I have been a long-time fan of Emily Cier’s quilt designs from her pattern company, Carolina Patchworks. So when she wrote and asked if I’d be interested in joining the blog tour for her new book, it was a total no-brainer. I knew the book would be well-designed, well-written, and have lots of very cool ideas. I was (as usual–ahem) not mistaken.
Quilt Remix is a small volume that packs a lotta punch. Emily has taken 10 traditional quilt patterns–like the Log Cabin, Flying Geese, and Dresden Plate–and made them modern, fresh, new, and very cool. Her simple twists, like varying the size of fabric cuts and altering the symmetry of some of these traditional blocks, make each design seem like something you’ve never seen before, even though you almost certainly have.
As with all of Emily’s designs, the patterns in the book are clearly written and simple to follow–even for the more complicated blocks. She varies the necessary skill level–from beginner to intermediate–but makes sure that you have the tools to be successful with each one. As someone who has been interested in more traditional, classic quilt designs but less-than-inspired by some of the examples out there for inspiration, I love that I could pick up this little volume and find something to get excited about.
Probably my favorite part about each pattern is the way Emily gives the variations necessary to make each quilt in crib, throw, twin or queen sizes. I’m actually not totally sure why this struck such a chord with me, except that it makes me feel like I have more control over the design and the outcome, and that maybe I can see a little more clearly how to alter the pattern to suit my needs. I like patterns that teach me as I work with them, you know.
If you’re new to quilting, I love that this book gives you a great way to test drive some familiar shapes with some new perspective. And can I point out: Emily’s fabulous patterns sell for $9-12 each (a bargain, considering how cool they are); this book sells for $16.95! So, for less than the cost of two patterns, you could totally have patterns for TEN, plus inspiring variations to boot. It’s a seriously good deal, y’all.
I’m delighted to add that I have a copy of Quilt Remix to GIVE AWAY! Because I want you to get all the sewing your little heart desires, and I want you to have the tools to do it. To win, simply leave a comment and tell me why you like to (or would like to) quilt with modern patterns and designs. That’s it! Comments will be open through Monday, January 24. Winner will be announced Tuesday, January 25.
Follow along with the rest of the blog tour at these fine establishments:
January 10 (Monday) — Katie Pedersen – Sew Katie Did
January 11 (Tuesday) — Kathy Mack – pinkchalkstudio.com
January 12 (Wednesday) — Julie Herman – jaybirdquilts.com
January 13 (Thursday) — Ally Aller – alliesinstitches.blogspot.com
January 14 (Friday) — Rachel Griffith – psiquilt.com
January 15 (Saturday) — Heather Bostic – alamodefabric.blogspot.com
January 16 (Sunday) — Connecting Threads – connectingthreads.com
January 17 (Monday) — Deborah Moebes – whipstitchfabrics.com/blog
January 18 (Tuesday) — Cherri House — Cherryhousequilts.com
January 19 (Wednesday) — Kim Kight – trueup.net