this book! I think it would be an awesome reference for anyone wanting to jump into modern quilting, but not sure where to begin. I'll be recommending it to my local shop owners!

Denise in PA said...

Wow, i love your interpretation, Jacquie! Looks like a fabulous book - thanks so much for the chance to win.

babiesdoc said...

I love the hot flash quilt
and have been very fortunate not to have had any , yet

Dana said...

The new book looks fresh, I love to see how tradition and modern meet and I would really like to make a new log cabin. Thanks for a chance to win.

delaineelliott said...

This book looks absolutely awesome! Thanks!

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Adrienne said...

Wow! I could feel the heat radiating from your blocks...well named indeed. Interesting concepts....marrying old and new. Would love that book.

Julie in WA said...

Yep, a hot flash burns in the center and radiates outward, just like in your quilt. Nice modern take on a traditional block!

Rose Braun said...

Hot Flash is a great name for your quilt. Love how traditional quilts become modern with just a little movement and a change of color. This book looks like a real keeper.

Ruthann Grace said...

Ok.....just gotta say, I LOVE the name of your quilt!! This does look like a great book!

Alli said...

I love the theme of this book! :)

tiffany said...

Love the title and the quilt! I grew up watching my grandmother quilt, and even though she passed many years ago, I still feel her spirit every time I wrap up in one of her beautiful, hand stitched quilts. There is power in pouring so much love into each stitch!

Kimberly McConville said...

I am really intrigued by this book. The opportunity to see the old and new blocks side by side is such a wonderful idea. I have shied away from the log cabin block as I love its look, but didn't love all the seams and thread it took. Your interpretation has got me excited about giving this block another try, as well as others I have seen while checking out the other blogs. Thanks for the chance to win!

em's scrapbag said...

Wonderful interpretation of the log cabin block. Love the name! Congrats on being in the book!

Anya said...

What a great-looking book! Thanks for the chance!

Gill said...

This looks a great book - I love the modern and the traditional Dresden Plate patterns!

Marlene said...

Love your modern log cabin. This looks like a fantastic book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

wintunancy said...

Nice to see a post from you...thanks for a chance to own this book, it looks like fun.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Love the side by side interpretations.

Chris said...

Great post, that book looks awesome! And LOVE the hot flash title - been there!

tropicslady said...

Loving both of the log cabin quilts in the book!

deb
ladara at cfl dot rr dot com

Birlot said...

By hook or by crook I am going to need this book, congratulations on a great modern interpretation. I love the title.

hiyacinth said...

Thanks for your very intriguing interpretation of my all-time favorite quilt block, the log cabin!

Anne D said...

The book looks amazing. Yours would be first on my to do list. I love it!

folksmith said...

Jacquie, can't wait to see your quilt. looks like a great book to have.

Jenny said...

It looks wonderful, thank you for offering a copy!

Ann said...

Looks like my kind of inspiration book. Love your modern version.

Becky (My Fabric Obsession) said...

I love the concept of this book! All the sneak peeks at the project make it look like it's gem!

Dee said...

This book looks wonderful.
Thanks
Dee

Tricia Baldwin said...

I recently made a couple of quilts that were variations on log cabins. One was using Kansas Troubles and one was with grays/yellows. I love showing the contrast between old and new.

melissa said...

The name of your quilt made me laugh....thanks for the chance!

juliet said...

Working on a blue and white winding ways quilt, but cant wait to see a modern take possibly in Michele's new book.

Kelly O. said...

I just love the concept of this book! I often find myself going back and forth over modern or traditional... I like both! Now I don't have to choose :)
thanks for the chance to win!

Nancy Evans said...

Wonderful clean interpretation and your inspiration is spot on.

Mama Spark said...

You know I love your log cabins!

Janet M said...

Love your interpretation of the log cabin.

Lynn said...

I love the premise of this book! Your log cabin is terrific. Thanks for sharing!

Kristy said...

Beautiful! This book is so much fun!

Kathryn said...

Unique take on one of my favorite blocks. Thanks for sharing.

coastal gray said...

I would love this book.... The modern fabrics and vision makes the traditional style quilts look so inviting.....

kate said...

Great concept! Thanks for the chance to win :)

Tabitha Keener said...

I love the projects I've seen so far in this book! I would love to win! Thanks for the giveaway!

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elizabethdee said...

Jacquie, your log cabin is beautiful! I love almost everything I've seen from this book, and I may just love your quilt most of all.

Emma's mom said...

I love this sort of book! Can't wait to read it!

Sharon said...

What a fun concept for the book. I like your takeaway - not owning designs/techniques but sharing, adapting.

Denise8 said...

Yahoo, another modern quilt book! Your book (with Katie) was the first I bought, and I really like your attitude about taking the ideas and making them my own! I have with several small quilts. Looking forward to seeing the new one with your contribution.

green23 said...

What a great book!

Leslie said...

Great inspiration. Seems like a must have book to me.

Deb said...

Oh I have totally missed this blog hop!! This looks like a fab book. I was just saying to someone the other day that it's hard to be completely original as there are so many quilt blocks that are just tweaked this way or that to make them a little different. I love that these blocks look so modern but they have their history going back years.

QuiltSue said...

I haven't heard of this book before, or the blog hop, but the book looks wonderful. I love your variation on the log cabin block and the colours are wonderful.

Shirley said...

Love the quote, says it all. Can't wait to see all the interpretations.

Jen Barnard said...

Your quilt looks great, I love the colours you used.
jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

Janie said...

Love your quilt. Thanks for the chance.

janie.mccombs@yahoo.com

Jennifer Ward said...

Love the concept of the book & the log cabin blocks (been there, etc)! Can you wait to see the whole book!

troy and christina said...

Your design is gorgeous!

Bohemian Mimi said...

I know that I am not a tradional quilter, but I love digging through antique shops looking for old quilts and unfinished quilt tops. Appreciation for the workmanship and the untold story are what I enjoy. This book looks like it ties the two together and would be a nice addition to my quilt library. Thank you for sharing.

Jacqui's Quilts said...

What a great idea to combine traditional and modern. I just braved quilting some old tulip blocks that were donated to our chemo quilt project in a very modern quilting design and it was so much fun!! Since I sew modern quilts on my old treadle sewing machine, this really resonates with me. Hope I win the book! That would be so much fun :-). Jacqui in Canada

SheriB said...

What a great concept -- both the book and the "tour."

Cheryl said...

Great looking book, thanks for the chance to win.

Dianne Bienick said...

This book looks lovely. like the concept behind it.

Dianne

allison pogany said...

Such a fun book "tour". Looking forward to trying some projects from it!
allisonpogany@gmail.com

Judy in Michigan said...

What an intriguing book - I will look for it in case I don't win it. Thanks for the chance.

Jan said...

Wow, the samples on the back cover are gorgeous. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

mailergoat said...

Haha -- I love your quilt's subtitle. This looks like a fun one! Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration with the world.

charlotte said...

What an interesting looking book. Must put this one on the list.

Jo-Snow said...

Love your view.....create and enjoy the process whatever and wherever it comes from

Lynda said...

great idea to modernize a traditional block - I love what you did with the log cabin block - have missed seeing your work lately -

Crafty Coffin said...

It looks like a book that would definitely be worthwhile in every quilter's library. Hot flashes is a great quilt (and I especially love the colors!)

Veronika said...

I've been loving all the quilts featured in this blog hop! Would love to win so I could scour the pages in person! :)

Tamie said...

This looks like it would be a great addition to my library.

Sarah @ mila+cuatro said...

This looks like a great book, I'd love to win a copy!

Lisa Marie said...

I love books with input from multiple designers -- they are like a treasure chest of great ideas and inspiration! Thanks for the chance to win.

Nancy Hilderbrand said...

I am new at 61 to quilting and would love to win the book

Andrea York said...

That book looks really interesting. Such cool ideas for "new" quilts!

BJ said...

Looks like a wonderful book that I would love to add to my library.

Sarah said...

Love your interpretation! The Log Cabin block has been a great bridge between Modern and Traditional quilting and I love seeing it used in so many different ways!

Pam said...

Great idea! It's so important that we incorporate history into our quilts and very exciting to see them with a contemporary twist . . .

Havplenty said...

I agree with your take away from the project, as quilters we share and add our own spin on what came before us. Love the subtitle of your quilt.

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Kathy E. said...

This looks like an incredible book. I love how the quilts have a mix of traditional with a modern twist. Quilting never goes out of style. I'd love to have this!

Judy@Quilt Paradigm said...

So intrigued by this book - going to check out more now! Thanks for the chance to win, I will definitely be getting a copy of this book one way or another ;)

WalkingWithFeathers said...

This book looks fantastic!

m murphy said...

You have made quilting such fun, hope I win the new book.
Enjoy reading your patterns, Blog and listening to your Webinar from MQG.

Quilting Momma said...

What I love about the book and the take on the classics are the colors that everyone uses! What an impact! BTW...love your blog! You inspire me! Thanks for that!

Linda in NC said...

This looks like a very inspirational book! I love the philosophy that all quilts are tied together through time.

MamaLovesFabric said...

Would love to win! Beautiful book!

Sherri said...

What a cool book. I love your modern log cabin.

GranChris said...

I love the pictures and the layout of this book. It looks wonderful. I can't wait to actually see a copy.

Juliet Goodman said...

This book is great for everyone interested in quilting, modern or traditional. Love your interpretation of the log cabin and would love to win a copy of the book.

Sharon said...

I love the concept of the book. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I might win..

JoyD said...

Your log cabin is outstanding.

Susan Santistevan said...

I will definitely add this one to my library! Thank you for the respect that you have for all makers!

Donna W said...

This book looks fantastic. I know that I need to add it to my library. Thanks

Heather A said...

This book concept is right up my alley. I'd love to win a copy!

Dixie said...

Love this book! mumbird3atgmail.com

Pattie Crum said...

This book looks awesome, can't wait to see all of it.