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Rachel May’s new Quilting with a Modern Slant explores quilting today through interviews with over 70 quilters. The book includes lots of beautiful images of quilts by talented sewists, and it supports a really exciting discussion about the play, improvisation and the personal elements of quilting.

Rachel writes, “I’m interested in understanding the connections between traditional, art and modern quilters, and it’s my hope that the book functions as an exploration of the connections between all quilters and the stories we have to tell through what we make.”

Today we have a PDF excerpt from the book’s “The Personal is Political” interviews featuring Sew Mama Sew’s Kristin Link! You can learn more about the early years of Sew Mama Sew, and the excerpt gives you an idea about how the book presents different interviews and inspiring imagery.

From the publisher:

    Modern quilting allows artists the freedom to play with traditions and take liberties with fabrics, patterns, colors, stitching, and the ways in which they all connect. In Quilting with a Modern Slant, Rachel May introduces you to more than 70 modern quilters who have developed their own styles, methods and aesthetics. Their ideas, their quilts, and their tips, tutorials and techniques will inspire you to try something new and follow your own creativity wherever it leads.

    Kristin’s Spring Math Quilt in the book, based on Elizabeth Hartman’s Simple Math pattern.

    Visit the book’s website to learn more about Quilting with a Modern Slant, and add your comment below for a chance to win a copy of the book. Give us a word or two (or three!) to describe your own quilting…

    PDF excerpted from Quilting with a Modern Slant (c) Rachel May, photography pages 78-79 (c) Keller + Keller Photography, photography page 79 (c) John Polak (small squares), photo page 81 courtesy of Kristin Link, used with permission from Storey Publishing.