If you are like me, and come completely unhinged when you see things like this,
or perhaps this,
then you will need to check out Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar 1950 - 2000.
It showcases a collection of quilts put together by Roderick Kiracofe from the last half of the twentieth century. Amazing, unconventional, bold, rich, pieces of work from mostly anonymous quilters.
Quilts that make me want to jump up and down and scream and shout "how did you think to use that pattern or color like you did?"
Over the last 3 weeks I have run my hands over these images. Studied every page carefully.
Read about patterns that I never knew the names of before - spider web, string with unbroken grid, strips, log cabin, housetop, and nine patch.
I have read every essay in the book, fascinated by all that I have not known about quilting.
Beginning to understand why it is that certain types of quilts have always been most appealing to me.
Appreciating the ingenuity and artistic sensibilities of the quilters who created these works of art.
This is one of those books that I had to add to my personal collection. Checking it out from the library wouldn't be enough for me. I will want to refer to it again and again. As it is, I keep going back and looking at the images. Scratching my head. Puzzling over how they put these quilts together. Completely delighted by what I see.