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Cultural Fusion Quilts with Sujata Shah

Posted by Lynn Merrill on Dec 2nd 2014

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 Cultural Fusion Quilts 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 and cut!

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.

The Possibilities

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 wrong?

Good Luck!

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 Studiolo

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 Q

Friday December 12 Jan Burgwinkle @ Be*mused

Saturday December 13 Janet Treen @ Quiltsalott

Sunday December 14 Lindsay Conner @ Lindsay Sews


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