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Jan 04

Books on Monday – Sister Quilts

Books on Monday is back, at least for the next few weeks. Then I may run out of books, but for now, at least, I have three.

The first book is Sister Sampler Quilts: 3 Modern Sampler Quilts with Paired Sister Blocks by AnneMarie Chany, who also blogs at Gen X Quilters. (Reminder: the link below is an Amazon Associate link which, if used, will help support this blog.)

I put off purchasing this book for a long time, because a book that has only three quilt patterns in it seemed like a waste of money. However, the more pictures I saw (on the internet, of course) of the the three patterns in the book, the more intrigued I became, and after Christmas I caved and bought the book. Now I have some quilt plans (like I needed more).

The idea of sister blocks is that each quilt has two of the same blocks made differently – either different fabrics or reversed values. The settings are very modern with lots of negative space. And they are gorgeous!

One of the things I really like about this book is that instructions are given to make each block in two different sizes, 9″ and 12″. (Right now there is a Big Sister, Little Sister quilt bouncing around in my head waiting to come out!) This makes it possible to make different sized quilts just by varying the block size.

All of the blocks are traditional blocks. The directions for making them are clear and well-illustrated. If you want to see more pictures than you can in the Amazon Look Inside feature, you can see many more on her blog. She is even hosting a Block of the Month right now for the third quilt in the book, Bonfire.

Here’s what’s in the book:

  • Introduction
  • Getting Started
  • Chapter 1 Sisters Ten Sampler
  • Chapter 2 Vice Versa Sampler – my personal favorite
  • Chapter 3 Bonfire Sampler – her current BOM
  • Chapter 4 Tutorials – basically her how-to section which includes a Scant Rant.

There you have it!

Quilt on!

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  1. nonniequiltingdreams

    Absolutely LOVE YOUR new header and the look of your blog ! ( left a question for you on TWILTERS) I never miss your BOOK on Monday post…. I have you in my feedly blog catcher.

    I took a look at the book and am waffling… I have multiple sampler books plus EQ7 so I have a huge choice of block patterns …. I can see the need / allure for a newbie to have this book especially if the tutorial section is that good but I think I am going to pass….. I already have 40 sampler blocks from previous BOM that I have not put into a quilt ( many of the same blocks mention in the book are already sewn) I just need to pick a setting for the blocks.

    I will say I love the settings from the book they have been favorites of mine for a while. Thanks to the links provide on the blog as they took me to a few places I have never been too… Keep up the good work on the blog… I am jealous of your talent….. NONNIE

    1. nonniequiltingdreams

      I should have mentioned I am a FINISH MY UFO and work with what I have mode for 2016 …. I must have 20 quilts ( I still like since I got rid of the ones I did not like ) that are in various levels of completion….. SO STOP TEMPTING ME WITH NEW BOOKS.

      1. Gretchen

        And I too am trying to finish up UFOs this year, but mostly so I can justify starting new quilts!

    2. Gretchen

      Thank you for the blog compliments. I just used the header that comes with the theme. And don’t read the reviews if you don’t want to be tempted. 😉

  2. aqjaye

    Have you seen the older book, Around the Block? It has blocks in many different sizes. Not many color photos, though and no quilts.

    Go to the library to find more books. Then you can save your pennies for fabric. 😉

  3. Gretchen

    My library is sadly lacking in the quilting book area! Sigh.

    1. nonniequiltingdreams

      do not read the reviews…. HA HA …. I have over 250 quilting book reviews in Goodreads ,,,, I keep buying books because that in one of the few luxuries I allow myself. I do keep it within reason.

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