The Twelve is a group of art quilters who didn't know each other and had different backgrounds and experiences. They live on three continents and some have never met each other, but they undertook a challenge to do art quilts measuring twelve inches by twelve inches on specific themes. Interpretation was entirely up to the maker.
The book is set up so that each artist has a segment where they talk in-depth about how they approached the theme and made their quilts as well as their backgrounds and about their lives and work. At the bottom of these pages are shorter entries by each of the twelve about their particular piece.
In addition, there are tips on how to form a group, tips on making art quilts and all sorts of things related to the subject. This is NOT just a coffee table book, or one which is going to sit on the shelf, but one which you can actually learn from.
I loved it! It is well written and I found myself laughing with the artist or nodding my head in agreement as they discussed something that I struggle with. I really encourage you to run right out and get a copy or plead with your library to obtain one. Very few quilting books grab me like this one. Although it isn't a "pattern book" like many other quilting books (how can it be?) is is wondeful and just might give you ideas or courage to go out and make an art quilt or two or twelve or form your own group to do something similar to the Twelves. What a great group of ladies and how wonderful it is to have them share their experience with us.
The TWELVE BY TWELVE group is composed of 12 art quilters, each with numerous awards, articles, and publications among them. Works from several members have been included in a variety of Lark Books, as well as Quilting Arts Magazine. They are: Brenda Gael Smith (Copacabana, NSW, Australia); Deborah Boschert (Lewisville, TX); Diane Perin Hock (Healdsburg, CA); Francoise Jamart (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium); Gerrie Congdon (Portland, OR); Helen L Conway (St. Helens, Merseyside, UK); Karen Rips (Thousand Oaks, CA); Kirsten Duncan (Townsville, QLD, Australia); Kristin La Flamme (Waipahu, HI); Nikki Wheeler (Poulsbo, WA); Terri Stegmiller (Mandan, ND); Terry Grant (Beaverton, OR).
If you want to follow their current work, take a look at their website: http://twelveby12.org/
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Lark Crafts (March 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600596665
- ISBN-13: 978-1600596667
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches