I recently expanded my personal library through the addition of several new quilting books. Among the purchases were
- Double Wedding Ring Quilts/Traditions Made Modern by Victoria Findlay Wolfe
- 15 Minutes of Play Improvisational Quilts by Victoria Findlay Wolfe
- The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting & Living Courageously By Sherri Lynn Wood
- Thirty-Seven Sketches By Gwen Marston
I purchased Double Wedding Ring Quilts and 15 Minutes of Play because I will be attending Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s class at the Woodland Ridge Retreat Center in October of 2018. By acquiring both of them in advance I figured I could become familiar with her teachings and give myself a head start. I also purchased the companion templates. If you have ever considered purchasing either book I would strongly recommend that you do. Both books are filled with valuable tips to help launch or improve your journey into or with improvisational quilting.
I stumbled upon The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters purely by accident. I had never heard of the author or her book until I did my research on Victoria. One might think that if you have one improv quilting book there is no need to purchase another. I totally disagree. Just as with many other topics each author has his or her own way of doing things. Much can be learned from each of these different voices.
The last book, 37 Sketches, was highly recommended by my close friend Barb. Barb had learned a great deal from Gwen by taking many of her classes. Apparently Gwen recently retired from her teaching. Adding her book was my way of owning a piece of history. I’ve found this book to be a great addition for those moments when you choose to relax and browse through publications. It’s a pictorial snapshot of Gwen’s journey through art quilting. This book has become a welcome addition to my home.
Well that’s my take on four very worthwhile art quilting companions. If you are not sure about adding them to your own inventory, then find them at your local library and see for yourself.