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Quilting the New Classics
by Michele Muska
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Twenty influential quilters from across the stylistic spectrum present their unique creative vision of timeless designs. Each pattern, from bear paw to flying geese to log cabin, comes with step-by-step instructions for two adaptations, one traditional and one modern.

Techniques: piecing
20 projects, 160 color pgs.
Item no. 46074

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Quilting the New Classics is an interesting collection of traditional and modern quilts compiled by Michele Muska. The unique approach of the book was to ask twenty quilters to make quilts using ten of the most well-known and much loved quilt blocks: Double Wedding Ring, Crazy Quilt, Dresden Plate, Bear Paw, Log Cabin, Nine-Patch, Hexagon, Yo-Yo, Flying Geese, and Rail Fence. Ten quilters designed a quilt that reflected the traditional use of the block assigned to them. Another ten took the same block and created a more modern interpretation. Patterns are provided for each of the twenty quilts.

Incorporated into Quilting the New Classics is a bit about quilting history, some discussion of the relatively recent emergence of the concept of modern quilting, images of antique quilts using the blocks, and some background about the quilters who are all active in the quilting world and the inspiration for their quilts. I found myself liking both the traditional and modern versions. The more modern designs tended to have fewer and often deconstructed blocks with significant negative space to highlight quilting designs. For example, Darlene Zimmerman’s traditional Bear Paw quilt was done in rich gold and reds with a scalloped border. Elisa Sims Albury chose to isolate a few pairs of paws on a neutral background; the effect is a mother and baby bear walking side-by-side.

Quilting the New Classics would be a good reference for a beginning or experienced quilter wishing to learn more about traditional quilt blocks and ways they can be reinterpreted with a modern slant while still honoring their historical beginnings.