So far, the Falling Charms quilt has six rows sewn together and another row ready to attach to them. I also added another DPW;
I’ve also spent some time cutting some more for the flower blocks for the church quilt. We are making the Scrappy Pinwheel Flowers quilt by Cottage Quilt Designs:
We are making the king sized quilt, or we were until I decided to change the borders. As pictured above, there are three different colored borders of 3 inches finished width, beginning with the background color. It kind of looks tame for this quilt, so as of right now we are considering something more like the border on Sue Garman’s Twirly Balls and Pinwheels quilt:
I purchased the pattern (mostly because I would love to make it someday!) and will be attempting to figure out how to make a similar border for our quilt. What have I gotten myself into here?
I think I’ll go do a little hand quilting. I’m almost finished with the eighth (out of nine) superblock. Then I’ll get to move on to filling the big spaces between them. And then the borders. I know I’m not nearly finished, but I am making progress.
How about you?
This week we are looking at Modern Neutrals: A Fresh Look at Neutral Quilt Patterns by Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side, home of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. (The following image is an Amazon Affiliate link.)
Yes, that word is modern. And neutrals. And, yes, I am the person who loves bright colors. What is my excuse here? Three words – the cover quilt. I have been admiring this quilt (and therefore the book, of course) for a few months now and finally just bit the bullet and bought it. I’ve marked several quilts that I might want to make someday in the future. Maybe I’ll even do some in neutrals. Hee hee.
Okay, on to the book information. Let’s look at the book sections.
- Introduction – This is very brief! One column type of brief
- Neutrals in Your Stash – Three columns of information about choosing neutrals.
- Projects – There are fifteen of them! Jump right in! There are some notes and tips scattered throughout.
- Quiltmaking Basics .
- About the Author
So go check out the Look Inside at Amazon to see more of the quilts from this book!
Over the past week or so, a lot has happened in the basement/studio! I have been knocking out a few Disappearing Pinwheel blocks and sewing together the first 6 rows (well, maybe it’s the last 6, since I started at the bottom of the design wall) of the Falling Charms quilt as I go.
Here are the most recent DPWs:
Stack of pinwheels waiting their turn.
On Wednesday, Carolyn and Amy came over to help prepare fabric for the church quilt. Amy did her favorite pressing job, I did the cutting, and Carolyn did the sorting and bagging (which Amy also helped with once the pressing was done). We got all of the block kits prepared for the pinwheel blocks for the church quilt and got a pretty good start on the flower blocks. Tonight I wrote up the directions for the pinwheel blocks, so I’ll start handing those out tomorrow at church. Here’s the pinwheel block (not all of the greens are these colors):
I spent about four hours today downstairs making DPWs, sewing Falling Charms blocks together, sewing the green pinwheel together, and making 10 more pinwheels for future DPWs. Then I spent some time this evening doing some hand quilting on the wedding quilt, so I have started March-a-long with a bang.
I’m later than I like to be in getting this posted which is ridiculous because I spent all weekend telling myself to get this post written and scheduled! What a slacker!
If you see anything about new books and have read many of my posts about appliqué, maybe you expected this already. Today we are looking at Patchwork Plus: Easy One-Block Quilts with Seasonal Appliqué by Geralyn J. Powers.
I say this, of course, because I have admitted that I am a big fan of patchwork and appliqué together in one quilt. And I absolutely adore the cover quilt! Actually, there are several quilts in here that I can picture myself making. But I’m a little bit ahead of myself. Let’s look at the sections in this book before I get too carried away.
- Fabric Selection – only 1 1/12 pages so not very detailed.
- Basic Quiltmaking Techniques – focuses more on specific skills for the quilts in this book than really basic skills.
- Projects – There are nine of them, and I can picture myself making almost all of them or using some the appliqué patterns from all of them in something. Yes, I’m a fan.
- About the Author
So, you may have noticed that I like this book. Yep. You can see many of the projects in the Look Inside if you follow the Amazon Affiliate link above. Yep, I highly recommend this book for the projects!
Yesterday (well, all weekend really) was the Presidents’ Day Sew-In in Twilterworld. I didn’t do as much as I would have liked, but I spent time on three of the days working on this:
Still a long way to go on this, but I’m almost done with the Super Block stitch in the ditch quilting. Then I will get a little fancier.
I also put together this Disappearing Pinwheel:
and sewed together a row of Falling Charms while I was at it. (Thanks for the suggestion, Jackie!) And I have another Disappearing Pinwheel and row of Falling Charms all ready to sew, but that just didn’t happen. Maybe as my reward after I file months worth of paperwork today.
What have you been up to?
So, I’ve spent several months just kind of moving along in several areas without really being excited about sewing/quilting. I’ve made progress on the paper piecing of my eldest daughter’s Christmas tree skirt. (Haven’t started the one for the youngest daughter and her hubby yet.) I started the Falling Charms quilt and the Disappearing Pinwheel. I signed up for the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM at the Fat Quarter Shop. I did a little stitching (and a lot of reading) in preparation for learning to machine appliqué. I fell in love with another BOM that would utilize both piecing and machine appliqué, but I haven’t yet signed up for that one. (Available here or here or here. And if we really want to confess something, I would love to make this kit and maybe even a couple of others, but I don’t usually like kits. And we’ve gotten started on the church quilt for this year, but that is not entirely on me.
So what’s missing from all of these things? Finishes! Where is the mojo for actually completing something? Does someone have a shot of that that they could send me? Please! Before I start something else that I may or may not regret starting!
Yep, we are back to appliqué this week with The Modern Appliqué Workbook: Easy Invisible Zigzag Method 11 Quilts to Round Out Your Skills by Jenifer Dick. (Yes, that is an Amazon Affiliate link, in case you want to help support this blog.)
I know there has recently been a blog hop for this book, so you may already know quite a bit about it, but since Connecting Threads recently had a book sale, you get my review also! For whatever it is worth.
Having recently been reading many appliqué books, I sort of feel like an appliqué book expert. (Note: I did not say an appliqué expert. So far, as you know, I’ve just been reading them and trying out machine stitches.) This is an excellent resource with simple, well-illustrated directions. It is a great resource book and includes the following sections:
- Introduction: My Journey to Modern Appliqué – a familiar story to me!
- Part I: Invisible Zigzag Appliqué – excellently described as are the next two sections
- Part II: Alternatives to Invisible Zigzag Appliqué
- Part III: Advanced Preparation Techniques
- Part IV: Finishing the Appliqué Quilt – I liked the fact that she points out that an overall quilting pattern diminishes the effect of the appliqué
- Part V: The Projects – very modern looking
Now, if you’ve been here before you know that I am not a fan of wonky blocks or patterns, so I have to confess here that the project designs are more modern than I am. I may use some of her shape templates, but I cannot picture myself making any of these quilts, except maybe Star Bright. So for me, the value of this book is in the appliqué instructions, which are well worth the cost of the book.
This Monday we are looking at Tile Quilt Revival: Reinventing a Forgotten Form by Carol Gilham Jones & Bobbi Finley. This book is available also as in Kindle form. The link below is an Amazon Affiliate link, and you can look inside this book at Amazon.com.
I must admit that I did not know that there was such a thing as tile quilts until I was attracted to this book by its cover. (Yes, sometimes I do judge a book by its cover.) Apparently, however, there are, and this book starts out (after an introduction by Barbara Brackman) with “A Brief History of Tile Quilts.” Yes, there are pictures!
In the next section, the authors tell us “How to Make a Tile Quilt.” Spoiler alert: This ideally involves needle-turn appliqué, although they do have machine and fusible appliqué directions also. (This is good because we know how likely I am to try needle-turn appliqué!) The directions have many illustrations and extra tips and notes. They appear to be quite thorough.
The next section contains the 7 projects. Of these, Lotus, Starry Orange Peel, and All in a Dream are my favorites.
The final sections are “Gallery of Contemporary Tile Quilts,” “Celebration of Collaboration,” and “About the Authors.” Finally, there are large tear out pattern sheets in the back of the book.
I found this book interesting. I don’t know that when I first saw the book I would have guessed that these were all appliqué quilts. I like the look of them, but I’m not sure how likely I am to make one. On the other hand, I am working on learning to machine appliqué, so maybe I will. And I do like the concept of appliqué on a background and leaving space between the appliqué pieces to be the grout, so who knows.
Yes, it is 10:30 PM on Friday as I type this so it will be barely Friday when I post this in my time zone. But the title works so well!
I just wanted to drop a couple of suggestions on you if you are looking for movies or books to read.
First the movies. We saw three in the last couple of weeks, all of which I recommend highly to any interested parties. Two of the movies are Oscar contenders, Her and 12 Years a Slave. Her is one of the most creative and original movies I’ve seen in a while and all the performances were awesome. And 12 Years a Slave also has some amazing performances.
The third movie is not actually widely available yet. We saw it as part of the Sundance USA festival in Ann Arbor. It is called Infinitely Polar Bear and is based on the writer/director’s childhood with a bi-polar father. (It is tough in parts but not the kind of downer you might expect from that description.) As we saw it as part of the Sundance Festival, there was an interview and question and answer period with the director (done via Skype because, unfortunately, she was ill and couldn’t make the trip to Ann Arbor) who made it very clear how personal this was for her. Mark Ruffalo (who I like very much in almost everything) plays the dad and Zoe Saldana plays the mom.
The fiction (which I tried to read as slowly as possible and savor it) is Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen. I love the touch of magic in her books. Nice, comfortable quick read. And now, sob, I have to wait for her next book.
Below are the Amazon Affiliate links for the movies and book that are available or available for pre-order on Amazon.com.
And the book on which it is based:
There is nothing (other than a poster) available yet for Infinitely Polar Bear since it hasn’t been released to theaters yet.
There is also a free Kindle short story that introduces Kate one of the main characters in the book:
Read, watch and quilt on!
Books on Monday is back! Sorry for the two week hiatus. I just haven’t been buying books, so I guess I haven’t been very motivated to write book reviews.
This week’s review is for the hand quilter in me. It’s That Perfect Stitch: The Secrets of Fine Hand Quilting by Dierdra A. McElroy.
This book covers EVERYTHING! In detail. I have not yet finished reading it, but that is because I’m trying things out as I go along. Right now I’m at the needles section. I am learning SOOOOOOO MUCH!
This is the second edition of the book. It was updated in 2011, so most of the information is fairly up to date.
These are the chapters in this book:
- Dedication, Acknowledgements, Preface & Introduction
- Frames and Hoops
- Other Helpful Aids
- The Quilting Stitch
- Quilting Techniques
- Quilting Designs
- Taking Care of Handmade Quilts
- Questions and Answers, The Lesson Plan, Resources, Quilting Designs
I have sort of grouped together the introductory sections and the last sections in order to save some time.
As I mentioned before, this is a very thorough book. If you have ever wanted to learn hand quilting or improve your hand quilting, I highly recommend this book. Highly. Go for it!