I heard about this on Twitter from Katy and as soon as I saw a picture I was smitten. I held back form an immediate purchase just in case it was a passing fad but no, it kept creeping back in to my mental library of quilt images. It is expensive, imported and then sent via Europe but it is worth every single penny. Sometimes a book comes along which changes your creative ideas- I remember buying Suzuko Koseki's Machine Made Patchworks- now Patchwork Style and it changed so much for me. This book is in the same catergory.
Brigitte Giblin is a talented quilter who was born in France and lives in Australia. This combination has created a beautiful chateau/Ayer's rock colour scheme that runs through all her quilts and astounds me every time I look at it. Many of the quilts are english paper pieced but there is machine piecing and foundation and there is constant inspiration. The photographs are stunning, quilting eye candy everywhere. When I sit and browse this book, my husband cranes his neck over too and comments on how much he likes the quilts. This is not a normal occurrence! We were both drawn to 'Dancing Dollies'. The organic pieced and appliques shapes reminded us of the geometry found in sea shells and a vintage book full of similar pictures.
I already know that I have to make this beauty, Tessellations II. I have some larger floral prints and a colour palette of jewel like prints. I am going to attempt to machine piece this- we'll see how that goes- but it will mean constant Y seams. I am not usually a big fan of hexagons but this book, along with Tasha's Hexa-go-go is changing that. I am seeing them differently and I am also look at large florals- Martha Negley, Kaffe Fassett and Philip Jacobs and wanting to add these to my stash.
And for my Brit quilt partner, I am sorry but I feel compelled to do this centre circle medallion whether my partner likes it or not. Finger's crossed that she will...
You can buy the book here.
Brigitte's website is here
And Brigitte's blog is here. I have already contacted her with a query and she is quick to respond and very helpful. There are also tips and pointers for the quilts and techniques.
You will not regret it.