On Making Meaningful Quilts

by Nicole

I’ve been trying to hold off buying more quilting books since my bookcase can’t hold any more books. I have a thing for books, just like I have a thing for fabric. Perhaps you can relate?

But I just couldn’t resist getting Thomas Knauer’s Modern Quilt Perspectives.  Now that I have the book, I am wondering where it has been all my quilting life!

Modern Quilt Perspectives

As with most quilty books, Modern Quilt Perspectives is full of beautiful quilts, but what I’m enjoying most about the book is the writing. Imagine that – actually reading a quilting book, rather than just looking at the pictures!

Thomas writes about making quilts that mean something. He says:

This book, taken as a whole, attempts to express just how complicated, tragic and wonderful life is. It strives to bring voice to that reality and hopefully to inspire others to think deeply about their practice…I hope these quilts will resonate with readers and bring form to concerns and passions that they may share. But more than anything, I hope it serves as a stepping-off point for thousands of new quilts, new voices and new ideas (p. 12).

As I read through the book, I find myself wanting to craft quilts that “bring form” to my concerns and passions. That is, to not just make quilts that I think look cool, but to make quilts that reflect the things that matter to me the most.

That is my challenge as I contemplate what to do with this stack of Oakshott cottons.

Oakshott stack

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~Diana October 12, 2014 - 4:36 am

Lovely Oakshott palette Nicole! Quite a change from all that pink 🙂 I'll be on the lookout for the book

Patchwork and Play October 12, 2014 - 9:48 am

Sounds like an interesting concept! I look forward to see how you transform these Oakshotts into meaningful and passionate!

Carla October 12, 2014 - 1:32 pm

What a gorgeous stack of fabrics. That is a great book

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl October 12, 2014 - 3:52 pm

The book does sound like a great read. I look forward to seeing how working through the new ideas and concepts inspires your work.

GerryART October 12, 2014 - 5:28 pm

This is an interesting Challenge you've set for yourself.
However, your choice of colors just certainly make it easier.
Two Thumbs up on your fabric and thr Book.


Heather October 13, 2014 - 12:27 pm

Wonderful color palate to work with ! Excited to see what you do 🙂

melissa October 13, 2014 - 3:32 pm

Sounds like a must have book! I've been thinking about that lately too – can't wait to see what becomes of your stack!

pandchintz October 14, 2014 - 12:39 am

Can't wait to see what your creative mind brings to those Oakshott's!

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