Sunday, November 3, 2013

Cotton Couture swatch book- thank you, Susan Beal!

When documenting 21st century quilts with the Portland Modern Quilt Guild yesterday, Susan Beal had a great sample book of Michael Miller Cotton Couture fabrics, and I coveted it. This handy little collection of fabric swatches includes a full spectrum of colors used often in modern quilts.

Each year, Michael Miller has provided fabrics and challenged modern quilters across the U.S. to make blocks out of the fabrics. Quilts made from one of the challenges appeared at the first QuiltCon earlier this year in Austin, Texas, and Portland Modern Quilt Guild was well represented. So, the connection between Michael Miller and modern quilting is very important!

documenting "Graphic" last summer, photo courtesy of Susan Beal
At the end of the day, Susan gave me the swatch book - omg, Thank you, Susan - she had another one stashed away at home, and could see how much I loved it. This swatch book is very specific to modern quilting, and will be very useful whenever viewing modern quilts from the early 21st century. I'll make sure to preserve it, and maybe I should also collect some quilts to go with it.

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