Tuesday, 18 March 2014

modern quilt perspectives - the blog tour


A long, long time ago I met an over-excited, giddy little puppy of a man who made dresses for his daughter and wanted to branch out into the world of fabric design and quilting. He was full of enthusiasm and wonder. He had a childlike quality to him that was so appealing you couldn't help but be drawn to him.

Long story short, and that man did indeed make quilts, he designed fabric, he became a little disillusioned with the industry in which we work, and he wrote a book.

Truth - I was a little bit concerned that his book was going to be a bit down on stuff, because I don't think I'm speaking out of turn when I say he's had his issues with the quilting industry in parts. But, actually, I shouldn't have been concerned because his book is beautifully written with A LOT of words and quilts that are the kind you want to make and use. The tag line '12 patterns for meaningful quilts' sums it up - these quilts do have meaning, and a story behind each one. The stories are all different, some are political, some address difficult social views, each one will make you question the process of making and why we do it. I think it'll encourage us all to make at least one quilt that has some more meaning to it than a line of fabric we love, or a pattern we are drawn to. I've been planning a quilt for a while to represent this period of time that the husbeast has been sick, I just have to wait until he's got all better and then I'll use it as way to draw a line under that period of time in our lives.

I haven't had a chance to read the book properly from cover to cover yet, I've dipped in and out and I've skimmed through. It is a book to read, it is a book to look at pictures, and it is a book with projects to make things. It's a lovely book - I mean that wholeheartedly, and I'm going to thoroughly enjoy reading every word that I know Thomas will have slaved over to get just right (because he is a perfectionist, that is for sure!)

As quilters we love to look at pictures, but I want you to go buy this book and read about the quilts too, because I know you'll enjoy it.

image courtesy of Thomas Knauer
You can also win a copy here today (and every stop on the tour - find out more about that on Thomas' blog)

Leave a comment for a chance to win, and also, please do buy a copy, I'm positive you won't regret it.

171 comments:

Dianne Neale said...

Ive just spent an interesting 10 minutes reading about Thomas. I would love to win the book, and learn more about him.

Mishi Kichi said...

im falling more in love with this book every sneak peak !

TractorGirl said...

This is on my wish list, thank you for the opportunity. Di x

scrapwerk said...

That bar code quilt! Swoon!!! Somehow this book wasn't on my radar yet, but it sure is now!

Amy said...

Your review has this book intriguing me more. I especially appreciate the photo of all the quilts in the book. The whole view of the cover quilt gives it a different perspective which is very powerful.

stitchinpenny said...

Love the pictures!

Lisa Marie said...

This sounds like a fascinating book!

JoyceLM said...

Great review - I'd love to win a copy of the book. Thanks.

Amy Verne said...

I already have the book and would donate this copy to our guild library.

Fran said...

This sounds intriguing!

Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts said...

I LOVE Thomas Knauer's words. So so much.

Tamla Bonnett said...

I remember the first time I discovered modern quilting. I stumbled across the picture of your Dresden cushion using pear tree. That is still my favourite fabric line, I think because it opened up a completely different approach to quilting for me. I'm super excited to get this book, thanks for the giveaway!

Tsoniki said...

This book looks so awesome.

Hannah said...

Oooh! That books looks fabulous!

Cathy said...

I have been waiting to finally see this book! Thanks for a chance to win a copy

Sharon said...

He sounds like a special person. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

Michele said...

I've put the book in my Amazon wish list. The quilts look lovely and after reading your post, I'm very eager to get my hands on the book.

Lisa said...

I've had this book on my wish list for longer than should be necessary. Hurry up and release it here or at least I can hope I win :)

Kathy@KayakQuilting said...

This sounds like a wonderful book. I look forward to seeing the quilt that celebrates your husbands full recovery!

Julie in WA said...

Not only do the quilts look fabulous, the stories behind the quilts are what make this book unique. I look forwards to reading it!

Kim said...

Oh my thanks for the chance to win :0) Looks like tons of inspiration!
Best wishes to your husband for a full recovery and for you both to get your lives back on track.

Happy Sewing

Jennifer Fullerton said...

Sounds interesting. I'll definitely check it out.

Debbie said...

Went to Thomas' blog and he looks like an interesting guy. Thanks for the image with all the quilts, Katy! Would love to win the book!

Josie McRazie said...

Beautiful quilts! Thanks for sharing!

Kay said...

This looks like a great book to add to a girl's repertoire, I like modern quilts especially as I have teenagers and this is more their kind of thing. Thanks for a fun giveaway. xx

M.W. said...

Thanks for the chance to win.
Shawn

Kathryn said...

I've used Thomas's fabric for quilts. Glad to see that he is now into publishing.

Ellen said...

A refreshing and balanced review...I look forward to reading the book!

SuzyMcQ said...

I really love that this is a book with a purpose. Headed over to his website now! Thanks so much for filling us in and showing his amazing quilts.

Flaun of I Plead Quilty! said...

I'm going to make room in my carry on for this book, I don't care what it takes! (Moving overseas is HARD.)

DianeY said...

This sounds like such a different type of a quilt book. I'm curious to read it

James P said...

A refreshing turn - a book with a point of view and more than just eye candy. Exactly what I've been looking for. I look forward to reading it. Thank you for the chance to win!

Chris Matsche said...

Would love to read Thomas's book. Thank you for the chance to win it. Email address matsche.christine@yahoo.com.

mjb said...

I'm more interested in the words than the patterns in this one.

Rebecca said...

eye candy is well and good but sometimes we need a bit more for the mind and soul. This sounds like a good fill.

Katelyn Vawter said...

This book sounds wonderful! I love quilts with stories.. And his quilts look beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win.

Laura said...

I've started branching out into my own form of quilt self-expression, and this book would be of immense help in that journey. Thanks for the giveaway!

babiesdoc said...

I have read thomas' s blog and seen his creations and fabric
can't wait to see the book

Kristin L said...

I'm enjoying the back and forth between Thomas's blog and the posts of friends and coconspirators who are participating in the blog tour. Yet another layer of meaning...

JaneB said...

Thomas is one of the world's originals. I'd love to win this book. Thanks for the chance.

Esch House Quilts said...

I can't wait to read Thomas' book! I know it will make me more thoughtful about my own quiltmaking. Thanks for the giveaway!

Laurie said...

I love to make quilts and the books I enjoy most are those that tell the story of the quilt, why, how, who, when. I want the STORY. I think this book will be great to read.

Marti Taylor said...

I am super excited about this book as I believe every quilt tells its own story! I've recently starting buying up fabric without regard of color or designer for a specific quilt I plan to make for my daughter, the only requirement is that a Dahlia flower be in the print as her name is Dahlia. Thank you for an honest review and a chance to win to copy.

cakegirl said...

This book shows some wonderful quilts that I would love to make. Thanks for a great giveaway.

Gill said...

This looks such a great book - I love the bar code quilt especially!

Linda M said...

This looks like a great book, I love the cover quilt.

Lesley Charlesworth said...

What a lovely book. Now over to amazon!

floribunda said...

I'd love to win a copy! There are several of the quilts that appeal to me...

Karen said...

Thanks for sharing this book. Your post really sold it! I can't wait to see what's inside.

Linh said...

The projects in the book looks amazing. Thanks for sharing

Tina Short said...

Lovely book.

Jen Beatty said...

I'm a fan of both of yours, thank you for the opportunity!

Judith said...

I really love the idea of a quilt book that is a real book--one that shares ideas and concepts. Thanks very much for a chance to win a copy.

Amanda Millar said...

That book sounds fantastic! Thanks so much for the giveaway, this is definitely a book I'll buy!!

Christi said...

This is one of the quilts that I wish for...there are a few out there right now that I would love to have!
Thanks for the chance!!
cjpike (at) Indiana (dot) edu

Margaret said...

I can't wait to get my hands on this book and actually READ it.

Steven Turner said...

I love the idea of meaningful quilts. Thanks for the giveaway.
turner(underscore)post(at)hotmail(dot)com

Trudi said...

Sounds like a book I should read, be more thoughtful in my own quilts.

Cheryl Kirk said...

This book is on my wish list. Looks great!

Lesley said...

looks like a great book

Pennie said...

Would love to win the book - those quilts look. Incredible. Thanks

Lisa said...

I would count it an honor to receive this book... Very very exciting!

Pippa Parsons said...

Ohhh it looks like I could use this book in my collection

DeeVine Snippets said...

I've recently been introduced to Thomas in articles and blogs. As a newcomer to modern quilting I like his perspective and am excited to learn more from him.

Rosanne Derrett said...

I've had this book on my wish list for an age because knowing Thomas and his style of designing and writing it will be awesome. I too want it to be out now so I can bust the bank and finally have the pattern for Martha! His take on the quilting world is always perceptive and very acute, pinpointing problems and issues that many of us have ignored for too long. I truly and looking forward to reading this book in the same way I devoured and loved Kathreen Ricketson's last book. Waiting, waiting, waiting

Nana-Bob said...

I would love to win. going to his blog now. :)

the running hare said...

I'd love to win this book. I totally agree about trying to produce meaningful quilts to mark points in your own and other peoples lives

Cindy Gillis said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win this awesome book! (Cindy scgiL2@aol.com)

Gunilla said...

I already follow his blog, and always admire his passion and enjoy his thoughts on quilting! So, thanks for the chance!!!

Debra said...

It looks like this is a must buy!

jackie said...

I am so glad that I found the modern quilt movement. I have always have made "pretty quilts with feelings" but now I have learned to put my heart and soul in my work. You can teach an old dog new tricks!

Carol said...

I think I NEED this book - right now!

Mara said...

Political quilts, mmm... sounds interesting.

Ali said...

There are a couple quilts on there I am really excited about, thank you so much for the giveaway!

Diann said...

The book sounds good, and the writer seems to be an interesting person.

mary e said...

nice post.....headed to read his blog now. i love visiting and meeting new quilty (new to me) blog people. and a great chance to win something quilt........

CindyM. said...

I am in ampersand love!

Kristen said...

All of the projects look incredible!

Hitch and Thread said...

This sounds like an amazing book. Id love to win it.

ac557472-9cb3-11e3-b7ad-000bcdcb471e said...

So nice to see a book with words rather than just seductive pictures (as wonderful as they may be). Sounds fascinating...thanks for the chance to win. VermontPines at aol dot com

Jo said...

I have been enjoying this hop immensely and it is just starting!

Bennett and Graves said...

We have a new local group we are calling Friends of Modern Quilting. I'm leading the April meeting and my topic is the quilting blogs I love. Your's is right at the top of the list. Thanks Katy!

quilt for fun said...

This book sounds beautiful and unique. I'd love to have a copy.

Vicki H said...

I would love to have the book in my home library. Thanks.

Ella said...

Thanks for a chance to win!

Lisa J. said...

I love quilting books that are reading books. This one sounds so interesting, and challenging. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

Jeanne Gwin said...

Of course I will buy a copy if I don't win and then again I may buy one anyway to share with a friend. Thanks for a chance to win Thomas's book. I am excited.

Justine Malinski said...

Beautiful quilts, thanks for the chance to win!

Kathy Davis said...

I love the last quilt in the pictures the best! Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks, Kathy
kdavis1@centurytel.net

LCP said...

Thanks for the chance to win....I have been deciding when to order. I so prefer books that tell the why and are no just patterns of using the newest latest fabric line.

helena dantoni said...

I just did some ME/YOU blocks for Thomas. I wonder what he is up to. Turns out from a conversaion with him, he lived in my town for a few years . Small world ! I would love a copy of his book !

Vicki H said...

Sounds like a book I will love to read, not just look at the pictures.

Sew in Time said...

This is one of the first books I have seen about thinking about the quilt. The meaning of quilting, not just making something pretty, useful, etc. It's getting deep in your soul kind of brain work. I'd love to read Thomas's thoughts about it. It has made me think already about a quilt I want to make someone that did something for me that was very special.Thanks.

Melissa Arnold said...

What beautiful quilts and I love the idea of a "deeper" meaning behind a quilt. Sort of like a beautiful person who is also smart, thoughtful and interesting.

Taisia @ Piecing Light said...

This looks like a very thoughtful book - would be interesting reading.

LynneMcL said...

I this book looks really interesting. I'm not a blogger or a fast quilter - and as I quilt something for the ones' I love, I always try to put in something of meaning.

Muselle said...

This book looks gorgeous and gargantuan-ly packed with info. :) Thanks for the great little review and win opportunity!

Willa said...

Seeing so many solids used in the quilts is fun and challenging to think about.

kimberlier said...

Thanks for introducing me to this book. I would love to read more. Thank you!

DebraKay Neiman said...

I am blown away by Thomas's ''In Defense of Handmade'', quilted by Lisa Sipes. Really want to win a copy of this book. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Alison said...

See the images at the bottom of your post have whet my appetite to purchase a copy of this book, if I am not lucky enough to be a winner.

diane said...

Thanks for your honest review.

Jane S. said...

This looks like such a good book! I like knowing the story behind a quilt, so this book would be a great read. Thanks for the review, and for the chance to win a copy. :)

GranChris said...

Looks like an interesting book. I think I want to see this one.

Merran said...

How intriguing!

Bower Bird Patch said...

There's something special about quilting, especially when your designing and making quilts for other people as gifts, often to mark a special occasion or memory. Often, it's the process of designing, making and the giving that's the blessing and creates the meaning or story behind the quilt. This book sure sounds like a great read.....will add it to my wish list for sure.....thanks for sharing....

Shar said...

After reading your review this book is on my list.

Anita said...

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for a chance to win a copy!

Mack and Mabel said...

I love the idea of getting back to quilts with meaning rather than made with the latest 'must-have" fabric line, I would love to win this book!

Lyndy at Stitchbird said...

I love the look of the ampersand quilt. Thank you for sharing.

Mary W Quilts said...

Looks like a great book. Thanks

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love the idea of a quilt book that I can actually read, rather than just flicking through - one of the reasons I don't tend to buy 'make these quilts' quilting books (rather than quilt block books) for myself is that there aren't enough words in them, unless you read the patterns (which I usually do!) which, although interesting, isn't necessarily what I want. Thomas' book sounds like the sort of quilting 'project' book I've been looking for, which celebrates the thoughts, actions and process behind a quilt as well as the finished product and I'm going to keep my fingers firmly crossed that I'm the lucky winner!!

Jill said...

The book sounds fabulous. I so enjoy the story behind what inspires the making of a quilt.

Iris said...

Thanks for participating in this blog hop and introducing such a great book! It is definetaly on the wishlist.

Ruth said...

I would love to win a copy of this book that is more than only a picture book.

Mokki said...

Thomas sounds like a real artist rather than a crafter or sewer. I'd love to read his book it sounds fascinating.

Freddie said...

looks great.

Lani Glasser said...

I would love to win this book, it looks intriguing!

Marie J said...

I love the meaningful quilts. They are so inspiring that I hope create my own one day. I look forward to reading the stories behind each quilt! Thank you for sharing.

Linda Sparks said...

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing.

Maxine said...

This book sounds like it would inspire a person to really THINK about that special quilt they'd like to make.

Vbobro said...

I'm always about meaning+design. Anyone can make a "pretty" quilt... it's that personal impulse embedded within that makes it more than just a craft or following a pattern. Looking forward to checking out this book. Thank you!

Andra Gayle said...

Looks like a great book! thanks for the chance to win!

patty a. said...

I would be interested to see this book so that I could understand his concept of meaningful quilts.

Kimberly said...

I'm very excited about this book. I've been looking forward to Thomas' book since I saw a blurb about it at Spring Market last year.

Elizabeth said...

Just became aware of this quilter through your blog - thanks for the chance to win a copy of his book.

Liz
boltonia55@yahoo.com

Eva said...

it sounds like the book has some interesting perspectives on quilting. Anyway, I think it's meaningful to make something even if it's "just because" one loves the fabric or the pattern. In my experience, the process of making something by hand with care anchors the finished product in our memories, linked with the time it was made and what we were thinking and feeling then. Still, I think it's a great idea to make a quilt commemorating a special event or certain period!

Lisa C said...

What a thoughtful review. I've never made something to represent a period in my life. I will now give that some thought.

Lauren said...

I hadn't heard of this book, thanks for the review and chance to win!!! I'm putting it on my wish list!!

sko_G knits said...

this book is a definite must have. the quilt back stories are fascinating!

Sylvia said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

Beth said...

Thank you for sharing some of the background on the author. I especially like the ampersand quilt!

delaineelliott said...

This looks like a fantastic book! Thanks!

dbelliott at outlook dot com

Kate said...

Great review and book looks interesting.

Elizabeth said...

The quilts you shared look awesome. There are several I would like to make. Thanks for sharing.

Marisa said...

This looks like a great book-thanks for the opportunity!
mmckee at wi dot rr dot com

Michelle K. said...

I was able to page through the book last night.. I think his quilts are awesome!

Allison C said...

Looks like an awesome book

Anne said...

I've been following Thomas' blog posts about his book and would really love to win a copy. It sounds so good.

jill said...

Would love a copy of this book. Have been desiring to make a quilt with more meaning behind it. Thank you.

jill said...

Would love a copy of this book. Have been desiring to make a quilt with more meaning behind it. Thank you.

Jo Robertson (thejoyofthehousetomyself) said...

He's an interesting guy and it's great to see so many more quilting men these days!

QuiltSue said...

The book looks great, I'd love to win a copy for a friend, since I already have it on pre-order in the UK for myself.

Marg M said...

I love reading the stories of quilts so this may be a buy.

Exuberant Color said...

this looks like a terrific book!

Chirpy said...

This looks like a fun book with fresh ideas. I love the stories behind the quilts so I'll be looking for this.

Debbie said...

This sounds like such a wonderful book and I would love to read it.

trudys_person said...

I can't wait to get my hands on this book! And I wish Thomas would design more fabric too!

Karrie S said...

Looks great! Thanks for the chance to win! ksmith8@emich.edu

Wendy said...

I recently discovered Thomas's blog and I love that he's not one of these "everything is wonderful and perfect" bloggers.

Quiltbiscuit said...

What a feast!

Donna~~ said...

I'm adding this book to my list of one to read. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of it!

Material Girl said...

Your alphabet quilt is just lovely- perfect for any chils ( or adult like me)

Lyn said...

Neat looking quilts!

Lisa said...

This book looks amazing! I haven't bought many books lately but this one and that ampersand quilt are calling to me. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

B Greene said...

I would love to have a copy of this book - such an interesting perspective on quilting! Thanks for the chance to win!

Shasta Matova said...

I would love to read about the meaning of all of the quilts. Definitely, meaningful quilts are so much more, well meaningful, than the "pretty" ones.

Cynthia H said...

Sounds like a winner. Will be fun to read.

Nicky said...

I have!

SewOverwhelmed said...

Sounds like an incredible book...thanks for the chance to win a copy!

Sarah_L_N said...

Sounds like a very interesting book, thanks for the chance to win :)

Nancy in IN said...

I'd love to win a copy of the book. Love the fabrics he has used and Lisa did a splendid job quilting.

Sarah said...

Thanks for the chance to win.
sarah@forrussia.org

Cindy Dahlgren said...

Wonderful quilts. Can't wait to read the stories. thanks for the lovely giveaway.

Linda E in AZ said...

This looks like a really interesting book and I'd love to try some of his quilt ideas.
thanks!

kimberj said...

The quilts in his book are my idea of Truly Modern Quilting!!!

Jacklynn said...

Thomas is truly a gifted quilter! Looking forward to reading this book.

Katherine said...

You've got me curious to get my hands on a copy, Katy. Having stumbled onto his blog some time ago, I have found Thomas to be thought provoking and very talented. Looks like book I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and impressions of it.

Sagheer said...

Online Jobs of Data Entry, Copy Pasting, Add Posting, Clicking, Web Surfing, Website Visiting, Article Sharing, Data Sharing, Google Business Plans, Investment Plans, Genuine earnings from home.
www.jobzcorner.com

Michelle K. said...

These quilts are awesome! Thanks for the opportunity!

diane said...

There are quite a few quilts I there I'd like to make!

Post a Comment

I try to reply to comments as often as I can. Sometimes my life gets a bit too busy but please know I really appreciate each and every one!