Book Review: Jane Sassaman

July 20, 2012
After introducing you to the amazing Jane Sassaman and her art, I’d like to tell you about her new book,
Now – You know my work is usually made from fabric I’ve dyed myself and hangs on the wall, not the bed. But I’ve got to admit – I’ve been having that undeniable compulsion recently to make a bed quilt. The problem is my attention span for bed-quilt-making usually lasts about a day and a half and then I’m done. I have at least four mostly finished bed quilt tops to show for my short attention span. After reading Jane’s book – I think I might just be able to pull something off!
With Jane’s signature style of bright and bold fabrics she shows you how to selectively cut and piece your way to simple yet impressive quilts. She’ll take two or three fabrics and give you a number of cutting and piecing options. Each one makes a unique and, dare I say, impressively gorgeous quilt. In this case, the fabric does all the work! She gives lots of hints for wise cutting and design placement to make your designs look well integrated.

Now I’ve got to admit that my very favorite part of the book is the section at the very front called “History and Designing Fabric.” I’m always fascinated by the design process and reading about how Jane works to come up with her fabric is very interesting.
Jane talks about being inspired by the 19th century Arts and Crafts Movement and William Morris who said, “have nothing in your houses which you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” I can certainly see those influences in her work. It’s a movement I’m very attracted to myself.

 Guess what – I think I need to go shopping.

If you can’t find Jane’s fabrics at your local shop try her online store.

Interested? Have I whet your appetite?

Leave a comment for your chance to win this beautiful book!
Tell me how you use big, bold, beautiful fabrics.
Make sure I can contact you – and check back in three days
(unfortunately this contest is only open to US entries)
or if you just can’t wait the book is
available at Amazon (and… I’ll be combining the comments here with those at my bloodspot blog. They are identical as I’m still trying to get things running smoothly over here. A random number generator will pick the winner.)

Here are some other stops on the tour that still have giveaways open.
Stop by and leave a comment at each blog to increase your chances to win.

July 18 Jan Krentz
July 19 Make It Simpler
July 20 Lyric Kinard
July 22 Jane LaFazio
July 24 Nancy Zieman

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  • Reply
    Lori Smanski
    July 23, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    what she does with large prints is fabulous to say the least. I have specifically stayed from large prints, not knowing how to incorporate them into a quilt. I would love to learn the secrets from someone so accomplished. Thanks for opportunity to win.

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    Vicki Hodgman
    July 23, 2012 at 7:11 am

    I usually start with the largest print and select the other fabrics based on it.

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    July 23, 2012 at 1:43 am

    I don’t know what I would do with the large fabric. I need the book to figure it out. LOL

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    Gjeneve Hopkinson
    July 22, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I have admired Jane’s work for a long time but have never dared tackle anything like what she does. Her book would certainly get me started in the right direction.

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    July 22, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I have just begun to explore big prints. I plan to use large prints for the first time for several dog bed covers. I want something bold and colorful to add some life to my floor space. Jane’s book looks like it will help me tremdously with both design and color play.

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    Kathleen B
    July 22, 2012 at 3:18 am

    Lyric, I haven’t really ever used big, bold, beautiful prints before…so I really think I need Jane’s book to show me how! Thanks for a great giveaway. 🙂

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    Barbara Williams
    July 21, 2012 at 2:38 am

    I don’t use big prints because I am afraid of yhem. So I guess I really need to have this book.

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    Pam Hintze
    July 20, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Jane’s fabric does all the hard work. Simple blocks are all you need.

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    Linda Edkins Wyatt
    July 20, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    I would sooooo love to win this book! Jane is my hands-down favorite fabric artist. Please pick me 🙂

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    July 20, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    i have made a couple of quilts using jane’s large prints and IT IS SO HARD to cut them up…BUT they make the most beautiful quilts. i took a class from jane years ago and i would love to have this book so i can bring jane home to my house to play!!!

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    July 20, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Large prints, although common these days, are a bit tricky to use. If you cut them too small you lose all sense of what they started as. You need to be very deliberate in choosing your pattern to get the best effect. I’d love to add this book to my library.

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    July 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I tell you, I just love looking at big bold fabrics — can’t always bring myself to cut into them. But looking at everyone’s work, and Jane’s pieces, I think I’m gonna get myself going and start cutting them up — and then get more!

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    July 20, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    I like to use large prints in alternate squares to set up pieced blocks or in borders.

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    Deb Woolley
    July 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Love the color, love the floral designs, I need this book!

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    Lori Smanski
    July 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Unfortunatley I have steered away from large patterns for quilts. Plus I have only been quilting for a short time. I would love to win her book and learn how to use large patterns and colors. Thankx for the opportunity.

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    Melissa Minke
    July 20, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I can’t wait to see this book in person. I may have to order it soon. Her fabrics are wonderful. Thanks for this opportunity.
    Melissa Minke
    The Quilting Bee

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