Let me start this by saying, I love my style of quilting. But, (my anaconda don’t…) if there was ever a handful of quilters out there that I wanted to be more like, Amy Garro of 13 Spools
would be one of them. Her masculine aesthetic often features crisp ombres, sharp angles, and geometric quilting. So when she let slip a few months back that she had a book coming called Paper Pieced Modern
, I was all like, “Who do I have to sleep with to get me an early copy of that?” Cause you know I am dedicated, and I will do whatever it takes.
Fortunately, Amy said I could just join the book tour and keep everything else in my pants. Friendship may have got a bit weird after that, but regardless, I got an early copy! Snap!
Amy asked that I share one of the quilts from the book with you. I wanted to share three or four, but I had to give other people a chance too. (Whatever.) I chose Faceted Jewels II, because why only have one jewel when you can have two?! I love the fractured feeling this quilt possesses, as well as the multiple tessellations. One moment I’m seeing jewels, the next I’m seeing stars, and then all of a sudden I’m back in high school Bedazzling every article of clothing I own! While I’m not digging the purple tones or the feathers, I can imagine this quilt in fiery ruby reds and golden citrines, or get this, even a medium to charcoal grey scale only. That’s the wonderful thing about these patterns, they are so ready for your own interpretation!
Amy had this to say about her quilt process:
The design for this quilt was another collaboration between my electrical engineer husband and me. He came home with a sketch based on several things at work. I took half of his sketch and turned it into this block, with a little tweaking to make it easier to piece. It took quite a bit of playing around with colors to get this block looking right for a quilt! I actually started making this quilt with different fabrics – large scale prints – and hated it. The prints muddled the shapes within the blocks, and it was a hot mess. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t making every quilt in the book with just solids, but people, this one needed it! So I embraced it and I’m so happy I did. The whole time I made this quilt, I had in my mind the image of a few little girls playing tea on top of it. I think it makes a beautiful toddler quilt. Emily Sessions of Emerson Quilting did an absolutely beautiful job quilting all-over feathers. I think it offers a nice contrast to the sharp lines of the block, and increases its feminine feel.
Sounds like her husband could be a quilter in the making! Don’t worry, I’ll show him how to put the needle on it! (Awkward.) So, anywaaaaaaay … as you would expect, I’m giving you a chance to win a copy of Paper Pieced Modern from C&T Publishing. (Physical copies available for US winners, and e-copies for international winners). Just leave a comment telling me which colour way you would make Faceted Jewels II in so that I can steal your mahvelous ideas. Then make sure you check out the other stops on the book tour so you have multiple chances to win, and lots more amazing quilts to see!
By the way, if you’re just obsessed like me, you can get a signed copy of Paper Pieced Modern
from Amy’s Etsy Shop. Score! The following photo is from C&T Publishing to give you a really clear idea of how fabulous your quilt is going to be. I know, right?!