Book Review: Savor each stitch

I am so excited about this book review as I have taken a couple of Carolyn Friedlander’s classes and loved every minute of them. Not only is she such a wonderful person, but she truely inspires me with her projects and fabrics. I had high hopes for her book and after several months of waiting for the book to finally ship, I was not disappointed.

Review

SavorEachStitchTitle: “Savor Each Stitch” – 13 quilts to make with friends
Author: Carolyn Friedlander
Publisher: Lucky Spool Media
ISBN:  978-1-94065-501-7

I found this book a fascinating read which I read cover to cover. While it contains projects, the book is a study on various topics which are covered in the 7 main sections – Line, Contrast, Scale, Color, Emphasis, Volume and Texture.

Each section talks about the idea and concept and really helps you to think about what you are doing and provides guidance that can be applied to your own projects. Each section has a little workshop/exercise that you can try out to help assist in grasping the concept that is being described. One of my favorite things is the study/analysis of the topic continues in the projects. At least 3 examples of how the project could be applied are provided.

The projects are all fabulous. I will make, at some stage, the majority of these projects as either gifts for myself or for others.

You can check out many of the projects in Carolyn’s blog post on the Spring Quilt Market.

I loved this book. It is one of the few sewing/quilting books that I have read vs. flicked through just for the projects.  I would recommend it to anyone so it is a 5/5:
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Project

Usually, I would attempt the project in the book, however, the project I will show is not from the book. My “Phased Circles” Quilt I had design and created thinking about the concepts in the book.  This quilt allowed me to explore multiple aspects: Emphasis (Design), Contrasts, Colors, and use of circles and lines.

Project: Phased Circles (Technique – Machine Piecing and Needle Turn Applique)
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Continues to the back with the use of graduating colors.
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Give-away

One brand new copy of this book will be given away, all you need to do is leave a comment on “What is your favorite thing to do, to savor each stitch? Is there a project where you have stopped to think about the design or applied color theory or played with texture?”.

There is a second chance to win if you are a follower, just leave a second comment. A winner will be chosen at random this Sunday 31st August at 6pm EST.

A disclaimer, all reviews and opinions of the books reviewed will be mine, unless otherwise stated. Please note, I may not respond to all comments due to volume and bandwidth.

My list of WiP’s

This month, I felt like I got a lot accomplished. It is so hard not to share photos of everything you are doing!! I still have 5 days including today to get my list down….and I will be using every day, for sure.

  • Finish “Neighborhood” Quilt – quilt and bind (this will be my main goal for August for A Lovely Year of Finishes) [QUILTING PROJECT FOR THIS WEEKEND]
  • Finish “Spoonflower Sampler” Quilt – quilt and bind [TARGET: NEXT MONTH FINISH]
  • Finish “Phased Circles” Quilt – baste, quilt and bind (basting is complete and quilting will start in September) [TARGET: NEXT MONTH, expecting an OCTOBER Finish]
  • Finish testing a paper piecing pattern (Bjorn the Bear) – piece/top, baste, quilt and bind,
  • Project 1: Secret project ( ;-))  [PROJECT COMPLETE and WRITTEN UP].
  • Jungle Ave Tapa: this is the quilt I won for the design – cut, piece, top complete, baste, quilt and bind. [CUTTING AND PIECING UNDERWAY, maybe a top finished this weekend]

This is the only photo I will show of the “Jungle Ave Tapa” quilt, but here is a sneak peak just to prove I have actually started. I am excited!!

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Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see button on the right).

Sunday Stash: Sewing Room Update

Last week, I posted about my fabric stash and the organizing of my guest room which was serving as a fabric overflow room.
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On Saturday, I decided that I needed to move everything back into my sewing room and clean up that corner space. I added some shelving (from Target) on top of my book case and in my alcove space. The fabric is all moved back in, and my space is neat and tidy. I am doing a happy dance!!!

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Shhh, I even have some room now  for a bit more fabric. Linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash (see button on the right).

 

 

QDAD: Quilt Design a Day (Week 9)

I was a little behind this week, after working on the bear, Carolyn Friedlander’s Class and my son’s birthday. I spent much of the evening catching up on the week’s posts for Quilt Design a day.

14-16 August: Medallion Challenge Day 5-7

First up, the last 3 borders for the Medallion Quilt Design Challenge using these color palettes.
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17 August: Mirrored Triangles
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19 August: Zig Zaggy I
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This design organically grew. I was adding a grey stripe to the back and had not as yet added the change to the mint green HST so they would blend. I decided to leave it as it created a different interest point which I liked.

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20 August: Playing House
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The doll’s house design was inspired by this shelf from The Land of Nod. Would it not look great with some fussy cut Heather Ross prints??!! I got great feedback from Amy to add the chimney and the red backing was a favorite.

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Fabric Stash + Basting

Over on IG (instagram) this week, I owned up to my fabric stash and my fabric addiction. It actually was a really good exercise for me. My husband and I always had an agreement that I could buy fabric just so long as it fitted in my sewing room…..well then my shelf broke and that is where this all starts :-)

So, my guest room landed up being the temporary storage room when my shelf broke (fall off the wall). Finally, this weekend I decided it was time to organize the fabric that had landed up there and move it onto comic book boards. Folding underway….

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After around 3 1/2 sets of boards (each containing 100 boards) folding was complete. In this lot I have cotton and steel yardage (all of the prints), Katarina Roccella – Indelible, all of Alison Glass’ lines, Joel Dewberry – Bungalow, both of Francis Newcombe’s lines, Heather Ross….and more.

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So, that was my overflow room. I decided I would own this totally and also shared the fabric actually in my sewing room. The first side of my project table contains my basic stash….all prints organized by color [Blues | Teals/aquas | greens |reds/pinks |oranges |blacks/grays | multi-color | browns/yellows |Purples/low-volumes].

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The second side has been organized by designer and has my solid stash (which is mostly Kona). IMG_2395

Lastly, this is the messy part of my current storage that does need reorganizing (underway and hope to complete before the weekend). Down on the floor on the left, it starts with a bin/pail for all pre-cuts. On the book-case contains Project bins, Aurifil thread boxes, Linens/ Japanese prints, my fabric line from Spoonflower | more project bins,  quilting books |Flannel, Corduroy, Minky and Batting etc. On the far right side on the floor I have two more bins, 1 contains all the kid prints, the other fabrics that I use for bee blocks. IMG_2396

My goal for showing this is threefold;

  • is to really admit what I have,
  • and then take the steps to use and reduce the stash,
  • reorganize and move my overflow stash back into my sewing room.

From a project standpoint…..I finally got around to basting two of my quilting projects. I was at Spoonflower, last night, and got enough space to baste this one. Yay, onto quilting.

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Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (button on the right).

Bjorn the Bear

The Norwegian word for a bear is “Bjorn”. What a perfect name for my new quilt top.

I had the great pleasure of testing this giant bear paper piecing pattern for Juliet over @ Tartankiwi. Once again she developed a wonderful pattern!!

UPDATE: Pattern is now available in Juliet’s shop on Craftsy.

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Here are some more details…

Block Size: 30 x 30 “
Technique: Paper Piecing
Fabric for Bear: Umbrella Prints
Fabric for Background: Netorious in Kerchief (Cotton and Steel), Collage Texture (Carrie Bloomston), and Full Circle in Egg Shell (Eloise Renouf)

When finished this will land up being a wall hanging for my friend Daisy (over @ Ants to Sugar), who is expecting a new arrival next month!! [Daisy, feel to rename the bear for when its in its new home :-)]

On another note, but still related…..Juliet @ Tartankiwi is running a fantastic challenge with her butterfly patterns. There are prizes (oakshott cottons!!). So,  check it out, have a go with her patterns – entries are open until 31st August.

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I am submitting the Kaleidoscope of Butterflies quilt, I made with her butterfly patterns….which details can be found here.
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Just to inspire you/ challenge you all to join in….some close ups of the two bigger butterflies.

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Linking up with a few sites to celebrate that “bear” of a finish (hahaha)…

  • Sew Cute Tuesday – Guest post by Quiltineering (see button on right)
  • Let’s bee Social  – with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts (see button on right)
  • Finish it up Friday – with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts

Sunday Stash: A Class and New Releases

Carolyn Friedlander was in North Carolina for the weekend teaching classes. On Saturday she was scheduled to teach “Olive” at Studio Stitch in Greensboro (about 90 minutes away). At the very last-minute on Friday night, I checked with a friend to see if there were any spots left. Lucky for me there was!!

So, yesterday, I made up 3 of the 4 tree blocks in class, using Hawthorne Hues and Cotton and Steel Basics. I love the blues and the corals/oranges. One more block to go in Navy and Red. I am thinking of using Mustard, Bone and a Grey for borders.

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I had some happy mail this week. The first package is yardage of some of the new Kona solids and a new color card. I ordered from Fat Quarter Shop who has great service. Did you know that you can just add a note, at point of sale, to label your Kona cottons!!! I love it and will now always ask.

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Just a FYI, the color card was not a single card. You get the old one with an insert sheet of the new 32 colors. I thought the description was a little misleading but the FQS do mention at the end “insert”, so I thought I would mention it here – just a heads up. Description: “The Kona Cotton Solids Color Card features 303 cotton swatches. Swatches are approximately 1″. This color card already includes the 32 new Kona colors insert.”

Lastly, but definitely not least, I bought some of the grey, white and black prints from Frances Newcombe’s Cherie from Hawthorne threads. I love it!!

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I will have an update next weekend on my big tidy up….I spent all day today going through my recent purchases (probably the last 6 months), putting the yardage around the comic book boards that I use adding what I can back into my sewing room.  [OH, YES....I have an overflow room at the moment].

Linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash (see button on the right).