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.
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.
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: