Greetings to everyone in Twenty-Ten. I have been reading that this is how we are to say it (internet hopping and blog perusing) . Twenty-Ten. Works for me.
Have you seen this newest issue of Quiltmania? Every page is as intriguing as the cover. Some of us, who have been around quilting for "mumble-mumble" years will recognize this cover quilt as a new interpretation of a glorious antique. The original was a white background with red, and green applique. It was beautiful then and is beautiful now. If you are not familiar with Quiltmania magazine (it has been hard to get until now) - it is a French publication printed in English. It is certainly a global publication with special emphasis on French and other European quiltmakers; Japanese masters of needle and cloth, and antique American masterpieces. It has been a favorite of mine since I first saw it. There is a huge emphasis on antique quilts and modern interpretations of them. Antiques are my inspiration and I love to see how others interpret them. This one on the cover is made of antique kimono silks. It certainly takes on a contemporary feel done in these colors, doesn't it?
This was another recent interpretation of an antique quilt. It was made by Bonnie Hunter and is called Virginia Bound. Everything old is new again! Each issue is chock full of fantastic examples and often with instructions.This is called Houses and Hearts and was made by a Frenchwoman - Nicole Cocquyt - but in Japanese fabric and the Japanese style. There is more inspiration per page than anywhere you can find. It was in an old issue (spring of 2006 - Oy! I can't find it - but it had a black and red fan quilt on the cover) that I saw an article about an antique quilt collector and her awesome stash of great quilts. One of these quilts was hanging on a wall and about 1/3 of it could be seen. It was an amazing example of a Lone Star quilt. I couldn't take my eyes off it. I got out my graph paper and pencil (and lots of erasers) and tried to figure it out. There was a slight mathematical quirk (i.e. mistake) that made my quilt 120" square - but hey, you can't get everything right can you. This is what I came up with.Try not to notice the wiggly edges. 120" of bias strips tend to get a little out of whack. Doesn't really matter though. I was pretty happy with how it turned out.
This good news just keeps getting better. Quiltmania will now be easy to find. Moda has become the American distributor for this magazine - which means it will be readily available at your local quilt shop. Ask your favorite shop to give Moda a ring and it can be your inspiration too.
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