Category — Books / Magazines
Happy Monday everyone! As I type this, I’m sitting in a very quiet house. Last week, for the first time in almost 8 years, both kids went to school at the same time. Although I obviously knew it was coming, it’s so weird. So now I’m plotting and cleaning and stitching and beginning to think about this new chapter. (And the kids area absolutely loving school and their new teachers.)
Today I’m excited to share with you a new quilting book, sent to me by Dana Bolyard of Old Red Barn, Co. ~ Imagine Quilts : 11 Patterns from Everyday Inspirations. Dana is a hugely talented quilter and as soon as I saw the beautiful quilt on the cover of her new book, I knew I needed to get my hands on it.
Imagine Quilts is 64 pages and contains 11 quilt patterns. The patterns are sorted into 4 sections: “be inspired by your stash”, “use techniques in new ways”, “look around”, and “break the rules”. There is a 1 page introduction and then Dana jumps into the patterns.
I love the idea of being inspired by your stash. Many of us are a bit of fabric collectors…sometimes even forgetting what we have buried under the piles. Dana talks about pulling fabric, making piles, and seeing where that leads you.
Imagine Quilts not only has very in depth patterns…
But also even shows alternative layouts with one of the blocks.
The “Zip It!” quilt is one of my favorites. I just look at it and think “how did she do that??”
I also love the “Princess Crowns” quilt and Dana’s ideas on working with Dresden Plates. This quilt would be fun in a huge range of colors.
Each pattern that requires templates has them printed in the book, to scale. All you need to do is make copies – I don’t believe I saw any that required enlarging (which is always nice!). The end of the book contains 6 pages of terms, tools and tips and tricks.
I hope you will check out Imagine Quilts and also be inspired by the patterns inside!
August 25, 2014 20 Comments
This week I started cutting into some of my Cotton + Steel fabric for a new project. Next month I’m going to be participating in a blog hop celebrating Angela Pingel’s new book, A Quilter’s Mixology: Shaking Up Curved Piecing. I thought it would be fun today to show you a bit about her book, as well as the start of my project. You’ll have to wait about 5 weeks to see the finish!
A Quilter’s Mixology is a quilting book of 16 projects centered around the Drunkard’s Path Block. I think every quilter probably has his or her strengths, things that come easiest to them. For me, it’s Foundation Paper Piecing. It’s like second nature and I really find my rhythm when I’m sewing.
Curved piecing is not one of my strengths. I don’t really sew curves often, so when I do I have a bit of anxiety, worry about my cuts, worry about lining everything up properly. Stitch reeeeeaaaaalllly slowly. This is one of the reasons I was so excited to receive Angela’s book. The entire premise is challenging to me.
Angela starts off her book with a bit of history (yay!) on the Drunkard’s Path block (4 pages). She then spends 8 pages going over the important technique stuff – templates, cutting, stitching the curves, and then stitching the blocks together. She also reviews some common problems you may run into when sewing curves and how to fix them. To me, this was a “must read” chapter of the book. Next is 8 pages on color, fabric and thread with lots of really beautiful photo inspiration.
After that Angela jumps into the 16 projects. They range from pillows to 100″+ inch quilts. These patterns are not only beautiful, but have very detailed instructions. In fact, the first time I was flipping through this book, I was really shocked (in a good way!) at the amount of detail put into the directions.
I have some favorites of course!
Orange Twist Quilt by Angela Pingel, A Quilter’s Mixology
Medallion Baby Quilt by Angela Pingel, A Quilter’s Mixology
I’ve just started working on the pattern above, Angela’s Petal Pusher Quilt. When I first decided to make it, I didn’t really look at the finished size. (Mental note: Always look at the finished quilt size – ha!) It’s huge! 106″ x 106″ Each block is 24″.
I will probably make 4 blocks for my quilt. I’m using Cotton + Steel fabrics with a couple other prints mixed in where needed. Angela’s sample quilt in the pattern used directional prints, so I decided to try my hand at that as well.
These blocks are large but actually very easy to put together. I worked on this for 2 mornings (2 hours each) and 1 afternoon (also 2 hours), and cut out 4 blocks and pieced 2 together.
For the curves, the book comes with a fold out template sheet in the back. I just traced my templates onto some scrap paper – nothing fancy here! Works like a charm.
I can’t wait to share this one with you next month during the blog hop. And I hope you will check out A Quilter’s Mixology and try your hand at some modern interpretations of this classic block.
August 6, 2014 15 Comments
A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making in the mail. I finally had some time yesterday to sit down and look through the book…and I’m very excited by what I saw!
Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making is a collection of 10 “Workshops” (or chapters) that cover everything from Color to Curves to Improvisational Piecing to Quilting. Check out the chapter listing.
Each workshop begins with an expert spending between 4 and 12 pages talking about their subject.
These lessons are then followed by a pattern that is based on their topic. I love this quilt by Kari Vojtechovsky in her Principles of Color Design Workshop.
There are a lot of names I know and respect in this book – Jacquie Gering teaching The Alternate Grid…
Denyse Schmidt teaching Improvisational Patchwork…
Penny Layman teaching Paper Piecing…
Angela Walters teaching Modern Quilting…
The end of the book contains A Study of 50 Modern Quilts, starting off with one of my favorite examples of Modern Traditionalism by Victoria Findlay Woolfe, Double Edged Love.
Each page has a grouping of quilts, organized by design and color.
And the reason I received this book early, my This Way, That Way quilt was included!
Although I haven’t made any patterns from this book yet, I really enjoyed digging into it yesterday. I think Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making would be an awesome resource for quilt guild libraries, as well as home libraries. If you are interested in Modern Quilting techniques, I highly recommend checking it out.
July 9, 2014 20 Comments
Sometimes I make a quilt and have to wait a bit of time to share it with you, due to publication schedules. Well, when I went on my computer to grab the photos for this post, I noticed they were taken almost a year ago to the day. It’s been a long wait! I’m pretty happy to share this quilt with you though, named Holland Mills, as I just found out it’s on the cover of Australians Quilter’s Companion’s new magazine, Quilts for Today.
When I first designed this quilt, I knew I wanted to use fabric from Bonnie & Camille’s Happy Go Lucky collection. I used those colors as my base and added in a few coordinating prints outside the collection. I just love these colors!
This quilt pattern uses paper pieced blocks placed on point and off centered. The finished quilt is 60″ x 70″. The backing is a beautiful yellow floral stripe, also from Happy Go Lucky. I kind of joke that this sort of design is great for when you want to make a quilt, but don’t want to make 100 blocks. But you can also have a lot of fun with the negative space. The background fabric would look awesome as a dark solid, or how about a tiny dot?
If you are super lucky and live in Australia, I believe this magazine is just arriving in shops. If you happen to live elsewhere and are interested in the magazine, you can buy a digital version online here (which I just tested out and was very easy).
** Note: Someone asked me where to find the paper piecing template once you download the magazine. Since it was a little tricky to find, I thought I’d share! On the “Contents” page at the beginning of the magazine, there is a box at the top that says “Pattern Sheets”. Click on the link in that box and it takes you to a website. From the black header bar on the website, click again on “Pattern Sheets” and select the magazine. There you can download the template. **
Oh, and there’s even a little profile article about me in the magazine…if anyone is interested in that sort of thing (like my mom – ha). I hope you will check out the new magazine though, it’s full of great patterns and profiles!
June 25, 2014 49 Comments