We have a very special guest here today! Please welcome Sujata Shah, who is kicking her blog tour off right here. Take it away, Sujata!
Hello everyone! My name is Sujata
Shah. Welcome to the
blog tour! This is my first book and I am excited to be the guest
blogger on C&T Publishing's blog.
My book is about my journey as a quilter. It is about the things that
inspire me and places I have been. It is about trying new things and finding
connections between old and new.
We all have those moments when you want to drop everything to try a new idea
that just popped up in your head. I had many of those while I was working on
the quilts for the book. Among the things I dropped were some quilting tools
and rules! Each experiment was a quest for new block and yet another quilt.
What are Free-Form blocks?
Free-Form blocks are abstract interpretation of traditional quilt blocks.
They are nothing but geometrical shapes with gentle curves and chopped off
points. Same basic shapes and forms found in arts and crafts all over the
world. They reflect the nature of all things handmade. No two are alike and
each has personality of its own. Once I let go of the straight lines it was
possible to make almost every pattern into a block without major calculations
required for traditional quilt blocks. All I had to do was stack some squares
The Root Connection
At the beginning of each chapter, you will find the inspiration behind the
quilt. It also happens to be the name of my
blog! My quilts are inspired
by the places and events in life. Observing textures, patterns, and colors of
traditional folk art from countries around the world is my second nature.
Imperfections and irregularities in handmade crafts make them unique. I find
them calming and forgiving. That's what made me want to add the gentle curves
to free-form blocks.
My book is filled
with 15 quilt projects, inspirations and other possibilities for layouts. I
wrote this book as a design tool. It focuses on taking the traditional quilting
to newer possibilities. Depending on the fabrics, colors and setting of the
basic free-form blocks the possibilities are endless. Free-Form blocks are
fast and fun, I am sure you will not stop at just one!
I am so excited to have some of the extremely talented authors and designers
participating in this blog tour. Each of them will be sharing their review of
my book or the project they liked. Some of them may even share the project they
have been working on! You will learn what they have to say about the technique.
They will be giving away a copy of my book on their blog on their day of the
tour. That's 13 chances of winning a copy of my
book! How can you go
Wednesday December 3 LeeAnn Decker @ Nifty Quilts
Thursday December 4 Victoria Gertenbach @ The Silly Boodilly
Friday December 5 Rachaeldaisy @ Blue Mountain Daisy
Saturday December 6 Lori Dejarnett @ Humble Quilts
Sunday December 7 Casey York @ The
Monday December 8 Malka Dubrawsky @ A Stitch in Dye
Tuesday December 9 Sherri Lynn Wood @ daintytime
Wednesday December10 Bonnie Hunter @ Quiltville's Quips and Snips
Thursday December 11 Jake Finch @ Generation
Friday December 12 Jan Burgwinkle @ Be*mused
Saturday December 13 Janet Treen @ Quiltsalott
Sunday December 14 Lindsay Conner @ Lindsay
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