Whenever I attend a major quilt show, I’m anxious to see the quilts by Japanese quiltmakers.
I especially love the pieces made with Japanese “taupes” (see the quilts above and below).
So I was particularly excited to receive a review copy of Taupe Inspirations: Modern Quilts Inspired by Japanese Taupes by Kylie Irvine. It’s a new title from Kansas City Star Books.
Irvine uses taupe fabrics in simple, elegant, “modern” quilt designs for eight fun little projects and three quilts. The projects include a pillow cover, handbag, notebook cover, block bag, rotary cutter case, pincushions and a needlecase. This is a great place to begin with your first taupes, or if you already have a stash, to get them out and use them.
Graceful Rhapsody by Denise Sheehan is what you might call “taupe with a twist.” Sheehan adds beautiful blues to neutral fabrics to create this quilted paisley block of the month. In addition to the complete quilt pattern, Graceful Rhapsody includes a couple of bonus projects, one with hand-embroidered bluework.
My to-do list includes several projects from Be Merry by Martha Walker. (By the way, Martha has a great block design in the upcoming 100 Blocks Volume 4 called Garden.)
“Celebrate Christmas” features blocks like this one and an appliqued swag border. I love the fun of combining candy canes with a very traditional applique design. This quilt is in my future.
And aren’t the bird clips fun? They look so old-fashioned. I’d love to have these on my Christmas tree. In total there are patterns for seven quilts, six projects like a hooked rug, a penny rug and a punch needle, plus four projects to adorn your tree.
We’ll give away these three titles from Kansas City Star Books. Leave a comment by midnight Tuesday, Nov. 1 telling us of a holiday project you’ve completed any time in the past. We’ll announce winners next week.