Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Review of Twelve By Twelve

Wow! Ok, I have to admit that I love art quilt books. It's the eye candy that calls out to me. However, I don't always have time to really delve into a book before I buy it so what happens is that I get it home and somewhere past the first chapter I wind up flipping through the rest of it until something strikes my fancy. Many of these books wind up in the bookcase collecting dust and not looked at again because there really was nothing past the first chapter that spoke to me.
Twelve by Twelve is not like that. This is a book that has lots in it for all of us. It is the coming together of twelve artists who, over time developed a special relationship with each other and their art. This group made a commitment to create 12 pieces of art each based on 12 themes over the course of 2 years. Each piece was 12" x12" and had a deadline of 2 months. Each chapter of the book is dedicated to a theme and we get to visit with the artist who chose the theme. We find out why the subject was chosen and get to see how the piece developed. We also get a real in depth interview about each artist and a "tour" of their studio's. Some are large, some are closet sized. Each other artist has a short explanation of the piece they created for that theme's challenge. There are also extra pages on some of the techniques used and other useful information. There are 144 quilts to drool over.
The Twelve artists are: Deborah Boschert, Gerrie Congdon, Helen L. Conway, Kirsten Duncan, Terry Grant, Diane Perin Grant, Francoise Jamart, Kristin La Flamme, Karen Rips, Brenda Gael Smith, Terri Stegmiller, and Nikki Wheeler. Their website/blog is www.Twelveby12.org.
The book is published by Lark crafts and has an ISBN 978-1-60059-666-7

Run, don't walk and pick it up. You will not regret it.

If you read my earlier post, you will know that I received this book directly from Lark. Since I was going to buy it before I got it free, I decided to go ahead and purchase it anyway and give it away to someone who reads my blog. One person will be picked randomly....However, there is a twist and a hitch. I would like the winner to make a contribution to the American Cancer Society of at least $10 if your name is chosen.I will pick a winner on Sunday, March 6th.

20 comments:

JillW said...

I've been lusting after this book, so this is a wonderful opportunity. And I'm happy to make a contribution to the ACS.

Jill Williams

jeichler said...

Having followed Gerrie's posts about this book, I would love to own this book as well. And though I just contributed to ACS thru Virginia's One Hundred Collages, I would be happy to make another donation for this book.

Karen said...

Thank you so much for the great review Sherryl.

TextileTraveler said...

I'm definitely looking forward to seeing this book someday (either now if I win it, or in the future when I buy it)! What a great idea to ask for a donation from the winner! Love it!

Mary Beth said...

I'll sign up to support a good cause again!

wlstarn said...

I've been following the 12x12 blog for awhile & the work is amazing! Would love to win the book & would hap[pily contribute to a good cause.

Kathy Angel Lee said...

I know one of the artists, Deborah Boschert, and would love to have this book and also support a good cause.
kathyangellee@gmail.com

Gerrie said...

Thanks, my dear friend!! Don't include me in the drawing. I have plenty, but I love your review. Would you like to add it to our Amazon reviews: http://tinyurl.com/2eaqj9h

Katherine said...

count me in!
great review
Katherine

Terry said...

Thank you for such a nice review! It is so exciting to read that people are responding to the book and enjoying all the work we put into it. We wanted it to have lots of good reading, not just pictures. I love your idea of the contribution and hope your winner enjoys the book! Don't put my name in the drawing either, I also have a few copies!

Nancy B said...

Nice review! I too have way to many books that I end up just thumbin through. I would like to ne entered in your drawing. The ACS is a wonderful organization to include in the drawing.
Nancy Balding

Nikki said...

Thank you so much Sherryl for the wonderful review. I am so honored to be a part of such a wonderful group of women. No need to enter my in the drawing -- I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your kind words!

lyndaanne said...

What a wonderful idea, and such an incentive to create!

Lyn Wolf Jackson said...

thank you for the opportunity I will be happy to donate to the cancer society.

Elaine Millar said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of the 12x12 book. How generous and I love the circle of giving you have created.

Kristin L said...

Like the other Twelves who've commented here, I just want to say thank you for teh lovely review. Your request for readers to donate to ACS is a very thoughtful one. Thanks!!

Susan A said...

This book is on my 'buy when I have the money' list. I would love to win one and would happily donate to ACS, as I do each year.

Bee said...

I have been following Deborah and Nikki's blogs for awhile now and have been fascinated with the whole idea of Twelve by Twelve. I would love to have a copy of this book! Thank you for the opportunity to win one! I also applaud your request for a donation to the ACS. So many of us have been touched by cancer in one way or another. Thank you!

Del said...

A very nice review. I'm sure this book is going to be a big seller and readers will learn a lot from it.

Phoenix Peacock said...

this book sounds great

With your interest in art, I'm wondering if you would consider joining a community art piece (I'm extending the deadline until the end of april). I would be honored to have you. If you have time and interest, please check it out here:

http://acommunityartproject.blogspot.com/2011/02/project.html