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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: 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.

Sneak Peek + Angel Oak, Johns Island, South Carolina

We arrived in Charleston, South Carolina late Saturday. While on vacation, over the next week, I will be mixing up vacation photos and sewing/quilting projects that I am finishing (with those 4 hours a day ;-)). So far:

  • We spent 1 day at the beach, close to our rental – Seabrook Island which was great as it has one side on the Atlantic and the other side in a coastal lagoon – perfect for kids.
  • Today, we got in our first part of sight-seeing in, we went to Angel Oak Tree, an oak tree that has been aged to be greater than 400-500 years old (shown in the pictures below). We also visited Downtown Charleston where we went on a Horse drawn city tour and visited Old Market City. We really enjoyed the city tour with the horse-drawn carriage and the knowledgeable guide. I would recommend Old South Carriage Co. for the tours around Charleston.
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  • Here’s a sneak peek of one of the sewing projects I finished yesterday. I have 2 fabric give aways later this week, sponsored by Jumping Birds…come back Friday. These are perfect for going back to school projects.
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New York Finale + Give Away

So, I am finishing up my posts on our visit to New York this week….and in celebration of my 40th birthday last weekend, the fact I have reached 200 followers (thank you all), I would like to include you all in my experience in the Lotta Jansdotter Surface Printing class I have a GIVE AWAY  :-).

GIVE AWAY!!!

The lucky randomly chosen winner will receive:

  • A Lotta Jansdotter Strawberry Journal
  • A Charm Pack of Bella Fabric Line (Lotta Jansdotter)
  • Lotta Jansdotter’s book – Lotta Prints (which covers most of the things we learnt in the surface printing workshop)

All you have to do is leave a comment below, by midnight Thursday 20th June, about what inspiration do you get for your projects from the environment around you. For a second entry, just let me know if you are a follower. If you are a no-reply commenter please leave an email address. I will announce the winner next Friday.

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Previous posts from our New York Visit:
40 and Lotta’s Surface Printing Workshop
New York Part 1: The City Quilter Fabric Stash Additions
New York Part 2: Quilting Inspiration

The New York finale is really simple, here are some of my favorite photos and views of New York.

Central Park
The park is so large we only saw a small part of it. We had amazing weather both days. The boys visited the Central Park Zoo where the Polar Bear was the star. There was a great sense of community and fun here. I also loved the statues at one of the entrances of the zoo.

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The High Line
This was a great (new-ish) place that used to be a railroad track above the factories in the meat packing district. It is now ~ 2 mile walk through gardens,  some vendors (like coffee, ice pops, and food items) and various art pieces. This is my favorite place in New York.

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Rockefeller Center
To get a good view of the city on such a wonderful day, we took advantage of the views at the top of Rockefeller center. We were lucky with the atmosphere which was buzzing as it was Puerto Rico Day and a parade was occurring. At the top we saw the Empire State building on one side and a great view of central park expanse on the other (wow is all I can say).IMG_7538 IMG_7562 IMG_7565

Grand Central Station
What an amazing Building, even in the pouring rain it was captivating. Celebrating its 100 anniversary, it is still in its glory. Look at the amazing ceiling with its celestial paintings.
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Times Square
We were very lucky with the atmosphere in Times Square when we were visiting. Obviously we went at night to get the full impact of all the lights….but the night we went there was a viewing party going on.  In the middle of Times Square you could sit and watch the Tony awards which was broadcasting on an extra-large screen – there must have been thousands of people out that night.
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I hope you enjoyed our view of New York.

Have a great weekend!!! Linking up with Amanda Jean @ CrazyMomQuilts.

February goal check

This weekend has been really productive!!!, and it means that I am closer to my February Goals. If you remember, I linked up with A lovely year of finishes  and The Girl who Quilts (and I won the give-away, which is so cool!!!)
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This is a check-in on where my goals are.

  1. As mentioned on Friday 1st, complete top and back of my “Four Seasons in one day” (named after a crowded house song)
    I have now almost completed the top – I worked out a way to make the border in more of a block instead of a string which gave me more manageable pieces to work with. I also worked out the corner pieces as well 🙂
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  2. Finish 4 sets of chair bags.
    I have cut out 2 sets of chair bags but have not started sewing yet. 
  3. Finish 4 sets of pot holders.
    I have 3 sets of pot holders completed…our kitchen is a light green – these are the ones I made for use in our kitchen.
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  4. Cut out fabric for my son’s quilt.
    Not started yet 
  5. Triple zip pouch.
    Fabric and other materials selected. 
  6. Try out a paper piecing block.
    Not started yet but I have something in mind.

More general goals

  1. Continue with Life Style Challenge.
    See yesterday’s update here. 
  2. Post 3 times a week min.
    Check – doing well. I also joined Pinterest, I was struggling with just using bookmarks to find things I liked in the www. Let me know if you have a site or which sites you would recommend I follow. 
  3. Post a new recipe each week.
    Check – doing well

Finish it up Friday – Spoonflower Bolster Cushion

The winner of my 100th post give away, after using a random number generator, is:

ClumsyKristel @ http://wipgirl.wordpress.com/

Please can you send me an email letting me know:

  • which pot holder set you would like and in which color (if you don’t want one of the two that are pre-made)
  • and your postal address so I can send them to you.

Now for Finish it up Friday (linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts); on Wednesday, I posted the Bolster cushion that I was making it using a tutorial and fabric (by Holli Zollinger Diamond Circles and Grey Diamond Linen) from Spoonflower.

I managed to finish the cushion….here is the finished product 🙂

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Close up of the fabric:
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My 2nd invisible zipper and it turned out great 🙂
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