I realize the postings have been few and far between lately (I had several books on hold at my local library that all came in at the same time so nothing quilty has been happening around here lately as I read furiously to meet deadlines) but it is time for a Books on Monday post & I have a brand new quilt book that I’ve been able to slip in between the fiction.
This week we are looking at Simple Christmas Tidings: Scrappy Quilts and Projects for Yuletide Style by Kim Diehl. Below are Amazon links to the paperback and Kindle versions, in case you are interested in purchasing your own copy and simultaneously supporting the blog.
If you are looking at the cover images there and thinking that this is not something you might have expected me to pick because of the colors, well duh! Just know that throughout this book, I pictured everything in bright Christmas colored fabrics with gold metallic print. Now everything looks more like me.
I’m shocked that this is the first of Kim Diehl’s books that I’ve ever purchased because, although her taste in fabrics and mine are not the least bit similar, I love her designs. Look at that cover quilt! I’m relatively certain that that is high on my list of quilts to make! I have lots of Christmas scraps!
I love the designs in this book. (Did I mention that earlier?) There are designs for tree skirts (I may or may not be highly tempted to make at least one of these! The one with the actual trees on it – go use the Amazon Look Inside to see what I mean), stockings, ornaments, quilts, wall-hangings, pillows, and other little doodads. Many of them are pieced, some are appliquéd.
As usual, I have marked a good number of these items as things I might want to make someday, but, in a first, I have also marked some of the recipes in this book! Yes, there are Christmas recipes!
The directions appear to be well-written (I haven’t tried to follow them yet), the photography is gorgeous, and the variety is enticing. Nothing not to like here.
So what’s inside? This:
- Twinkle Tree Table Topper – This also has options for making it into a Christmas tree skirt, which I might be tempted to do.
- Snowman Shenanigans Wall Hanging
- Twilight Star Medallion Lap Quilt
- Welcome Home Holiday Hangers
- Winter Delight Candle Mat
- Christmas Baubles
- Holiday Hospitality Tree Skirt
- Scrap-Basket Stockings – In our family, Christmas stockings are knitted from a 60+ year-old pattern, but I do want to make some of these!
- Button Blizzard Pillow
- Yuletide Cheer Lap Quilt – This is the cover quilt.
- Kim’s Quiltmaking Basics – This covers everything you might need to know to complete the quilts in this book.
- About the Author
Yes, in case you haven’t gotten the hints – two thumbs up on this one!