Friday, May 7, 2010


I never tire of browsing through books and magazines for inspiration, and both these publications have been close companions this week:

The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking by Jane Brocket   is a book in the spirit of Kaffe Fassett, filled with colorful inspiration; where to find it and how to use it. 

It is a guide for making personal quilts, simple in design and technique using stunningly beautiful fabrics.  Most quilts pictured use an abundance of Westminster, Heather Bailey, Amy Butler, and Denyse Schmidt fabrics. No wonder I love this book!

The cover of the UK edition is lightly textured, the yellow cuff removable, and features the Hydrangea Quilt.  Oh! So beautiful.

I regularly stop by Jane's blog (Yarnstorm) for a dose of tranquility and color.  It is obvious that Jane's love of flowers has influenced her use of fabric and quilt design. 

A gentle nudge by Amy from Mrs Schmenkman was all the encouragement I needed to order my own copy of the Quilt edition of Selvedge magazine (a UK publication).

Lovely images (I even find myself trawling through the advertisements) and craftiness, but indeed rather pricey.  Way pricey.  Like Amy, if you're into quilts and want to check out the Selvedge magazine this is definitely the one issue of 2010 to splurge on.  I have devoured it.

Have you got a new favorite book for quilty inspiration?


  1. You're right, Rita. When this magazine first came out, my mum and I were very excited. It is a really beautiful magazine - a piece of art in itself. But the price is really nuts.

  2. These two are my main reading material right now! I'm so glad you enjoyed the mag! I am reading Jane's book cover to cover. So R.A.R.E. to read a quilting book cover to cover, but this is the one. The inspiration for each quilt had me dreaming of new quilts and combinations far into the night. It's a matter of thinking of things in a different way. Now I just need to have some beautiful experiences to inspire my quilts. ;-)

  3. i saw this magazine as was amazing.

  4. I sat in Barnes and Noble two days ago and looked through Selvedge as I was too cheap to spend $25 on a magazine. I saw the Gentle Art of Quiltmaking on a shelf and was about to look through it, when I got distracted by something else and never got back to it. Of course, now I see it on blog after blog. It looks wonderful!

  5. These are great, I have never seen either! I'm not a regular quilter, but have a couple of older books that I use: Good Housekeeping's Book of Quiltmaking, Vogue Guide to Patchwork and Quilting, and an A to Z of Quilting.

    And there's also the inspirational quilting links at New links are added weekly, so there's always something new to find!

  6. I read myself to sleep last night with Jane's book. So beautiful and inspirational. Her photography is amazing.

  7. Ned From Neds&Threedles, Are other husbands sick of sitting on pins and plucking threads from their porridge ? Must admit you have an exceptional eye for colour.

  8. The Burda website had a discount offer for Selvedge recently. So I ordered a short subscription. That book looks wonderful!

  9. Just ordered the back issue of Selvedge ("Quilt"). Can't wait to get it! Cheers for the heads up.


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