After my mini foray into patchwork recently a friend leant me Contemporary Quilts by Sandra Meech.
This book gives a introduction into contemporary quilt making. The blurb describes it as "as an essential too for quilters and textiles artists who want to break away from traditional designs... " It focusses on the artistic side of quilt making rather than the basic principles of traditional quilting and gives a good insight into how to plan and develop a contemporary quilt.
The first part of the book discusses where to get inspiration for your quilt, looking at areas such as elements of the natural world , architecture or even emotions and experience and also touches upon how you can use your own photographs or images to inspire your pieces. It then moves on to discuss how to create different surfaces to use within your work before discussing composition and colour principles.
I especially like the areas where it shows you how to take you own original art work and apply this onto your quilt.