Can I brag? I love seeing my friends do well.

Yes, I really do want to brag. Not on me, mind, but on one of my friends. Actually, two of them. Okay, really, more like a bunch of friends, but I will keep it simple. Have I told you how happy it makes me to see my friends doing well? Honestly, few things make me happier than seeing them fly.

My friend Mary Kerr has another book out and I swear it’s her best one ever. Yes, I am bragging, and yes, I might be biased, but I’m not kidding. Entitled Twisted: Modern Quilts with a Vintage Twist, it’s right up my alley.

Mary and I first became friends over a vintage quilt, as a matter of fact, way long ago. But that’s a story for another day. I will tell you that I am not only in awe of her, but am so proud and am honored to be counted among her friends. One of the perks of our friendship was that Mary sent me a copy of this latest book for my birthday. How is that for sweet? Yes, I am blessed indeed.

True to her unique way of working, Mary has used vintage textiles (tops, blocks, fragments) and contemporary fabrics to create twenty-one Modern quilts and one pillow that are infused with vintage charm. Yes, vintage and Modern. What an incredible mix. There are twenty-two pieces in the book, each quilted by the best of the best in the longarm world.

Speaking of longarmers, and I did say I needed to brag on two friends, my buddy Kelly Cline quilted one of Mary’s pieces for the book: “Stirring the Coffee.”

Stirring the Coffee, photo (c) Kelly Cline

Mary set nine small Dresden Plate blocks assymetrically on a white ground with lots of negative space and movement. Kelly harnessed the movement by quilting it with circles around the plates and straight lines in the background. You can read more about Kelly’s side of the story here.


Actually, I’m friends with several of the quilters in the book. I say that not to brag or drop names, truly, but I say it merely to note that each and every one of them did a fabulous job with the piece they quilted. Nice job, ALL of you!

The book is definitely inspiring. I promise it will make you think twice about what to do with those old blocks you have, or the tops you see in the flea market. My friend Mary Fisher (MarySue Quilts) remarked that she was planning to work through Mary’s book, Julie & Julia style. I think that’s a grand idea! The reader will be able to use the concepts Mary presents in the book and run with them to create their own amazing quilts. Isn’t that what a great book is supposed to help us do?

Yes, mine are still awaiting their final makeover.

As for me, I will go and dig out the blocks I still have which are the other half of the set Mary used for the first quilt in the book, called “A Moment in Time.” We split these blocks several years ago, and I honestly can’t even remember where we got them anymore. I can promise you that my quilt will look nothing like Mary’s, though. She has an amazing eye and a way of seeing that I admire, and yes, envy, but just a little.



I get the better part by far: she’s one heck of a friend.

Indianapolis, 2015, I think. And yes, I believe you might call that look on my face a smirk.
  • shelly

    I recognize that look on your face! Haha! I saw an exhibit of these quilts, and loved every one of them. So I’m sure the book is fantastic. How do you find any time to read, by the way?

    • Lori East

      Well, it cuts into my sleeping time, frankly. And I read REALLY fast. But with such yummy visual inspiration, I do manage.

      Look on my face? *bats eyelashes* Can’t imagine what you mean!

  • Kelly Cline

    Thanks Lori, it is most definitely a fantastic book with great project ideas! I was tickled to be a page 😉

    • Lori East

      And “stirring the coffee!”

  • Well you should get a commission cause I ordered this book based on this blog post, and I’m quite sure I won’t be sorry. Can’t wait till it gets here!

    • Lori East

      I hope you love it–and I think you will. I am so blessed to have such amazing friends.