Books on Monday – The Creative Pattern Book

This week we are looking at another book by Judy Martin, The Creative Pattern Book: Complete Patterns, Intriguing Ideas & Musings on the Creative Process.

Three weeks ago I reviewed another book by Judy Martin, Stellar Quilts. In case you have forgotten, this is the book that contains the pattern for the infamous wedding quilt for my youngest daughter and her fiance. After that review, Diane (a Twilter friend) told me about this book, and I was instantly forced to order it from and read it. And, yes, I love this book. Of course it has beautiful quilt patterns (especially Shakespeare in the Park), but the some of the best parts of this book are the parts where Judy describes her creative process.

The book is divided into three parts: Intriguing Ideas, Empowering Know-How, and Creativity in Action. Intriguing Ideas mainly deals with Judy Martin’s encouragement to try new design ideas. She also shows how color and scrap changes alter the appearance of the different patterns found in the third section of the book. The second section includes cutting and piecing instructions and tips. The third section includes the patterns and variations on the patterns. One of the most interesting parts of this section is that each pattern begins with a section “What Was I Thinking?” which describes Judy’s thought process while designing that quilt. Reading these helped me understand what kinds of things to consider when designing and altering quilt designs to fit my own taste and style. I found this very interesting and appreciated the information.

And, of course, I love the quilts.

If you’re looking for the announcement of the winner of the Birthday Book contest, come back tomorrow.

Quilt on!

2 thoughts on “Books on Monday – The Creative Pattern Book

  1. I like this book also. I agree that the part about the creative process is really interesting. Glad you are a Judy fan. She seems to be unknown in the modern world, which is a shame.

  2. Unlike most other quilt block books, this one includes a coloring book of blank block drawings; full-size patterns for a variety of setting patches; quilting patterns for the large patches; seam allowances, grain arrows and yardages for each patch; block ratings for ease of construction; and no curves, no set-in patches, nothing tricky or fussy.

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