First, Ms. Marston is my absolute favorite quilt-maker. I have a lot of her books and purchased this one even though I did not think it would appeal to me. Wrong! Like most, if not all, of Marston's books this is not a pattern book--which I love because I have no intention of using another designer's pattern. She does show how to make some of the "parts" so one can incorporate them into their own designs.
The book has 8 chapters, each containing enough eye candy to give you a sugar rush, which is exactly what happened to me. I really got excited thinking about a minimal/modern quilt design. (Marston has that effect on me.) She also goes back to her book 37 Sketches by showing fabric sketches of ideas that became larger quilts. Here is an example of the working sketch next to the quilt. In the 37 Sketches book you only see the sketches, not the quilts that may have been derived from them.
|Marston, Gwen, "Minimal Grid, Small Study, #56, " 2013 |
from Gail Garber Designs (blog)
|Linnenbrink, Markus, "Myself Outside," 2003|
Photo from Hammer Museum website
The only thing that I thought was not so great about this book was the book itself. It is a 95 page, 8.5" x 11" paperback that feels more like an expensive magazine than a paperback book. I hope that this is because Marston received more of the $24.95 cost in her paycheck than the publisher received by reducing the quality of the physical book.
Another great read from Gwen Marston.