Books on Monday – Hill & Valley Log Cabins

If you are looking for my blogaversary giveaway, it is here.

This week we are looking at the first of two books by Robert DeCarli – Hill & Valley Log Cabins. (Yes, I do seem to be fascinated with Log Cabins, don’t I?) And, yes, that is an Amazon Associate link.

The quilts in this book are stunning “curved” log cabin quilts. (Note, there are no actual curves in these quilts – they just look curved.) And, yes, I want to make them all. Sigh. I need to live forever here!

After a brief introduction which explains how he became a quilter and how he got interested in these kinds of quilts, Mr. DeCarli then introduces the Hill & Valley Log Cabin blocks and how to piece them and variations of them. (Some of these have blocks within the blocks!) Next come the 13 gorgeous projects, followed by a section on variations. By the time you have worked your way through this book, you should be an expert.

One of the things that I found so interesting about this book is that Mr. DeCarli comes at quilting more like an engineer than an artist. The colors are secondary to him because he is colorblind and does not see them. (His wife picks out the actual colors for his quilts.) I start with the colors most of the time, so this is very different from how I think of quilts. (Next week you’ll see another example of this.0

Book sections:

  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Serendipity Strikes Again
  • Hill & Valley Log Cabin Blocks
  • Piecing the Blocks
  • The Projects
  • Variations on a Theme
  • Meet Bob DeCarli

I give this book as many thumbs up as I can!

Quilt on!

Five Years a Blogger

Today I celebrate five years of blogging. That feels like a long time! And it probably calls for a giveaway of some sort.

So, in an effort to downsize my library, I’m offering a complete set of the Quilter’s Academy books by Harriet Hargrave and Carrie Hargrave. Yes, these books look just like new. (I am usually very careful with my books.) These are a wonderful reference, but I really need to start downsizing. So these are the books included in the giveaway:

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Books on Monday – Quilts with a Spin

Today we are looking at Quilts with a Spin: 7 New Projects from Piece O’Cake Designs by Becky Goldsmith & Linda Jenkins. I got this one because I saw a picture of a quilt made from this book that I fell in love with; I just don’t remember where or when. What I do know is that finding this book is a bit tricky since it is out of print, except for the Amazon Print on Demand which is where I purchased it (and where the following Amazon Associate link will take you). I ordered the Print on Demand Edition because when I ordered it a few months ago, the used copies were just as expensive as the Print on Demand Edition. That does not appear to be the case right now, though. I guess I should have waited.

The quilts in this book have a lot of round or spinning-looking elements. I’m pretty sure that the quilt I fell in love with was the first one in the book, Whirlygig. (And to make it, I am seriously going to have to learn how to appliqué!) There are a couple of others I’d be interested in making and many many elements I can see myself using once I learn to … you know.

The sections of this book are:

  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Basic Supplies
  • For Your Information (information about fabrics, fabric prep and seams)
  • The Seven Projects
  • General Appliqué Instructions (covers both machine and fusible)
  • Special Techniques
  • About the Authors
  • Index
  • Resources

I keep collecting these appliqué books. I probably should start someday!

Quilt on!

Fab Friday Again

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First things first – There is a Craftsy sale happening from now through Monday, May 11 at 11:59 MT. If you haven’t already tried a Craftsy class I recommend them highly. I’m currently watching Stunning Circle Quilt: Step by Step. I haven’t actually started the actual quilt yet, but hopefully someday after…

Now that the business is out of the way, let me just mention a couple of quilty things going on lately.

First, I’ve been working on a couple of hush hush projects so I’ll just have to tell you about them later. I finished the first top (which really stressed my design abilities) and sent it off to the very special quilter. Hopefully, we’ll get to see it all finished soon.

The second hush hush project is still in the design and assembly stages. This one should be a little less stretching for me, but you never know.

I spent some time hand quilting for the first time in a while. I had forgotten how much I miss it!

I did do a bit of shopping at the Hancock’s of Paducah batik sale. Here’s the haul:IMG_2674

The original plan was to layer and baste the church quilt today, but plans changed. However, I had already totally cleared my cutting tableIMG_2677

Since it looked so lonely I decided to work on cutting the finishing kit for the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM from the Fat Quarter Shop. After all, the last block arrives sometime in the next week. I am one or two blocks behind also (one of which I can’t find which is a little scary). I got about half of it done, so I need to head downstairs shortly to finish that up.

Here’s a non-quilty bit of information. Yesterday was the weekly coffee at Barnes & Noble. Three quilting magazines forced me to purchase them, and I was delighted to see that Barnes & Noble has very cool booky bags again. This time there are quotes from classics. One side of mine is Romeo and Juliet,and the other is Wizard of Oz. This is (obviously) the Romeo and Juliet side.


Yep, this is kind of a boring Fab Friday. Sorry about that. Someday soon I’ll be able to show you a couple of other things. I hope.

Quilt on!

Books on Monday – Log Cabin Restructured

Welcome to Books on Monday! Today we are looking at Log Cabin Restructured: 23 Log Cabin Quilt Projects with Triangles, Diamonds, Hexagons and Curves by Shizuko Kuroha. The link below is an Amazon Associate link which benefits this blog if you use it. (I’m sorry but this is not a Look Inside Book, and you are missing a lot by that fact!)

This is an amazing book for fans of Log Cabin quilts! (Yes, I really liked it and I will probably use lots more exclamation points because of that.) It starts with great instructions for the basic Log Cabin block and adds to it similar blocks made with different shapes. The directions are clearly written and easy to follow. Projects are interspersed throughout the directions wherever they are appropriate. And not all of the projects are quilts!

I am a fan of Log Cabin quilts and all their variations! I have several Log Cabin specific books, but this one is special. Diamond shaped Log Cabin blocks are very tempting. Hexagons too. Very tempting. I’m not sure how soon I can get to this but I hope to make at least a few here.

So what’s inside this book? Here are the sections:

  • Introduction
  • Tools
  • Note on Fabric
  • Drawing Log Cabin Patterns
  • Patchwork Basics
  • Quilting Basics
  • Part 1: Basic Log Cabin Blocks (This includes eight projects followed by a section with techniques for making these blocks.)
  • Part 2: Geometric Blocks (This includes six projects followed by a section with techniques for making several different geometric shaped Log Cabin blocks.)
  • Part 3: Unique Log Cabin Blocks (Eleven projects and more techniques.)
  • About the Author
  • Pattern sheets

Why can’t all the old UFOs finish themselves so that I can start some of these?

Quilt on!

Fab Friday




Yes, I thought I’d start right out with some Fab Friday Fotos – 2 of the 3 steps of the April Scrap in a Box clue. I forgot to take pictures of the other step, but trust me, they are done. Now I have to figure out sashing and borders. This is so scrappy, I’m having a difficult time deciding. All suggestions are welcome!

On to the epic fail! I paper-pieced this star:


It looks okay from a distance but… Look at the center close up!


In an effort to save it, I tried appliqué which would have been much better as fusible with those sharp points.


Trust me, the points look awful! I replaced it with a simple Friendship Star.


Very simple but it will do for now!

Quilt on!


Books on Monday – Simply Dynamic Sampler Quilts

Today we are looking at Simply Dynamic Sampler Quilts by Marianne L. Hatton. (Yes, the link below is an Amazon Associate link. Thank you for looking and for supporting this blog.)

 What I like about this book is that it’s a technique for creating your own sampler quilts using different sizes of blocks and sections! I love sampler quilts, and the idea of designing my own is very intriguing. She does have patterns for some blocks or block elements of various kinds, but the important part is the technique and all of the author’s suggestions and directions for designing your quilts.

So, here are the sections in this book:

  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgments
  • Forward
  • Introduction
  • The Stages of Making Your Sampler Quilt: A Visual Progression
  • Anatomy of a Quilt
  • Design Considerations and Tactics
  • The GridMaps
  • Templates and Drafting
  • Piecing Techniques
  • Lovely, Linear, Log Cabin Blocks
  • Simple Strip Piecing
  • There’s More Than One Way to Hand Appliqué
  • The Perfection of Paper Piecing
  • Perfect Curved Seams
  • The Kaleidoscope Block: No Curved Seams – Just an Illusion!
  • The GridMap Revisited
  • Filling in the Gaps: Choosing Corner Blocks and Selecting Borders
  • Patterns
  • Meet Marianne L. Hatton

Yes, there is a lot of information covered in this book. The patterns section is just the patterns for specific elements, not entire quilts. Just wanted you to know that.

And, if you are ever planning to design your own sampler quilt, I highly recommend this book.

Quilt on!

Fab Friday

Okay, I have no idea what that title means, and I don’t think you should naturally assume that this will actually be an ongoing feature, but we’ll go with it for today.

First on the agenda is a little Show and Tell. You may remember that I took part in a mug rug swap and that I forgot to take pictures of my mug rug and napkin that I sent to OzzyPip. She very kindly sent me pictures that I can now share with you. (Please note that I am not thrilled with how bowed the sides of this mug rug are! And, to be really honest – and not looking for compliments – I do think that my mug rug is the least awesome of all the finished ones I’ve seen. But it is my first, I keep telling myself. And it should brighten up OzzyPip’s upcoming winter.)

Here’s the mug rug’s front and, yes, those are 3 inch friendship star blocks:


Here is the back of the mug rug:IMG_4231

And here is the front and back of the napkin (nice folding, OzzyPip!):IMG_4233

The other thing I wanted to mention today is that the Celebrate Hand Quilting Group on Facebook had a link to this article about pre-washing or not pre-washing: Shrink Test. I must say that in my own experience, some fabric brands she didn’t test fray way more than her results. But, except for pre-cuts smaller than fat quarters, I am definitely a pre-washer. That being said, I don’t usually iron or press the fabrics until I’m ready to use them, but that may be changing since the flatter they are, the less room they take up.

The last thing for today is that I put together my first three Scrap in a Box blocks last night . They are definitely scrappy and I like them better in the pictures than I do close up. (Note to self: next time you do a scrappy mystery quilt, control the colors a little more.) Anyway, here are the pictures:



Quilt on!

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Nothing Much

I don’t seem to have much get up and go these days so not much has been happening – and yet lots has. It just hasn’t had much to do with quilting – at least my quilting.

I do have pictures though!

First, my sister visited last weekend. As part of our awesome weekend, we spent time with my youngest daughter and her husband showing off their small town. In one of the second hand/antiques stores, I saw these:




Look at the top of the next picture!IMG_2633

Then, when I got home and got the mail, I had a package from Australia! It was the mug rug from my swap partner, OzzyPip, in the mug rug and potholder swap run by Sandi at Quilt Cabana Patterns. The fabric is all Australian wildflowers with gold (do you think Pip knows how much I like gold on my fabrics. Here is the back:


And here is the front! A star made of gorgeous wildflowers!IMG_2638

This was accompanied by this lovely handmade card. The card was made by Pip’s daughter. (Yep, I feel special.)IMG_2640

I have also shipped a mug rug off to Pip, but I don’t know if it got there yet. And I forgot to take pictures of it, so we’ll have to wait for hers.

Quilt on!