Fresh Quiliting by Malka Dubrawsky - Review and Giveaway
December 09, 2010
Malka Dubrawksy's new book Fresh Quilting: Fearless Color, Design and Inspiration arrived a few days ago and I am so excited to share it with you. I've been following Malka and her work for a few years and I am always bowled over by the way she uses color and pattern to create beautiful quilted objects. This book is no exception - it's jam-packed with great projects in bright, crisp colors that all have a modern aesthetic. It showcases Malka's signature style with projects that are inventive and inspiring.
The book includes a very thorough section on material and tools and another on technique. These parts are extremely informative and are a great resource for newer quilters and those of us who have more experience, too. There are also two project sections. The first one has small patchwork projects for home, family and friends. In this part, you can find everything from a knitting needle case to a crib bumper and everything in between. All the projects are fantastic and live up to the book's title. One of my favorite projects is the mix it up patchwork scarf. I love how Malka combined different types of fabrics - silks, corduroy, cotton prints - in an interesting pattern. I can see making this for just about anyone on my list. Using subdued colors, plaids and stripes would make it great for a man. I also love the strings attached potholders and trivet. These projects are great for using up scraps - perfect for anyone like me who has a hard time letting the little leftovers go.
The second project section includes quilts for wall, bed and baby. Malka has included a wonderful variety of patterns that use different techniques. I think one of the strengths of this book is Malka's ability to transform a traditional patchwork pattern into something updated and modern. I especially love the honeycomb hexagon quilt for this very reason. Not only is the scale of the hexagons larger than you'd traditionally find, Malka also walks you through how to piece them by machine, not hand. Awesome.
Malka's fresh approach to quilting and patchwork is inspiring. Looking through the projects in this book, it is immediately evident that they are all versatile and adaptable to other items. I really love the look of the whirlygig quilt - it's simple and understated but there is some great play with pattern and color that appeals to me. Unfortunately, I don't have time to make any kind of quilt at the moment so I took the whirlygig pattern and used it for a potholder instead.
This came together easily and pretty fast. I pieced the front and then followed the quilting and assembly directions from the strings attached potholders. All the fabrics came from the scrap bin with the exception of the binding fabric, which is also on the back. Easy, fun, fresh. I am sure I'll be making more.
I have one copy of Fresh Quilting: Fearless Color, Design and Inspiration to give away. If you would like a chance to win it, please leave a comment on this post before 5:00 p.m. EST, Sunday, December 12th. I'll use the random number generator to choose a winner.
For more information about Malka and her book, visit her blog, A Stitch in Dye, and visit the other stops on her blog tour.
12/6 - http://www.filminthefridge.com
12/7 - http://thesillyboodilly.blogspot.com
12/8 - http://jchandmade.typepad.com
12/9 - http://houseonhillroad.typepad.com
12/10 - http://www.tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com
12/13 - http://blairpeter.typepad.com
12/14 - http://pinkchalkstudio.com/blog
I am enjoying the blog hop. I just love Malka's color choices - so fresh and pretty.
Posted by: Donna | December 09, 2010 at 10:50 AM
Me, pick me! I can't wait to lay eyes on this book.
Posted by: Rachel at Stitched in Color | December 09, 2010 at 10:57 AM
I love Malka's work! I am so excited that she has a book out!
Posted by: Amanda | December 09, 2010 at 10:59 AM
i am in Love with the honeycomb hexagon quilt! i have to give a try!!
Posted by: Mindy | December 09, 2010 at 11:00 AM
Oh man this book has been on my wish list for so long! My fingers are crossed!
Posted by: Bryanna | December 09, 2010 at 11:02 AM
This book is so beautiful -- I've been dying to get my hands on a copy! And your blog is lovely as well, Erin -- I've been following you for years now!
Posted by: Amy Hodge | December 09, 2010 at 11:02 AM
This book looks so good!
I'd really love to win a copy!
Posted by: Gill | December 09, 2010 at 11:08 AM
please enter me in the giveaway! The book is so bright and happy!
Posted by: byneedleandthread | December 09, 2010 at 11:13 AM
Would love this. That yellow quilt is dreamy.
Posted by: dani | December 09, 2010 at 11:13 AM
I am so in love with her hexie quilt! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this book :D
Posted by: Colette | December 09, 2010 at 11:18 AM
Mmmm ... love quilting books! Hate quilting in a one-bedroom apartment, but small projects still work!
Posted by: Susan | December 09, 2010 at 11:18 AM
This looks great! I'm a beginning quilter, and I would love to win it.
Posted by: Jenny | December 09, 2010 at 11:20 AM
Malka's work is beautiful!
Posted by: Canela | December 09, 2010 at 11:20 AM
She is not a quilt artist I have heard of before, but her book looks lovely!
Posted by: Suzanne | December 09, 2010 at 11:20 AM
I think her use of color and dyeing is so creative! Thanks for this opportunity!
Posted by: Caroline | December 09, 2010 at 11:24 AM
the book looks great! thanks for the giveaway.
Posted by: ronit | December 09, 2010 at 11:25 AM
I love that hexagon quilt, it's just stunning!
Posted by: Kate | December 09, 2010 at 11:25 AM
oh i LOVE her colours!
Posted by: aditi | December 09, 2010 at 11:30 AM
the colors in this book are so darn gorgeous!
Posted by: nikki | December 09, 2010 at 11:31 AM
This looks like such a fabulous source to add to my crafting library. Thanks for such a great review and giveaway!
Posted by: Michele | December 09, 2010 at 11:33 AM
Looks like tons of inspiration!
Posted by: Sara Robertson | December 09, 2010 at 11:34 AM
where's Malka today ? great way to follow her on this hop !
Posted by: Barbara | December 09, 2010 at 11:35 AM
Thank you for the opportunity to win. Your potholder looks great - love the binding.
Posted by: Susan | December 09, 2010 at 11:35 AM
this looks like a fabulous book! i'm a big fan of Malka's use of color....she does so great!
Posted by: amandajean | December 09, 2010 at 11:36 AM
The book looks fabulous! Such wonderful color and inspiration.
Posted by: jenny w. | December 09, 2010 at 11:39 AM
Glad to have found your blog due to the blog hop! Looks like a fab book!
Posted by: Kristin | December 09, 2010 at 11:40 AM
Would love a to win a copy. Thanks for the giveaway.
Posted by: NancyJL | December 09, 2010 at 11:41 AM
Great book! I love the way Malka uses color. Thanks for the chance to own a copy.
Posted by: sharonj | December 09, 2010 at 11:41 AM
I'm going to have to buy this book - unless, of course, I'm lucky enough to win it!
Posted by: DianeY | December 09, 2010 at 11:42 AM
I love Malka's work and am very excited about this new book!
Posted by: Sarah | December 09, 2010 at 11:45 AM
Malka's style is just so fresh and amazing. Thanks for the chance to win!
Posted by: Amber Carrillo | December 09, 2010 at 11:45 AM
this book looks just fantastic! thanks for the chance to win a copy!
Posted by: Jeanie | December 09, 2010 at 11:45 AM
Spectacular! I'd love to win this book. Fingers crossed!
Posted by: Yarnyoldkim | December 09, 2010 at 11:46 AM
I love the colors in this book!
Posted by: Amanda B | December 09, 2010 at 11:48 AM
Yay! Glad you're on the book tour! Thanks for the chance to win, I love Malka's work, and can't wait to get my hands on her book!
Posted by: sam | December 09, 2010 at 11:48 AM
Really cute! I already have the book, so you don't need to draw my name. She's been a good inspiration for my Christmas making this year.
Posted by: Sarah Jackson | December 09, 2010 at 11:48 AM
Looks like a great book. Her use of color has always inspired me!
Posted by: claudia | December 09, 2010 at 11:49 AM
Sure hope to win this book. I love Malka's blog.
Posted by: char | December 09, 2010 at 11:50 AM
Love, love, love this book, it's on order!
Posted by: Cathy Bertanzetti | December 09, 2010 at 11:53 AM
excited to find a new inspiring book!
Posted by: Ericapauly | December 09, 2010 at 11:55 AM
The book looks wonderful! Thanks for the giveaway.
Posted by: Janny | December 09, 2010 at 11:55 AM
I would SO love to win this book.
Posted by: Amelia | December 09, 2010 at 11:58 AM
Wow, everyone on the blog tour has such interesting things to say about this book. I can't wait to see it in person!
Posted by: Kolleen | December 09, 2010 at 12:05 PM
I do enjoy how each of you has enjoyed this book. Maybe I'll be lucky and it will be mine!
Posted by: Colleen Kole | December 09, 2010 at 12:09 PM
Can't wait to see the book!
Posted by: Dan | December 09, 2010 at 12:09 PM
ooh! i hope i win, but if i don't i need to buy a copy so i can make that scarf!!
Posted by: monica | December 09, 2010 at 12:15 PM
What an exciting and inspirational book!
Posted by: julie | December 09, 2010 at 12:16 PM
ack - pick me! this looks like a book that i need to add to my collection.
Posted by: beki | December 09, 2010 at 12:18 PM
Very cute potholder! I can't wait to get this book. I hope I win! :)
Posted by: Alexandra | December 09, 2010 at 12:22 PM
on my wish list too!
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