Behind the Scenes: Simple Geometric Quilting

I feel like I’ve been shouting it from the rooftops for the last year, but I WROTE A BOOK!! It’s called Simple Geometric Quilting and includes detailed instructions for 20 brand new quilt projects, along with technique tutorials, quilting 101 and design tips. It’s basically 160 pages of everything I know about quilting, shared with you!

 
 

With Simple Geometric Quilting, I want to teach you how to make each project and create a holistic resource for all things quilting that you can reach for again and again, whether you’re just learning how to quilt or have decades of experience making quilts. With in-depth tutorials and twenty projects ranging from a small wall hanging to a large queen-size quilt, there’s something for everyone who wants to learn how to make non-traditional quilts using traditional techniques. Each project is based on a geometric shape and inspired by a place I’ve visited during my travels, with photos and stories to give you a sense of “why” behind the quilt and some insight into my design process. I also sprinkled Design Notes throughout the book to encourage you to use the skills and techniques you learn in this book to create your own unique quilt designs. Because the main reason I wrote Simple Geometric Quilting was to inspire you and give you the confidence to make something that’s truly you.

 
The Montara Wall Hanging and Lone Pine Pillow

The Montara Wall Hanging and Lone Pine Pillow

 

The process of writing this book was a whirlwind. Page Street Publishing reached out to me in March 2018, I submitted the sample chapter and designs in June, signed the contract in July, spent 4 months making, photographing, and writing instructions for all 20 quilts, submitted the manuscript in November, selected photos (all taken by my talented husband John) in December, and finished all the edits in February 2019. Looking back, writing a book, let alone designing and making 20 quilts, while traveling full time and running a business in less than a year seems crazy. But I learned so much about writing and explaining things clearly as well as who I am and what I want to share as a quilter. It was truly an invaluable experience that I’m so grateful for.

 
Purifoy Wall Hanging and the sculpture that inspired it

Purifoy Wall Hanging and the sculpture that inspired it

 

A few kind words about Simple Geometric Quilting from my quilting heroes:

"A stunning collection of quilts for the modern maker. ”
―AMY ELLIS, managing editor of Curated Quilts

“This book will inspire experienced and beginner quilters alike. Laura’s clear, comprehensive instructions will build long-lasting confidence.”
DENYSE SCHMIDT, author of Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration

“This book speaks to my soul―simple shapes, simple quilting and intriguing designs. Simple is stunning in Laura’s book!”
JACQUIE GERING, author of Quilting Modern and former president of the Modern Quilt Guild

“Laura’s book offers a beautiful and straightforward approach to making a quilt.”
―MAURA GRACE AMBROSE, founder of Folk Fibers

“These projects are appealing in both their use of fabric and texture as well as the accessibility of the larger scale piecing; perfect for someone like me who's only dabbled in quilting!”
―JENNIFER BEEMAN, founder of Grainline Studio

Simple Geometric Quilting is one of those books you’re going to want to keep on your coffee table for a long, long time. Laura’s well-crafted style of quilt photography makes every page as beautiful as the last and complements her signature clean, striking patchwork designs. It’s a real treat!” 
Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine

 
New Mexico Queen Quilt

New Mexico Queen Quilt

 

Simple Geometric Quilting comes out on August 27, 2019 but you can pre-order your copy today:

I can’t wait to see all the beautiful quilts, pillows and wall hangings you create using Simple Geometric Quilting. Share your projects using the hashtag #simplegeometricquilting!


Are you a fabric store or quilt shop that would like to carry Simple Geometric Quilting or an organization that wants to host Laura for a book launch event? Send an email to laura@vacilandoquilting.co and we’ll chat!