The National Quilt Museum's annual New Quilts from an Old Favorite contest once again has brought out the best in creativity from today's talented quiltmakers. Quilts are selected for their excellence in design and techniques, their innovations, and their contributions to an exhibit showing the wide range of designs and styles the selected traditional pattern can inspire. With the favorite Basket traditional block as a starting point, a dizzying array of original interpretations is included in this companion volume to the contest and exhibit. Each quiltmaker or team of quiltmakers describes their experience of creating a unique rendering of this much loved pattern. Original sketches and inspiration, design problems and solutions, techniques both new and old are all described in the quilters' own words.
Baskets: New Quilts from an Old Favorite - 07/18/2012
Reviewer: Patti Ives, TAS Newsletter from USA
One of the goals of The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky is to link the past to the present and to the future. To that end they sponsor an annual contest and exhibit called “New Quilts from and Old Favorite” (NQOF). The contest challenges today’s quiltmakers to interpret a single traditional quilt block in a new and exciting way using their own design. This years contest featured the Basket block. 18 winners are chosen based on excellence in design and technique, innovative construction, and inspired visual impact. Five award winners and fourteen additional finalists quilts are featured in the book. This year’s book is titled “Baskets --New Quilts From an Old Favorite”. Full color photos of the quilts, both finished and during the process, are included along with a biography of each quiltmaker. One of the best features of the book are the notes from each designer offering tips and techniques they used on their quilts. You will also gain insight into the creative process as each winner explains where they got their inspiration. Many of the winning quilts include stunning appliqué work. The First Place winner can be seen on the cover of the book. All the winning quilts are beautiful and it is amazing how that little Basket block can take on a new and modern look in the hands of these talented quilters. If you would like more information on this contest please check the museum’s website at www.quiltmuseum.org. --Patti Ives, The Applique Society, July/August 2012, Volume 15, No. 6., page 16.
Baskets: New Quilts from an Old Favorite - 05/22/2012
Reviewer: Patty Martin from Fair Oaks, CA
A wonderful book that showcases the award winning and finalist quilts in the 2012 National Quilt Museum's 'New Quilts from an Old Favorite' contest. The 2012 theme was Baskets. I enjoyed reading the stories behind the quilters’ that designed each of these quilts and process they went thru in designing these quilts. A lot of truly innovative quilts; each one of them very different from the others.
Baskets New Quilts from an Old Favorite - 04/17/2012
Reviewer: Kathie R Kerler from Portland OR
I look forward to this book every year, because I so enjoy seeing the winning contest entries and reading how their makers reinterpreted a classic block to make it their own. The variety of quilts is amazing from pieced to appliquéd and traditional to innovative. Plus, each maker shares a technique with step-by-step images and instructions. A wonderfully inspiring book.
Baskets: New Quilts From An Old Favorite - 04/16/2012
Reviewer: Patricia Hobbs from USA
I received my copy of The National Quilt Museum's and AQS book "Baskets: New Quilts From an Old Favorite" on Saturday. I believe it to be one of the most attractive and well put together books that I have seen of late. You do such a nice job as does Linda Baxter Lasco. I am truly honored to be included in such a show and the accompanying book. From instructional and personal levels, the book grabs a quilter's attention. The use of color is so important and well done also. I am not critiquing the book, but I do want to let you know that I am thrilled with it from cover to cover.