Sometimes I'm disappointed when I buy a new quilt book, the cover promises so much but when you actually open the book, it can be an anti-climax with just pretty pictures and text linking them all together. Not that there is anything wrong with that sort of book because I do like the pretty pictures but what I really love is reading about the quilt and the maker, what moved them to make the quilt, why certain fabrics were selected and others were not, the challenges encountered in making the quilt, all the sorts of things my friends and I talk about when we meet up to quilt.
I haven't read either of these two books properly, (yet) but my first skim read of both books tells me that they have already ticked all the boxes for me.
Quilting with a Modern Slant by Rachel May is a book which is going to take some time to get through. I've only read to page 42 and I want to stop everything I'm doing and immerse myself in reading this book.
There are the usual instructions for projects and plenty of eye candy, but the best part for me is the thoughts and different perspectives of the various quilters (and there are many) who feature throughout the book. Scattered through the book are little quotes and hints, I love this advice from Malka Dubrawsky "Be fearless, and have fun. After all it's just fabric"
I've been following the blog Thomas Knauer Sews since I saw a photo of a quilt he made for Quiltcon last year, so when I read on his blog that he was writing a book, I put it on my Books to Buy list. The book arrived last week and is another book that will require quality time spent in reading it, (I'm up to page 13) there are patterns and photos, but more importantly to me there are the conversations about each quilt, the inspiration behind the quilt, the colours and the fabrics used.
So you will excuse me if I am a little quiet over the next few days as I will be doing a bit of reading.