Books on Monday – Mi Amor Legacy Appliqué

Today we are looking at a book that I’ve avoided for awhile, but I finally caved and bought it. Today’s book is Mi Amor Legacy Appliqué by Margarete Heinisch. The link below is, as usual, an Amazon Associate link which will help to support this blog.

The appliqué in this book is amazing! The embellishment of the appliqué blocks is stunning, too. I am in awe of Ms. Heinisch’s accomplishment. I’m pretty sure I will never attempt to duplicate it, nor should I (or could I – I don’t have that much patience!). But if you like Baltimore Album types of quilts, this book is worth a look.

Ms. Heinisch designed and made the quilt in this book for her daughter and son-in-law in celebration of their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. She designed it with symbols that have meaning to them, making it a very personal quilt. Yes, many of the blocks are universal in nature, but it would seem too much like I was making someone else’s quilt if I tried them (after undergoing a personality transplant that would enable me to do such awesome and amazing work, that is). But, oh, I’d love to see this in person and spend hours staring at it!

Remember, I am not an appliqué quilter. I admire appliqué greatly, but so far I have been too big a wimp to try it. Maybe that influences how I feel about this book. I do appreciate Ms. Heinisch’s generosity in sharing this quilt and these blocks with us. I just don’t picture myself making them.

The book starts with a picture of the full quilt opposite the Table of Contents. (Yes, it took me several minutes to even look at the Table of Contents, because I was enjoying the quilt so much.) Here’s what follows in the book:

  • The Inspiration You Know – the Inspiration I Sew – This section describes how the quilt came to be.
  • General Instructions – This includes the fabric requirements for the quilt, additional supplies needed, fabric shortcuts, reverse appliqué, embroidery stitches, ways to make stems and more. It is not instructions for making a quilt in general, but let’s be real – no beginner in their right mind would attempt this as a first quilt.
  • The Blocks – There are 16 of them. The author describes the meaning behind each one in addition to adding the necessary information to make them. (There is a CD-ROM in the back of the book with the appliqué pieces to be printed.
  • Flowers and Their Meanings – These are listed by block.
  • About the Author

So check it out if only to look at the beautiful blocks.

Quilt on!

Weekend Update

Yeah, I’m about 45 minutes away from Saturday Night LIve (and bedtime), but I thought I’d just mention a little bit that got done this weekend and last.

First, last weekend. The Tumbler Quilt for my son-in-law’s birthday gift got finished. Yay! I don’t have an excellent picture because it is pretty long (son-in-law is tall) and since it hasn’t yet been delivered, no one here is tall enough to really hold it up well. Here is what I have though:

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Here it is sort of styling on a chair, and below is the quilt being held up by my husband.

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These are masculine looking colors, but my son-in-law’s favorite color is purple. I did a scrappy binding from batik jelly roll strips and snuck in a couple with purple along with the greens and browns.

I just machine quilted around the tumblers so it is nice and puffy. I also took it to my most LQS to enter it in the UFO finishing contest. Now I just need to deliver it to my son-in-law.

I sort of avoided the sewing room for lots of this week. Next up for every project I’m working on was cutting, and we all know how I hate cutting. But today I got down there and worked on Jinny Beyer’s Craftsy BOM. Not only did I have fabric to cut, but I had to make templates and use them. Here they are:

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Once I cut all the reserve fabrics and the first block I decided that (unlike Jinny Beyer) I would piece this one on my machine. I already have two quilts I’m working on hand piecing, so I didn’t think I needed to add another one. So I’m all caught up on this BOM, and here is the finished block:IMG_2526

So, that is all I got done today. I’m hoping to work on cutting Scrap in a Box, a mystery quilt, and piecing the first step. I’m also 3 blocks behind on the Fat Quarter Shop 2014 Designer Mystery BOM, so I’d like to get those all pieced by the time the next one comes in February. Sigh.

And I’d like to get back to some hand quilting. I guess I’d better

Quilt on!

Books on Monday – Handfuls of Scraps

Is it mean that I’m reviewing this book that is apparently difficult to find new even though it has a 2014 copyright? I don’t care! I’m going to review it anyway!

Today we are looking at Handfuls of Scraps – Pieced Into Amazing Quilts by Edyta Sitar. It is only available from third party sellers on Amazon, but you can get it at her website with no problem. This probably has to do with the fact that it is self-published.

I’m an Edyta Sitar fan, I love her fabrics and her patterns and someday I will really make one. Honest. I have the Craftsy class that she teaches, Garden of Quilted Possibilities (w/ Edyta Sitar) (yeah, that link is through my affiliate status), and I purchased the fabric kit and I plan to actually do it someday. But I digress.

This book starts with pictures of antique scrap quilts. Very inspirational. All full page pictures. Eye candy galore.

The next section is her techniques section. The part that stood out to me here is that she covered Broderie Appliqué, which I don’t usually see covered in books.

The final section (except for the About the Author) is the collection of patterns. All of which I marked as possibilities, although my versions will probably be made of brighter colors. Yep, I’m a fan.

So, yes, I recommend this book. It’s a keeper for me.

Quilt on!

Frustration

This is just a brief complaining post. You can skip it if you like. Honest. You won’t miss much.

Apparently I didn’t mention this at the time, but two years ago when I made matching quilts in different colors for my daughters (you can find pictures here), my machine jumped around while I was using my walking foot. I blamed it on the new (Aurifil) thread I was using and decided I could piece just fine with that thread, but quilting with it was out.

Fast forward to last night while I was using my walking foot to quilt my son-in-law’s birthday quilt. The jumping around started again. And I was not using Aurifil!

I rethreaded the machine. I changed the needle. I changed the bobbin. I took the walking foot off and put it back on. I fiddled with the tension. It still jumped. The walking foot was making a clackety noise when jumping around, so I took it off and put on an all-purpose foot.

It worked like a dream. My machine had no trouble feeding the three layers through evenly and the stitches looked gorgeous. Hmmm! I may never use that walking foot again, but I will have it looked at next time my machine goes in for a tune-up. Who knows? Maybe it is horribly defective or I’ve bent something or….

Quilt on!

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Quilt on!

Books on Monday – Sew Necessary

Maybe I’m cheating a little this week, but I did mention in my post about my goodie bag from The Quilt Bear that this book might show up here, so I thought I’d take care of that right now. Yes, this week we are looking at Sew Necessary from Art to Art by Nancy Halvorsen.

I will confess that I don’t make a lot of little things – I’m a big quilt kind of girl. Having said that, there are a lot of cute patterns in this book for seasonal items like Scissor Fobs (featuring a flower or Santa or a with or a bee or an angel or a goose) and Pin Cushions (pumpkin or Frankenstein or peppermint or pine trees or flower or song birds. This also contains patterns for Needle Books, Thread Catchers, Project Tote Bags, a Wall Organizer and a Sewing Basket.

In most cases, there is a basic pattern that can be changed with different appliqués to change the look of it. They are adorable. Maybe this is where I should start my appliqué career. The Posy Pin Cushion and the Peppermint Pincushion may well be calling my name.

So check this one out and

Quilt on!

Some catching up on a Friday Night

Last weekend, Nonnie introduced me to 2015 Craftsy Block of the Month (w/ Jinny Beyer). Now the coolest thing about this is that this is free – unless, of course, you buy the fabric kit. Did I need the fabric kit for this? Umm, have you seen my basement? But it was on sale & I really like the pictured version of the quilt so:

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And here are the beautiful Jinny Beyer fabrics that were in that package:

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If you are interested in joining those of us who are doing this BOM, chat with us on Twitter or join the Flickr Group for the BOM.

Now on to other things that are happening around this frozen part of the world.

Today I finally got myself in hand and basted and started quilting this quilt for my son-in-law’s birthday (which is today, so, yes, it will be late).

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Last week when I was sewing the last of the rows onto the quilt, I had an epiphany. I have been incredibly stupid for something like seven years now! Really! I kid you not. Here’s why (don’t look at the dirt under the desk, that’s not it!):

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Have you figured it out yet? When I purchased this desk at Target around seven or eight years ago (but we’ll say seven so I don’t feel quite as stupid), I put my sewing machine on the left end of the desk. Why did I do that? I HAVE NO IDEA! It is probably something so simple as the fact that every other desk in this house has a set of drawers down the right side. Anyway, in this case, it has made my life (or at least my sewing life) much more difficult for the last few years. I could have had lots more space to the left of my machine if I’d only done this in the first place:

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Yep, there’s now some room on the desk for the quilt to rest as I quilt it. Or for most of the top to rest as I piece. And did I mention how stupid I feel for not having thought of this before?

My other big excitement of the week is the arrival of this:

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I so appreciate the fact that I could purchase this whole book from The Fat Quarter Shop without having to buy the fabric too. I’m pretty sure I can do most of this from batiks I have in my stash. The background maybe not so much but most of the rest of the quilt. I need to finish some things so I can start some new ones!!!!

What have you been up to?

Quilt on!

Books on Monday – A Paper-Pieced Garden

Books on Monday is back! For our first book of the new year, we are looking at A Paper-Pieced Garden: 27 Mix-and-Match Blocks Plus Unique Quilts by Maaike Bakker and Francoise Maarse.

We all know that I have been avoiding appliqué for years! Well, some of the paper-pieced flowers in this book can protect me from having to ever learning to appliqué! (Well, technically some of these designs include some appliqué for the stems and leaves and other details.) But I digress. This isn’t about me.

The book begins with an Introduction with a little bit of information about the authors. Next comes a page long discussion of Color and Fabric, followed by several pages each on Paper Piecing, Constructing the Quilt, Adding Appliqués, and Finishing the Quilt. The Projects section contains seven garden-themed projects. After this comes a Gallery of Quilts containing pictures of seven quilts also made with the block patterns. Then come the Block Patterns, 28 different paper-pieced flowers, animals, cherries, mushrooms, and vases that you can use to design your own quilts. Next are the Appliqué Patterns (mostly leaves and stems) followed by Triangle Patterns and Quilting Designs. The last section is About the Authors.

These blocks are gorgeous designs and I can see myself using them in projects, even if not the exact projects in the book. For me, this book is a real keeper!

Quilt on!

Sunday Stuff

I have been working on some quilty types of stuff. Honest. Some is even part of my quilty resolutions.

I completed the tumbler quilt top and pieced the backing for it. No new pictures though.

I also completed Block 7 of the 2012 Designer Mystery BOM. Here it is unpressed:

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And here it is nicely pressed sitting on the design wall:

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I also trimmed some sashing pieces for the American Beauty BOM, but I haven’t taken any pictures of those.

And I cut the Block 8s for both the 2011 & 2012 Designer Mystery BOMs. Those are ready for me to start working on piecing by hand sometime soon.

And here is a little humor for Sunday. My DH received this t-shirt from some close friends today at church:

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We have funny friends!

Quilt on!

 

2015 Quilty Resolutions

Sandy of the Quilting for the Rest of Us podcast & blog is urging us to choose one thing we’ve wanted to do or learn for a very long time and use that as our quilty resolution, with an optional addition of a word for the year, so I will address those two things first. Then, of course, I will add some of my own because I feel the need to do that!

My one thing is free motion quilting. I know I’ve wanted to work on that and learn to feel comfortable with it ever since I realized I am beginning to get arthritis in my hands. I have had free motion quilting on my resolution lists for many years and have taken classes in person and on Craftsy, but I never seem to do it. So, there’s that.

I am stealing my one word from the author Marie Bostwick, although she gave me permission so I guess that doesn’t count as stealing. My word for this year is attuned. I want to be attuned to so much on so many levels. Attuned to the moods and feelings of my family. Attuned to my quilts and what they are trying to tell me about next steps to take with them. Attuned to that still small voice of God speaking to me in my Bible study and prayer life (and daily life). Attuned to the world around me and the opportunities to help and appreciate everyone and everything. So, yes, attuned is my word for 2015.F

Now that I’ve done that, let me tell you about my own other quilty resolutions for this new year.

  1. I am going to finish the American Beauty BOM by my birthday at the end of May. Really! It’s a done deal. I’m even going to enter it in my LQS UFO contest so maybe it will actually be completed by March!
  2. I am going to complete at least one other BOM from the following list:
    1. 2009 Designer Mystery BOM
    2. 2011 Designer Mystery BOM
    3. 2012 Designer Mystery BOM
    4. 2014 Designer Mystery BOM
  3. Once I feel a bit confident with the aforementioned free motion quilting, I am going to complete my oldest UFO. (I don’t have pictures of this yet so I can’t include them.)
  4. I am going to begin at least one of the two projects for which I have been collecting special fabrics. I won’t be able to post pictures of one of them until completion and gifting. Sorry.
  5. I am going to complete the deconstruction of my wedding gown. I began this in order to give my daughter some lace for her wedding bouquet and decided I wanted to save all of the little lace pieces but it has been sitting around for awhile, waiting for me to finish.

I will put a section for an abbreviated version of these in the sidebar as soon as possible.

Books on Monday will be back on Monday!

Quilt on!