Sunflower: New Quilts from an Old Favorite - 11/10/2010
Reviewer: Connie Krochmal from USA
Edited by Linda Baxter Lasco, this title features 18 award winning quilts by 25 leading quilt designers. This volume is part of a series from The National Quilt Museum’s “New Quilts from an Old Favorite” annual contest. An introduction by the Curator of Collections of the museum provides an insightful history of the language of flowers and the use of floral motifs in quilts with particular emphasis on sunflowers. This title provides an in-depth look at the Sunflower quilt block and its use during the last century or so. For each of the exquisite quilts, this title gives a biography of the designer/designers, and an extensive story on the creation and design of each quilt along with in-depth details on the techniques that were used. Some designs combine appliqué and piecing, while others are pieced. This title features color photos and sketches of the quilts and the designs that were used. All of these gorgeous quilts are just delightful while some have a traditional look and gardeners are sure to love all of them. I find it hard to choose a favorite. --Connie Krochmal, BellaOnline, www.bellaonline.com/articles
“...a powerful collection of nearly 20 quilts...” - 08/17/2010
Reviewer: James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief from Oregon, WI, USA
“Sunflower: New Quilts from an Old Favorite” provides a powerful selection of nearly twenty quilts by over twenty-five quiltmakers who take the classic Sunflower block as a foundation of inspiration for their designs. Each expands on the sunflower design in different ways. The result is a pairing of lovely color photos, black and white line patterns, and interviews with the innovators themselves! --James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, The Midwest Book Review, The Bookwatch, August 2010, The Needlecraft Shelf.
A wonderful collection of original interpretations of the traditional sunflower - 07/09/2010
Reviewer: Fabric Trends Magazine from USA
This book features 18 award-winning quilts chosen for their innovation and workmanship, accompanied by comments from each quiltmaker concerning the ideas and visions that led to their composition. Techniques, textiles, and software used are presented, in addition to how cutting and manipulating unusual fabrics add movement and energy to the quilts. Specific quilt instructions are not included, as each is a one-of-a-kind free-form quilt; nevertheless, this book offers templates, layouts, and block patterns to assist in designing your own quilt. Beautiful, large colorful photos, including the artists’ sketches, stir creativity and also make it easy to distinguish the variety of threads and stitches in the machine quilting. --“Fabric Trends,” Summer 2010, page 87.
SunFlower - New Quilts from an Old Favorite - 04/12/2010
Reviewer: Kathy Niemann from USA
You need to peek inside the book to see the wide variety of quilts included. The cover quilt is a contemporary quilt. Inside is something for everyone. The quilts are the winners in a design contest with Sunflowers as a theme. This book "picks the brains" of the designers. Therefore, the reader can learn so much that can be applied to any quilt. It is fun to hear about how a quilt comes to life from just an idea.
Sunflower: New Quilts from an Old Favorite - 04/07/2010
Reviewer: Vivian Benton from Pittsburgh, PA
To take a traditional block and turn it into something complex, artistic and creative, while still maintaining its identity, is amazing---and yet these quilters continue to rise to the challenge year after year. I admit the sunflower block has never been one of my favorites, but after seeing what these quilters have done with it, I now look at this block with new eyes. And to read about each quilter’s inspiration and approach to the creative expansion of the block is itself an adventure. I am absolutely thrilled to add this book to my collection.