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 received a beautiful review in Hali:
Monica Moses wrote a beautiful review of Unconventional & Unexpected in a recent edition of American Craft. I'm touched at how she has connected to the book. Read below for the full review:
It was great to chat with someone just as excited about quilts as I am. It's always a pleasure when someone sees these quilts as I do -- as "bridges between the traditional quilts of the past and the new modern quilts, which are coming to the forefront of quilting." There is a recognition of the soulfulness in these quilts. Thank you!
I was so pleased when my friend and colleague Janneken Smucker agreed to write the "quilt history" essay for the book. She is doing an amazing job as part of the next generation of quilt historians. I have always enjoyed following her writing and projects. Be sure to include her newest book, Amish Quilts: Crafting an American Icon, in your quilt library.
Her blog post about Unconventional & Unexpected really captures what I hope people take away from U&U as she concludes: "I hope you join me in looking, reading, and thinking, and then behold these quilts as completely unexpected, yet just what you’ve been looking for."
Read her blog post here.
Unconventional & Unexpected was included along with The Roosevelts -- an Intimate History by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns and Away from the White House -- Presidential Escapes, Retreats, and Vacations by Lawrence L. Knutson as books worthy of their weight. I love that U&U is included among these books that are re-thinking history and making historical figures more human.
Thank you to Nifty Quilts for your beautiful blog post this morning. It's exciting to hear about how so many quiltmakers have been inspired by quilts in Unconventional & Unexpected to make one based on a certain quilt or to just be "more free and unrestricted" with their own quilts. The quilt Nifty Quilts is making is inspired from page 56.
She writes about her process so poetically.