U&U included among books that "spark" creativity

The Associated Press via the Union-Tribune San Diego has included Unconventional & Unexpected among an astounding list of books to "spark you or your child's creativity" -- craft and art that everyone can enjoy this new year.

Unconventional & Unexpected has great company among Merrilee Liddiaro's Playful: Fun Projects to make with + for Kids (also published by Abrams), Merrilee Liddiaro's Quilting with a Modern Slant, and The Plant Recipe Book by Baylor Chapman.

See the full list of craft suggestions here.

NEW+NEXT Tastemakers of Traditional Home features U&U

Traditional Home kindly features Unconventional & Unexpected in their October 2014 edition. They featured my yo-yo quilt by Laura Otto that pops beautifully. I'm excited that they too see that.

…Now is the moment to chase these bold, graphic quilts by mostly anonymous makers working with patterned fabric scraps.
— Traditional Home

Interviewed by Addie Broyles of the Austin American-Statesman

I had a wonderful conversation with Addie Broyles of the Austin American-Statesman. This week she published a beautiful review of Unconventional & Unexpected. I love that she highlights the "irony that most of the unknown quilters might not have ever realized that the pieces they made and that could just as easily have been forgotten might one day actually hang on a wall."

Read the article as a PDF here.

Quilt featured in the Austin American-Statesman article.

Quilt featured in the Austin American-Statesman article.

"Messes to masterpieces": Unconventional & Unexpected reviewed in Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly gave Unconventional & Unexpected a stellar review. I particularly love "messes to masterpieces."

Read the review here.

His quilts range from messes to masterpieces, from the simple (red cross on blue field; Socony Oil’s Pegasus banner) to the intricate ‘Grids with Prairie Points.’ He often shows backs, including one made from Sears catalogue pages. To support his thesis, Kiracofe includes insightful essays by quilt historians (including Denyse Schmidt on ‘The Beauty of Making Do’).
— Publishers Weekly