Beyond Neutral - Quilts Inspired by Nature’s Elements is one of the first quilt books that I’ve come across that explains in plain language and images what a “modern quilt” is. It’s very hard to nail down the exact description of modern quilts, but I believe the author of this publication, John Q. Adams has done just that.
Interestingly John has not been a traditional quilter, nor has he been exposed to the many traditional “rules and practices” that abound from many hundreds of years of traditional quilting. So John just brings to the table what he sees as the enjoyable art of making quilts.
This book is focused on the colour of Nature’s Elements, and John uses the colours of nature as his background or backdrops for his unique and very clever designs. I like every one of the quilts in this book. I particularly like the way John has taken the time to describe the inspiration behind each quilt, and also the clear instructions and accompanying diagrams and photographs that make this book very, very user friendly.
John definitely has an eye for colour, and uses the subtle range of grayed tones to work with. The designs look simply stunning, yet are not overly difficult to achieve.
The quilt patterns in this book are very modern – lots of negative space, geometric shapes and solid colours. I really like that John isn’t shackled by the rules that govern quilting with stripes or directional fabrics. John just slots these into his creations, without fuss or fanfare, and yet these designs are very aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
Once again Martingale has shown their professional capability in publishing a very unique quilting book, and one that will please any quilter who is looking for the “edge” to their quilts.
I would recommend this publication be a permanent resident on all quilter’s library shelves.