Monday, January 4, 2010

Quiltmania!

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.

Laurie

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

SueBee said:

I love what you came up with. I do that a lot with pencile and paper. Sometimes I am drawing a pattern on a napkin so I can remember it when I get home to look it up in a quilt book.

badlandsquilts said...

oh my goodness, that is just beautiful!~

Minick and Simpson said...

Laurie
I keep forgetting just how beautiful that quilt is - I want one!
Polly

Pookie said...

Great Zetterberg's Beard, that star quilt is EXTRAORDINARY!

lovetostitch said...

well wowza - I think I've just put my lonestar on the back burner - that one is gorgi-o-sous!!! Thanks for the heads up the magazine, have not seen it before.
And, yes I had also been mulling over the 2010 thing..... twenty-ten works for me too, I've heard lots of buzz on the twenty-teen years....

MARCIE said...

Fabulous quilt Laurie! It looks quite old.

WoolenSails said...

I will have to look for that issue, looks like a nice remake to do. I love the houses and hearts too, and that fabric is something I have to try.

Debbie

Carol Sc said...

I've tried to find Quiltmania --- have haphazardly succeeded --- glad that it will be more readily available. I love the quilt you made (course I love all your quilts!) --- it's not in your usual color palate.

kelley said...

Wonderful lone star quilt...great corner squares...

I've been able to find the magazine at Joann's and really enjoy it!

happy zombie said...

I'm sooo on board with twenty-ten. It's so much easier type as twenty-ten than 2000-and-ten (seriously - try it). Funny... Brain Williams did a segment on the twenty-ten campaign... only to cap off the segment with saying 2000-and-ten.

I'll be looking for Quilt Mania - you and Camille have me thirsting for it!

Anonymous said...

Great quilt that you made. I am so impressed with your talent.

Charlotte

Anonymous said...

WHERE is the cute doggie ????

Kim said...

That quilt is glorious! I love it!!

Miranda said...

I just finished the home and heartsquilt, so fun to make it! Sorry my blog is in Dutch! But the pictures you can see. Greetings from Virginia

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KathieB said...

I have the star part of a Lone Star all made. It's a big one! I've been struggling with what to do with my huge corner blocks. Nature abhors a vacuum and so do I--in quilting parlance, a vacuum to me is a 22" square of unpieced fabric. I hope my solution to this problem is as gorgeous as yours. Your quilt is a huge happy success. Hurray for you!

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These are fabulous quilts!

Lauren jonczak said...

Great post. I was looking up IRS tax help when I came across this post. I am glad I did because I have never heard of Quiltmania. My boyfriend is obsessed with the Amish and he is making the downstairs bathroom Amish themed. The only thing we are missing is a nice quilt. Quilts are so expensive! I will have to look more into this, thanks so much for sharing.

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