Books on Monday – Lucky Charm Quilts

Today we are looking at Moda All-Stars – Lucky Charm Quilts: 17 Delightful Patterns for Precut 5″ Squares compiled by Lisa Alexander. This book is available as a paperback book

and in the Kindle format.

I originally ordered this because I had seen pictures of all the quilts and wanted to make many of them with the myriads of charm packs I have. Like the previous Mode All-Stars book I reviewed, each designer answered the same questions about themselves and their process and preferences. They aren’t the same questions as the previous book so it is not boring, but it does let you get to know a little bit about the designers.

This book is basically a projects book. It begins with an Introduction and then proceeds directly to the projects. One of the things I really like is that the projects are divided into One Charm Pack, Two Charm Packs, and Three Charm Packs sections. This could be very convenient if one is looking at one’s collection of charm packs and trying to decide which pattern to make.

The directions, as far as I can tell without having made any of the quilts yet, seem to be pretty easy to follow. There are many different kinds of quilts here and some different techniques for making the units that make up the blocks, like flying geese and HSTs. There are also appliqué quilts, including  some wool appliqué. There are wall hangings and table runners and quilts of various other sizes.

The designers included in this book are: Lissa Alexander, Lisa Bongean, Janet Clare, Jenny Down, Karla Eisenach, Sandy Gervais, Barbara Groves & Mary Jacobson (AKA Me and My Sister Designs), Lynne Hagmeier, Jen Kingwell, Sandy Klop, Sherri McConnell, Carrie Nelson, Bonnie Olaveson, Kathy Schmitz, Laurie Simposon, Pat Sloan, Deb Strain, and Anne Sutton. It’s quite a diverse group.

So check this out and

Quilt on!

Did You Notice?

Yes, it is Thursday morning and there was no Books on Monday this week. I’m so sorry. I can guarantee that there will be no Books on Monday next Monday, which is Memorial Day here in the USA. Sorry about that. I just didn’t get to it this week and no there will be no time before next Monday as I’m trying to get the church quilt top pieced. Desperately trying. And, of course, there are always little things that crop up that need to be redone before I can finish this top.

If that sounds like I’m a little tired of this, yeah, I am. I think this may be the last church quilt I head up for many different reasons. And, yes, I think I say that every year, but I’ve started saying it earlier than usual this year so maybe it will stick. I do think that this year’s quilt will be pretty special. We’ve tried to make one that will go in any color scheme and that will look traditional and modern. We made a smaller quilt than we were hoping to because not all the blocks came back, but it is still a queen-sized quilt. I’m very happy with the border fabric we found too. Now if I can just get it all together so we can start hand quilting it…

I’m still making progress on the wedding quilt, but I have a ways to go. No pictures until it is done at this point.

I also got the charm squares from the Twilter swap that is officially my first swap ever. Here is a look at some of them. I didn’t untie the nicely tied stacks because I don’t have time to play with them yet. But here are some pictures of some of the goodies.

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Don’t they look like fun?! Tina (the organizer) threw in the lovely crocheted spool washer (or some more elegant name that I can’t think of right now!) and the free motion quilting gloves. Since it is one of my goals in the near future is to really learn to free motion quilt, these will come in handy. And now I know why she was asking “lime green or orange”.

I need to get back to work on the church quilt now so

Quilt on!

Welcome to the Party!

Welcome to the party – the

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Before we get to the giveaway, let me tell you a little about this blog in case you are a first time visitor.

When I first started this blog, I was working my way through the book Marsha McCloskey’s Block Party: A Quilter’s Extravaganza of 120 Rotary-Cut Block Patterns (Rodale Quilt Books), hand piecing each block using Christmas fabric. (By the way, all book links are Amazon affiliate links. Just thought you ought to know that.) I took a break from that when I started to run into too many blocks that required templates.

The blog has changed quite a bit. Each Monday I review a new or old book from my quilting library in my Books on Monday posts. (BOM, get it?) Any other posts are more personal – projects I’m working on or quilty stuff I’m learning. (Machine appliqué is on tap for early next year.) Every once in a great while I throw in a fiction Friday or some other random alliteration.

No, this is not an earthshaking or life-changing blog. but it’s mine! And you are more than welcome to come and share it!

Now for the real reason you are here – the giveaway! Somewhere back in time I started collecting charm packs, probably because they are much less expensive than fat quarter bundles and take up less space. And they are just collecting and collecting and collecting! Sigh. I did use some in a Falling Charms Quilt that I recently began, but there are still several collecting and collecting and collecting. So I’m ready to part with four of them. Three are from Moda – Fa-la-la-la-la by French General, Urban Couture by basicgrey, and Louisa by Terry Clothier Thompson. The fourth is a charm pack from Free Spirit, but it doesn’t have the name of the line on it and, though I’ve spent an hour or so searching, I can’t seem to find it.

Here they are in all their glory:

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This is a Rafflecopter giveaway, so follow the directions on below and good luck! One winner will win all four charm packs. The giveaway closes at 11:59 PM on November 26 and you can enter again each day. Have fun!

I’m not sure why Rafflecopter is not working for some people – it may have something to do with the security settings on your computer or network.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Quilt on!

Apparently

If I don’t work, I don’t do much blogging. It certainly isn’t that I haven’t been doing quilty things! I am making good progress on the neverending hand quilting project. And I have organized our church’s quilt for the auction next December, including cutting, putting together block kits, making the sample block so that I could type up directions, typing up the directions and passing out most of the available block kits. (See the sample block below.)

I also have done little bits of organizing and rearranging my sewing space. It used to be that the only precuts I ever purchased were jelly rolls. But look how many charm packs I found! How did this happen?

I blame the pinwheel thing. Honest.

Seriously, though, I looked at that method of making pinwheel blocks where you sew two charm squares together around the outside edges and then cut it into four parts by cutting on the diagonals, and I thought there might be lots of other things than just pinwheels that could be made with those units. I do plan to try someday soon. But I sort of have two finishes in sight and I really want to get those done first.

So now that I’m back at work, what am I doing today. Well, first I’m catching up on all the things that happened while I was out of the office (due to budget considerations, in case I never mentioned it). Then I spent the rest of this afternoon drawing lines on 48 1 inch wide strips so that I can do the next step in my American Beauty BOM. I could start the sewing today too, but I think I’ll wait on that. Tomorrow is another day.

Here are the strips, piled up and from the back so that you can see the lines I drew. Tomorrow I’ll show you the other side after I get one of the new units pieced.

Quilt on!