“Try it on Tuesday”: Fresh Perspectives

Each Tuesday I “try” a new product and write a review.  Then I usually give it away to one of my readers.  If you’d like a chance to win, read on!

Today the great people over at C&T Publishing sent me an e-book copy of “Fresh Perspectives:  Reinventing 18 Classic Quilts from the International Quilt Study Center and Museum” by Carol Gilham Jones and Bobbi Finley.

I was immediately attracted to the book as I love historic quilts.

Typically when I review a quilt book, I can take pictures of the quilts and show you the book in more detail.  With e-book versions that’s not possible so I can only show you the pictures that C&T Publishing has available.  In the book, for each quilt they show an antique version and a modern version.

Above is the school house quilt.  This is the modern version.  I’ve never thought of coloring a school house quilt like that!

Here is a modern medallion….

Fresh Perspectives by Carol Gilham Jones & Bobbi Finley published by C&T Publishing

and here is the original.

Fresh Perspectives by Carol Gilham Jones & Bobbi Finley from C&T Publsihing

In this case the center was changed along with the colors.  Most of the quilts in the book do follow the original quilt…they just change things up with different color options or improved techniques.

I am loving the cover quilt best.  It features paper piecing.

I have to say, occasionally I do like the old fashion quilt better than the modern version….I think that’s just a me thing.  I just love antique quilts with their chrome yellows and eclectic look but with this book, that’s okay.   I can make the quilt that way if I want.  The pattern is there so that for most of the quilts you can make whichever version strikes your fancy.

C&T Publishing is offering a copy for one of my readers.  Would you like winner to be you?  Just leave a comment here telling if  have even been to a quilt museum and if so, which one?

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61 thoughts on ““Try it on Tuesday”: Fresh Perspectives

  1. Susan

    I have never been to a quilt museum :( The closest I have come is getting my great-grandmother’s quilts after my uncle passed away. Love my old feed sack and wool blanket quilts!

  2. Valerie Boudier

    I have been to a quilt museum, the American Museum in Bath, England. Does have other things but I have visited it mainly for the quilts

  3. Lisa B

    I went to the Rocky Mountain quilt museum in Golden, Colorado with friends 5 years ago. Being with two friends. one from CO, one from Washington state and I’m from Alaska, made it more special.

  4. Christine M

    We don’t have quilt museums here in Australia. If I ever get back to the US, hopefully I’ll get to visit one. They must be amazing places to visit.

  5. Donna

    I’ve never been to a quilt museum either – though there was one local quilt show that showed antique quilts that was part of the history of our area. I am always amazed at what quilters did back then with what they had. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  6. Deb G. in VA

    I’ve never been to a quilt museum either. One of these days, I’m going to get to the National Quilt Museum in Paducah.

  7. Kim W.

    I’ve never been to a quilt museum either, but I did go see the “Red and White” show in NYC with a group of friends that were all antique quilts .Incredible

  8. Vic in NH

    The New Hampshire Historical society in Concord did a show of their extensive collection of antique and period quilts two summers ago. I attended and was thrilled to see so many Civil War era originals. The New England Quilt Museum is about two hours away from me, but I just haven’t had the gas money to go.
    As for the book, I much prefer the originals over the new stuff. Wallace Nutting said, “Anything new is bad!” I have that on my NH Historical Society tee shirt, lol!

  9. Deb- VTQuilter

    Well, it was not really a quilt museum but they did have a great quilt collection at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont when I went. I prefer the traditional patterns… they are classic and never go out of style. I guess that is why they are still popular.

  10. Tisha

    oh love the cover of this book….i really love the modern take on the quilts…isn’t it funny how that is….i started out with very traditional patterns and fabrics but fell in love with modern quilts. i have been to a quilt museum one time years ago in California it was just a tiny little museum but i still appreciated all the quilts. everytime i see antique quilts i always think of the women who might of made them and the love that went into them. sorry i don’t remember the name of the museum

  11. Amanda A

    I have never been to a quilt museum, but have seen some smaller exhibits at other museums before. I love learning about the history behind the quilt :)

  12. Renea

    I have never been to a quilt museum but hope in my future that I will. This books looks really interesting. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  13. Cheryl

    I am fortunate to live near the International Quilt Study Museum, in Lincoln, and often go to see their exhibits. As a matter of fact, I am going there today to see the new “Indigo Gives American the Blues” exhibit. I love both old and new quilts and would love to win this book/ Inspiration is always on my agenda!

  14. Nancy

    No, I have never been to it, but get to visit the Rocky Mountain quilt museum in Golden, Colorado. I love using repro fabrics to make old quilts so this is a book I need.

  15. Sandi

    On our travels we stopped at the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, NE and also went to the quilt museum in Paducah, KY. Enjoyed both of them but missed the quilt show in Paducah which I wanted to see.

  16. Ardith

    I have been to the Virginia Quilt Museum located in an historic house in downtown Harrisonburg, VA. I have also been to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, CO. Love looking at antique quilts.

  17. Donna

    I have been to the museum in Vermont where the orignal Jane Stickle quilt is kept. Sorry can’t remember the name of it but I remember the quilts. Lovely. ALso the one in Paducah, Kentucky. I love any place that has quilts on display.

  18. Anne P

    I have been to the Textile Museum in Toronto, Ontario – which showcases all types of articles made with textiles – which of course includes quilts.

  19. Kerry

    Unfortunately, we don’t have quilt museums here in Australia, but I do have a list of some in USA to visit if I ever travel there!

  20. Rose

    I ‘ve been to a few dedicated quilt museums and larger urban museums with textile and quilting sections. Don’t recall the names but they were in Vancover BC, Philadelphia, NYC, Oahu, HI

  21. Mary

    Of course I would love to win this book! I really enjoy your reviews, but my list of books I need keeps growing – thank you very much.
    I, too, have never been to a quilt museum, but I would love to go. Someday maybe.

  22. Susie at ProsperityStuff

    Quilt museum? … Seems like there was a quilt museum in Washington, D.C. that I went to … Can’t remember if it was a section of one of the Smithsonian museums, or not, but it had some amazing quilts. Typically, any quilt in ANY museum catches my eye, and I’m amazed at the intricate handmade details of so many of them …

  23. Carla G

    I’ve never been to a Quilt Museum… there are none even close to where I live! This book looks fabulous! I especially love the quilt on the cover! :)

  24. Julie in WA

    No, I have not been to a quilt museum…not yet! I do love antique quilts and tend to pick up books with pictures of vintage quilts so I can study color, design, and assembly choices. Today there is a real trend to simplify quilt assembly…no set-in seams, for example. But I am fascinated with doing things the hard way, just like our quilting foremothers did!

  25. Maryellen

    I was to a quilt show in a museum, but most of the quilts were made recently. I was also lucky enough to go to the Red and White show in Manhattan last year, Infinite Variety was amazing. I love seeing the antiques, too.

  26. JanetB

    I was so fortunate to visit the quilt museum in Paducah, KY this year. It is an incredible collection of talent. I love to see antique quilt patterns. I tend to lean toward traditional colors but am glad that authors publish them in modern colors to stretch our imagination.

  27. Gayle

    I’ve been to the museum in Boulder Colorado. And the Museum of American History in Washington D.C. has a lot of great old quilts too!

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  29. maureen prendergast

    Well, not exactly a “quilt museum”, but the Pamlico County (NC) Historical Center has a few quilts. My favorite is one that is 100% local! The cotton for the batting was grown in the county, the top was pieced here, and then it was hand quilted here! I love that it feels like an old friend.

  30. Lyn

    I haven’t been to a quilt museum, but I do have the app for the Red and White quilt exhibit on my ipad, and love looking at them.

  31. MarciaW

    We like to visit “The Levy County Quilt Museum.” It’s not an artsy museum, as there is active hand quilting and meetings there about 4 days a week. However, local old quilts and block samples are hung along with other antique items in this log cabin building. Perhaps one day we can visit a big-time museum such as in Paducah and Nebraska.

  32. Lyn Smith

    I’ve never been to a quilt museum. We don’t have them here in Australia. I might just have to do another trip to USA. What a great excuse to visit again.

  33. Nancy Angerer

    I have been to the museum in Paducah. It is worth a visit. Even non-quilters who were with me really enjoyed the visit.

  34. Bonnie Larson

    I have not yet been to a quilt museum. It is on my short list of places to go when I get somewhere……..

  35. Marjorie Nath

    I have never been to a Quilt Museum. Unfortunatly, living in Mexico now, I doubt if I will ever get the chance.

  36. Sally

    Let’s see, I’ve been to Rocky Mountain quilt museum in Golden, Colorado, and The Quilter’s Hall of Fame Museum in Marian, Indiana. I’ve also seen quilts at the Smithsonian. I’ll have to look for Fresh Perspectives in the Library–looks great. What a clever idea!

  37. Kim Cassie

    I haven’t been to a quilt museum before, BUT…..next week I am moving to Kentucky and I will be less than an hour away from Paducah. I look forward to visiting the National Quilt Museum when I get settled.

  38. Sandy A in St. Louis

    I haven’t been to a quilt museum, but did go to our art museum when they were having a special exhibit of quilts from the 1800s. I even got hubby to go with me and he enjoyed it!

  39. Nell

    International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, Ne and the one in Golden, Co (I can’t remember the name right now-I think the chilly wind from the jr. high FB game took all my brain cells out!) Love the historical quilts, also!

  40. Judy

    I have never been to a quilt museum but hope to go to the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange someday soon.

  41. Brenda Cornell

    I have been to the San Jose Quilt and Textile Museum, the Rocky Mountain Museum in Golden Colorado, saw many quilts at the Shelbourne Museum, etc. I watched Bobbi and Carol work on the quilts for this book and can’t wait to see the finished product.

  42. LoriL

    No I have never been to a quilt museum. No need to with the internet. Thanks for the chance to win.

  43. Laura P (TX)

    I have never been to a quilt museum. However, the best thing about living in Houston is being able to attend the International Quilt Festival each year. Seeing the Jane Stickle quilt years ago was a highlight for me.

  44. Carol Sc

    I visit museums whenever possible — including the AQS Museum, the museum at the University of Indiana. Living close to Michigan State University, I can often visit the quilt displays they have — and I find myself more drawn to the traditional than the modern.

  45. Evelyn

    While I have not yet been to a quilt museum, I have gone to several quilt exhibits at various Southern California museums.

  46. trillium

    No, have not been to a quilt museum, but have looked at some antique quilts online. While researching my children’s paternal line, I found a gr grand uncle (from Baltimore) who received an album quilt from his parishioners. It is now in the Smithsonian and you can see it on their website. It’s the quilt made for Rev. Bernard H. Nadal.

  47. Elna

    I live in South Africa and we don’t have the luxury of quilt museums, so therefore I haven’t been to one but would love the opportunity. They must be so rich in history, lovely.

  48. Mimi

    Went to the quilt museum in the now defunct Old Country Quilts shop in Lancaster, PA. The display was beautiful and there were many quilts in the unexpected large area.

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