Books on Monday – All Points Patchwork

Here is another book on English Paper Piecing. This sure makes it look as if I’m thinking of trying my hand at it, doesn’t it. Don’t hold your breath. But I may try something that looks very like EPP. Anyway, back to today’s review.

Today’s book is All Points Patchwork: English Paper Piecing beyond the Hexagon for Quilts & Small Projects by Diane Gilleland. And, yes, that link below is an Amazon Affiliate link. I have to pay for overseas shipping somehow!

This is a beautiful book. It is the most thorough book I have yet read on how to do various shapes of EPP. The uses the author finds for EPP shapes and rosettes or flowers or stars is very inspiring. Which is her point in writing this book. There are no directions for specific projects, but there is lots of inspiration. And lots of information about how to actually do the process of EPP.  I am very happy to own this, even if I do not plan to really do any EPP in the near future.

Here is what you can find in this book, along with many pictures, of course:

  • Hello, EPP! (This is an introduction to both the book and EPP.)
  • Chapter 1: Tools and Materials
  • Chapter 2: Basic Techniques
  • Chapter 3: Building Your Own EPP Patterns (I find this one very exciting!)
  • Chapter 4: Working with Hexagons
  • Chapter 5: Working with Diamonds and Jewels
  • Chapter 6: Working with Triangles and Tumblers
  • Chapter 7: Working with Octagons and Pentagons
  • Chapter 8: Working with Curved Shapes
  • Resources
  • Acknowledgments
  • Sample EPP Templates
  • Index

This is not a short book. (224 pages.) It is not full of projects. Make sure you understand this so that you are not disappointed like the only one star review of this book on Amazon.com. But if you want to become an EPP pro, this book will not disappoint you.

Quilt on!

My Scary Brain

No this is not a post about me sliding into Alzheimer’s or having psycho-killer urges, I promise. It is just about…. Well, read on and find out!

Back in May, Jaye (artquiltmaker) wrote a post which she called Dream Projects #5. Now, I suppose that I have read the other 4 Dream Projects posts as well, but apparently when I read this one, I was running with it in my own mind. All I could think with the number of Dream Projects Jaye had listed was, “I’m not the only one whose list is this long (or longer)!” While that reassured me a little, it made me fear for the relatives of all of the rest of the quilters with this problem.

That being said, here is my list of Dream Projects (or at least a few of them).

Two Jen Kingwell patterns – The Gypsy Wife and Green Tea and Sweet Beans. I own both patterns already and have been gathering the leftover scraps from the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM for The Gypsy Wife. It will require other colors also, but that’s the start. Green Tea and Sweet Beans will require being comfortable with appliqué, so that will require learning.

Elizabeth Hartman’s Aviatrix Medallion but not in solids. I’m thinking stunning batiks for this one! I am not a solids girl so much.

Jaybird Quilts’ Gravity quilt, also not in solids. I think I have enough batiks to make this one too! I stocked up on grays at a Hancock’s of Paducah sale.

Then there are the Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorials I want to do!  The Illusion Block Quilt is at the top of the list since I already have everything I need to complete one or two! I don’t think I’ll name other names here. It’s enough to say there are a lot of them.

Then there are the three very special super secret quilts for which I’ve been hunting and gathering fabric for several years now. I really want to get on them, but I haven’t finished designing them yet.

And I want to make a Scrapitude and a Playing with 9-Patches quilt designed by Charlotte Hawkins. I already own both patterns, and I certainly have plenty of scraps!

And then there is almost every quilt that Judy Martin has ever designed.

And La Passacaglia quilt and many others from the Millefiori Designs books.

And I ordered the Full Bloom quilt kit from Hancock’s of Paducah.

See. This is getting out of hand.

Because I still have so much to finish! Aaaaaargh!!!!!

See why my brain is scary. Sigh.

Quilt on!

Life Is Full of Tough Choices, Isn’t It?

Yes, I am quoting Ursula from the Disney movie “The Little Mermaid.” We do that often around here. (“The Little Mermaid” is one of the eight movies you have to see to be a real Firestone.) Why am I quoting Ursula? Because I’m having trouble making a choice on sashing colors for my Scrap in a Box quilt. Here are some of the fabrics I have tried starting with an overall look at my Scrap in a Box blocks on the design wall:

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Below is gold Fairy Frost. I don’t like the gold and I actually don’t really think the Fairy Frost idea works in this quilt – which is something you won’t read from me very often. Fairy Frost is my fave!IMG_2759

Below here is a brownish Fairy Frost. We all know I don’t like brown. I’m thinking I bought this one because it reminded me of Coca Cola.

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Here is a lavender Fairy Frost.IMG_2765

Then I got dramatic and tried black. I don’t hate it but…IMG_2768

This is a goldish yellow, and it is a definite no!IMG_2770

Deep purple.IMG_2771

Deep royal blueIMG_2773

A lighter yellowIMG_2774

An orangey pinkIMG_2775

A lighter yellowIMG_2777

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White, which I expected to like better than I do.IMG_2782

To be honest, I ruled out all the Fairy Frost because I think this quilt needs the slight calming of a solid. I like the deep purple and the red and a couple of the lighter yellows. So, opinions anyone?

Quilt on!

 

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M.I.A.

Yep, I’ve been missing in action for a while now. I wish I could say that I’ve been quilting so much that I didn’t have time for anything else. But no, that is not what it was. My lovely, sweet mother-in-law passed away almost two weeks ago, at the ripe old age of ninety-one. Dementia is a horrible disease, and we are all happy that she is no longer suffering from it. (If you want to read one of the best descriptions of grief I’ve read in a long time, I highly recommend chapter nine of Marie Bostwick’s novel The Second Sister.) It has been a busy two weeks, but we are now in recovery mode after a very awesome memorial service yesterday. I expect the groggy drugged feeling to continue for three or four days here.

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Before that, I was blessed to be able to assemble a couple of very special projects for a couple of Twilter friends. (In case you’ve never heard of Twilters – a term coined by Very Lazy Daisy – we are quilters on Twitter – come join us!)

First, was Katie’s quilt. Katie blogs and podcasts at Katie’s Quilting Corner. Katie went through a health ordeal a couple of months back (you can hear her podcast about it here), and, as we Twilters tend to do, we made her a quilt. I offered to collect the blocks and assemble it & (after some back and forth between Daisy of Very Lazy Daisy fame and Pam of Hip to Be a Square) Daisy quilted it, added the binding and mailed it. Here is what it looked like when it left me:IMG_2658

Daisy tweeted a close-up of the quilting:

Quilting on Katie's Stars!

And Tina of Weezy Works podcast made this awesome label (yes, I stole this picture and the next one from Katie’s Quilting Corner’s Facebook Page and, yes, that’s Katie in the picture):

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And here is the whole quilt with Katie:

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Now, if you have been reading this blog or looking at pictures of quilts that I’ve made for any length of time, you will know that this is not my normal style of quilt to make. (Wait, first take a minute to admire all of the different 9″ finished star blocks that people sent in rainbow colors! I just loved getting the mail during this project!) It was inspired by two things: a quilt that Nonnie of Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams podcast and blog pointed out to me on Pinterest (which I would link to now if I could find it) and the Jaybird Quilts pattern Science Fair. Katie’s taste runs to modern, so that was my goal here. And we all know that modern is not normally me, but I do like the way this quilt looks. And we made Katie’s mom cry. (Maybe she should get a quilt too! I can’t even imagine how awful that experience must have been for her.

I hadn’t even finished piecing Katie’s top when we heard more bad news. Stephanie of Blessed 2 Quilt podcast & blog (mostly silent now; I hope that is temporary!) had a very ill daughter and it was not looking good at all. (Unfortunately, Stephanie lost her daughter on May 9.) We Twilters started one of the longest direct messages that I’ve ever seen. We decided on 10″ finished hearts in red, pink, orange and purple on cream background. I must confess that when the purple hearts started arriving, I wasn’t  sure how to fit them in. But it worked itself out. The sashing is one I learned when making a quilt for my eldest daughter a few years back, and I love the way it looks. Tami made the backing and Jaye of the Artquiltmaker blog made the binding. Tina of Weezy Works podcast made the label and quilted, bound and mailed the quilt to Stephanie. She gave us the tracking number in the direct message stream, and we followed that package! Then we had to wait for Stephanie to get home and see it.

Tina made the label. That is a picture of Stephanie’s daughter there! So perfect!

One lesson I learned between the two quilts was to take pictures of each of the individual blocks. I have a picture of each of the heart blocks, but did not take pictures of each individual star block. I really regret that. Sigh.

Note: The finished pictures of the quilts are shared with permission from Daisy, Katie and Stephanie. (I used to be the copyright police at work. Not going to change my position on copyright now.)

I am going to start a new project today. It will be a dog bed for my grand dog, Loki. I’m hoping to do enough to get some good pictures up within the next couple of days.

Quilt on!

Books on Monday – Irish Chain Quilts

Today we are back with a look at a fairly new book – Irish Chain Quilts: Contemporary Twists on a Classic Design by Melissa Corry of the Happy Quilting blog. (Amazon Affiliate link below.)

I have been following Melissa’s blog for a while now and was intrigued with her pictures of some of these quilts when she announced this book. I have always loved the look of Irish Chain quilts. We actually made one for the church auction one year, a Double Irish Chain. And I love the idea of contemporary versions of traditional patterns. So I pre-ordered this book from Amazon and waited patiently for its release.

I was not disappointed when it arrived. I love almost every quilt in this book (although there are a couple I will probably not make because they are just wonky enough to irritate me – we know that I am weird about wonkiness). I am even considering making Connect the Dots which is the appliquéd circle chain quilt. Yeah, I know. I think if I do that I will purchase a circle die for my Accuquilt Go! cutter.

Back to the topic at hand here. The designs are fresh and modern with big blocks and lots of white space. There is a chain made of dots and one made with houses. There are chains that are perfect and chains that are oh so slightly wonky. The directions are clear and understandable. The pictures are inspiring. And all of the quilts look like fun.

The sections in this book are:

  • Introduction
  • Twist on Tradition (four quilts)
  • Modern Patchwork (four quilts)
  • Improvisational Piecing (four quilts)
  • Appliquéd Chains (three quilts)
  • Quiltmaking Basics
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the Author

If you like the look of modern quilts with a nod to tradition, this is a good book to check out!

Quilt on!

Books on Monday – a Twofer

This week we are looking at two books – Millefiori Quilts and Millefiori Quilts 2, both by Willyne Hammerstein. And that is not the only difference this week. This week there is no Amazon Associate link, because these books are not currently available on Amazon.com. They can, however, both be purchased from Inklingo. Let me be more specific: Millefiori Quilts 2 is currently available from Inklingo, and the original is being reprinted and should arrive from France (yep, these books are imported and expensive) in the next couple of weeks.

How did I stumble on these expensive imported books and why did I scour the internet to find copies of them? It all started because I read quilty blogs. A couple of the quilty bloggers I read (Little Red Hen is one) are making a stunning quilt called La Passacaglia with Mr. Penrose, or La Passacaglia for short. There is apparently a quilt along happening for this quilt. Once I saw the beautiful rosettes they were making I scoured the internet for information about the pattern (spoiler alert: it’s an English Paper Piecing pattern). And I purchased a copy of the first book from Paper Pieces, but it is no longer in stock there, so I may have gotten her last copy. Once I’d gone through the first book and marked almost every single page as something I want to make, I ordered a copy of the second one from Inklingo. And when that book arrived, I marked almost every single page in it also! (If this sounds to you like I’m taking up EPP, you might be wrong. More about that in an upcoming post.)

These books are written in both French and English. They are published by Quiltmania in France on very high quality paper. They are stunning books. Not every quilt is an EPP quilt, but I believe all of them were hand pieced. And, yes, I am a fan girl.

Each book is set up with the French directions on the left page and the English directions on the right. And lots of illustrations to help. I haven’t tried any of the quilts yet, but I’ve read through them (in English anyway, my French is pretty much nonexistent at this point of my life) and I think they sound pretty followable.

The cover quilts on both books are my favorites from each book. For Millefiori Quilts, the cover is “La Passacaglia” and for Millefiori Quilts 2, the cover is “Ballet with Kaffe Fassett.”

Yes, I sound like a fan girl here, but I am. And, as expensive as these were, I feel like it was money well spent.

Quilt on!

UFOs & Me

Sandy from Quilting for the Rest of Us has been discussing UFOs on Mondays on her blog. This has made me think about my own UFOs. While I don’t have as many as some people (I’ve only been quilting for about 11 years, after all), I do have enough to make a scary list! Look!

  1. My Oldest UFO – a watercolor quilt which needs one appliqué, borders, layering, quilting and binding
  2. 2009 FQS Designer Mystery BOM – on the frame being hand quilted, will then need binding
  3. 2011 FQS Designer Mystery BOM – need to finish the blocks, setting, layering, quilting and binding
  4. 2012 FQS Designer Mystery BOM – need to finish the blocks, setting, layering, quilting and binding
  5. 2014 FQS Designer Mystery BOM -need to finish the blocks, setting, layering, quilting and binding
  6. Spinning Stars Quilt from Kimberly Einmo class last August – finish piecing, layering, quilting and binding
  7. Lonestar Quilt from Kimberly Einmo class last august – finish piecing, layering, quilting and binding
  8. Scrap in a Box – layout, sashing & borders, layering, quilting and binding
  9. Jinny Beyer BOM from Craftsy – need to finish the blocks, setting, layering, quilting and binding
  10. The Ombre quilt – layering, quilting and binding
  11. Christmas Star Jelly Roll Race – layering, quilting and binding
  12. Christmas Table Runner – layering, quilting and binding
  13. Bear Paw Quilt won from Daisy – layering, quilting and binding
  14. Disappearing Pinwheels – assembling top, layering, quilting and binding
  15. Three Super Secret Projects for which I have gathered lots of special fabrics. Need to cut fabric, construct medallions, blocks, borders, layering, quilting and binding

Here are some pictures from the UFOs:

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Quilt on!