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|
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