Rachel May (the Modern Quilt Perspectives blog tour)…

(Head over to the Quilting with a Modern Slant blog to read Rachel’s post for the MQP blog tour. I am insanely honored to be included in her book, and grateful that she is taking part in the blog tour. Thank you so much Rachel…)

Almost two years ago I got an email out of the blue; it was from a complete stranger asking about doing an interview for a book on modern quilting. At that point it was just eighteen months since I had made my first quilt, so I was a bit flabbergasted (yep, I like that word: flabbergasted). Yes, I had come out with three fabric collections at that point, but didn’t really think I had done anything much of note yet. I had just signed the contract for Modern Quilt Perspectives, and I certainly had plans to do things around here, but really, interview me for a book??? That email was from Rachel May, author of Quilting with a Modern Slant, and lead to one of the best quilty phone calls I have ever had.

QuiltingwithModernSlantI couldn’t be more honored that Rachel did want to interview me; I am truly excited to be a small piece in what is an incredibly important book, though I wish I could replace the quilts I have in there now. It feels like centuries since I made those, and all the quilts I really wanted to include were going to be wrapped up in Modern Quilt Perspectives. But that is the way I always feel; I am pretty sure that in a year or two I’ll want to hide all of the quilts in this book. But I digress, yet again…

I am so excited for the success Rachel has been having with Quilting with a Modern Slant, and hope she is already planning a second book, Quilting with a Postmodern Slant, perhaps???

I could go on and on about Rachel’s book; in fact I already have. You should go read my post about Quilting with a Modern Slant right here. But I do want to pull an excerpt from my post here, a bit that I really think gets to the core of why I think Rachel’s book should be in everybody’s quilting library:

“she opens up a space in which we can explore just what quilting means to us today. It’s not so important to pin down exactly what modern means, but it is significant to recognize that something different is happening now, that the impulse to quilt in the 21st century is an impulse worthy of investigation. And throughout Quilting with a Modern Slant, Rachel offers that anthropological eye as she weaves together a remarkable perspective on the recent revival of quilting.”

It is my profound hope that Modern Quilt Perspectives can offer a little something to go with Rachel’s work, a view that goes beyond the aesthetic and may provide some answers as to why quilting is particularly relevant today.

And know what, it makes me crazy happy to see this on Amazon, the perpetual offer to pair our two books:


So, in that vein, I am happy to be giving away a copy of Quilting with a Modern Slant on my blog while Rachel is giving away a copy of Modern Quilt Perspectives over on the QwaMS blog. Kinda awesome, right???


For a chance to win a copy of Rachel’s book here just comment on this post. I’ll draw the winner on April 5th (‘cause we’re heading off to Paris on the 6th and I gotta wrap this up before then…)

So, thank you Rachel for including me in your book and having the confidence that I would deserve to be there. I am both flattered and honored. And thank you for taking part in the MQP blog tour. Now to actually find a time to hang out and get all geeky about quilts. Go-go Gadget academic quilters!!!

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49 Responses to Rachel May (the Modern Quilt Perspectives blog tour)…

  1. 1
    Ella says:

    Thanks for a chance to win. The book looks amazing. I’ll be picking it up if I don’t win!

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    sandy says:

    I would love to win Rachel’s book and/or yours. They both look wonderful and rich in info and inspiration. I went shopping about a month or two ago for a “modern” type book, obviously too soon for either of these books.

  3. 3
    Stephanie says:

    I’d love to get my hands on this book – I’ve read nothing hut rave reviews!

  4. 4
    Kathy Davis says:

    Congratulations on being in this cool book!!! Thanks, Kathy

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    Jean says:

    Love your book! Looking forward to reading Quilting with a Modern Slant.

  6. 6
    Amy Verne says:

    I already have both books (love them both too) but would love a copy for my guild.

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    Stacey says:

    I’m starting to really (finally lol) understand the freshness of the modern quilt movement and am ready to put my toe in the water. This would sure help! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Linda Hauschildt says:

    Love to had Rachael’s book to go along with Modern Quilt Perspectives. Should be inspiring.

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    Donna R. says:

    A chance to win your book and a chance to win Rachel’s book? Double dose of greatness!

  10. 10
    Laura B says:

    I would love to win both of these books! Have a great time in Paris.

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    Vicki H says:

    I would love to have the books in my library for what looks like a lot of great inspiration.

  12. 12
    Sandy K says:

    I would love the book, I want to learn more about modern quilting.

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    Jo says:

    This looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

  14. 14
    Connie Cain says:

    Looks like a wonderful book. I would be honored to have it in my collection. 🙂

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    Joan H. says:

    Would love to learn more about the modern quilt movement. I am getting more and more interested in trying a new approach.

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    Nicole says:

    I can’t wait to read BOTH books. And I too like flabbergasted. And crestfallen. Or “crestbroken” as my 6 year old says.

    Have a swell time in Paris!

  17. 17
    Mindy Tillett says:

    Wave to me in Germany on your way to Paris.

  18. 18
    Debra Lee says:

    I would love a copy of this!

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    Esther F. says:

    Another awesome book!
    I will have to do some serious book shopping this month!
    So happy that there are now quilt books with more content than just pretty pictures!!!
    Greetings from the Netherlands.

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    Hilary says:

    They both look like great companion books for each other…thinking of ‘perspective’and ‘slant’, maybe the next book title could be ‘viewpoint’, ‘purview’ or even ‘insight’ Thanks for the chance to own copy.

  21. 21
    Joanne Jones says:

    Would love the chance to win your book, and Paris…. jealous!!

  22. 22
    Claire says:

    This looks like a great book to go alongside yours ( still waiting for delivery) please enter me.

  23. 23
    Delaine says:

    This book is awesome! Thanks!

  24. 24

    So excited for these two books! Congrats to you – keep up the awesome quilty work. Thanks for taking the risk and putting your work out there to push the rest of us along a new path.

  25. 25
    Mandy says:

    One way or the other I will read both books, but to win one from you would be awesome!Thanks Thomas.

  26. 26
    Jess says:

    All my attempts at quilting have been traditional quilts; I’d love to try something newer.

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    Gill says:

    This looks a fabulous book – I’d love to win a copy!

  28. 28
    Delaine says:

    This looks like an awesome book! Thanks!

  29. 29
    Diane says:

    Your book is already on my wish list and now I’ve added Rachel’s. Thanks for posting your review and for the chance to win.

  30. 30
    Barb N says:

    What fun! Congrats on the interview and book inclusion. And have fun in Paris!

  31. 31
    Marti Taylor says:

    What a great front cover, If I don’t win I will be ordering for sure. Thanks for a chance to win!

  32. 32
    debby says:

    I’d love to win this book–I’m a fan of the modern quilt style.

  33. 33
    Mary Rose says:

    As a veteran quilter who is just awakening to the modern quilt vibe, I have to say, I love your book and would enjoy adding Rachel’s book to my large library. Or my daughter’s….who is also a quilter intrigued with the newest trends.

  34. 34
    Valerie Boudier says:

    Lovely looking book, I’d like to win

  35. 35

    I just came over after ordering your book from Amazon. You have much to say and your writing is phenomenal. I sure wish I had ordered the two books together. Maybe I’ll be fortunate enough to win a copy. If not, I will be sure to order Rachel’s book as well.

  36. 36
    Lisa Marie says:

    Looks like an inspiring book, thanks for the chance to win!

  37. 37
    Karen Ann says:

    Would love to win….I adore learning new skills and insight into how others work. Thanks for the chance!

  38. 38
    Margaret says:

    Both of your books are already on my wish list. Thanks for the giveaway, and enjoy Par-ee.

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    Chris says:

    I can’t wait to see the book. Have a wonderful trip.

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    Sarah says:

    I would love to win this book! Thank you for the giveaway! sarah@forrussia.org

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    Marianne says:

    Sounds like a great book. Thanks.

  42. 42
    Sallie says:

    I’d love to win this book. Have a lovely time in Paris!

  43. 43
    MoeWest says:

    I always welcome the chance to add a great book to my sewing library.

  44. 44
    Susan says:

    I would love to win both books. I am still a beginner quilter, but I am starting to see modern quilts in a new way.

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    Michele T says:

    The book looks amazing – inspiration to step out of one’s comfort zone!! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  46. 46
    Liesbeth Williams says:

    Only just discovered you today and what you say about artists and their use of colour has struck a chord with me. I want to make my quilts relevant to a modern audience, male and female. But would you send a book to Wales? Thanks for your words.

  47. 47
    Kathy C. says:

    Love your blog! I have my fingers crossed!! LOL!!

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    Karrie Smith says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! have a great time in Paris!

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