Some of the biggest names in quiltmaking have joined with Robert Kaufman Fabrics to share a gorgeous variety of quilts made with vibrant Kona Cotton Solids. Known for their original style and use of color, these sixteen designers show you how much fun it is to play with solids, no matter what your skill level. There's not a print in sight!
• A fresh selection of bold and beautiful quilts in both modern and traditional styles
• Experiment with precision piecing, improvisational quilting, or appliqué
• Includes a Kaufman color index so you can match the exact fabric for each pattern
Includes contributions by:
Lisa Call, Alissa Haight Carlton, Emily Cier, Malka Dubrawsky, Amy Ellis, FunQuilts (Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr), Jacquie Gering, Elizabeth Hartman, Rita Hodge, Cherri House, Kathy Mack, Jennifer Sampou, Valori Wells, Jean Wells, Betz White, Kajsa Wikman
Review By: Judith Bowers, Creative Troupe - May 19, 2012
‘We Love Color’ is a compilation of quilts made by many designers, compiled by Susanne Woods. All of the quilts are made using solid Kaufman Cotton Solids. Kaufman Cottons are a favorite of mine. I love making paper-pieced stars from them. There are over 200 colors in the Kaufman Cottons line, and at the back of the book, you can see the colors, their names and item numbers. I usually don’t like books that use one fabric line, because by the time you get the book, that line is usually discontinued. Not so with the Kaufman Cotton Solids line, that has been around for more than 30 years. This book shows the exact colors that are used in the quilts, and if you like the quilt in those colors, they are easy to replicate.There are 16 different quilts in We Love Color. The book contains quilts with a variety for quilter’s skills, beginner to intermediate. I saw 4 quilts that really appealed to me. Little Landscapes features 2 quilts designed by Jean Wells. They are free-form landscape quilts, where she teaches how to sew gentle curves. They are very nice!Lupine has been designed by Emily Cier. Her quilt features octagons, which make it very interesting.Orbit is another free-form quilt, designed by Jennifer Sampou, made with appliquéd circles. It would make a very unique quilt, unlike any other quilter’s.Spring will Come, by Kajsa Wikman, really does depict spring. It is another appliquéd quilt, with a white background, with many bright leaves, and a bird at the top. It is a very clean, clear and simple quilt that looks gorgeous!When you read this We Love Color, you will find something that appeals to you, and it is hard to believe that they are all made from solid fabrics!
Review Library Journal - May 30, 2012
Modern quilting is as much a marketing buzzword as it is a real movement in fiber craft. It’s strange, then, that one of the best collections of modern quilt patterns isn’t touted as a “modern quilting” book. The designs range from striking minimalist color studies (Cherri House’s Centered) to cheery riffs on classic quilt blocks (Rita Hodge’s Lady of the Lake) to explorations of geometry (Malka Dubrawsky’s Sweet as Pi Baby Quilt; Emily Cier’s Lupine). Broken down into pieces, none of the quilts is as complex as it first appears. VERDICT The variety and versatility of the designs, combined with excellent instructions, make this a must-have for quilting collections.
Review By: Jane Kelly, Creative Troupe - June 7, 2012
Review Title: Challenge Your Fabric ChoicesBook Review: We Love Color is an excellent choice for quilters of all skill levels who want to quilt with solids. The range of projects extends from traditional blocks to improvisational piecing to curved piecing to appliqué and there are plenty of projects I’m wanting to do.The instructions are clear and easy to follow, with plenty of diagrams. Any new or unique techniques are well-presented and offer the experienced quilter a chance to extend their skill set. Many of the designers also offered ideas for alternative color schemes, which I liked. It was great that the quilting on each quilt was clearly shown and I also really liked the introductions to each quilt, where the quilters told us a little about each project and why they chose to do particular elements.The only thing I felt was lacking was an introduction that outlined quilting with solids – it would have been useful to have a guide to start off with.Overall, I recommend this book to any quilter who wants to extend their skills and think outside the square of the myriad of prints available today.
Review American Quilt Retailer - May 1, 2012
We Love Color from Stash Books contains 16 visually dynamic quilts from 16 "iconic designers." Some are easy to piece, and some more complex, but one of the best features is the color key for Robert Kaufman Fabrics Kona Cotton Solids.
Review sameliasmum.com - July 11, 2012
If you love working with solid fabrics, We Love Color is the latest “must-have” book for your collection. I seriously love it.
Review Fab Shop Magazine - July 11, 2012
We Love Color: 16 Iconic Quilt Designers Create with Kona Solids(Stash Books, 2012) was compiled by Susanne Woods and features quilt designs from Alissa Haight Carlton,Malka Dubrawsky, Kathy Mack,Denyse Schmidt, Valori Wells and Betz White, among others.The quilts range from playful (check out TV Color Bars Quilt by Betz White) to the textural (Jennifer Sampou‘s Orbit uses raw edge strips) to the precisely pieced (Lupine by Emily Cier will impress).
Review eschhousequilts.blogspot.com - July 24, 2012
A little more about the book first - We Love Color, published by Stash Books, includes 16 quilts designed by 16 amazing designers all using Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton solids. If you've been thinking of making a solids only quilt, this book will have one for you to try. If you are already sold on solids, there will still be quilts from this book you'll really want to make. (Honestly, these quilts would look great in prints too, shhh). There is a wide variety of quilts in the book - from bold to subdued, few pieces to many, symmetrical and asymmetrical, small and large. The cover quilt, by Jacquie Gering, is one of my favorites - big shapes in a quilt are such fun and so bold and dramatic.
Review Australian Homespun - July 26, 2012
This is a book of "modern" quilt projects made exclusively from solid fabrics -- no prints allowed. For the most part, the quilts are patchworked using large, simple shapes, then densely machine quilted. The results are stunningly graphic and likely to make fabulous gifts for younger people. The simplicity of the piecing means a quilt top won't take a lot of time to make, so these designs could also work up quickly and easily for donation/community quilts -- providing you have ready acces to yardage rather than small swatches of fabric. Among the designers who have contributed projects to this collection are some who are legends of the modern quilting movement: Alissa Haight Carlton, Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr, Elizabeth Hartman and Denyse Schmidt among them. And for those who want to emulate the projects precisely, the Materials lists all indicate precisely which Kaufman Kona Cotton Solids were used.
Review The Applique Society - September 15, 2012
I think this is the first time an entire fabric line has inspired a book. In We Love Color you will find 16 fresh exciting quilt projects all made using Kona Cotton Solids. The Robert Kaufman Company produces and ships millions of yards of Kona internationally and throughout the United States every year. There is certainly a place for these richly colored fabrics in quilts of all kinds from traditional Amish quilts to the new quilting styles of the modern quilt movement. To celebrate the creative spirit and the endless inspiration of the Kona Cotton Solids the Robert Kaufman Company has teamed with 16 of the modern quilt movements’ leading designers. This book is a result of that collaboration. The projects in this book are bright, bold and colorful and range from modern to traditional. Although there are more modern quilts than traditional quilts you are presented with an opportunity to experiment with precision piecing, improvisational quilting or applique. You will find easy to read instructions and beautiful photographs. There is also an index to Kaufman colors so you can match the exact fabric for each project.
Review handquilting.blogspot.com - September 18, 2012
Instructions on how to make each quilt are included. The diagrams written by the designers are easy to understand. Fabric requirements and cutting instructions are also included. The photographs of the quilts show the complete quilts as well as close-ups. An interview with Denyse Schmidt is at the back of the book as well as basic quiltmaking information and bios of the quilters. In addition, there is an index of the Kona Cotton fabrics used in the quilts in the book so that you can match the exact fabric to make one of your own. ??Note that these quilts are contemporary and will appeal to the liberated quilter. While I am a traditional quilter, there were 2 quilts that I really liked. Cherri House's "Centered" and Rita Hodge's "Lady of the Lake" are quilts that I would love to make. ??This book is a must-have for the liberated quilter.
Review Modern Quilts Unlimited - November 1, 2012
16 quilts designers offer a fresh look at quilts in both modern and traditional styles. Using the more than 200 solid colors offered in the Kona fabrics line by Robert Kaufman, the designers experiment with piecing techniques, improvisational quilting applique and more. Included in an index to the Kaufman colors for exact matching to the projects.
Review American Patchwork & Quilting - December 20, 2012
Put versatile solid fabrics to use in quilts created by influential designers in the modern quilt arena.
Review daisyandjack.blogspot.com - February 12, 2013
This book has 16 projects by amazing designers using Kaufman's colorful Kona Solids.
The designers are well known "modern" quilters who have some great quilt projects - there's even an Aussie quilter amongst them :)
It's hard to pick a favourite but I absolutely love Jacquie Gering's Think Big which is on the front cover - its bright and wonderful as is Malka Dubrawsky's Sweet as Pi baby quilt.
Each project has an introduction by the designer with comprehensive instructions and quilting and finishing tips. They range from easy to a bit more challenging with a few improv projects and applique as well.
There are very clear diagrams to help with putting the quilts together and there is a section toward the end of the book with general instructions on how to finish the quilt.
Also included in the book is an interview with Denyse Schmidt who talks about the use of solids in her quilts. The last pages have information about all of the designers of the projects and as a bonus all of the Kona solids used in the book are listed too.
This is a wonderful book for those wanting to make a quilt that uses the amazing array of colourful solids.