Sunday, January 26, 2014


One of the things I did this past week was to make a block for my MQG's group quilt.  I don't get to man;y of the meetings these days but did want to participate in this quilt since I was one of the founders of the group.

We each got a random packet of 3 of the MQG official colors and had to add white (or not) to make a 12.5" block signifying what "modern" means to me.  I have to bring it to next month's meeting and I am happy to say I got it done in pretty short order. Pretty minimal and still has my signature slice/dice strips in it. Done!
Speaking of "modern," I am really honored to have been included in a wonderful new book, Quilting with a Modern Slant, that is coming out on Tuesday, Jan 28.  I haven't seen it yet, but I understand it is beautiful and the advance reviews are excellent.

 While I don't identify myself specifically as a "modern" quilter, the author credits me (along with some other well-known artists) as one of the forerunners of the modern quilting movement.  Hmmm…interesting.  I'm flattered.

The Quilting with a Modern Slant blog is fun to read and I'm looking forward to getting my copy of the book.  You can find a list of all the contributors if you go to the blog and scroll back a bit.  Check it out!

In the meantime, I am packing a suitcase with a few clothes and plenty of fabrics so I can work a bit.  My Florida sewing machine is NOT in good running condition but it has been 4 years since I have used it and this time I'm taking sewing machine oil, a ¼" foot from my Viking at home, and stuff to clean out the machine with.  Maybe it will help.  I had a dream last night about all those strips on the wall I've been playing with, so I suppose that will be my focus, along with visiting friends and relatives and doing plenty of walking.

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Heather said...

I like how your block turned out. I have seen the book bouncing around the internet the last week or so, I'll have to check it out. Safe travels!

Connie Rose said...

I like that block, too. Have a great trip, hope the weather is beautiful for you. xo

sandiqltr said...

I love your block for your MQG! Also, I will be looking for a copy of the new book coming out. I love my copy of "create your own free-form quilts" and have been playing around with doing this type of Improv quilts. Thank you for your inspiration, Rayna!!

Gene Black said...

I just got your book on free-form quilts. I am excited to start using it.
I am glad to hear that I am not the only quilter who has dreams regarding what I am working on or could make next. I always consider it to by my muse working overtime.

Linda Hicks said...

The "modern" block is a winner! Is there are secret to the "modern" palette? neutrals, few, little or no prints?
Have fun in Florida you peripatetic soul.

Rachel said...

Thanks, Rayna! I can't wait till you see it! I'm sorry you've had to wait so long. The books are on their way, I hear :)

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