Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Thomas Knauer "Modern Quilt Perspectives" Blog Tour & Giveaway!!

Split Personality by Thomas Knauer
If you do not know who Thomas Knauer is, keep reading.


Thomas Knauer just released a new book, "Modern Quilt Perspectives, 12 Patterns for Meaningful Quilts" and I was invited to review the book and participate in this blog tour and giveaway. That meant I got to see an advance copy, but it also means you have a chance to win a copy of the book. Keep reading for details.

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Thomas Knauer - I approve of the computer 
The first time I heard of Thomas Knauer was when his quilt "In Defense of Handmade" (aka "Martha") appeared at QuiltCon in 2013. He appears in a YouTube video offering his thoughts behind the quilt.

"In Defense of Handmade" aka "Martha"

"Modern Quilt Perspectives" lets you discover how the quilt was made. It and eleven others.

"Cinderblock" - what a cool quilt!
When I received my copy of "Modern Quilt Perspectives, 12 Patterns for Meaningful Quilts" I was delighted to see Victoria Findlay Wolfe had written the foreword.

"You Are Here" - I am in love with this quilt
Although I have a large library of quilt books, I do not have many about making quilts. My sewing skills are minimal, and most quiltmaking books are way beyond me. "Modern Quilt Perspectives" is one I plan to keep, for a variety of reasons. It will be interesting to look back on it in a few years, I think.

Palimpsest (Pride Flag), quilted with Double Wedding Ring!
One of Thomas Knauer's favorite phrases is "Just Make Stuff"- a good mantra. "Modern Quilt Perspectives, 12 Patterns for Meaningful Quilts" is 128 pages, softcover, full color, and was just published by KP Craft (ISBN-10 1440235450, ISBN-13: 978-1440235450). Additional details can be found here.

An amazing new book - Get it!
Here's how to enter the giveaway. Leave a comment below - just one comment - and make sure there is a way to reach you if you win. Deadline to enter is 12:00 AM March 23, and a winner will be selected and announced on this blog (Wonkyworld) after entries are closed.

Here is a complete list of participants in the epic blog tour:

March 14: Thomas Knauer http://www.thomasknauersews.com/
March 15: Lisa Sipes http://thatcrazyquiltygirl.blogspot.com
March 16: Robert Kaufman http://www.swatchandstitch.com/
March 17: Victoria Findlay Wolfe http://bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com
March 18: Katy Jones http://imagingermonkey.blogspot.co.uk/
March 19: Bill Volckening http://willywonkyquilts.blogspot.com
March 20: Kelly Biscopink http://stitchyquiltstuff.com
March 21: Audrie Bidwell http://blueisbleu.blogspot.com
March 22: Mary Rachel Kolb http://maryonlakepulaski.blogspot.com
March 23: Rachael Gander http://imaginegnats.com/
March 24: Sew, Mama, Sew http://www.sewmamasew.com/
March 25: Cloth Paper Scissors
http://www.clothpaperscissors.com/blogs/clothpaperscissorstoday/default.aspx
March 26: Cheryl Arkinson http://naptimequilter.blogspot.com
March 27: Quilting Daily http://www.quiltingdaily.com/blogs/barb/default.aspx
March 28: Fat Quarterly http://www.fatquarterly.com/blog/
March 29: Pellon/Erin Sampson http://pellonprojects.wordpress.com/
March 30: Sew Modern http://thatswhatshesewed.com/
March 31: Rachel May http://quiltingwithamodernslant.com/
April 1: Quilty http://www.heyquilty.com/blogs/
April 2: Amy Smart http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/
April 3: Quilter's Connection http://quiltersconnection.ca/blog
April 4: Teresa Coates http://www.crinkledreams.com/
April 5: Generation Q http://generationqmagazine.com/
April 6: Cloth Paper Scissors
http://www.clothpaperscissors.com/blogs/barb/default.aspx
April 7: Sara Lawson http://www.sewsweetness.com/
April 8: Kim Niedzwiecki http://gogokim.blogspot.com
April 9: Rashida Coleman Hale http://www.iheartlinen.typepad.com/
April 10: Thomas Knauer http://www.thomasknauersews.com/ - See more at: http://willywonkyquilts.blogspot.com/#sthash.6VQYysud.dpuf

April 1: Quilty http://www.heyquilty.com/blogs/
April 2: Amy Smart http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/
April 3: Quilter's Connection http://quiltersconnection.ca/blog
April 4: Teresa Coates http://www.crinkledreams.com/
April 5: Generation Q http://generationqmagazine.com/
April 6: Cloth Paper Scissors
http://www.clothpaperscissors.com/blogs/barb/default.aspx
April 7: Sara Lawson http://www.sewsweetness.com/
April 8: Kim Niedzwiecki http://gogokim.blogspot.com
April 9: Rashida Coleman Hale http://www.iheartlinen.typepad.com/
April 10: Thomas Knauer http://www.thomasknauersews.com/ 

97 comments:

  1. It must be the most exciting book published in a long time. Absolutely beautiful

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  2. I'd love an entry point into the modern quilt movement. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  3. OK I'm sold. I would love to win a copy, but am going to have to buy one - right now!

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  4. Being in the UK mine still hasn't arrived (it's been on order since last year) the more I read on this blog hop the more impatient I become to actually sit down and read the book itself!!

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  5. Wow. Great review. Would love to read it. Thanks...

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  6. Sounds like a wonderful book I need to add to my collection - thanks for the giveaway.

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  7. Love Thomas Knauer's creations. Thanks for the chance.

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  8. How interesting! Thanks for posting images of some of Thomas Knauer's quilts. I am sure it is not the last of him we hear!

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  9. Great review. Sounds like a wonderful book. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  10. My copy will be here tomorrow (can't wait!) but I would love to win a second so I can gift my best quilt bud. She has a very small quilt library (and budget) and I think she would be more comfortable accepting a gift I won than a gift I purchased for her.

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  11. Loved the video, thanks for giving the link. The book looks fabulous. I will have to get this one!

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  12. Bill, I don't have this book yet and would really like it ~~ a LOT !

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  13. It looks like a great book, I love his very cool quilts!

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  14. A lovely review, and thrilling that he's about the art, not just the craft. Looking back at things I've sewn, it's the imperfections or rational that I feel strongest about. Looking forward to a glass of wine and this book in front of me.

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  15. What a great introduction! I look forward to reading my copy with a post like this who can resist.

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  16. This books looks like it is for me. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win
    Shawn

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  17. Looks like a good book to have and to keep going back to again and again.

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  18. Such a wonderful book, I am always in awe of everything Thomas says and makes.

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  19. Recently aware of the modern generation of quiltmakers....Thomas' name is floating around in my head...so I'm putting my hat in the ring hoping to find out more....Thanks for the opportunity

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  20. I love his "You Are Here" quilt! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  21. Adding this to the book list for the LQS that is trying to start up a Modern Quilt Group! Love the Palimpsese...quilting a vintage design on simply pieced top...cool.

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  22. Thanks for the chance to win - looks amazing!

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  23. After following the blogs writing about this book, I'm hooked and I am going to purchase a copy right away!

    deb
    ladara at cfl dot rr dot com

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  24. Sounds like a book I not only want but need. Thanks

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  25. I have never heard of him...until NOW! Thanks for the education. His quilts are masterpieces.

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  26. What wonderful quilts! Thanks so much for sharing them with us! Like Lori (above comment) I'd never heard of him--and I was missing a lot!

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  27. I've been reading about this book and it sounds fascinating. I enjoy Thomas' blog and love his fabrics!

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  28. i love what i have seen of this book...particularly the color use. really amazing!

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  29. This looks like a beautiful book with meaningful quilts.

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  30. You know most of the "modern" quilts and books just don't flip my switch...but every time I see one I like it seems to come from Thomas.

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  31. I love the idea of being a part of your quilts and telling a story with them. Thomas seems to exemplify that. I can't wait to get his book and learn from him! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  32. I would be interested to read what Thomas thinks makes a quilt meaningful. I am going to watch the video!

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  33. Suach a talented ma. Beautiful quilts, too.

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  34. Thanks for the chance to win....I am looking forward to reading this book. I have many books but when the author shares like I understand Thomas does in this book, I get so much more from the book. I prefer to design my own quilts but looking at other quilters' work inspires me.

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  35. Just went to his website & fb pages. I am IN LOVE with his work and would really be thrilled to win his book!

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  36. As a quilter since 1970 and a longarmer more recently it has been a fascinating journey following quilting trends. I look forward to seeing more of his work and reading his book!

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  37. I'm looking forward to absorbing the contents of his book-- and letting them inspire my own makings.

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  38. I first read about Thomas in the fall 2011 issue of Stitch magazine. I was so inspired about how he overcame major illness to become a "stay at home" dad and and his journey from sewing dresses for his daughter to becoming a fabric designer. His quilts are awesome and so is he.

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  39. I'm a huge fan of Thomas. I keep trying to figure out a way to get him out here and to speak at PMQG. Wouldn't that be the best?!?

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  40. Thank you for the introduction to this outstanding artist quilter - wow. I am thrilled to have a chance to win a copy of the book.

    Liz
    boltonia55@yahoo.com

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  41. I'm so impressed at how Thomas uses his voice in such a meaningful and tactile way. I cannot wait to read this book.

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  42. Thanks for the intro to T. Knauer. I can't wait to see the book and learn more about his work.
    Wynnermn@yahoo.com

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  43. This looks a fabulous book - I love the 'In defence of Handmade' quilt!!

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  44. I am excited about this book! Would love to win a copy!

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  45. Another great book to add to my wish list!

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  46. It's not often I see a quilt 'project' book (as opposed to a block-type book) and really, really want it but Thomas' book is the exception!

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  47. I would like to have this book.....and of course make some of these modern simple quilts. Other bloggers email when I comment so I guess you know where to email me!!

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  48. I had no idea Palimpsest was a pride flag, sheesh! Now I want to make one even more although the quilting I did would be so rudimentary it wouldn't make me nearly as happy. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  49. i am anxious to get my hands on this book, the quilts seem inspiring with their back stories!

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  50. What a great opportunity since it's more than a quilt pattern book. Can't wait to read the stories that go along with the quilts. Thank you!

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  51. thanks for the great giveaway. Would love to have his book. Have been following his blog and love his ideas.

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  52. Thanks for the opportunity to win an excellent book.

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  53. Another must have book to add to my growing collection.

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  54. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  55. Thanks for the wonderful chance. (sweetana3atyahoo.com)

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  56. What a wonderful review. Count me in!

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  57. I had fun visiting your blog Bill. Lots of interesting posts here, and great pictures of wild quilts. I also appreciated seeing the video Thomas made.

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  58. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to seeing this book.

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  59. Wow loved the video! Everything I have seen and read about this book shows me it is a unique and amazing publication!

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  60. well I am visiting at Victoria's while she is in India and I got my hands on the book to "borrow" while here but I sure would love to win a copy of my own. It is terrific and inspiring. thanks for the chance to win :0)

    Happy Sewing

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  61. From what I've learned about Thomas Knauer is just through seeing his quilts and I agree they say all that you mentioned. Really taken by Split Personality.

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  62. would love to win this book, thanks

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  63. love to have a new book to drool over : )
    hinzelizatyahoodotcom

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  64. Looks like a terrifically inspiring book. Thanks

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  65. I was at quiltcon in 2013 and I love his quilt! I would love to have a copy of this book. What a talented person!

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  66. Going to have to get this for sure. Already wondering how to make my own quilts that mean more than just a century old design.

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  67. I can feel and hear the buzz right through the screen!
    missquested@gmail

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  68. I can't wait to get this book in my hands! It is due in the mail tomorrow! Thanks for the opportunity to own a second!

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  69. I would love to have a second copy to donate to my guild library.
    raverne at comcast.net

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  70. I would love a copy of his book.. I want to make all of the quilts ;)

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  71. Love the Strippy one! It so fits into some research I worked on with Hazel Carter! I love a copy of the book! also, how does one get on the list to participate in the Blog Tour?

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    1. Blog tour participants (hosting blogs) were selected ahead of time. He talked a little about it in the post I have linked below:

      http://www.thomasknauersews.com/bill-volkening-the-modern-quilt-perspectives-blog-tour/

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  72. I saw that YouTube of him speaking and it was so interesting. I'd love to win the book.

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  73. What an amazing looking book! These quilts excite me! Thanks for the chance to win one!

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  74. I love reading his blog so I'm interested in finding out what Thomas has to say in his book!

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  75. Just found you because of the book! Nice article and beautiful quilts. I'm off to YouTube land next! THANKS!

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  76. I would love to win a copy. Thanks for posting so many pictures of the quilts in the book and the link to YouTube. I'd never seen that video before and it really resonated with me.

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  77. This book looks so awesome. Thanks for the chance to win one! ksmith8@emich.edu

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  78. I love the premise behind this book and will buy it for that reason, but I also love the quilts. Cinderblock is beautiful

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  79. I am looking forward to seeing this book in person. It's great to see a "thinker" writing quilt books, moving beyond design and technique and into meaning. Something our world in general needs more of!

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  80. Thanks for all your efforts to educate us, Bill.

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  81. Count me in on the draw. Conceptual quilting is intriguing.

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  82. Thanks for beautiful inspiration!

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  83. So glad Thomas asked you to review his wonderful book. This gave me the opportunity to view your blog. Thank you Bill for the pleasure of your company with my morning coffee. A virtual visit, of course.

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  84. I think I will enjoy reading this book, as well as be inspired. Y his designs.

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  85. The quilts look really cool!

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  86. I so look forward to this book!
    amatlock1atymaildotcom

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  87. I have wanted a copy of this book since I sent in my "I" block last year! Thanks for he chance to win!

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  88. In defense of handmade quilt just blows me away. I need a little modern perspective in my quilting. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  89. Would love to win this book
    grecomara at gmail dot com

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  90. Sounds like a great book, I'd love to win it!

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  91. It looks like a great book, and I would love to win it! I've been following the blog hop!

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  92. Looking forward to reading it!

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  93. Thank you all for commenting - entries are now closed, so all comments posted after this one will not be eligible for the drawing.

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