By Gyleen X. Fitzgerald
Publisher: FPI Publishing
Publication Date: 2009
US Retail $34.95, plus shipping and handling
Size: 10" x 10"
Page Count: 128 pages, Hard Cover
Includes patterns and instructions to make 10 quilts
Gold Medal Winner of the 2010 Living Now Book Award
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Silver Medal Winner of the IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin™ Award, 2010
The Independent Book Publishers Association’
Quilts in the 1930s were created during very tough times, both as a thing of beauty and to keep families warm. Quilters shared patterns like recipes; they hand penned letters to family and friends in far away places and sent emergency telegrams. They were busy and it’s no wonder that some of their quilts never got finished… they were left as orphans for another generation.
Can a vintage collection of unfinished quilts save these memories by having them machine quilted? Is it possible to add a style of simple lines, contemporary fabric and unexpected color blending without compromising the original intent?
The quilts finished are functional as they were conceived. Plausible stories in the form of letters and vintage family photographs shared by friends were added to illustrate a quilted legacy for the next generation.
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About Colourful Stitches and FPI Publishing:
Gyleen X. Fitzgerald opened Colourful Stitches in 1999. Its first subsidiary, FPI Publishing was launched in 2005 with the publication of her first two books. Its second subsidiary, Tools by Gyleen was launched in 2010 with the Pineapple Tool.
Gyleen, artist, writer, engineer and publisher developed her love for simplistic artistry at the very young age while living in Taiwan and Japan. Her quilts blend colour, pattern and texture to provide a contemporary essence to traditional quilting. Her strength as a quilter is demonstrated by the infusion of engineering tools and techniques to simplify visually complex quilts. Her writing life came much later; she started with technical reports and instructions and finally got the courage to do creative organized thinking. Her written works center around Haiku poetry, Quilt project books, and children’s books.