Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Want to win a really fine book?
I wrote a while ago about a great new book that has come out, "The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting," by Linda Seward. You can tell something about Linda's excellent judgment and taste by the fact that she chose a photo of one of my quilts to put in the book, but in addition to lots of photos of beautiful quilts, she has directions and helpful hints for practically any kind of quilt you might ever want to make, and some that you didn't even know you wanted to make until you read the book.
I consider myself an expert quiltmaker, but found lots of things to learn from the book. Here's a bit of info that was (fascinating) news to me:
"A brief history of the rotary cutter puts this essential tool into perspective. In 1956 Yoshio Okada invented a blade cutter for his family's paper cutting business, that had segments that could be snapped off when the working edge became dull. Over the years, he and his brother developed their paper cutting tool business, and in 1967 they made all their tools yellow so users could find them easily in toolboxes. In the late 1970s Mr. Okada watched a tailor cutting silk with bulky scissors and noticed the frayed edges that resulted. He determined to invent a cutter for fabrics and in 1970 he and his development team presented the world with the rotary cutter, which changed quilt making forever."