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Book Review Tuesday: Quilting from Every Angle

It has been a while since I did a “Book Review Tuesday”, but I have a great reason to resurrect it today.

I am so excited to be the first on Nancy’s blog tour for her new book. Nancy is in our modern quilt guild and inspires our members, all the time with her modern quilts. It is so great, that she can share her talents with a wider audience, through this book.

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Review

Title: Quilting from Every Angle
Author: Nancy Purvis
Publisher: Interweave
ISBN: 978-1-63250-086-1

I was totally inspired by this book. Starting with the first section, which does a great job introducing quilt design and design tools to its readers. I love the idea of creating an inspiration board.

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I seldom pick up a book and find more than 2-3 projects in the book that I just need to make. This book offers so many choices that meet my design aesthetic. The projects are well made to show off their modern design elements – each project highlights the design elements, the color, and the quilting choices.

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Some of my favorite projects in the book are:

  • Fossil #fossilquilt
  • Sequoia #sequoiaquilt
  • Mesa #mesaquilt
  • Four Corners #fourcornersquilt
  • Concordia #concordiaquilt (I think I may make this quilt design into a table runner)
  • Vertebrae #vertebraequilt

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I loved this book and so excited to get time to make more of these projects.  I would recommend it to everyone so it is a 5/5:
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You can purchase a signed copy of Nancy’s book and find the updates to her book on her blog.

My Project

The first project I made from her book, was Fossil. I decided I would make it as mini quilt so I can hang it on my wall at work. I shrunk the HST from 3 1/4 inches unfinished to 2 inches unfinished.  I knew immediately that I wanted to use Alison Glass text print and Alison Glass Handcrafted lines.
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The quilt came together quickly. The design offers you several ways in which you can make it your own, either with the fabric selection and/ or quilting.

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I tried to pull the colors from the triangles into the binding by using some of the scraps from the HST’s.
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Blog Tour

Don’t forget to check out others on her blog tour, she has a great line up.

11/10- Michelle Wilkie of Factotum of Arts
11/11- Hillary Goodwin of Entropy Always Wins
11/12- Karen Lewis of Karen Lewis Textiles
11/13- Anna Graham of Noodlehead
11/16- Rachel McCormack of Wooden Spoon Quilts
11/17- Tara Larson of Rad & Happy 
11/18- Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane
11/19- Holly Hughes of Holly Gets Quilty
11/20- Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft
11/23- Pat Bravo of Pat Bravo Fabric Design and Jesse Maloney of Art School Dropout
11/24- Astrid Slagle of Red Red Completely Red
11/25- Holly DeGroot of Bijou Lovely
11/26- Christopher Thompson of The Tattooed Quilter
11/27- Spoonflower

Give-away

WINNER is Sarah who wants to explore negative space. She wrote “I think I need to challenge myself by incorporating negative space in my modern quilts. Thanks for the chance to win!”. We will be sending you an email shortly.

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Lastly, Nancy has been kind enough to offer a digital copy of her book as a giveaway. I hope you all can enjoy it and be inspired as much as I am with her book. Just leave a comment below answering “What elements of modern design you would like to try in one of your quilt projects”.

There is a second chance to win if you are a follower, just leave a second comment. A winner will be chosen at random next Tuesday November 17th 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.

 

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Book Review Tuesdays: Quilt Color Workshop

I thought today would be a perfect time to post another Book Review Tuesday, as I am sitting on a plane, on my way to Las Vegas, for a 2 hour meeting (for those that know I live on the east coast…yes that will mean I am on a plane for 14 hour return trip in the next 24 hours or so).

Anyway, it has been a while since we had a Book Review Tuesday, for those who have not seen this feature before you can check out the details and previous reviews here. More reviews are on the way, I promise. I have been collecting many books and have several on pre-order which I am holding out for. One last thing, don’t forget the giveaway below.

Review

I have always been fascinated by color. I love playing with colors and seeing how colors and values work together (or not). I think one of my strengths is just know what colors work and what does not….I think it’s all those years of drawing and painting etc. So for today, I wanted to share Quilt Color Workshop with you, I was so excited when this book arrived on my door step a couple of months ago.

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Title: “Quilt Color Workshop”
Author: Tacha Bruecher, Brioni Greenberg, Lynne Goldsworthy, John Adams
Publisher: F+W Media
ISBN:  978-1-44630-375-7

This book did not disappoint. This book is well authored, edited with an intelligent and comprehensive explanation of color theory. The photography and illustrations are fantastic and are essential to this book.

The book got me enthralled right from the first pages. This first section covers the essentials of color theory, and then dives into more detail explaining how color relationships are so important when choosing your fabrics of a quilt.

The first project is that “oh to die for” color wheel that is on the cover….and yes I am going to make myself a color wheel too…I am thinking of making mine out of hexagons 🙂

The majority of the book, explains how the initial principles and the relationship of color works with essential colors (almost the rainbow ROYGBIV Red, Blue, Yellow, Purple, Green and Orange).

Each one of the color sections:

  • Starts with a block you can make up and focuses on one of the color theories; for example Red focusses on analogous
  • Other examples of other color theory principles are also provided using that feature block, so you can truly be walked through the differences.
  • A second block is provided focusing on a second color theory (Red – monotone was the second example). Again, other examples of this same block  are provided and explained.
  • Two full projects are provided for each color section.

I do have some favorite projects:

  • Lynne Goldsworthy – Calm Before the Storm project highlighting the color theory of monotone in reds and low volumes.
  • Lynne Goldsworthy – Modern Vintage Wedding Ring Quilt project highlighting the Color theory of split complementary in pale purples, oranges and greens printed fabrics and neutrals. I have never wanted to make a wedding ring quilt until I saw this one!!
  • Tacha Bruecher – Off the Cuff Quilt project highlighting the color theory of double complementary using dark orange with blue and light orange with blue-green prints. This quilt is made up of improv. log cabin blocks.

The book finishes up with some of the techniques and templates, you will need to make the projects in the book, so make sure you go to the end.

I do not have a project today. However it is very easy for me to rate this book as this book is one of the few quilting books I use and pull out on a regular basis. It is a fabulous reference for color theory and when I am trying to explain why I chose the fabrics I chose for a quilt, I go back to this book to get the right color theory/relationship. Overall, I really enjoy this book and my rating is:
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Give-away

One brand new copy of Quilt Color Workshop will be given away, all you need to do is leave a comment on what you would like to learn with regards to color theory or what is your favorite color relationship you use in your quilts (Monotone, Analogous, Complementary, Double Complementary,  Split Complementary, Triadic, Neutrals). There is a second chance to win if you are a follower, just leave a second comment. A winner will be chosen at random and announced after 6pm next Tuesday 24th June.

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.

Book Review Tuesday: Free Motion Quilting

I have recently had the chance to attend one of Angela Walters’ class in person at Sewdown Nashville. It was fantastic. I wanted to continue practicing and growing this skill of Free-Motion Quilting.

Review

I already had in my growing library of books her book Free-Motion Quilting. I grabbed it and decided to start working through it.
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Title:  “Free Motion Quilting with Angela Walters”
Author:  Angela Walters
Publisher:  C & T Publishing
ISBN:  978-1-60705535-8

This book has a great layout that builds on the knowledge you learn with each chapter. It starts with similar techniques as in her class however I was pleasantly surprised while the topic was the same, the patterns were different. Each design includes step by step instructions making it very easy to follow and practice.

The book includes circles, swirls, squares, lines, vines, arcs, and points. A great collection of designs are discussed.

My favorite section is in Section 3, in which Angela, helps you visualize how to use the designs in modern quilts. It provides great inspiration on how to combine different designs to highlight but complement the quilt.

I really enjoyed reading through this book as it was easy to follow which is perfect for a book that is an instructional guide and possible replacement/substitute for those who can’t attend a class.

Definitely a 4 out of 5.
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Project

My project is kind of different as it is a long-term project this time. I am committing to practice Free-Motion Quilting for 15 minutes every day from May 1st through May 31st. Practice…Practice…Practice. There are 4 main groupings of techniques in this book that fits perfectly with 4 weeks of May. You can see the daily progress on instagram @ ml_wilkie; and I will show you all a weekly recap on my blog right here.

This is where I am starting at:
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and…Geometric_FMQ

I hope you can stop by and see the progress!!

Give-away

Giveaway time!! The winner will win a copy of Free Motion Quilting with Angela Walters and a pair of Machingers quilting gloves (recommended in Angela’s book and I am loving my new pair already!!).
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All you need to do is leave a comment on either what you would like to learn in FMQ or what is your favorite FMQ tip or design. There is a second chance to win if you are a follower, just leave a second comment. A winner will be chosen at random and announced next Tuesday, May 6th after 6pm.

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.

Linking up with Lee Over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.

Book Review Tuesday: Quilt Essential

Recently,  Stash Books/C&T Publishing had a sale where they were selling books for $5-10. Of course, I had to take advantage of the sale. One of those books I purchased was “Quilt Essential”, a book I had never seen before….somehow I missed it.

Review

quilt_essentials_lgTitle:  “Quilt Essential”
Author:  Erin Burke Harris
Publisher:  Stash Books
ISBN:  978-1-60705-793-2

This book was not what I expected, but I have to say I am pleasantly surprised. This is probably the best quilt reference book I have read, so far. I wish this was one of the first books I had purchased when I started quilting a year ago.

The book is made up of 4 sections.

  • Section 1: Fabric
    This section covers, in-depth, types of fabrics – quilting cotton, muslin, broadcloth, voile, calico, flannel, lawn, linen, velvet, denim, corduroy, silk, wool and hand-dyed fabrics. It also includes yardage and measuring (cutting and calculating various shapes, sashing/borders, and batting) and caring for fabrics.
  • Section 2: Colors
    Starting with the basics on color theory, this section then goes into more detail with matching fabrics and colors; how to combine prints and textures.
  • Section 3: Designs
    Detailed information is provided on the various shapes that we use in quilting, with information on angle types and examples of how to use the various shapes.  I love the chapters on traditional and modern quilting and how to combine the block types. The various quilt types/styles that people have created, is a great collection for inspiration and introducing people to the various styles….such as  Japanese Sashiko quilts, Hawaiian quilts, Art quilts, Abstract quilts etc. Finally, this section finishes off with various sashing and border techniques and embellishment options for quilting.
  • Section 4: Assembling
    This is the core quilting techniques chapters. Again, such great details and photos explaining various piecing techniques, quilting techniques and binding options.

One of my favorite parts of the book, is the highlighted quilters and fabric designers, that are covered. I love the descriptions of their body of works and where they find inspiration. It is great to get to know some of the more prominent folks in the industry, a little more. These highlights, are great for breaking up all that detail/reference material and personalize it more.

The book is full of details, a great read whether you are new to quilting or not. It could easily be used as a general sewing reference, as well. This would be so great for a school library…I thinking of donating a couple to my son’s elementary school. This book for me is definitely a 3 star book, for sure.

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No project this week, as the book is not a project book.

Give-away

Sponsoring this give away is Stash Books, who will provide the winner an electronic copy of Quilt Essential.  All you need to do is leave a comment on what quilting information you would like more information on.  There is a second chance to win if you are a follower, just leave a second comment. A winner will be chosen at random and announced next Tuesday, 15th April after 6pm.

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.

Linking up with Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s bee social (see button on right side menu).

Book Review Tuesday: ???

Mystery Book
This week, how about a little game , a mystery book?? A completely different approach, I know,  but I hope you will have fun.  Here’s how we will play….below are 10 clues, take a guess of what the book is, by leaving a comment. If you are a follower, leave a second comment.

Next week, I will review the book, and I will randomly select a winner who will win a hard copy of the book (your answer does not have to be correct just give it a go).

1. A quilting reference book
2. For varying skill levels, beginners to advanced quilters
3. Good techniques section from cutting, appliqué, EPP techniques, quilting
4. Designs include classic, modern, contemporary
5. Includes several variations of a single design
6. Each chapter has at least one project
7. Machine sewing required
8. Flying geese, ohio star, amish square, electric fan, pictures in the stairwell
9. A great travel companion
10. Blocks, blocks and more blocks

Book Review Tuesday: Let’s get our geek on

This week’s book selection is dear to my heart. Many of you probably don’t know but my degrees at university was in Biology + Statistics (undergrad), and Marine Science.  I do not necessarily use what I did in my degree, but I have stayed in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) field.  Right now, I actually work for an analytical software company.

Review

So, I was surprised that this book, Quilt Lab, was not on my top 10 wish list.  As I read Ali’s blog posts on her experiences publishing with Stash books, I was intrigued.

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Title: “Quilt Lab – The Creative Side of Science”
Author: Alexandra Winston
Publisher: C&T Publishing / Stash Books
ISBN:  978-1-60705-803-8

I loved this book. The book is written within the theme of Science and Math throughout. It opens with the geometry behind quilt making/block making, and uses the scientific methods of experimentation to explain the design process. The finishing section actually covers tips I have not seen in a quilt book I have read recently:

  • How to find the right side of batting vs. the wrong side
  • Choosing your stitch length for quilting and how each of these differ, recommending the right lengths for quilting
  • Choosing the right stitch length and effect of the zig zag stitch for machine binding.

The Projects in the book are separated into Small Projects, Rectangles, Angles, and Circles. For the Angles and Circles sections have a great tutorial at the beginning on techniques you will need for the projects.

The layout of each project is probably one of my favorite, so far, in this book review series. Each project explains the

  • inspiration for the project,
  • the planning and designing of the quilt,
  • skills that will be used/improved on with the project,
  • a “Study Hall” insert to explain the math or science concepts behind the inspiration topic
  • and then the usual content – materials, cutting instructions, assembly for top and back

Another great detail, is the templates are supplied in the book, and all but two of the templates require enlargement when copying. There are 12 projects in the book and I plan on making at least 7 of the 12 projects.

  • Pillow Perfect – a project that you can use solids or prints nested squares. The example in the book uses solids and the color choices are fabulous (the pillow is a great matching project to the Fractal quilt (see project section below).
  • Basic Binary – would make the perfect gift quilt or a great beginners quilt. It would be great to play with color and would be a quick project.
  • Fractal – I could not resist, its design was exactly me but still looked like a project that I could accomplish in the week I had to deliver this post (nothing like a deadline)
  • Scattered – fascinates me as it represents statistical visualization techniques. I might change this quilt to a correlation plot though. A perfect gift for someone at work 🙂
  • States of Matter – a great interpretation of solid, liquid and gas using triangles (#2 of my top 3 project choices, still to make)
  • Calculus – shows the progression on how if you add additional triangles /segmentation you can move from a chevron (Zig Zag) all the way to a curved line (like in a sine curve) (#3 of my top 3 project choices, still to make)
  • Aperture Science – this project is FANTASTIC…it represents the science behind how a human eye or a camera shutter works and is association to light (#1 of my top 3 project choices, still to make)

To show you how much I love this book, I bought it a second time after spilling tea on my first copy, destroying my first copy of the book. This would be such a great book to use in schools and get people interested in the art of quilting in conjunction with expanding the interest in Science and Math. This is my first 5 star rating:
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Project

I chose Fractal, as my project for this book for two reasons. One, I wanted a quilt that I would want to keep for myself and two, something I might be able to at least finish a quilt top in 1 week. I will leave it to you to figure out how the quilt top relates to Fractals.

Fabric selection was easy. One of my favorite lines at the moment is Safari Moon by Frances Newcombe as it has the most fabulous colors and prints.  I used a selection of the prints with a selection of matching solids.

I cut all the fabric for the quilt top in about 3-4 hours. The construction of the quilt, you would not believe this but I finished it in 1 day!! Fall of your chair, I never finish it in one day.

The design allows you to make it your own, as color selection is critical to the look of the quilt. Here is my finished quilt top.

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The center is an exercise on piecing small pieces. The small pink squares are cut and sewn slightly larger (~1/4 inch) and trimmed back to ensure better accuracy. As you can see the center close-up really highlights the concept of Fractals.Safari_Fractal_Center
Final Quilt Size: 60 x 60″ (perfect lap quilt for the couch/sofa).

Give-away

Sponsoring this give away is Stash Books, who will provide the winner an electronic copy of Quilt lab.  All you need to do is leave a comment on what was your favorite science/math discipline at school/university (ie. statistics, calculus, chemistry etc. ). There is a second chance to win if you are a follower, just leave a second comment. A winner will be chosen at random and announced next Tuesday, 3rd March after 6pm.

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.

Linking up with Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s bee social (see button on right side menu) + Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday.