Books on Monday – Cotton Way Classics & Craftsy Sale

I am sorry if you missed some Craftsy sale days because I slacked over the weekend. Today and tomorrow (December 11 and 12) are the last two days of the Craftsy 12 Days of Christmas Sale! You have until 11:59 pm MT on December 12, 2017, so go check it out. And if you do purchase through that link, thank you very much for supporting this blog.

Now, on to the Books on Monday post! Today we are looking at Cotton Way Classics: Fresh Quilts for a Charming Home by Bonnie Olaveson, aka Bonnie of Bonnie and Camille. The first link below is to the paperback edition; the second is to the Kindle edition. (Of course, if you purchase using either of those two links, this also helps to support this blog.)

This is a book of patterns, beautiful patterns made up in Bonnie & Camille fabrics. Eye candy for sure! And lots of little pieces in fresh clear colors! All my favorites. There is only one quilt in the book that I can’t see myself making and it is a double wedding ring that looks more square than I like my DWR quilts to look. (I like really round. Remember, I don’t do wonky stars. Round DWRs are a thing for me.) There is even a basket quilt that I can see myself making – and I’m not a big fan of basket quilts either. (For the record, I am most likely to make the cover quilt as my first project from this book. Crown of Thorns blocks! Lots of little pieces!!)

Let me get back on topic here. One of the things I like about this book is that the instructions are clearly written and easily followed, as far as I can tell from reading them and walking myself through them mentally.  If something can be accomplished with certain precuts, that shows up in the directions. There are a couple that actually show you the cutting diagrams for layer cakes, so that’s a big plus in my opinion.

Most of the quilts use traditional blocks. I like traditional blocks. There’s a reason they are still around. That being said, there are some fresh takes and some modern colors here. (How many more ways can I say this?) As a pattern book, this one is a win if you like even a couple of the quilts. Seriously.

Quilt on!

I’m Doing a Little Sewing

I really haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, but somehow a lot of sewing isn’t happening. Sigh.

I put the side narrow borders on the Christmas Jelly Roll Race from three of years ago, but haven’t done the top and bottom or the wider borders yet. In case you’ve forgotten what it looked like, here is the picture from 2014 when I made the center. I do hope to complete this in time for Christmas, but I jumped into a few other things, so I don’t know how this will go.

I jumped into the Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt “On Ringo Lake.” Her mysteries are intense, and I am not a fast quilter. Of course, I’m already more than a week behind. I did get a start on the 50 nine patch blocks. I’m almost done with those now. Here’s a glimpse of the first few.

Once I finish the nine patch blocks, I need to make the two blocks for my Getting to Know Hue BOM. Saturday is pick up day for the last two blocks but I probably won’t get down to pick them up until Monday. I have started prepping the appliqué blocks, which I think I will hand appliqué. There are four that make up the center medallion along with the center star. Even after I complete the blocks, there is still a lot of work to do on that one.

And I’m hoping to complete Layer Cake Explosion by the end of the year. That’s another very iffy possibility, but you never know! Stranger things have happened!

I hope your holidays are happy ones, whichever ones you celebrate.

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Books on Monday – Piece and Quilt with Precuts

This week we are looking at Christa Watson’s most recent book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts: 11 Quilts, 18 Machine-Quilting Designs, Start-to-Finish Success! The links below are to the Kindle version and the paperback version on Amazon.com. If you use them, you will be helping to support this blog. Thank you for considering helping in this way.

This book came along at the perfect time for me. I had just looked around at all the jelly rolls, layer cakes and charm squares that I have around here and started to wonder how I am going to use all those precuts before I become nonproductive. And then Christa answered my question! With 11 quilt patterns I’d be interested in making. All from various precuts.

In addition to the quilt patterns, Christa has provided quilting ideas and directions on how to do the quilting for each of the quilts. If you’ve ever taken a class with Christa or read one of her other books, you know that she is a wonderful teacher both in person and in writing. That makes these quilting designs achievable and way less threatening. At least, that’s how I feel about them.

So let’s look at the book from the beginning using the annotated Table of Contents.

  • Introduction – This is the basic Introduction material written in Christa’s usual style.
  • Working with Precuts – This includes some definitions of precuts, information about choosing fabrics, speedy sewing and not enough fabric (like if you make a goof or something).
  • How Do I Quilt It? – This is some basic information about machine quilting and making decisions about quilting your quilt. It includes some information about basting, Christa’s favorite machine features, and tying off the threads too.
  • Walking Foot Quilting – These are the patterns that lend themselves particularly well to walking foot quilting. For each pattern, there is a walking foot quilting suggestion.
  • Free-Motion Quilting – These are the patterns that include quilting plans that are free motion quilting.
  • Combined Quilting Techniques – Guess what these are! You got it! The quilting plans include both free motion and walking foot aspects.
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the Author

Disclaimer – I have met Christa and I like her a lot. This may not be a completely unbiased review, but I will say that I am expecting myself to make the main cover quilt and three or four of the others. Whether i ever do any free motion quilting is another matter entirely! Thumbs up for this book though!

Quilt on!

 

Some Black Friday Sew-In Results

Here’s what I’ve been up to for the holiday weekend. Not pictured is my very anemic start to Bonnie Hunter’s On Ringo Lake Mystery Quilt. Hopefully there will be something to look at from that soon.

First up, this is a mat to go under the jewelry tree I purchased for the church auction. The fabric is from the Hoffman Challenge fabrics this year. Yep, that center hexagon is jewels.

I was attempting to take a picture of this table runner, but someone seems to think it is meant just for him.

Finally! I got a quick chance to take a picture of this table runner. It is also for Friday’s auction.

During some football Saturday, I got a healthy percentage of the next round of La Passacaglia Rosette 2 completed and sewed into place. The piece currently has a couple more of the pairs sewn on, but then my eyes gave out and said, “That’s enough of that!”

Not as productive as I would have liked, but something got accomplished.

How was your weekend?

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Craftsy Black Friday and Cyber Monday Event!

In case you were wondering if Craftsy is having any sort of sale this weekend, the answer is a resounding yes! Starting at 12:01 am MT today, (Thursday, November 23) and ending at 11:59 pm MT on Monday, November 27, this is the link to get you there if you care to support this blog with your shopping.

Happy shopping!

Quilt on!

Project Update

I finished the wall hanging for the church auction. I am happy with the way it turned out and hope it does well at the auction. I am fairly certain that I am not a big fan of fusible appliqué, although I admit it was quick. I don’t think I will do it on Getting to Know Hue. I’m pretty sure that one will be hand appliqué.

Here’s the finished wall hanging.

I have also been working a bit on the third Rosette 2 for La Passacaglia. It is going to brighten up a bit in the next couple of rounds.

And I decided I was no longer feeling the look of the Kimberly Einmo Spinning Stars quilt I started at the same time as I started Lone Star Explosion. The first star block I made didn’t have enough contrast and I’m not really fond of the other block. 

I still like the fabrics so I will repurpose those. I haven’t gained a project box with this move though, because that one is broken and will have to go away. Sigh. But there is one less project to worry about.

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Books on Monday – Quilting on the Go…English Paper Piecing

Welcome back to Books on Monday. We still have a couple of months worth of this before I run out of books that I have purchased, so expect a post on the second and fourth Monday of each month.

Today we are looking at Quilting on the Go…English Paper Piecing by Sharon Burgess. Yes, the link below is an Amazon Affiliate link which will help to support this blog.

 

Now, if you are a regular reader of this blog, you know I like to do hand work but English paper piecing is just not my thing. Which, of course, is why I never planned to purchase this book even though I liked the look of lots of the patterns. I didn’t plan to purchase this right up until Linda Franz announced an Inklingo pattern for Celestial Stars, the cover quilt. I am a big Inklingo fan and plan to purchase the pattern soon. Here is where you can get more information on that.

Now you know why I am holding this lovely book in my hands, let’s get to the information. First, I have marked 9 patterns in this book that I would consider making. Pretty good for a for a technique I don’t like! And let me talk a little about the beautiful job the publisher did on this book. It is gorgeous and sturdy! The covers have folded flaps so you can use them to hold your place if you are so inclined. (I’m not, because I’m a former librarian and that seems sacrilegious to me.)

Let’s look at what is inside. The illustrations in this book are numerous and beautiful. The projects are made in bright fabrics that appeal to me, so, of course, that helps. And the variety of projects (all of which are lovely) just makes me want to make all (or most of) them. Some of the projects use blocks that I would not have thought of as EPP blocks (all the better!), so there might be other ways to make them.

The book begins with lovely pictures – several pages of them. Sure, the Table of Contents and Title Page are also there, but I spent most of my time looking at those pictures. I may not want to make stacks of EPP hexagons, but I’ll happily look at lovely pictures of other people’s efforts in that direction.

I think the best way to go through the book from here would be to do an annotated Table of Contents, so here we go!

  • Introduction – Exactly what you’d expect from a friendly author
  • Project Gallery – Pictures of all the projects with the page number so they can be quickly located in the book. A very nice touch if you ask me!
  • What Is English Paper Piecing? – A one page definition
  • Papers and Templates – Includes a tip on making your own
  • My Essential English Paper Piecing Tools – Begins with a picture and continues on to describe each item and how she uses it.
  • Techniques – All the information you need to do your EPP like Sharon Burgess.
    • How to glue your papers – No thread basting for Sharon!
    • Preparing papers with curves – How to ease those curves into shape.
    • Joining your pieces – There are a couple of great tips for joining some of the more unusual shapes, like clamshells
    • Strip cutting your fabric – In case you aren’t planning to fussy cut
    • Fussy cutting – In case you are.
    • Including EPP in any project – Tips for trimming up your project
    • Hand stitches – Whip, Running, Blind
    • Quilting – Very basic mentions of what happens. This is, of course, not the focus of this book.
    • Binding – A brief discussion of how to bind.
    • Metric conversion chart – Sharon’s an Aussie. This also contains a glossary of terms.
    • The next two sections are listed in the Table of Contents under Techniques but actually show up after the projects section.
      • Templates – All the templates needed for the projects in this book.
      • Resources and acknowledgments – Exactly what you would expect.
  • Projects – As I mentioned before, there are some great projects in this book. I strongly recommend you look at them. And make some!

Just so you are aware, I have no affiliation with this book or author. I purchased my own copy of the book. And, yes, I plan to use it!

Finish-A-Long Q4 – Finish Number Two

Here’s the second finish from my Q4 Finish-A-Long list.

After several years, I have finally completed what I’m now calling Lone Star Explosion, a quilt I began in a class with Kimberly Einmo at the 2014 Grand Rapids AQS show. Here are a few process photos.

Possible blocks

Layout possibilities.

Here’s another layout possibility.A possibile star.This layout?

A possible blockAnother possible block.

My final layout plan is a mixture of two of Kimberly Einmo’s suggestions. Here it is before the white borders were added.

Here it is all quilted, bound, washed and dried. The binding is a fabric from the collection (Ink Blossoms) that I found online and thought I might use as border fabric. When I tried it out, I didn’t like it, but it makes a great binding.

Here is the quilt in use for reading! It will actually probably end up on a wall somewhere, but for now…What have you been finishing?

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I Am Still Alive and Kicking

Yep, I am still hanging in here. I have even been doing some quilting and have a finish (and am very close to another. Honest.

I’ve been hand sewing the binding to the back of Lone Star Explosion and it is now washed and finished. Stay tuned for its official finish post.
Then I moved out of my comfort zone and did a bit of fused appliqué. This is a small wall hanging for the church auction.

Carolyn saw this wall hanging in an LQS and told me that if I made it for the auction, she’d buy it. So I was trapped. Here it is all ready to quilt.

I am currently in the process of finishing the binding on this and will post some finished pictures in a day or two.

Up next this weekend is my Saturday Sampler block since Saturday, Monday and Tuesday are block pickup days.

What have you been doing?

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Craftsy Class Sale

It’s hard to believe the holidays are on the horizon, but the good new is there’s still time to harness your creativity. Grab any Craftsy class at $19.99 and get to making something special for the season. This sale begins Friday, November 10 at 12:01 am MST and ends on Sunday, November 12 at 11:59 pm MST.

Click here to get your sale classes and help support this blog.

And quilt on!