Sunday, August 24, 2014

2014 Summer Book Club: Quilt Lab by Alexandra Winston

We're finally at the end of our 2014 Summer Book Club and we're featuring Quilt Lab by Alexandra Winston of A Squared W as our final book pick. This book is filled with twelve geek chic-inspired quilt designs to ignite your intellect and imagination. You'll see scientific disciplines such as chemistry and calculus, transformed into vibrant and quirky quilts. Alexandra also included easy-to-use charts to eliminate those challenging mathematical pattern problems. Take a look at all of the amazing designs she created below!



Aperture Science and Cultured quilt
Echo and States of Matter quillt

All 12 projects from Quilt Lab
Now it's time for our 2014 Summer Book Club giveaway! We are giving away a stash of books to ten lucky winners from now until the end of August. To enter, comment below and let us know what inspires you when creating quilts. One winner will be picked each week and all the winners will be announced August 26th. Good Luck and happy quilting! 

137 comments:

gigi said...

It varies--- sometime I am inspired by the design and sometimes by the combination of colors I see. Thanks for a chance to win!
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grapevinegirl said...

I am inspired by the quilting magazines I purchase and read and by things I see on Pinterest. Inspiration also come from photos, my friends' work and just about everything.

Gretchen said...

My inspiration is from others, whether it be guild meetings, books, magazines, blogs, etc.

Archie the wonder dog said...

I'm inspired by combinations of colours that I happen across (in the garden, etc.) and by the shapes I see when I'm out on a walk with Archie.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I am mostly inspired by Mother Nature. Living in a 4-season (farm country)area, I get to experience a variety of colors that are wonderful inspirations.

Lorraine said...
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Lorraine said...

I'm inspired by quilt blogs, color combinations (I love reds), and themes. I have a family of science people, so I'm always looking for science-themed fabrics and ideas--the Quilt Lab book is perfect!

debby said...

I am inspired by books, colors and blogs. Love modern quilts and solids

Lynda said...

this is really a hard question, I have never thought about it. I think that pattern and fabric inspire me - often I see a pattern that I "must do" and often I find a fabric line that I must have w/o a pattern in mind.

Laura said...

I'm inspired by other quilters work, fabrics, and by random patterns, color combinations and images I see. Pretty much anything can do it!

Louise said...

Usually I'm inspired by bright color combinations I see on other people's quilts. Occasionally, a particular fabric will speak to me and I want to design something to feature it. One day a view of the Hudson River inspired me and I have a sketch of a quilt I want to make of that scene.

Interesting question!

Karen said...

I haven't been quilting long, but now, I see quilt patterns everywhere. Mostly in architecture, arches, beams, tiles.

Billy'sgirl said...

Fabric inspires me! Color, design, collections...
Often, when I'm looking for a new project, the fabrics will dictate what it is I want to create next.

Jeanie said...

Inspiration comes from everywhere and anywhere! I find it in everyday life, in nature, in my dreams, in books and magazines, in reading blogs....etc. Just keep your mind and your eyes open and it's everywhere!

Judy1522 said...

I am inspired by fabric, the colors and designs.

Golden Girl said...

I am inspired by nature, the ideas of others and my emotions. I may create a hexagon flower in memory of a friend or buy a quilt kit because it evokes a good memory. I love quilting and the creative outlet it provides. :)

Jane said...

I'm inspired by all the quilts created by others.

Donna said...

My inspiration comes from many sources. Frequently it is a pattern I see on a blog or in a quilt magazine or browsing at the local quilt shop. Other times it is a "love at first sight" fabric discovered in one of those places. I am presently patiently waiting the release of Sandy Gervais' Rambling Rose pattern in October - this inspiration came from a Spring 2014 market.

Tiara said...

Most of my inspiration still comes from flickr.

kitty said...

I'm inspired by blogs, books/magazines, workshops, tutorials (Kimberly!!) and Craftsy classes.

Anonymous said...

I am usually inspired by the fabric, but also other people's projects (thank you pinterest!). This book looks so fun-- I would love to see a whole set of bio inspired projects (nerves, cell structure, bones, oh the possibilities are endless!!). Thanks for the chance to win: Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

Kim said...

Wow, as a scientist and a quilter, these seem a brilliant link between the two! Inspiration comes from all around, shapes I see, colours in the landscape, online images on flickr etc, and ideas that seem to pop into my head at random times of the day and night!!!

Carrie P. said...

the internet inspires me. there are so many great ideas from other quilters that give me a jumping off point when I get ready to make a quilt.

Jette said...

Certainly the internet, many Australian and Dutch bloggers make quilts with reproduction fabrics- Broderie Perse-fussy cutting and applique

Ali K said...

I'm inspired by the colors and patterns of the fabric.

Jennifer said...

Color and other quilters!

memmens said...

I'm often inspired by my children requesting things which set me thinking and planning, sometimes inspiration comes from gazing at my fabric stash!

Carol said...

I'm inspired by fabric and by what I see other quilters make while looking at blogs.

AJ Wu said...

I'm inspired by anything pretty I see. That and Pinterest. I spend way too much time on Pinterest. =D

Debi Horne said...

I'm always looking for fabric and patterns that match the person's personality that I'm making the quilt for. When a collection jumps out and screems Brianna or mom, then I go with it.

Gill said...

I'm inspired by the colours around me!

Exuberant Color said...

I am inspired by color and geometric shapes, especially triangles.

Christine M said...

My inspiration comes from reading blogs and seeing the beautiful projects other quilters are making.

Marti Taylor said...

Anything and everything act as my inspiration. Often I will see something and it will trigger me to remember specific blocks or fabrics and how they would pair up.

DoubleL said...

Inspiration comes from everywhere, shapes, colours, patterns, friends. Time is the issue... There is not enough of it.

Amanda J said...

I'm inspired by the amazing work of other quilters! I follow quite a few on Instagram and the quilts they post photos of are gorgeous!

Mom C said...

Last hotel I stayed in I took pictures of their carpets. They were stunning and would make such a gorgeous quilt. Blogs, magazines, pictures, pillowtops, just about anything pushes me into a quilting mode. Thanks.

Linda said...

COLOR!The color of the fabric inspires me first and then the design! Today we have so many choices of beautiful collections!

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Robin said...

I'm usually inspired by the intended recipient.

carolann said...

I am inspired by books, blogs, fabrics and nature. carolann427@aol.com.

Scorpie said...

I love these quilts~they are fantastic. Would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance.

Lisa Marie said...

Books, magazines, blogs, fabric, nature -- all these things and more inspire me to make quilts. It's what I love to do!

Katie said...

I am inspired by quilt blogs, anew quilt book I buy or a friend shares a pattern with me! Lucky day to start a new quilt is right around the corner!

Miggsie said...

I'm inspired by bloggers, magazines, fellow guild members, and the world around me. Thanks!

Sigi G said...

I love to search out quilting blogging sites - they are my biggest inspiration. Sometimes it is the pattern or the fabric that makes me search out my sewing room in order to sew it up too.

Allison C said...

Quilty Blogs, architecture, and science inspire me.

Pamela Neal said...

I get my inspiration from quilt magazines, Pinterest and all the wonderful bloggers.

Quilter Kathy said...

I am inspired by family events and celebrations to always make a quilt to add to the fun!

Granny Maud's Girl said...

Everything! Tiles, fabrics, books. I think my biggest inspiration is my sewing group and the things they make.

Lynne Tilley said...

I'm inspired by all the other quilters out there. I learn so much and feed on their creativity and positive insight.

Lisa Johnson said...

I'm inspired by the wonderful work of others and the beauty of the natural world.

Anita said...

Nature is my biggest inspiration when it comes to creating a quilt, but I also get inspired by other quilters great work.

GranChris said...

My inspiration comes from walks outside, the trees, birds, flowers. Sometimes it's books or blogs or quilt shows or friends. Just about anywhere.

QuiltSue said...

I've come to the conclusion that I can be inspired by anything and everything.

delaineelliott said...

Most of my inspiration comes from reading blogs and seeing all of the beautiful projects that people have made. Thanks!

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DebrafromMD said...

I find great quilting inspiration on the internet.

Monica said...

Colors inspire me

Anonymous said...

I get inspired by the design, but there are times when the bloggers show how to do it. The quilts shown are absolutely beautiful, I would love to win one of these books. Thank you for giving me a chance to win
Linda King
lindaking4070@yahoo.com

Anne said...

I get a little push from quilt blogs. Then, I find a great inspiration fabric and I hope from there.

Sylvia Anderson said...

For me, inspiration comes from Blogs, books, magazines, Pinterest, youtube and family. I am definitely not a designer, so I am grateful for all of you who are, and so generously provide us with a seemingly endless parade of your talents, through such a variety of mediums.
lv2bquilting2@comcast.net

Vicki H said...

Lately my inspiration has come from the many blogs I follow. There is such great talent out there.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I am inspired by other designers, fabric and natured.

LZ said...

I am inspired when I visit a quilt shop and see all of the lovely samples. I also find a lot of ideas in magazines and on quilt blogs.

DARIA DESIGNS said...

My inspiration comes to me in a variety of ways: nature, architecture, other people, fine art, photos, books, and many other forms. I'm a lover of books and can never have enough! ❤️

Janie said...

Mother nature, quilting blogs, and my quilting magazines. Thank you for the giveaway.

Farm Quilter said...

Architecture, nature, pictures, tile floor patterns, almost anything can spark inspiration for a quilt!

Anonymous said...

I am typically inspired by the season or by a particular color.
joyce at rcomfort@outlook.com

Chiska said...

Quilt books, blogs, and sometimes just the interest of the person I'm making the quilt for. I love looking at books for ideas and then putting my own spin on them.

Kris said...

I have so many things that inspire me. I think a big one though is nature. I would love to win these for our guilds library. We are in desperate need to bring this library up to the present day.

Trudy Keller said...

I am inspired by so many things...fabric, pictures, colors, books.

Anita Gambrell said...

I am inspired by new babies and of course my own children and Gbabies to make new quilts!

Sherry said...

My inspiration comes from magazines, blogs, and my friends.

Susan said...

My inspiration comes from seeing other quilts, nature, architecture and from my imagination.

Nancy said...

My Inspirations comes from others needs, I design and create with them in mind. Thank~You for this awesome series of Books this Summer!!

CarolCat said...

My inspirations come from patterns that catch my eye & fabric that I can't live without! The color combination of red, white & blue always inspires me to make another Hero quilt for our wounded service men & women who have given up so much for our country.

Cindy Mizer said...

Love the Quilt Lab book and would love a copy!

Karen said...

I'm inspired by nature, colors, patterns and fabric.

Joan said...

The colour of the fabric is the first thing that catches my attention.

Karen said...

My inspiration is everywhere. From Quilts I see in the media/I-way, to those books in my big old collection that can give me some historical quilts for ideas. Sometimes, it's a request from a family member or friend. And of course there's the FABRIC! So many quilts, so little time!

mik41 said...

I am inspired by a myriad of things. At times, what inspires me is creating a quilt for someone I know well - it gives me a chance to incorporate the wonderful things I know about them into a beautiful quilt.

Sandy said...

I am inspired by other quilters' work. Often, it is a jumping off point for my next project.

Michele T said...

I get inspired from the quilt bloggers that I follow, quilts I see on Pinterest, books, the list can go on and on!!!

Wendy said...

other people's quilts, things i see on Pinterest, books and magazines, the fabric itself

Karen said...

I'm trying to pay more attention to the world around me for inspiration, but blogs are filled with inspiration with almost every post!

Kate O said...

lately i've been inspired by words/phrases and how to illustrate them...how can my thoughts come alive with fabric?

Rachel @ Quiltineering said...

oh, I love the quilts from this book. It matches my love for quilting and science! I really enjoy reading blogs for inspiration - from quilt blogs and otherwise. There's just so much creativity out there!

Bethany said...

Fabric inspires me!

Kathy Davis said...

I get inspired by reading all the wonderful sewing blogs and viewing other people's projects.
Kathy Davis
kdavis1@centurytel.net

Donna W said...

My inspiration comes from the world around me. Whether it be nature, architecture, my quilt guild, quilt shows, etc.

Jeanette said...

Those geek quilts are AMAZING. I love it. I'm mostly inspired by the fabric itself; it will tell you what it wants to be! But I also like checking out other blogs and Pinterest to get ideas.

Crafty Coffin said...

Oh I love those geeky quilts! I'm mostly inspired by the work shared by other artists and quilters.

Lori said...

What gorgeous quilts. I see quits a lot in nature, animals, plants and their movement. Oh and of course the colors.

KathleenD said...

The recipients of my quilts inspire my creations. I try to use something with meaning to the person for whom I'm making a quilt. It might be a theme, colors, or specific blocks.

I love this new book you're reviewing! My son is a chemistry teacher and it would be sooo cool to make a Molecular quilt for him!

Kelly Wilson said...

I take inspiration from many places. I especially love magazines and blogs by quilters. I also like Design Seed for color combos. Thanks! notwendy gmail

Jen Barnard said...

My inspiration tends to come from who or what my project will be for.
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Swedish Scrapper said...

Barns, windows, textures of floors, and the changing light of where I live all affect how I quilt!

Bingaling said...

Lots of different things inspire me. Sometimes I'm inspired by the fabric, sometimes its a color combination from a photo or something in nature, sometimes I'm inspired by a favorite movie, sometimes by the person I'm making a quilt for. It always seems like every project is different.

Sewjan said...

I love all the unique quilts. It amazes me what kind of quilts people come up with looking at something in their life.

My birthday is the day of your giveaway, 8/26. This would make a wonderful birthday gift.

Thanks for the chance to win something.

Karen Thurn said...

I am inspired by looking through books or reading blogs or visiting my favorite on-line or local quilt shops. Thanks for the chance to win. kthurn@bektel.com

Kathy said...

All my favorite bloggers inspire me constantly with their creativity and sharing!

Stacy said...

Seeing other quilts inspires me!

Kay said...

I am usually inspired by a certain fabric & then find a pattern that will perfectly showcase that fabric.

Beth said...

Nature and architecture inspire me, though neither usually as micro as this. :)

Mia said...

Love these modern quilts my daughters would certainly like that I sewed some of it to their home.

Mia said...

Love these modern quilts my daughters would certainly like that I sewed some of it to their home

tac73 said...

I'm inspired by seeing pictures of completed quilts.

bleonard02@tampabay.rr.com said...

Inspiration comes from many sources-brain-storming with friends, books, magazines, works of art, patterns in bricks, sidewalks. Endless posibilities.
Love the modern/mathmatical patterns.

marlemom@tampabay.rr.com said...

Nature inspires me- masters from art to architecture- love the modern quilting patterns.

Lee said...

I love following blogs for quilt a longs - different fabrics but the same "design" - it inspires me to see what others think and do!

Sorcha girl said...

I love the variety in the projects from this book. I am ready to try less traditional blocks.

ronnie said...

I can be inspired by color. I can be inspired by nature. Sometimes the person I am making a quilt for is so special to me, I'm inspired!

Janie said...

Mother nature. Great quilting blogs, and quilting magazines. Thank you for the giveaway.

Lisa in Port Hope said...

i am inspired by the movement of a quilt or block...either color or shape that draws the eye and makes you look deeper, and by the quilting community and the social aspect of sewing along.

Anonymous said...

I get lots of inspiration from nature, especially flowers. I love floral applique.
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Linda said...

Seeing what other folks create inspires me

Jackie Thompson said...

I am inspired by pretty fabrics.

Patty said...

I am inspired by all the beautiful fabrics I find.

Karen said...

I think this is such a great concept for a quilting book, and I love the aperture quilt. Fabric is what usually inspires my quilt designs.

Audrey said...

I am inspired by the fabrics in my stash and nature.

quiltma said...

My biggest inspiration is the person who will be receiving my quilt or other project. Other than that I think I find inspiration everywhere. Nature, tile work, paint sample walls. Just everywhere.

carola said...

The fabrics talk to me and they always have contrasting comments! Color and contrast are what I love, and love to design and work with. I have to make some of these "Lab" quilts for my scientifically oriented daughter, and her four girls! Lovely and interesting. Hope I win. Thanks for the chance to win.

Helen L said...

I love colors and the patterns that are clean and clear!!

Dgadgetqn said...

A quilter since the '70's, I was hesitant to dive into Modern quilting. But, wow, it is so refreshing, and so wonderful to see younger quilters just exploding on the quilting stage. THAT inspires me!

Vickie said...

I'm inspired by friends, my quilt guild, blogs, books and lots of magazines.

kimberj said...

I am often inspired by geometry.

Lisa said...

These are all so fun! I am inspired by all the talent on the internet!

lalaluu said...

My inspirations are my grandmother and my talented quilting bee friends. My grandmother had a wonderful eye for color, and my bee friends keep me challenged.

Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting said...

As a science nerd who works in a research lab, this book looks awesome!

I'm inspired by the quilts other bloggers make. People are so talented and I love seeing what they come up with!

Arianna M. said...

I'm usually inspired by either the fabrics or the person I'm making the quilt for.

SunflowerSkies said...

I am inspired by both color and movement. I love seeing what other people can design!

Quilting Momma said...

I am inspired by shapes out and about on my travels...be it a door, roof tiles, OMG...Portugal and all their tile work, churches, you name it! Of course there is always blogs where I say, "Oh I could do that too!"

Sandra Walker said...

I am inspired by browsing through books and magazines I have, by looking at images on the internet in various places, Pinterest, blogs, and the vortex pulls me in... :-)

Sarah said...

I'm inspired by colors! sarah@forrussia.org

Peaches1003 said...

Instagram and Pinterest have a big influence - what can I say, I'm a joiner!!

Rainey Turlington said...

Beautiful quilts AND beautiful photography.

barbara woods said...

most of the time it's a picture of a quilt on a blog that does it for me, thanks

Country Girl said...

For me it's quilt sites, blogs, books, magazines and quilt shops for patterns and fabrics. Love it all!