Three Books on Contemporary Quilts

Contemporary quilts draw on time-honored techniques and reimagine the classic craft in bold new ways. Here are three books PieceWork recommends on contemporary quilts, which are sure to inspire. The first explores the quilts of textile artist Kaffe Fassett, the second looks at the dynamic work of Nancy Crow, and the third shares several whimsical projects by Denyse Schmidt.

Contemporary quilts

Glorious Patchwork: More than 25 Glorious Quilt Designs
By Kaffe Fassett
New York: Potter Craft, 2008. Softbound, 160 pages, $25. ISBN 978-0-307-45150-7.

Kaffe Fassett is a master fabric artist whose passion for his work comes through loud and clear in his writing. Couple that with instructions for making some of his stunning quilts, and you have a winner in this paperback edition of his 1997 hardcover work Patchwork: Over 25 Glorious Designs.

Contemporary quilts

Crossroads: Constructions, Markings, and Structures
By Nancy Crow
Elmhurst, Illinois: Breckling Press, 2007. Softbound, 64 pages, $22.95. ISBN 978-1-933308-19-7.

Published as the catalog for a solo exhibition of work by the quilter Nancy Crow, Crossroads explores Crow’s thought processes and the quilts under construction in her studio. The vibrant full-color photographs of the twenty-five quilts in the exhibition are sure to inspire.

Contemporary quilts

Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects
By Denyse Schmidt
San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2005. Softbound, 176 pages, $24.95. ISBN 0-8118-4442-0.

From the opening image of Steve the Cat—he makes you giggle and makes you want him!—to the last page, this book is a delight. Clear and precise step-by-step directions guide you through the stellar projects that are not confined to completed quilts.

Read more reviews of books on quilts in our blog post, “A Selection of Classic Books About Quilts,” and learn more about historical quilts in the September/October 2005 and September/October 2006 issues of PieceWork.


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