Friday, 22 August 2014

Book Review and a giveaway

I'm sorry, this giveaway is now closed.  You can see who won here
(This book is published by Martingale Publications, and all the photography shown is by Brent Kane.)

As its title suggests, this book contains quilts designed by well known bloggers from around the world.  There are 19 stunning quilts included, all with very clear instructions, plenty of diagrams and templates where necessary.
The book starts off by stating the main rule about modern quilting, which is that “there are no rules”.  So, anything goes really in terms of shapes, colours, designs and quilting, and this is certainly borne out by the quilts which vary from minimalist, such as Petal Pod to quite the opposite, like Scattered and from a modern take on a traditional quilt such as Rainbow Stashbuster to improv piecing seen in Improv Color Blocks.

When I read the book, I loved the tips that are often included such as how to sew a smooth curve.  I also like the fact that many of the quilts also show suggestions for optional, pieced backings.  This is not something I’ve ever done before, but I can definitely see myself trying them in the future.

You will also learn something about each of the contributors, as they have all written a little about themselves and you can visit their blogs to see more of their work.

Which are my favourite quilts?  That’s not easy to answer as I really love Trees, which I could see in all sorts of Christmas prints and Starflower, which I think would look great in plain colours.  Then there’s Petal Pods which I’d love to make in shades of orange and raspberry, and Knots, which is calling (actually it’s shouting) out to me to make it in aquas and blues.

Now all I need is a magic wand to make my days longer so I can make them all.

As a reward for reading all this, Martingale Publications are offering an e-book version of this book to one of you. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me what colours you would choose to make one of the quilts from this book. If you are a member of the Yorkshire Modern Quilt Group, leave another comment telling me so for an additional entry into the giveaway.

The giveaway small print:
1.     This giveaway is open to everybody, wherever you live, BUT please remember to make sure I can contact you if you are the winner.
2.     If you are a no-reply person, you will not be entered unless you leave an email address in your comment as I will not be able to get in touch with you.  (Note, if you are a Google+ person, you will be no-reply).
3.     This giveaway will also be available on my blog QuiltTimes
4.     The giveaway will close next Saturday, 30 August.
5.     The winner will be selected using Mr Random Generator.


  1. this gives me 3 attempts at winning, and still would like to do the trees in all shades of green

  2. I'm still into teal, grey and coral.

  3. I meant to say I'm still into teal, grey and coral and fancy trying the petal pod design

  4. i love purples grey and aqua

  5. i am a yorkshire mod quilter but think you know that !!!!

  6. Great book! I'd have to make a rainbow quilt, I don't do muted colours! Hope I'm not a no reply person!

  7. Oh I think I would make one of the quilts in there using greens and navys - yum yum!!

  8. I'd like to use just two colours, but I'm not sure which. Maybe red and white or black and white.

  9. I liked the starflower pattern and would love to make that using deep space blues and white.

  10. HI,I liked the Starflower pattern and would make it in aqua's, white's+greens! thanks for sharing!