I love reviewing books, it gives me a chance to get a sneak peek when they first come out and the opportunity to create something from the book. I especially LOVE reviewing books when a good friend of mine writes one – and today’s the day that I share Southwest Modern by Kristi Schroeder.
I met Kristi a few years ago and instantly hit it off – she’s one of the most genuinely sweet people you will ever meet and I felt like I had known her for years (funny how following someone on Instagram does that). We share a love of modern, minimalist, solid fabric, negative space quilting and have a pretty similar aesthetic as far as design goes. She shared her book writing journey with me from the very beginning, so I feel pretty lucky to have seen some of these designs from the moment she first designed them.
The quilt I chose from the book is titled Cielo and is in the New Mexico portion of the book. New Mexico? Yes! Although Kristi lives in Texas she is a frequent traveller and lover of all things Southwest so this is also an impressive travel guide as well. She takes her journey through the Southwest region of the United States and captures all of the beauty of Santa Fe, White Sands, and Marfa to name a few. Kristi not only shares images of the amazing landscape but also of the quilts she has designed that were inspired by these areas. There is a total of 18 travel inspired quilts in this book and they range from mini quilts that you can whip up in a day to larger throw / bed size quilts. I hope you enjoy my take on the Cielo quilt below – I chose to use some of my favorite solids – Kona Flamingo, Yarrow, Black and an Alison Glass text print.
I kind of get a David Bowie vibe from this quilt – google David Bowie face paint if you don’t know what I’m talking about. The negative space on this quilt is what initially inspired me to tackle this project and then one I started making the quilt I was a bit shocked…. it took me just over 3 hours to cut, sew and press this quilt top. What?!!! It was a super quick make and I cannot wait to have this quilted.
For more Southwest Modern Projects be sure to check out the following posts:
March 8th Mathew Boudreaux of Mister Domestic
March 9th Rebecca Bryan of Bryan House Quilts
March 10th Suzy Williams of Suzy Quilts
March 11th Hillary Goodwin of Entropy Always Wins
March 12th Michelle Wilkie of Factotum of Arts
March 13th Christopher Thompson of The Tattooed Quilter
March 14th Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft
March 15th Sarah Thomas of Sariditty
March 16th Karen Lewis of Karen Lewis Textiles
Thanks for stopping by today and if you would like to enter to win a copy of Kristi’s book follow the directions below:
Contest is now over – our winner is Lauren Dalton! Thank you everyone for playing along.