24 March 2023

Inspiration Abounds

I have quite a few "favorite" quilt books . . . in no particular order, these photos will show you which ones I pull off the shelf first.

Having started making quilts in the time frame of the Gee's Bend quilt explosion, their work had a huge influence on me.

Both of these books featuring more African American quilts are well worn.

When we visited St. Louis a number of years ago, we visited the Art Museum.  

The Heffley Collection was one of the featured exhibits and, unsurprisingly, this book came home with me.

You can tell how much these have been used given their spiral bindings . . . 

Like so many others, Roderick Kiracofe's book is on my shelf.  I have spent hours studying the array of unique and original quilts he showcased.

I was a latecomer to the work of Roberta Horton - I honestly wish I had discovered her earlier.

I would be terribly remiss if I didn't mention Gwen Marston and Freddy Moran as major inspiration sources.

I absolutely love both of these books and have many (many) others by these two artists.

(Freddy's book is an absolute blast of joy, especially on a dreary day)

Wild by Design has more words than photos but I have referred to it again and again through the years.  I also have another of Janet Catherine Berlo's books, a small paperback titled Quilting Lessons: Notes from the Scrap Bag of a Writer and Quilter which was one of my very earliest inspiration sources (as in there are NO quilt police).

And in 2014 I was privileged to spend most of one day absorbing the Quilts and Color exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts with my friend Lynne.  The quilts in this book never fail to enthrall me.

And if all of these books don't satisfy my inspiration itch, there are plenty more on my studio bookshelf.

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Thanks for sharing this talking point topic, Kaja - it's a great one!



Janie said...

Wonderful inspiring books, thanks for sharing Julie.
Freddy Moran is a bright light in electrifying color, yes.

Ann said...

You have an excellent collection. I haven't read a few of these but will look for them. Thanks.

Mystic Quilter said...

Excellent book display here Julie, I notice that I have five of the books you've shown us here. I'm so pleased to see that you also have a bookcase dedicated to quilt related books. I have just begun a cull of my very old books, perhaps the local Guild members could use them.

audrey said...

Such a great selection of books! I see a couple that I have on my shelves!:)

Rajani Rehana said...

Beautiful blog

Kaja said...

We have some books in common, but there are also some here I haven't seen, so I shall try and track them down.