Happy Sunday everyone... Thanks everyone for the lovely response to my tour of the sewing room! I'm glad you enjoyed it - and so today, again by popular request, I'm going to take you on another tour in my house - this time of my quilt book collection.
I will preface this post by saying that I read - a LOT. I love to read and I always have. I will read anything and everything, from novels to autobiographies, from history to reference. The only thing I'm really not into is crime. Just doesn't do it for me.
Here's my general reading section. These shelves (again built by the hubby) are in the library of our house. It has all the books that aren't quilting, including the art folios and cook books.
It's the room you walk into through the front door, which is a little unusual, but then, we do have a bright blue front door and piles of quilts on every surface. This is where I like to sit with a cup of tea in the morning or on a lazy Sunday and read. We drink a lot of wine here too :) When the reno is finished there will be a gas fire in place of that piece of sculpture.
But that's not where we're stopping, I just wanted you to know that our house kind of revolves around books. They're everywhere, including stacked on everyone's bedside tables and on big shelves in the boys rooms. We all like to read, a lot.
And so I treasure my quilt books. I read them all, cover to cover (even the patterns sometimes, if they are an interesting layout or an unusual method).
This is the top left hand shelf, which has some of my absolute favourite books. I thought I would run you through two or three at a time and if you're all interested in seeing more I will carry on through some other shelves over the coming weeks and months! I know I'm always interested in what other people are reading and what they find great resources.
I'm going to give you a link to Amazon for these books because I know that's kind of a central place to get them - however I will just say that I REALLY encourage you to shop at your local bookshop and reduce your book's carbon footprint if you can!
I'm starting on this shelf mainly because loads of my favourite quilt books are the historical books, and not ones by modern designers, although there are exceptions to that rule of course! This book is an absolute cracker for historical detail - the author talks about the fabrics, their manufacture and the role they play in how the quilts are dated, the social aspects of the eras and areas in which the quilts were made, and of course the quilts themselves. There are beautiful flat shots of the quilts as well as detail shots and some fantastic old pics of the women who made them. When you own a lot of books on historical quilting you do start to see the same quilts cropping up all over the place, but this book has a wider selection and they are all interesting and well represented.
Ok, so this isn't a quilt book, I know! But I do use it when I make quilts, in fact I use it often. It's a book of floral arrangements. I actually bought this book while shopping with Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably in Sydney - when Kaffe tells you to buy a book, I find it's best to listen. I have three now that he recommend I get and I haven't been sorry about any of them!
Colour is divided into sections by colours. The depth and texture in the photos always makes me think about shapes for applique and layers of shades. The unusual colour combinations Jane uses give me such inspiration and inevitably send me running for fabrics I hadn't considered pulling. The Amazon link has a flick through thingy on it - take the time to go and have a peek, you won't be disappointed.
This book is actually a catalogue from an exhibition I saw at the Smithsonian Museum's Renwick Gallery in Washington in 2007. Damian and I drove from New York City through Pennsylvania and on to Washington on our "way" to Houston for Fall Market. We went to Lancaster and the quilt museum to by absolute horror was SHUT FOR RENOVATION despite their website saying it had reopened! Tears.... on to the Smithsonian where the information desk told me that there were no exhibitions of textiles on display and they didn't know what I was talking about. Dejected, we walked to the White House and on the way stumbled on this exhibition in an annex gallery.
It completely blew me away. I spent a few hours just standing in front of the quilts and smiling, then we went to the White House, and then we came back because I couldn't bear to not see them again. This was an amazing exhibition and it's a wonderful book filled with beautiful and unusual quilts, including lots with embroidery and signatures and fantastical applique.
So there's your first three books, I hope you enjoyed the mini tour - let me know what you think, and if you're interested in knowing more!
In other news, only a few weeks to go now until Naked Beds finishes - how's your quilt coming along? To see what people have been up to, you can check out the Flickr group here. If you haven't started yet, get your skates on!
Also, I've had a few a computer funk ups over the last few weeks - if you have emailed me a sighting pic of my book and I either haven't published it OR I haven't sent you a piece of fabric, would you mind emailing me your pic and your address again? OR if you have emailed me pics for Naked Beds that need posting to Flickr (I offered to do that for peeps that don't use Flickr), please send them again with my apologies. Sorry to do that to you, the computer has eaten the folders I had them all in.
Ok everyone, happy reading and happy Sunday, I'm off to bake ANZAC bikkies for lunchboxes and hang school shirts on the line, then sew on a binding. Glamour....