About a week ago, I ordered City Quilts by Cherri House and it arrived yesterday- a book showcasing quilts designed and made by Cherri and inspired by the urban landscape. I`ve never been able to decide whether I`m a city girl or a country girl. Before I went to college, I grew up in the countryside in a Victorian farm workers` cottage in beautiful Warwickshire surrounded by cornfields, with a wood at the bottom of the garden and a spinney at the top of the drive. If it sounds idyllic that`s because it was although of course I didn`t appreciate it at the time. After college I moved to London and then on to Marrakech so for the second half of my life, I have lived in cities...and there is definitely something about the city. Perhaps that`s why I was drawn to the title of this book.
Like The Gentle Art of Quilting by Jane Brocket, and Kaffe Fassett`s Simple Shapes, Spectacular Quilts, Cherri shows us how stunning quilts can be made using simple shapes with beautiful fabrics. However, unlike the fabulously funky designs of Kaffe Fassett and the bold florals so often used by Jane Brocket, Cherri uses the best quality Kona cotton fabrics in solid colours by Robert Kaufman.
I had previously and foolishly dismissed solids for the quilts I plan to make, but after reading City Quilts, I have been googling Kona solids to find stockists who can dispatch fabrics to me as quickly as possible. Cherri often uses black in her quilts, not something I would necessarily have chosen, but it works - making the colours in the blocks truly pop.
|One of my favourite quilts, City Tracks|
|City Bank quilt inspired by a building in the film The Bourne Supremacy|
You can buy or order City Quilts from your local book store or from here.