Giveaway Week Day 4 – American Folk Art Quilts + 52 Projects

on Jan 22, 2009 in Books | 171 comments

This is the type of book I would normally check out at the library. Receiving a complimentary copy from the publisher is even better, the lucky winner will get to keep it! Beautifully photographed and designed, American Folk Art Quilts by Maggi McCormick Gordon is chock full of folk art history seen through a quilted lens. I’m a true lover of traditional quilt patterns. The raw folk art edge of the quilts presented in her book inspired and reminded me once again the universal connection quilt art carries across generations.

How many times have I seen a Chinese Coins quilt only to be awed by yet another? This one was made between 1875 to 1900. It made me want to drop everything and play with my scrap basket.

One section of the book is dedicated to doll quilts. This Brick Wall quilt dates between 1870 and 1880 and measures 29″ x 26″.

The Workbook section features blocks reproduced from six of the quilts with step-by-step instructions on how to create them. Inspiration can be turned into action.

As I leaf through this type of book I’m always appreciative that the author has taken on the task of documenting in print another slice of quilting history. Works we would never have the opportunity to view otherwise.

A second prize winner will receive 52 Projects: Random Acts of Everyday Creativity by Jeffrey Yamaguchi. I realize this book is now 3 years old (yikes! doesn’t it seem like it just came out yesterday?).  I won a second copy of the book on Whip Up and I’m just now getting around to passing it along. I was looking through the book again with fresh eyes and found the projects as compelling today as they were then. And if you thought I had a long sidebar, check out Jeffrey’s.

To be eligible for this book drawing leave a comment on this post with the name of your favorite traditional block. I’d also love to hear why you like it. My favorite block is Grandmother’s Fan. I like the scrappy versions where each piece of the fan is a different fabric. I also think it’s fun to stitch that curved edge at the bottom.

Winners for each drawing this week will be chosen on Monday, Jaunary 26. I’m going to wrap up giveaway week tomorrow with some really fun prizes. Think cool vendor booty!

pink chalk fabrics ~*~ new arrivals ~*~ free patterns ~*~ on sale