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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.

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Zakka Inspiration + Book Review Giveaway Winner

So, last week’s book review was Zakka Style. I decided to show you some of the Zakka-like projects that has inspired me. Here we go:

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Source: http://www.noodle-head.com/2013/05/super-tote-super-hearts.html

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Source: http://sotakhandmade.blogspot.com/2014/01/boxy-pouch.html

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Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lrstitched/7343264882/in/pool-590152@N25/

Pencil Case
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Source: http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2007/9/8/arriving-at-purl-any-minute-now-last-minute-patchwork-quilte.html

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Source: http://www.canadianliving.com/blogs/crafts/2010/01/04/giveaway-35/

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Now, the winner of Zakka Style is:

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#17 is Debra Kay Neiman. Congratulations, Debra I will send you an email to get your details.

Next week, Sarah @ Sarah Quilts will be hosting Book Review Tuesday, in which she will share a Sarah Fielke book.

Book Review (Tuesday): Quilting Line + Color

Finally, after almost three weeks, I feel well enough to get behind my sewing machine. First project up was completing my project for book review Tuesday (yes, it’s now Saturday). Better late than never!!

Review

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Title: “Quilting Line + Color: Techniques and Designs for abstract quilts”
Author: Yoshiko Jinzenji
Publisher: Interweave Press, Incorporated
ISBN:  978-1-59668-333-4

There are quilting books/craft books that I really enjoy and love,  as the projects or blocks that they have in the book are so much fun to do and create.  Books like Patchwork please, Pillow Pop, or Vintage Quilt Revival are great examples of this.

This book, Quilting Line + Color, I found extraordinary. It is not so much a book to follow along, but a book that creates inspiration and opens the imagination on what could be. After flicking through the first pages, I had so many ideas on new projects and what I can try, giving me a new direction or extending where I want to go with quilting.

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The book has two parts; the gallery,  instructions and patterns.  The gallery is made up with quilt images of the most fantastic photography. Yes, I caressed the pages, oohed and ahhed. The images above are two of my favorite quilts in the book. I liked that:

  • The projects varied a lot
  • Most of them are appliqué based projects, an area I want to try out this year.
  • I loved the use of negative space in the projects
  • How fabric can be used, as we would similar do in framing an image for drawing/painting.

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The instruction section was detailed with photos, but not in a typical quilting/project way, I have got used too.  It does have a technique section for appliqué, however I think you could apply any technique you are used to using.

I have to say, I loved this book. It is definitely my favorite so far.
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Project

It was easy and difficult deciding on a project. I had so many ideas on where to start but I also knew instantly what I would love to try. I have been playing around with several ideas and this project pulled those all together:

  1. Borders and Line year-long project – what does that topic mean to me.
  2. The Pantone Quilt challenge using Radiant Orchid
  3. Obviously, the project for this book review.

I wanted to do something similar to left quilt in this image:
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This is my finished quilt top – “Hothouse of Orchids” (I think). I used appliqué for the complete top. The fabrics for the squares is Alison Glass Clover Sunshine (purchased from Westwood Acres), and the sashing is Kona Violet.
Hothouse_OrchidsI think I am leaving it like this, as I like the white space.  Yes, I think it is finished.

The original idea, however, was also to add thicker sashing around the edges. In this image I like the increase of color the thicker sashing offers.

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Let me know which one you prefer….I am being indecisive at this point. I still have time to add the thicker sashing before I quilt, or go on and leave it as in the first image :-).  Thanks for all the feedback on the post and on instagram…I am sticking with the thin lines and not using the thick sashing. Have a great weekend.

Give-away

One brand new copy of Quilting Line + Color will be given away, all you need to do is leave a comment on what recently has inspired you in your craft/quilting world and where would you want to take it. 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 Friday.

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 Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

WiP: Book Review Tuesday

Yes, I am late for Book Review Tuesday,  this week. It is likely to be a Book Review Thursday, as the project for the book, is running a little behind. This is my first week back at work. Did it shock your system to go back after the Christmas break? It sure has been a shock to me 🙂

My project for the Book Review is a mini appliqué quilt, that I am calling “Hothouse Orchids”. This is my first all over appliqué quilt, and I am learning a lot while I try out this new method.

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I am hoping to post a finish tomorrow, so stay tuned for the finish + giveaway. I will say the book I am posting about is a new favorite!!! Love it!!

For now, I am linking up with Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see right hand side menu for button/link).

Book Review Tuesday: Pillow Pop

Sorry this is so late today….I came down with the flu and have been feeling under the weather all day. I know…what a New Year’s Eve right ?? Anyway, after watching several episodes of Doctor Who, I am overcoming my cold to bring you one of my favorite books of 2013. I thought it a fitting way to see out the year.

Review

My two favorite books of 2013 would have to be Pillow Pop and Patchwork, please.

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Title: “Pillow Pop”
Author: Compiled by Heather Bostic
Publisher: C&T Publishing/Stash Books
ISBN:  978-1-60705-478-8

I love sewing pillows. They are a great project to practice your skills. They are quick projects which means you easily get finishes and a sense of accomplishment – great to put in between quilt finishes. Finally, they make great gifts!!

Pillow Pop has a fabulous collection of 25 pillow projects. The projects are all by different people, so that means there is something for everyone in this book. The projects are at varying skill levels and pillow sizes and provide you with plenty ideas for a guild pillow swap or gift for a friend.

Each project is well put together, with materials, cutting instructions, and block instructions. The projects have great accompanied pictures and layout, which make them appealing and easy to follow. At the end of the book, there is a chapter that covers various tips on how to finish of the pillow, and the techniques you may need for the project. For example, how to make HST (half square triangles) or put a zipper in or make an envelope back, the details are provided.

My only caution for the book is to make sure you check for corrections. The Metro project, for example, has at least two errors in measurements. This was frustrating and meant some rework and re-measurement, to ensure I was not going crazy some how misread the instructions (which of course can happen ;-)) .

As mentioned, the book offers 25 projects. Of which, I would like at some stage, to make at 12-15 of those. I think that is a great return of investment. For this reason and the enjoyment I have had in making a couple of the projects already,  I would give this book a rating of 4/5.
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Projects

I have made at two of the projects from the book so far. Both of which I had a lot of fun making and had the chance to practice different techniques.

Sea Spray:  This was made from the “Crystallized” pattern by Angela Mitchell’s (page 82). This was the my first attempt using HST and low volumes.

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The Metro: This project is one of the first in the book and is an easy, quick project. Great for beginners. I used this project to practice improvisational piecing (at least the fabric selection) + straight line quilting.

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I plan to make more of the patterns, as I just joined the Threadbias Pillow Pop Sew Along  (and yes it was in my plan ;-)). It would be great to see you all over there. It starts in January, and there are plenty of projects throughout the year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Give-away

One brand new copy of Pillow Pop will be given away, all you need to do is leave a comment on what is your favorite pillow pattern you have tried or your current favorite craft book. 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.

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 {11.12.2013}

Welcome to the first Book Review Tuesday. Just some initial details in case you missed last week’s introduction…

When: Book Review Tuesday will be hosted here every second week (initially for 1 year).
Content of the Post: A book review and a project will be made from the week’s selected book.
Give-away: Each post will include a give-away of that book, winners will be announced the following week ~8pm.

Review

Title: “The Practical Guide to Patchwork” – New Basics for the Modern Quiltmaker
Author: Elizabeth Hartman
Publisher: Stash Books
ISBN: 978-1-60705-008-7

This was the first book I purchased, last year, when I first started to be interested in Modern Quilting. I was looking for a good reference book, basics for quilting techniques and really just a place to get started.

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The Practical Guide to Patchwork definitely provided the basic information I was looking  when starting out, such as:

  • How to choose machine needles
  • Basic quilting techniques
  • How to make and sew binding

The book project layout is well done. It starts off with beginner projects, and moves projects for confident beginners to intermediate projects. There are several projects I am interested in making from this book, but not all as quilts; Small Plates, Valentine, Kitchen Window and lastly Sunspot.  My favorite part of each project is the last section, which provides alternate ideas and additional fabric options. It offers just that little more inspiration by saying “Hey, what about this or that” and gets you thinking about the possibilities of the blocks provided.

This book focused mostly on quilt designs, that use a single block repetitively. I would have liked to have one or two of the projects, in the book focus on non-repetitive block quilts. As a beginner, this would have provided more introduction options into modern patchwork.

This book is great book, if you are looking for a good reference book for quilting techniques or looking for easy to medium quilting projects. It would be a great Christmas gift for a new quilter or a great donation to a school/local community library.

My rating out of 5 is:
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Project

The project I chose, from the book, was the Sunspot block. I actually started this project last year. It was my first patchwork block for what I was planning to be, a Christmas table runner. The instructions were easy to follow. I enjoyed the idea of making the angles within the block. I really liked how the block turned out.
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For this review, I decided to go with my original plan. I re-purposed that block, and cut it in 1/2 to make Christmas place mats for this year. Here are the completed place mat tops, using that one block.

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Fabric: Dear Mr. Claus, Robert Kaufman’s Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Red/Olive, White Kona Skinny sashing.
Size: 14″ x 18″

Do you have projects made from this book? If you have a project link it up.

Give-away

One brand new copy of this book will be given away next Tuesday. All you need to do is leave a comment on why you would like the book. A second chance to win if you are a follower, just leave a second comment indicating you follow. A winner will be chosen at random and posted next Tuesday around 8 pm.

Next Book Review: “Brave New Quilts”.
Upcoming books will include: 500 quilt blocks, Quilting Happiness, Modern One-Block Quilts, Urban Views, Modern Bee.

A disclaimer, all reviews and opinions of the books reviewed will be mine, unless otherwise stated.

Stay Tuned for Book Review Tuesday

In my first of year of quilting, I have discovered two things I enjoy buying – Fabric + Quilting and Design Books. I will admit, I have a little addiction to both….who doesn’t, right :-).

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I would love the opportunity to share the quilting books I have been reading and trying out. So, every two weeks, on Tuesday, I am going to do a book review and share projects, blocks or ideas from the book.  I am going to try this out for one year, and if you all enjoy it, we can keep it going.

Oh, and the BIG NEWS….In conjunction with the review, I will have a give-away for that particular book each week.

What do you think? Do you like the idea? What would you like to see first?

I have so many ideas, we can try through-out the year, to make this fun all round. For example:

  • Choosing a book, one month, and do a link-up for a project from that book (like a book club fashion).
  • Having different folks host a review (the give-away would be covered).
  • Possibilities for blog hops highlighting projects from the selected book.
  • Maybe a “Guess Who” where clues are given, project is shown but the book is not shared (mystery book) until announcement of the give-away winner.

I am starting the event next week. I hope you will come back, participate and enjoy the experience as much as I do.

A disclaimer, all reviews and opinions of the books reviewed will be mine, unless otherwise stated.