Thursday, May 10, 2012
2 GREAT books!
I have 2 books to chat about in this post. See the one above? I LOVE this book. It is one of my very favorite quilting books (QUILTING not Quilt Making). Well it was all but impossible to get here in the States. I had to order my copy from Wales! Well, Marjorie Horton emailed me out of the blue one day with the shortest email ever. "Hey there. I love Welsh Quilting too." That is it...but when I saw who the email was from I replied instantly asking her where I could find some of her books. They sure would be handy for my students to buy when I teach Welsh Quilting. We went back and forth with the emailing and I finally talked Marjorie into having her books reprinted. Marjorie is the nicest lady! I have had such a great time exchanging emails with her. I really want her book picked up by a big publisher so she can make a fortune on her wonderful knowledge and techniques...but she explained that she really just wanted to keep it low key. This was just meant to be a handbook for her to give to her students when she taught Welsh Quilting. This is her blog post about the book. Anyway, I bought several of her books so I have some if you want to buy them. I have them listed on Amazon, so you should order one if you want to be OVERWHELMED with quilting inspiration. I am saving some because I intend to teach Welsh quilting when I move back up to Kansas.
Wonderful Gwen Marston. I think all of Gwens books are filled with knowledge. I love quilt books, but some are only for flipping through once and then sitting on the shelf, but all of Gwens are books that I read from cover to cover and then mark up the margins and venture out onto new quilting pathways with. I love Gwen Marston. I have said it before and I will say it again...she changed my quilting life, she opened my eyes to make me REALLY love quilting. I don't want to sound like a freak, but if Gwen is making the Kool Aide, I am going to line up to drink my fill. She knows everything about quilting.
This book begins with Gwen taking a look at Martha Washington's Medallion Quilts. You have to respect a First Lady who quilts.
Liberated Medallions! Yes indeed! Two of my favorite quilts are in this book. "Flower Pot" and "Heaven and Earth". I made both tops while I attended Gwen Marston's Beaver Island Quilt Retreat back in 2010. My mom came with me. I had such a great time. I had a wonderful time just being with my mom, and swimming in Gwen Marstons Sea of quilt inspiration.
Liberated Medallions is filled with great quilts and fantastic tips. Each time you open the book you are sure to learn something.