May 5, 2014

Courtesy of AQS Publishing, we have an exquisite book this month by award-winning art-to-wear and quilter Rami Kim.

Elegant Cotton • Wool • Silk Quilts is an exciting departure from the books I usually have the privilege of featuring. Quoting from the preface, “The designs here put special emphasis on the ancient cultures of Korea. …This book will serve as an introduction to and a window into ‘The Land of Morning Calm.’ …Though many of the designs are actually more than a few thousand years old, this will be the first glimpse through the eyes of the Western viewer.”

It was exciting to turn the pages of this book and discover shapes and designs I’d never seen before.

How about these Asian interpretations of flowers, leaves, clouds, and mountains done up penny-rug style… gorgeous!

I was captivated by the section on Chopkey — a Korean folding technique. Rami give step-by-step instructions for making a traditional costume coat.

As the titles implies, there are projects done in cotton, wool, and silk, and you can certainly use any of these materials for the design of your choice.

The books jumps right into the projects, so basic skills in hand blanket-stitch embroidery will be needed. Also, the designs need to be enlarged 200%.

If you’d like a chance to win this book that translates Korean architectural elements into American quilts, please leave a comment here on the blog by 7:00 p.m. California time on Friday, May 9.

Open to U.S. mailing addresses only, and remember… don’t try to enter by email. If you’re reading this in an email, you’ll need to click over to the blog itself on the internet.

Best of luck!!
By Kay Mackenzie


11 Responses to “Elegant Cotton • Wool • Silk Quilts”

  1. Kathleen C on May 5th, 2014 7:45 am

    What beautiful designs! I’m always interested in quilting and design interpretations from around the world. Thanks for this chance to win the enticing book.

  2. RuthB on May 5th, 2014 8:22 am

    Wow….this book looks really unique and interesting! I would love to see more!!

  3. Karen on May 5th, 2014 9:35 am

    I love this book! I met rami in person and she was a delightful engaging woman with oodles of talent. I’d love to get my hands on her book!

  4. Susan Green on May 5th, 2014 10:13 am

    Beautiful quilts! Thank you for the chance to win this book.

  5. Dot on May 5th, 2014 3:23 pm

    It would be fun to win this book. My son-in-law is of Korean ancestry, and I’d like to learn more about Korean art.

  6. Jane H on May 5th, 2014 3:25 pm

    I love Rami Kim. What a beautiful book! Thanks for the chance to win.

  7. Lyn on May 5th, 2014 6:45 pm

    Gorgeous! Sunset Over a Lotus Pond really caught my eye.

  8. Chris on May 5th, 2014 11:49 pm

    This looks like a beautiful book. I would love to have it. I had a Korean boss for years and was so impressed with the artwork.

  9. Karen on May 6th, 2014 11:03 am

    What a great book! I love the little coats, they are so cute. Thank you for a chance to win the book!

  10. Robin on May 7th, 2014 1:18 pm

    What a wonderful looking book. I like the Doo Roo Mah Gey. Thanks for the chance to win.

  11. Sue on May 8th, 2014 6:07 pm

    Wow!! Beautiful designs. Hope I win!