Last week I received a copy of the latest book by crafter Susan Beal, Sewing for All Seasons. I first “met” (online) Susan when she participated in the Kokka Layer Cake Swap that I hosted last winter. Funny story…when Susan joined the swap I must have been kind of spaced out and didn’t realize she was the author of one of the most beautiful quilting books in my library, Modern Log Cabin Quilting.
I remember sitting at my computer printing out tons of shipping labels, and seeing her name. Susan Beal. In my head I’m thinking “wait a minute. THE Susan Beal??” I ran over to her book and it clicked and I felt like such a dork (and completely star struck that she was in the swap!) A few days later, I was lucky enough to meet her in real life at Quilt Con. She is just the sweetest, most talented person!
Susan’s latest book is simply beautiful. First off, it’s hardcover, which I think just feels really nice and solid in my hands.
The photography alone is inspiring.
The book is separated into sections by season, although really you could sew any of these at anytime. The projects are all things I would make, especially as gifts. Lots of ideas that would be great for a handmade holiday – Apron, tea cozy, scarf, nesting baskets, tote bag, sun glass holder and more.
I decided I needed to make the garland for my mantel. (My husband installed a mantel for me after last Christmas and I love decorating it!
The garland was simple to make. I used my Sizzix die cutter for the circles but you don’t need one to be successful – there’s templates in the back of the book.
How cute is this? I am going to make more for Fall and have layers of them hanging up. And then more for Christmas too. Don’t you think this would also look adorable in a baby nursery?
If you happen to be in NYC, Susan is going to be at Brooklyn Craft Company this Saturday making garlands with people who stop to visit and craft. How fun is that?
If you are not lucky enough to be there, you can find a link to this project on the Chronicle Books website for free.
Would you like to win a copy of Sewing for All Seasons? Simply leave a comment and I will pick a winner Sunday evening, October 27th. Good luck everyone!
++ Closing comments and picking a winner! ++
The winner is #255, heatherly! I hope you enjoy the book as much as I do!
Thank you all for commenting and I hope you will go check out the book at your local bookshop or online.
A bit of this-and-that for you today. First, I wanted to share that I did a little interview over at Hudson Valley Quilts. There is a pattern giveaway in the post, so be sure to go check it out and enter.
I’ve still been busy working on my Arkansas Traveler quilt, but I did manage to finish the paper piecing and trimming. What a relief! I’m hoping to get the blocks sewn together this week, but I’m leaving for Quilt Market on Thursday so I’m not sure there will be time. I’ll share if I do though!
As much as I love this quilt I’m working on, and I really think the finished product will be perfect in my house, I do miss sewing with a big variety of colors. So much so that I put together a bundle for whatever is next (the photo at the top of this post). It started with ordering some fabrics and then I added from my stash. The new fabrics in the stack are from October Afternoon’s Sidewalks line and Joel Dewberry’s Bungalow line and are currently available in shops. You may also recognize some of Violet Craft’s Waterfront Park in there. She put such great stash builders into her latest line – must haves!
If any shop owners are heading to Houston this week for Quilt Market, we will be doing a Schoolhouse Session on Friday at 3:05 to show off Vintage Quilt Revival. I hope you will come check it out!
As promised, at the end of this month I’m going to begin hosting a quilt along for my Lighthouse quilt pattern. This is a fun pattern and we will spend some time talking about quilt design, fabric estimation and paper piecing. If you have never paper pieced before, please don’t be scared away. I’ve done several quilt alongs and each one has successfully created new paper piecing experts! You can do it!
Lighthouse Quilt Along Schedule
October 30 ~ Lighthouse Quilt Top Design
Explore various color ideas and quilt top sizes.
November 6 ~ Lighthouse Test Block Assembly
Make a test block to be sure you are comfortable with the amounts of fabrics used for paper piecing. This is important to do before you buy and cut your fabric for the entire quilt top.
November 13 ~ Lighthouse Block Assembly
Cut your fabric, assemble your blocks.
November 20 ~ Lighthouse Quilt Top Assembly
Put those blocks together to finish your quilt top.
If you are not able to participate at the same time I’m posting or want to work at a slower pace, no worries. The quilt along will be available on my blog as long as my blog exists. For all links and details, including badges for your blogs, click on the Lighthouse QAL tab at the top of page.
Well this is kind of fun. I just found out I’m nominated for a Craftsy Blogger Award. I think the prize is the glory of winning which is always nice, right?
So if you feel like voting, go check it out! I’m under the Quilting ~ Best Photography section (scroll down a bit once you are over there). And I’m sure you’ll see lots of other great blogs you recognize!