Thomas Knaeur’s Modern Quilt Perspectives, the Blog Tour and Giveaway!

I am so thrilled to be on Thomas’ Blog Tour among such illustrious bloggers.
Seriously, so flattered! Thank you, Thomas!

When I opened my shop and I saw Thomas’ first fabric collection, Pear Tree,
I ordered it on the spot.
It was cute and retro, but modern and sophisticated at the same time.
Kind of like Thomas himself!  I’ve been hooked on his fabric collections ever since.

MQP3Palimpsest (Pride Quilt)

When I met Thomas in person, at some market or other, I thought, “Wow, this guy thinks a LOT.”
At times I thought maybe he was looking for meaning in things when no meaning at all was present.
I think much of modern design is based on not on thinking, but on feeling.
What do I feel when I put these colors together?  What do these combinations of shapes evoke?
The answer is often as simple as “I like it.”  “It makes me happy.”
Or even, “It goes with my living room.”
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, but Thomas takes things further,
digs deeper and pushes buttons.
Looking at quilts through Thomas’ eyes brings connection into it. Connection  to ourselves, to our history, to our society, to each other.
I love this about him and about this book.
It’s not just a book of quilt patterns, but a book you really should READ.

I decided I wanted to try out one of the patterns so I could get an honest feel for how well they were written.
I chose to do something with the Cinderblock pattern from the Chapter 4: The Quilting Tradition.
Cinderblock is Thomas’ modern response to the traditional Log Cabin block.


 When I was looking at this gorgeous quilt in the book,
I couldn’t help thinking of another staple of modern design,
one that we all use in our homes, no matter what they are made of.
The television.

So Thomas, I hope you won’t find offense in this version of your Cinderblock:



Each block represents  a different channel/show.  Starting at the top left, there is the news, a sewing show(of course), porn, a nature channel, the old time after-hours color bars, Sci-Fi channel, the Food Network (0r maybe the Iron Chef?), static and a cartoon western.  The pattern was extremely easy to follow (and bastardize).  I hope to one day make the actual Cinder Block version as well, but this was fun for today!

Now who wants to win a copy of Modern Quilt Perspectives?
Leave a comment on this post and tell us, what is your most meaningful quilt and why?
You’ll be entered to win.
We will choose a winner by random number generator on Friday, April 4th.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the blog tour:

March 14: Thomas Knauer
March 15: Lisa Sipes
March 16: Robert Kaufman
March 17: Victoria Findlay Wolfe
March 18: Katy Jones
March 19: Bill Volkening
March 20: Kelly Biscopink
March 21: Audrie Bidwell
March 22: Mary Rachel Kolb
March 23: Rachael Gander
March 24: Sew, Mama, Sew
March 25: Cloth Paper Scissors
March 26: Cheryl Arkinson
March 27: Quilting Daily
March 28: Fat Quarterly
March 29: Pellon
March 30: Sew Modern
March 31: Rachel May

April 1: Quilty
April 2: Amy Smart
April 3: Quilter’s Connection
April 4: Teresa Coates
April 5: Generation Q
April 6: Cloth Paper Scissors
April 7: Sara Lawson
April 8: Kim Niedzwiecki
April 9: Rashida Coleman Hale
April 10: Thomas Knauer


  1. My most meaningful quilt is a wallhanging I made with my children’s handprints when they were young.

  2. I think it has to be my husband’s Harley quilt it has pieces of fabric from many of his Harley clothes he no longer wears. It has memories, o f many trips included in it

  3. Tabitha Keener says:

    So far the one I made my mother for her birthday is the most meaningful. Not only because it was a gift for my awesome mother, but it was the first quilt I tried to make from a pattern that I personally loved. I messed it up six ways to Sunday but that made me love it more and I really wanted to keep it, but my mother loved it so much end of story! 🙂 Thanks

  4. Donna R. says:

    My most meaningful quilt is the first one I ever made … Just because it was the first!

  5. Judith Engle says:

    Beautiful use of color and pattern!

  6. My most meaningful quilt is a quilt I made for my son, Ryan. It has beautiful polar bear fabric. He loved polar bears. I gave it to him for his thirtieth birthday.

  7. Becky Greene says:

    My most meaningful quilt is a tiny one that I made soon after my sister was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Through fabric, I was able to wrap my mind around the impending loss and the impact it would have on our family. It is a two-sided little thing, though. The back represents the time when all the pieces will be put back together and we will see each other again.

    Amazing what fabric can do!

  8. Nancy Lee says:

    My most meaningful quilt is my very first BEE quilt. We didnt really know each other when we formed this group out og members of our moder guild. We have been together 3 years now!

  9. Margaret C. says:

    My most meaningful quilt is the last one. My niece is getting married and for her I have made a rag quilt, which she unknowingly requested. It is shabby chic with a scalloped border. The quilt I want to make is one out of the traditional batiks that I have been collecting for years. It is hard to cut them!

  10. The baby quilts that I make for newborn family members are always meaningful, The MQG RK Solid challenge that I kept for myself is also meaningful because it got me back into quilting in a big way.

  11. The most meaningful quilt I made was an exercise that I did with my mother. I was encouraging us to step outside our color comfort zone. I asked her not to put in any thought as to color or design–she just had to like the fabric. She amazed me. A beautiful mix of fabric styles and colors came off of my shelf. She didn’t know at the time that I was planning the quilt for her. I kept the pattern simple to showcase the fabrics she picked. It was beautiful and she loved it. It is now my comfort quilt and I can feel the love we had for each other every time I cuddle up in it.

  12. Linda Erickson says:

    Most meaningful quilt was a landscape of Cedar Breaks, Utah, that I was based on a photo I took some years ago. I am very drawn to the canyon country and was pleased to be able to make a good representation of it.

  13. Looks like an interesting book!
    My favorite quilt is a simple checkerboard quilt I made with fabrics that I purchased on a trip to Maine. I got the fabrics at a really great little quilt shop, and chose colors that matched the autumn colors in New England. Every time I use it, I think of that vacation.

  14. I think my most meaningful quilt that I completed recently is called “Free at Last” and represents my journey from traditional quilter to art quilter. Thanks for the chance to win this inspiring book.

  15. My most meaningful quilt is the one I made when I was at my lowest. I had just retired early and was getting back into sewing. I decided to try quilting my own design and the tabletop I made is full of errors and took me over a year to complete! But it shows all the struggles I was going through at the time and that with time, I was able to get back to being myself again.

  16. I made a photo quilt of my trips to Hawaii – including my honeymoon to my children’s first visit to the islands.

  17. My first QAL quilt means the most to me, I put a bit of every single fabric I owned at the time in it, and I had such fun doing a project along with other people!

  18. Two of my most meaningful quilts have been gifts to my daughter’s teachers. They were the most wonderful teachers, so I got the children in their classes involved to make quilts for them. They now hang in the classrooms!

  19. Cindy Gillis says:

    My most meaningful quilt is one my grandmother started with pieces for 40 years ago but never finished. My mother gave them to me 2 years ago to finish!!

  20. My most meaningful quilt, to date, is the quilt I made for my mother. It was the second quilt I made – the first one I put any design/thought into. A big part of it meaning so much is because I was terrified. What if the first on had been a fluke? What if I couldn’t really do this? What if I screwed everything up cause I picked the fabrics and cut them myself. But it wasn’t screwed up. It was awesome. And she still uses it, pretty much everyday. I am so blessed that I found this “quilting world”…I love it here and hope to make beautiful/meaningful/fun things for the people I love for a long time. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Thomas’ amazing book!

  21. My most meaningful quilt is one I call “Early Presidents” using a panel I had of presidents from Washington to Harding. It is probably the first quilt one of my kids got really excited about and asked to be given that quilt for her wedding gift. Not that my family doesn’t enjoy my quilts. Enjoy, yes. Excited, maybe not so much :). But this one excited her!

  22. My most meaningful quilt was one I made for my sister, a bright and colorful patchwork pattern of hearts.

  23. I made baby quilts, each hand quilted for each of my nephews. No one else in my family quilts and I wanted them to be special for them. Hopefully they are.

  24. I would have to say my first quilt, which was a beginner sampler class at a local quilt shop. I learned so much and really enjoyed the process.

  25. I made a quillow for my birth daughter – never really quilted before and I made it out of different pinks (her favorite color). The other most meaningful quilt is a wall hanging – again just something I put together with pictures of my parents, their wedding day and us three girls senior pictures.

  26. My most meaningful quilt is called “Sunburnt Country” and it is very much in the vein of Thomas’s colour work.

  27. kimberlier says:

    My most meaningful quilt I made was for my second son. I started it and finished it in just four days. The day after I finished it, labor started. Making him a quilt was a wonderful way to wait for him and it is a symbol of my love and all my hopes and dreams for him.

  28. Angela Baker says:

    This is the most creative quilt I’ve come across in ages! Love it!

  29. The quilts I make are usually made for someone special or for a special event so in that case, they are all meaningful quilts but the most memorable quilt I made was for my mother. Our father passed away in 2006 after several years of dementia. After the funeral, my sister and I gathered his clothes and put his shirts and pajamas, bathrobe in a bag and I brought it home. It took me 6 months to be able to deal with the loss enough to be able to work with his clothes. Our father wore lots of plaid flannel shirts… I constructed a scrappy backing of these fabrics, and on the front, I printed 130 + photos of dad doing what he loved best. I quilted around all the photos and in the borders, I free motioned all the nicknames we had for him and listed all the names of the family members. It still smells like him!! With leftover fabrics I made bell pulls with a snowman on it using the buttons from his shirts and pieces of his ties to decorate the snowmen. Each family member got one and at Christmas time, it’s the first thing that gets hung up… the start of a holiday season my father so dearly loved.

  30. speechlaura says:

    My most meaningful quilt is one I’m currently making for my parents for their anniversary.

  31. Kitty Ann says:

    That would have to be my FIRST quilt! Made in 1991, it almost didn’t get made as there was a misprint of one of the measurements in the magazine pattern I was following! But, as I had already invested a lot of time & money in the quilt I found a way to make it work and continued on. So glad I did because I’m still quilting to this day! >^..^<

  32. I’m a real novice so this is a tough question, I’m only on my third quilt! The second one was paperpieced, so it has a lot of meaning for me as I learnt a skill whilst making it.

  33. Maxine R. says:

    I would say my most meaningful quilt was my first quilt. I made it for my son when he was two years old. It isn’t fancy but I just love it.

  34. Liz Rehrauer says:

    I, too, consider my first quilt my most meaningful. I made similar quilts for my granddaughters for their pink room they shared. Now the older one has her own room with. O pink in sight and she still wants it on her bed. She even has a bigger bed now, but it still goes on top.

  35. Probably the first quilt I made which was for my Mum’s 80th birthday!

  36. Lisa Marie says:

    I made a quilt for my husband in our college colors, which are orange and maroon. It uses many, many fabrics which took a long time to collect. What makes it really special is that my husband requested that I make it for him. Although we have many quilts in our house, this is the only one he has ever asked me to make for him.

  37. Kelly Wilson says:

    My most meaningful quilt is the one I am currently piecing. Because it is my very first quilt!

  38. I guess I would have to choose the 2 quilts I made for each of my 2 grand babies . I have been quilting for over thirty years but there is something very special about those 2 quilts!

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  39. Kitty Ann says:

    A small wallhanging made of 2 inch drunkards path blocks, out of 1930s tiny floral fabrics, laid out in the ‘Drunkard’s Garden’ design, with small ruched flowers that are beaded in the center. I named it ‘Mother’s Garden Path’ after my Mom’s love of gardening.

  40. joannajenkins50 says:

    I am loving your spin on Thomas’ quilt and think that’s part of the fun when you buy a quilting book– Learn the technique and then make it your own.

    A couple of months ago I was on your long-arm quilting my most meaningful quilt– For my ailing brother that incorporated a piece of our late mother’s clothing. He cried when he got it and when he called me, I cried too. Sheesh, I’m crying now too 😉

  41. The first quilt for my daughter; a quilt made of square scraps from clothes. On the squares was ion on appliques with different animals. There was a lot of storytelling about the animals each night. My daughter (36) still has the blanket.

  42. Diann Cornell says:

    My most meaningful quilt is the one I’m almost done making for my son. It is for his home and represents my love for him and pride in him.

  43. Kathie L says:

    My most meaningful quilt is one that was made for me – for high school graduatioan, It inspired me to become a quilter.

  44. My most meaningful quilt is the first one I made not too long ago. It opened the door to a new hobby that I can’t get enough of. I really like the Cinderblock quilt and am looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the chance to win!

  45. I made a Remembrance quilt after the Sandy Hook shootings. One (wonky modern) star for each person killed: 20 small ones for the children, and six larger ones for the adults/teachers. I posted photos on my blog as I went along. I raised over $3000 for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence by offering a raffle— each $25 donation got a chance to win the quilt. When I finished the quilt, I picked a winner. It was meaningful for me– as a way to come to terms with the horrific news, a way to honor each victim.. and also in raising awareness of gun violence, as well as benefiting a great organization.

  46. Carol J says:

    All quilts have meaning, and it’s hard to pick the most meaningful. I could say the first one I ever made, for my oldest daughter, which is now in the possession of my youngest daughter (I can’t believe it is still hanging in there). Or it could be the one that I made for my brother’s wedding over 20 years ago. Or it could be an experimental quilt that I made for myself just over a year ago, or even the one I just finished not to long ago lol. But I think the ones that will be the most meaningful to me, are a couple that I have designed by haven’t had the courage to start yet!

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