...make it this one.
My friend Sarah sent me the most amazing book recently. It was a book that I had no idea existed and now that I do my world is a happier place.
Brigitte Giblin is a French Australian quilter who has the level of talent and skill that I can only dream of one day having. She is what I call a 'proper' quilter, not in the sense of following rules or competition level guidelines, but in the sense of simply being amazing. Her colour choices, her designs, her skill set - she is one of those people that is on a whole different level to most of us. I'm not putting anyone down here - we all do different things, we are all good at something, but Brigitte is one of those people whose work makes me gasp. I'm not exaggerating, it actually makes me gasp.
I first heard about her a couple of years ago via Linen and Raspberry's blog, thanks to a little hexagon purse Jean had made using Brigitte's pattern. And then because of more information going into my head, which pushes out existing information, I forgot about Brigitte's work until the book arrived on my doorstep and I literally couldn't do anything except stare at it for a good hour.
Feathering the Nest with vintage inspired quilts is published by the French company, Quilt Mania. They are also the people that make the amazing magazine that is possibly the best quilting magazine ever.
Brigitte's book is full of hand pieced quilts. And applique. And lots of both. Don't let that put you off if you're not a hand piecer or an appliquer (made up word?). It is well worth the cover cost for something that will give you immense pleasure for years to come.
I think just owning this book will inspire you. For example, just recently I heard that you should never applique English Paper Piecing (EPP) onto background fabrics, that's what someone told a friend of mine. I love to applique a pieced top onto a background, and I felt a little disheartened by that concept, that I was doing something that people would sniff at. Spring Carnival and Hexy MF are appliqued onto their backgrounds, I love them and how they look, but it was suggested (not by my friend!) that is was lazy to do it that way and you should piece backgrounds. Well, Brigitte appliques her EPP onto background to, and incorporates a mix of EPP and applique into her designs, which would only work in the way they do because of that mix, so you know what? If someone with as much talent as this lady does it then it's pretty ok with me and I feel much better for it!
If you would like to go and buy this book, and I cannot stress enough how much you need it, then you can buy it direct from Quilt Mania. It is a little more expensive than regular titles. You know the saying you get what you pay for? This book is exactly that - platinum quality and something that you will never tire of.
You can find Brigitte's website here and the blog for the book with hints and tips and more information plus photos here.
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