Sunday, 24 June 2012

if you buy one book this year...

...make it this one.

My friend Sarah sent me the most amazing book recently. It was a book that I had no idea existed and now that I do my world is a happier place.

Brigitte Giblin is a French Australian quilter who has the level of talent and skill that I can only dream of one day having. She is what I call a 'proper' quilter, not in the sense of following rules or competition level guidelines, but in the sense of simply being amazing. Her colour choices, her designs, her skill set - she is one of those people that is on a whole different level to most of us. I'm not putting anyone down here - we all do different things, we are all good at something, but Brigitte is one of those people whose work makes me gasp. I'm not exaggerating, it actually makes me gasp.

I first heard about her a couple of years ago via Linen and Raspberry's blog, thanks to a little hexagon purse Jean had made using Brigitte's pattern. And then because of more information going into my head, which pushes out existing information, I forgot about Brigitte's work until the book arrived on my doorstep and I literally couldn't do anything except stare at it for a good hour.

Brigitte Giblin's amazing book

Feathering the Nest with vintage inspired quilts is published by the French company, Quilt Mania. They are also the people that make the amazing magazine that is possibly the best quilting magazine ever.

Brigitte Giblin's amazing book

Brigitte's book is full of hand pieced quilts. And applique. And lots of both. Don't let that put you off if you're not a hand piecer or an appliquer (made up word?). It is well worth the cover cost for something that will give you immense pleasure for years to come.

Brigitte Giblin's amazing book

I think just owning this book will inspire you. For example, just recently I heard that you should never applique English Paper Piecing (EPP) onto background fabrics, that's what someone told a friend of mine. I love to applique a pieced top onto a background, and I felt a little disheartened by that concept, that I was doing something that people would sniff at. Spring Carnival and Hexy MF are appliqued onto their backgrounds, I love them and how they look, but it was suggested (not by my friend!) that is was lazy to do it that way and you should piece backgrounds. Well, Brigitte appliques her EPP onto background to, and incorporates a mix of EPP and applique into her designs, which would only work in the way they do because of that mix, so you know what? If someone with as much talent as this lady does it then it's pretty ok with me and I feel much better for it!

If you would like to go and buy this book, and I cannot stress enough how much you need it, then you can buy it direct from Quilt Mania. It is a little more expensive than regular titles. You know the saying you get what you pay for? This book is exactly that - platinum quality and something that you will never tire of.

You can find Brigitte's website here and the blog for the book with hints and tips and more information plus photos here.

29 comments:

verykerryberry said...

Took the words right out of my mouth Katy- I was going to write the same. It is a startling brilliant book and I am so glad I saw your tantalizing IG pic that took me to it!

nicolette at dutchcomfort said...

How on earth can someone call you lazy when you applique (quite some work too) after all the paperpiecing?
Love the book by Brigitte!

Little Island Quilting said...

I just got this book too. Pure quilt porn.

Sarah Pings said...

... so weird ... I've drooled over Brigitte Gilpin's quilts ever since Linen and Raspberry's purse post too !!

This book looks scrumptious. I spent about 2 hours on Gilpin's website the first time I landed (after your Instagram peek) ... zooming in here ... mental notebooking there ...

Truly delicious ... I had a go at some teeny tiny hexies last week ... they're such fun!

Katy Cameron said...

Wow, those quilts are amazing! I think my favourite is that last one, that I could never make in a million years lol

Flying Blind... said...

I seriously need way more patience than I have - stunning x

elsy said...

i have been gazing at her work for ages plucking up the courage to try something inspired by her amazing quilts....off to buy the book...great post katy

Danielle said...

Her work is so incredible and a huge inspiration. The kind of stuff that makes you wish there were 100 hours in every day and we lived with all our faculties for 200 years in order to be able to make an insane number of quilts. Sigh.

leanne said...

brigitte has been featured in some of the local aussie magazines for quite a few years - she really does amazing work :)

thedodds said...

Amazing, Katy, 'gasp' is the right word! Thank you for bringing this beautiful work to our attention x

Isisjem said...

I think appliquing EPP onto a background is fine and piffle to anyone who says otherwise. I almost did this with my recent EPP cushion although I'm so glad I did piece the back ground as I'm convinced the appliquing would not have turned out so well and would have actually taken more not less effort. But I have seen amazing quilts which are appliqued and rule breaking is cool anyway ;-)

Kristine said...

I'm so happy to see Brigitte has published a book. I had saved a page from an Aussie quilting magazine from about a decade ago with a picture of her Dancing Dollies quilt. I've loved it all that time and am surprised she hasn't popped up in blogland before now. And now I'm thrilled she has. Yes, I agree with you - there is something uniquely clever about her work. It's a lovely mix of traditional and new.

mascanlon said...

Oh my! Lovely and challenging works, off to buy it of course!

Carla said...

I have collected quilt Mania magazine for years! LOVE their stuff. I have seen that book and I know I would use it if I had it.
Thanks for helping me make up my mind........

heartsofhampshire said...

You have really made my day with your direction to this inspirational lady! OMG- I am going to get that book ASAP! Awesome!!
Thanks Katy
H.xx

Anne said...

I'm sure that her quilts are lovely, but they are so busy that my eyes don't know where to go and I feel kind of overwhelmed by them.

Archie the wonder dog said...

Goodness me, that's an amazing book - what a superbly talented quilter! I think I'll be adding this to my 'I want one' list!

Surely there's a place for both appliquéing EPP onto a background and piecing it, depending on the fabric you're using and the look you want to achieve? I'm going to thumb my nose at the quilt police and say 'I'll do it how I want...so there!' That should sort them *wink*

aksherry said...

Wow, those quilts are so gorgeous. I can only dream of making something so fabulous.

Mary said...

I had a look at this book after seeing people talking about it on Twitter. Absolutely amazing, very inspirational. Sigh at having to wait for payday to put in my order. I think I also need Quiltmania in my life - had never seen the magazine before but it looks gorgeous.

rachelmp said...

Just beautiful, beautiful work. Are you tempted to visit Australia yet Katy?

Maureen T. said...

OMG! I love her quilting. I began her Tessellations BOM through Material Obsession in {embarrassed cough} 2010. Still a work in process for me. I was blown away by the photo of the finished quilt. Link here - http://goo.gl/ggI3u
Thank you for this post Katy!

Florence (Flossie Teacakes) said...

I agree - it's been elevated to the position of 'most inspiring book I own' since its arrival a few days ago.

Charlotte said...

That bottom quilt is unbelievably amazing, I love it. And of course it's ok to appliqué epp onto a background! Why do people have to give everything rules, if it works for you and it looks good then it's the right thing to do!

quiltygal said...

She certainly does beautiful inspired work :) ...ppfft who decided on the no applique epp rule glad that noone told me lol I have a "vintage" hexy unfinished quilt I brought from a church sale I have wondered how to finish it seeing as the materials are no longer available (it was obviously made from years & years of clothes )& have decided to just applique it to a backing & let my friend work her wonders with some quilting (longarm)I am sure the lady who made it won't worry :)

Brigitte Giblin said...

Hello and thank you for such lovely comments about my book! It's very heartening to get such positive feedback. Quilters are such kindred spirits and it's nice to know that other people 'get' what patchwork is about for me. Best regards Brigitte

pajatlast said...

Have been reading your blog for quite some time and this is my first comment. I've been drooling over Brigitte's book (and Kathy's at MO). I live in California and the US shipping is almost as much as the books. Hoping Quiltmania will make it available here soon at a reasonable rate because I'm losing sleep trying to get my hot little hands on these 2 books! Thanks for the review. Also, LOVE the amazing work you do as well.

Yvonne@Nellie's Niceties said...

You're absolutely right Katy, It's a brilliant book,by a very talented lady. Very inspiring. For me quilting is about personal creativity, not following rules. Using traditional techniques in new ways is exciting and keeps the craft fresh and vibrant. isn't that what quilters have always done, old and new hand in hand. :)

Cathy said...

Every new technique was once a rule broken, right? I don't understand why people like to cling to rules when pursuing artistic endeavors

Her quilts are lovely and the fabrics really make the quilts even better. The Little Hexie Purse pattern is adorable!

Patti said...

Lucky lucky you. I want to be friends with your friend Sarah that's for sure. I LOVE THIS BOOK and I NEED THIS BOOK and yes I'm yelling. sorry Katy for yelling but it is an awesome book.

I'll let you know when I get it.

Love
P xxx

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