We began working on our next book in the fall of 2008. In many ways it was a lifetime ago. At long last I’m allowed to write a little bit about it and show you an image. The book will be released in November by C&T but Amazon is already taking pre-orders for it!
It’s a big book. It’s 160 pages of quilting A to Z. There are 10 never-before-seen patterns using a wide variety of techniques. In addition to pieced quilts, we show you how to tackle hand applique as well as machine applique. There are designs for solids as well as those for large-scale prints. We still design with some tone-on-tones in mind as we did in Modern Quilt Workshop but there are also hand dyes and wovens in the book. I spent eight months hand-quilting one of the quilts because we wanted to show you a modern twist on quilting by hand. There’s even a modern take on reproduction feedsack prints.
We are so proud of this book and will be showing sneak peeks of the quilts in the book in the months leading up to the release, but know that Bill and I auditioned dozens and dozens of designs trying to come up with quilts that were unlike those you have seen in other books.
I also want to say a word about the photography. We felt that it was important for the images to create an ambiance for the collection of quilts so we hired a commercial photographer to do styled shots of each of the quilts. To show the reader the crossover appeal to these designs, we shot the quilts in three different homes. Our hope is that these images will show you the timelessness of these designs and how great they’d look at your place. These 10 quilts look equally at home in our 1914 bungalow, a modern loft and a 1920s apartment.
Although Amazon is happy to take your money now, we would prefer to wait until the books actually arrive. We’ll be shipping out signed copies in November.
I can’t wait to show you more but wanted to share with you at least the cover for now. I’ll also be blogging in the months to come about the process of making each quilt and why we made the choices we did. Don’t touch that dial…