Modern Quilt Perspectives {new book}

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Welcome to our stop on the Modern Quilt Perspectives blog tour! This month, KP Craft has released Thomas Knauer's first quilting book Modern Quilt Perspectives: 12 Patterns for Meaningful Quilts, a collection of patterns and essays with a wonderful introduction to the tools of the trade. 

In case you missed it, be sure to read Thomas' post about the book, how it came to be with the help of many, especially the quilter extraordinaire Lisa Sipes. Check out her amazing quilting in her post about Modern Quilt Perspectives yesterday. 

We're thrilled that Thomas chose to use many of our Kona Cotton® Solids in his quilts, as well as a quilt made entirely of Essex Linen. That quilt, "You Are Here" is the cover model and we are so glad to see it getting the exposure it deserves. A lovely and graphic pattern, the quilt is designed as a lap quilt or meditation mat. It can serve as a reminder, Thomas writes, "that you are indeed Here--and as a prompt to find a time and a space to pause, wherever that may be." That's something we can probably all be reminded of now and again, right? 

"You Are Here" designed by Thomas Knauer

"You Are Here" designed by Thomas Knauer

It isn't all about slowing down and subtle hues, though. Thomas put more than 120 colors to work in his "Mitosis" design and with more than twice that many Kona Cotton® Solids available now, it could only get bigger and better when you make it yourself! 

"Mitosis" designed by Thomas Knauer

"Mitosis" designed by Thomas Knauer

We love this book and all the quilts in it, so to help you get started making one of the many designs in Modern Quilt Perspectives, we're giving away a stack of linens! 

From top to bottom: Medium Aqua, Chartreuse, White, Ruby, Medium Periwinkle, Light Blue, Dusty Blue, Jungle, Rose (.5 yds each) Putty, Taupe, Ivory, Camel (1.5 yds each)

From top to bottom: Medium Aqua, Chartreuse, White, Ruby, Medium Periwinkle, Light Blue, Dusty Blue, Jungle, Rose (.5 yds each) Putty, Taupe, Ivory, Camel (1.5 yds each)

The lucky winner will get enough fabric to make the "You Are Here" quilt top with our Essex Linen--10 yards! And Thomas is tossing in a copy of his book for the winner, as well.  So fabulous! 

To get you started on quilting with linens, we've gathered a few tips and tricks for working with this substrate (which just happens to be a favorite of both Thomas and Lisa): 

  • Give yourself a little bit bigger seam allowance to avoid fraying into the seams.
  • Spray with starch or fabric sprays (Mary Ellen's Best Press and Soak's Flatter both work well) to give the linen a bit more control when stitching
  • Quilt more densely than you might if it were all quilting cotton. 

Thomas added: The thing I love about the Essex Linen is that as it is a 55/45 linen/cotton blend it is so much more stable that full-on linen. It frays so much less, and is so much less squiggly to work with. I actually find it friendlier to work with than a lot of quilting cottons, especially the smoother and lighter-weight cottons. While I go with a larger seam allowance for pure linen, I find no problem working with a scant 1/4" seam with Essex. That is a big part of why I use it so often. And it washes beautifully, and comes in so many colors, so I don't have to go gathering different blends from different manufacturers. 

Lisa said: Working with linen is really no different than cotton. A lot of people think that "specialty fabrics" (such as linen, satin, etc) require a lot of extra precautions and it's just not true. The only fabric that really require precautionary measures is silk. For the linen, I did use a slightly larger needle as the weave is different and the fiber is a little heavier, but other than that it was business as usual. 

Have you quilted with linens? Have any tips to add? We'd love to hear about your linen quilts, so leave us a comment and you'll be entered to win the prize package. Entries will be accepted until Friday, March 21st at 11:59 p.m. (PST) and the winner will be announced next Monday, March 24. 

And don't miss out on the rest of the blog tour! Victoria Findlay Wolfe is up next! 

"Cinderblock" designed by Thomas Knauer

"Cinderblock" designed by Thomas Knauer

"Ampersand" designed by Thomas Knauer

"Ampersand" designed by Thomas Knauer

March 17: Victoria Findlay Wolfe
March 18: Katy Jones
March 19: Bill Volkening
March 20: Kelly Biscopink
March 21: Audrie Bidwell
March 22: Mary Rachel Kolb
March 23: Rachael Gander
March 24: Sew, Mama, Sew
March 25: Cloth Paper Scissors
March 26: Cheryl Arkinson
March 27: Quilting Daily
March 28: Fat Quarterly
March 29: Pellon
March 30: Sew Modern
March 31: Rachel May

April 1: Quilty
April 2: Amy Smart
April 3: Quilter’s Connection
April 4: Teresa Coates
April 5: Generation Q
April 6: Cloth Paper Scissors
April 7: Sara Lawson
April 8: Kim Niedzwiecki
April 9: Rashida Coleman Hale
April 10: Thomas Knauer