Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Dare to be square

I’ve probably mentioned that one of the ways I (attempt to) make a living is as an editor of craft books. Occasionally that work leads me to really cool projects—like one that hits shelves today: Dare to Be Square Quilting by Boo Davis, which I got the chance to do the technical editing for.

You’ve probably seen Boo’s Quiltsrÿche quilts in blogland before, and now you can make your own versions using patterns from her book. While most modern quilting books offer patterns for cool abstract designs, Dare to Be Square ventures into territory that has so far been underpublished: Boo’s quilts are unashamedly representational—owls, wiener dogs, skulls, and all that fun stuff.  Take a look at the book’s trailer to see what I mean:

There are so many brilliant quilts in this book, and none of them require more than squares and rectangles! (OK, one has a triangle—but you can handle it!) This is the book the quilty blogosphere has been clamoring for, even if we didn’t know it. So go get a copy and get stitching!

As I said to Boo, I don’t naturally gush; I just think this is truly a fresh book. I had lots of fun working with her on it and I’m sure you’ll love it too.

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