Natalie Barnes Blog Tour + a giveaway

To be honest, I’m not totally sure when I met Natalie Barnes, but it was sometime within the last few years at Quilt Market. Natalie has such an easy-going and sincere personality that it’s very easy to feel like you’ve known her forever. So when she asked me to participate in her blog tour for her new book, A Modern Twist: Create Quilts with a Colorful Spin, I happily agreed. This is Natalie’s first book, and it’s an honor to have been asked to celebrate that with her. As part of the tour, Natalie invited us to pick a category from her book (color, contrast or composition) to talk about, and I happily chose COLOR.

Color is so fun.
kona cotton color play_carolyn friedlander
I play with it often with my fabric…
carolyn friedlander fabric
And also in my quilts…
focal and stripes quilts_carolyn friedlander
We play with it in my classes.
Aerial Grove at Road to California_carolyn friedlander
And so, I eagerly picked that.
True to Natalie’s own personality, she explores working with color in her book with comfort, sincerity, and enthusiasm. I like that the guidance she offers her readers is constructive but not intimidating.
A Modern Twist_Natalie Barnes

photo by Brent Kane

The quote that she chose to introduce her color section is perfect. It’s from Henri Matisse–“A thimble of red is redder than a bucketful.” This is a thoughtful way to get you thinking about not only the color itself but how you use it. I really liked how Natalie interprets that quote and source of inspiration in this project.
A Modern Twist_2_Natalie Barnes

photo by Brent Kane

Her other projects explore color in the same, fun and approachable way as well. (Plus you can drool over the stunning quilting by Angela Walters…who also wrote a fantastic introduction in the book.)
A Modern Twist_3_Natalie Barnes

photo by Brent Kane

A Modern Twist_4_Natalie Barnes

photo by Brent Kane

Congratulations to Natalie on your lovely new book!
Visit these other folks participating in the tour.
02 March – Victoria Findlay Wolfe + CONTRAST
Victoria Findlay Wolfe
03 March – Teri Lucas + COLOR
Generation Q Magazine
04 March – Julie Herman + COMPOSITION
Jaybird Quilts
05 March – Jenny Wilding Cardon + COLOR
06 March – Rose Hughes + COLOR
Rose Hughes
07 March – Amy Smart  + CONTRAST
Amy Smart
08 March – Carolyn Friedlander + COLOR
Carolyn Friedlander
09 March – Latifah Saafir + COMPOSITION
Latifah Saafir Studios
Leave a comment to be entered to win either a signed hard copy of her book (if you are in the US) or an ebook (if you are International). A winner will be randomly selected on March 15, 2015.

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97 Responses to Natalie Barnes Blog Tour + a giveaway

  1. Marie March 8, 2015 at 9:26 am #

    What a lovely site you have.

  2. Betsy March 8, 2015 at 9:55 am #

    I love the variety of patterns in this book. Not only do they look modern but scrap friendly too!

  3. Rosalind Gutierrez March 8, 2015 at 9:57 am #

    Luv the circle quilt pattern and color scheme.

  4. Ann D March 8, 2015 at 10:00 am #

    I’ve been reading the other blogs for this hop and I have enjoyed the advise given. Thanks for participating. I’m glad I have a chance to win the book.

  5. Camille March 8, 2015 at 10:09 am #

    I love that this quilting book teaches about the important aspects of color, composition, scale, etc. These are all areas I could use help in as I’m choosing fabrics for my projects. Thanks.

  6. Patricia Cash March 8, 2015 at 10:13 am #

    I would love to win this book!

  7. Lindsay March 8, 2015 at 10:25 am #

    Fun! I find myself playing with color in my quilts as well.

  8. Joanne March 8, 2015 at 10:34 am #

    I am a huge fan of auditioning my colors and patterns.
    Thank you for the inspiring photos…love the stitch details!

  9. Kathryn March 8, 2015 at 10:51 am #

    I’ve seen this book mentioned in other blogs and I’m really looking forward to thumbing through it….hope I win 🙂

  10. Joan March 8, 2015 at 10:58 am #

    The book looks awesome!

  11. Lila March 8, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    the three c’s make a quilt sing.

  12. Susan K March 8, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

    I love the quote about red. I feel the same about orange. Just a little can speak volumes when used right.

  13. Michele March 8, 2015 at 12:52 pm #

    I truly love the inspiring people that share their love of quilting.

  14. Anita March 8, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

    This book looks awesome, so many good looking quilts for inspiration!

  15. Dionne Matthies-Buban March 8, 2015 at 1:19 pm #

    Congratulations to Natalie!

  16. Cheryl March 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm #

    Lovely book!

  17. Nancy Angerer March 8, 2015 at 2:46 pm #

    The books like it would be a good book to have. I have been enjoying seeing the pictures.

  18. Karen March 8, 2015 at 3:23 pm #

    What a great book and a great quote by Matisse! I had never heard that before!

  19. Gina March 8, 2015 at 3:43 pm #

    A great book

  20. Julie in GA March 8, 2015 at 3:43 pm #

    I love that Matisse quote–so true! I would love to win this book and learn Natalie’s quilt design secrets. Thanks for the giveaway.

  21. Sequana March 8, 2015 at 4:04 pm #

    Win it or not, I must get my hands on this book. Just your small samples are enough to make me realize that.

  22. Carrie P. March 8, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

    I am lovin’ all those quilts. thanks for the giveaway.

  23. Lisa E March 8, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

    I really love the bed quilt. I think it would look great in my daughter’s bedroom.

  24. LINDA March 8, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

    HELLO, Thank You for sharing THIS NEAT BOOK!

  25. Janey March 8, 2015 at 5:35 pm #

    At first glance I thought the Circles design was my first pick. Now I think I like all of them. Would love a copy of this book so I can harass my stash!

  26. Shawna March 8, 2015 at 5:47 pm #

    I am ready to start. love the color, contrast and composition

  27. Cecilia March 8, 2015 at 6:55 pm #

    This book looks like a great resource for color and I love the circle quilt. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

  28. Susan March 8, 2015 at 7:28 pm #

    I love the way you and Natalie use color. Thanks for the giveaway.

  29. Anna Lutz-Brown March 8, 2015 at 7:41 pm #

    ty for your ideas ….You can learn alot from blog hops at least i have tytyty again for sharing….

  30. kim schorer March 8, 2015 at 8:06 pm #

    How fortunate we are to be able to follow this book blog tour celebrating Natalie’s book! I have so enjoyed it. I love all the artists participating, so much creativity! I definitely will purchase her book if I don’t win it! Thank you for the inspiration!

  31. Kathie L March 8, 2015 at 8:26 pm #

    There are a ton of great ideas in this book. a real winner.

  32. sandy coggins March 8, 2015 at 8:49 pm #

    love all the colors and ideas.. what a great book to have

  33. Michelle March 8, 2015 at 9:30 pm #

    Thanks Carolyn. I found these pictures and your advice inspiring – tons of ideas already!

  34. Annette W. March 8, 2015 at 10:01 pm #

    Beginner quilter here and this book looks absolutely amazing!

  35. Diane March 8, 2015 at 10:16 pm #

    Would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance!

  36. ana conceicao March 9, 2015 at 12:18 am #

    Love the concept behind this book!!

  37. Sandra March 9, 2015 at 12:49 am #

    This looks like a great book. I mean, look at the cover. Thanks for the chance to win.

  38. Laura Tawney March 9, 2015 at 1:26 am #

    I love color as well. I really love the way you used color in the Bartow quilt and then also in the reversible couch cushions. BTW did you use a batting in between the layers when you made the fabric for the cushions? I would love the book by Natalie – I’m especially drawn to the table runner on the front cover!
    Thanks, LauraT

  39. Amber March 9, 2015 at 1:56 am #

    Oh yes please! This book looks amazing! I just got yours Carolyn and I am loving it!

  40. Judith Poore March 9, 2015 at 6:51 am #

    Fantastic and inspiring ideas! I would love to use this book. Thank you.

  41. Meg Tison March 9, 2015 at 6:52 am #

    Love all the beautiful colors!

  42. Dianne March 9, 2015 at 8:58 am #

    Color. Probably one of the hardest things for me to understand. Looks like a really nice book.


  43. Donna Joy March 9, 2015 at 10:31 am #

    This looks like an amazing book to have. It is like she is giving us permission to use color, textures, and contrast in ways we never thought we were allowed to.
    Thanks for giveaway.

  44. kathy pfaltzgraff March 9, 2015 at 11:10 am #

    thanks for your comments on color, and how a thimbleful may be just enough, but in a monochromatic challenge I don’t know where to put the thimbleful!! Thanks for the good work, Kathy in Colo

  45. Lori Morton March 9, 2015 at 11:54 am #

    Your review is so nice…and helpful too! I would LOOOVE to win her Book! Thanks for the chance! 🙂

  46. Karen March 9, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

    As a beginner, I’m really hesitant to try bright colors. Carolyn, thanks so much for some very encouraging ideas!

  47. Tamie March 9, 2015 at 12:45 pm #

    Love the quote about the thimble full of red!

  48. Andee McKenica March 9, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

    Agreed – color is everything. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

  49. Gill March 9, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

    I love the circles quilt!

  50. Sarah J. March 9, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

    I can’t wait to get this book in my hands- I have so much to learn!

  51. Carol Womack March 9, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

    I look forward to reading what Natalie has to say about color. I love when a really bright green is toned down by a patterned fabric that has a similar green.

  52. Kat Scott March 9, 2015 at 4:32 pm #

    Always love to explore new ideas! Thanks for participating.

  53. Leandra Grigsby March 9, 2015 at 8:23 pm #

    Hello Carolyn!!!!

    I’d LOVE to have this book — so many of my favs in there!! Hope to see ya in Lakeland sometime!


  54. Mary Ann March 9, 2015 at 8:48 pm #

    Love the projects and the quilting in this book.

  55. Carol March 9, 2015 at 8:58 pm #

    I think I really need this book.

  56. Jocelyn March 9, 2015 at 9:42 pm #

    This book looks so exciting! Love all the flash of color. Thanks!

  57. Annette S March 9, 2015 at 10:14 pm #

    Like the topics this book addresses. I can use some insight when starting another quilt. Thanks for a chance.

  58. Nancy March 9, 2015 at 10:43 pm #

    What a great variety of quilts in this book. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

  59. Beth T. March 9, 2015 at 11:50 pm #

    What a lovely review of a beautiful book, one that is already giving me a lot to think about and inspiring me to get busy creating.

  60. Susan Stanton March 10, 2015 at 12:24 am #

    The quilts that you showed us are lovely and colorful. Natalie’s book looks like a winner!

  61. Dottie March 10, 2015 at 12:52 am #

    Love the use of color in the quilts.

  62. Jayne Willis March 10, 2015 at 8:27 am #

    What an amazing book! Beautiful color and each is a standout!

  63. mary ellen peterson March 10, 2015 at 8:32 am #

    i love all color combos, the brighter the better. i struggle understanding the color wheel, it’s like math to me, my brain freezes!!! i do love that bight pink, purchased a few yards yesterday. along with bright greens, turquoises, and oranges! i’m stepping into the modern quilt world, one toe at a time.

  64. Sophie March 10, 2015 at 8:54 am #

    All the supporters of this new book make it feel like something to definitely check out.

  65. Sandra March 10, 2015 at 8:59 am #

    Thank you for the wonderful review of this book. I definitely want to pick up this book.

  66. Lisa Marie March 10, 2015 at 9:21 am #

    This looks like a great book, thanks for the chance to win!

  67. Karen in Breezy Point March 10, 2015 at 10:23 am #

    Looks like such a fun book–I love that the quilting is featured too!

  68. Donna Murdock March 10, 2015 at 10:26 am #

    Thank you for this give away. The book looks wonderful. I love what I have seen so far.

  69. Hilary Florence March 10, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

    Looks like an instructive and inspiring book

  70. sallee March 10, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

    On a color high when I read your review!

  71. Tracy in SW WA March 10, 2015 at 12:34 pm #

    The Matisse quote is perfect. I don’t know that I’ve heard it before, but it reflects my approach perfectly!

  72. nancie b March 10, 2015 at 2:04 pm #

    Love the vibrant colors on the the book’s cover, so warm and exciting. (can you tell I’m tired of looking at piles of snow?) My favorite photo was the one sorting cut squares. I could play for hours!! Would love to see how they turned out.

  73. Allison CB March 10, 2015 at 4:01 pm #

    Love the photos – so inspiring!!!

  74. janet moilanen March 10, 2015 at 5:26 pm #

    So much to learn! Love the quote!

  75. Jan Briggs March 10, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

    The selection of pictures used in your post is phenomenal. I appreciate how you related the Matisse quote to your readers,I had not thought of color in that way, but it is very true. Thank you for sharing.

  76. apple blossom March 10, 2015 at 6:49 pm #

    I love color thanks for sharing today

  77. Paula Coleman March 10, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

    I love all colors – Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

  78. Diane B March 10, 2015 at 8:40 pm #

    Carolyn, I enjoy Beyond the Reef Blog so I know I’d love the book too. Bright colors are me and the Henri Matisse quote holds so true in quilting. Thank you for sharing your insight.

  79. Karen O. March 10, 2015 at 9:23 pm #

    Love the circle quilt! Thanks for sharing the book and the opportunity to win a copy!

  80. Pamela R March 11, 2015 at 12:17 am #

    Yes color is really the fun part! Thks.

  81. charlotte m. March 11, 2015 at 5:01 am #

    Wonderful post. This looks like a great new book, and we can’t learn enough about color in our quilts.

  82. Maureen March 11, 2015 at 5:49 am #

    would love the book

  83. Deb March 11, 2015 at 8:34 am #

    I love the thimble full of red quote. Very interesting and I agree. Plus, I love the color red and I love all the quilts I’ve seen from her book. Would love to win!

  84. QuiltSue March 11, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

    i need this book to be on my bookshelf, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

  85. Sarah March 11, 2015 at 2:22 pm #

    This book sounds as amazing as the quilts in it! Thanks for the review.

  86. jackie carpenter March 11, 2015 at 9:14 pm #

    The endless possibilities of color can make quilting both a thrill and a daunting task! Sometimes I will choose a color that I don’t care for AT ALL and challenge myself to make-it-work; I’ve actually found some new favorites this way.

  87. Gene Black March 12, 2015 at 7:24 am #

    I love the circle quilt.

  88. Shiloh March 12, 2015 at 9:44 am #

    I love that quote by Matisse. This book sounds delightful and I am intrigued by her perspective on color and quilts.

  89. LYNn March 12, 2015 at 2:24 pm #

    Love reading the reviews – think I am about ready to break out of my “traditional” shell and try something modern.

  90. Susan S March 12, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

    How lucky am I that I found this blog hop book review. I love the comment about red. Thank you!

  91. Kylie March 13, 2015 at 12:16 am #

    I love that Matisse quote. I also love your fabrics. Here’s a fun pattern I’m working on with your Botanics line:

  92. Veronika March 13, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

    This book looks so great! Fingers crossed ***

  93. laura March 13, 2015 at 5:42 pm #

    would love to win this!

  94. Nicole Sender March 13, 2015 at 10:14 pm #

    Modern Twist looks like a fun book to use for inspiration!

  95. Aunt Marti March 14, 2015 at 8:43 am #

    Such a fun book — color! more color! (and BTW, Casablanca is in B/W)

  96. Rachel D March 14, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

    I bet your classes are a lot of fun playing with color! Thanks for the giveaway!


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