The holidays approach, whether we’re ready or not. I’m not doing very well on my gift buying list but it seems too early to panic. I did manage one purchase though.My friend Jenean recently published this amazing coloring calendar. Wrapped up with some colored pencils or markers, it will be a gift that keeps on giving all year round. Actually, any of her coloring books make great gifts. There’s something very soothing about sitting and quietly coloring. Another book that’s getting a lot of press recently is Sarah Fielke’s Old Quilts, New Life. I love the concept behind this book. Seeing the original inspiration quilt with two different interpretations is very inspiring. Sarah keeps one of her interpretations sympathetic to the original while the second gets a modern makeover. My favorite is the cover quilt, although truth be told…I don’t know if I have the patience for that many HST’s. My other favorite, surprisingly, is this one…I’m keeping this book for myself. Sarah’s books, along with Kathy Doughty’s and Kaffe’s, serve as occasional inspiration for me. Something about the diversity of style and the use of color can jump start the creative engine.
There are books that I occasionally add to my reference library. This recent purchase resulted from Susan’s recommendation. (Thank you, Susan!) Loaded with history, this book covers a lot of ground and provides plenty of photos. Like this amazing wedding quilt by Carl Klewicke from 1901. It was made from silk, faille, taffeta and satin. Wow. Just “wow”.And proof that “modern” is a really silly way to talk about quilts. This quilt, Railroad Crossing with Zig Zag Border by Christina Yoder Schlaabach was made in 1928, looks perfectly at home in the “modern” quilt movement of our present day.And one last recommendation, The 1718 Coverlet.This book contains 69 blocks from this coverlet as well as information on the mosaic piecing method used for the original. Quite inspiring.
And there you have it–my list of recommendations for your holiday wish list. If you think Santa isn’t going to oblige you, take matters into your own hands. You won’t be sorry!