Friday, July 20, 2012

Book Review: Patchwork Sassaman Style

After introducing you to the amazing Jane Sassaman and her art, I'd like to tell you about her new book, 

Now - You know my work is usually made from fabric I've dyed myself and hangs on the wall, not the bed. But I've got to admit - I've been having that undeniable compulsion recently to make a bed quilt. The problem is my attention span for bed-quilt-making usually lasts about a day and a half and then I'm done. I have at least four mostly finished bed quilt tops to show for my short attention span. After reading Jane's book - I think I might just be able to pull something off!

With Jane's signature style of bright and bold fabrics she shows you how to selectively cut and piece your way to simple yet impressive quilts. She'll take two or three fabrics and give you a number of cutting and piecing options. Each one makes a unique and, dare I say, impressively gorgeous quilt. In this case, the fabric does all the work! She gives lots of hints for wise cutting and design placement to make your designs look well integrated.

Now I've got to admit that my very favorite part of the book is the section at the very front called "History and Designing Fabric." I'm always fascinated by the design process and reading about how Jane works to come up with her fabric is very interesting. 

Jane talks about being inspired by the 19th century Arts and Crafts Movement and William Morris who said, "have nothing in your houses which you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." I can certainly see those influences in her work. It's a movement I'm very attracted to myself.

Guess what - I think I need to go shopping.

If you can't find Jane's fabrics at your local shop try her online store.

Interested? Have I whet your appetite?

Leave a comment for your chance to win this beautiful book!
Tell me how you use big, bold, beautiful fabrics.
Make sure I can contact you - and check back in three days
(unfortunately this contest is only open to US entries)
or if you just can't wait the book is
 (and... I'll be combining the comments here with those at my wordpress blog. They are identical as I'm still trying to get things running smoothly over here. A random number generator will pick the winner.)

Here are some other stops on the tour that still have giveaways open.
Stop by and leave a comment at each blog to increase your chances to win.
July 18 Jan Krentz
July 19 Make It Simpler
July 20 Lyric Kinard
July 22 Jane LaFazio
July 24 Nancy Zieman