Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Freddy and Gwen

For Valentine's Day, I bought myself a copy of Gwen Marston & Freddy Moran's book, Collaborative Quilting.

Oh. My. Goodness!


I love color, and I love black and white, but even I never thought about going THAT bold with color. I love the book, and those quilts. My favorite was "Reading in Bed," which is made up of Liberated Log Cabin Variations, set on point with giant black and white polka-dot sashing and a border made up of three rows of long, skinny, irregular color blocks.

I want to make a quilt like this. I don't know if my stash has enough powerhouse brights, but it's a scrappy quilt, and I am sure if I start making blocks, eventually I will have enough for a quilt.

Some of my other favorites were Stars over Orinda, Little House in the Big Woods, and Oh My Stars.

In my family, we put the quilts on top of our top sheets, but underneath our blankets. Yeah, I know, it's weird, but that's the way we do it. (Remember these quilts aren't quilted.) In the summer, you don't need the blanket. I think a quilt like "Reading in Bed" would make a wonderful eye-popping surprise!


Gina said...

These are my sort of quilts.

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

I've got brights, what size of blocks would you like? any particular color?

that IS a fun quilt. so glad you got the book!

Joyce said...

I bought that book shortly after it came out and it has influenced my quilting and my stash in a BIG way. I just love their quilts. I can't wait for their next book.

Quiltdivajulie said...

I love that book ~ lots of influence from it can be seen in my Flying Monkeys quilt. . . glad you are mega-inspired. Really looking forward to their second book this summer.

Which kinds/sizes of brights do you want? Happy to share some of what I have.

Sharon said...

I too love that book! It is very inspiring and just wonderful eye candy as well. I've been lucky enough to see a number of those quilts in person and they're even better that way. Really bright! And really fun.

I can't wait for their next book. I've already pre-ordered it at Amazon - it comes out in May, I think.

Can't wait to see what you come up with!

jovaliquilts said...

That is a wonderful book! It made me aware of how to use black and whites, which are just so much fun with brights.
What do you mean, your bed quilts aren't quilted?