Try not to be too shocked, but I ordered another used book from Amazon this week. I know it's kind of getting to be a habit but for the price of a cup of coffee I can get happy mail, inspiration and good stories. That's a win all the way around!
Of course it's packed with good information as well as pretty photos of quilts...
And you know how I love these old photos! I can't help but wonder what these sisters fought about and perhaps the secrets they shared.
A really cool feature in this book is that some of the old quilts are remade in modern fabrics and the instructions are given. Gotta love that!
Isn't this a fun update to the old string quilt?
This quilt was just pretty so I thought you might like to see it.
And this quilt might serve as inspiration for the eagle quilt project going on over HERE.
Some really cool quilt comparisons (I love these!)
And if I had to choose a favorite from the book, this would be it. It's string pieced and so random and charming and the red is gorgeous!
I hope you enjoyed this peek into this book, I know I'm going to spend some more quality time with it. I find so much inspiration from these books and quilters featured in them.
Today's 10 minute tip is one of my old standby's. I ALWAYS have a secret stash of chocolate in my quilting room. I keep a little chocolate handy at all times because it helps when you need a little moment to relax, or you are contemplating the blocks on your design wall, or you cut your last piece of fabric wrong (not that it's ever happened to me, of course, but JUST in case!)
My favorite brand are the Chocolove bars, and I haven't tried a flavor I didn't like yet, but the raspberries in dark chocolate is my most frequently purchased. I find these in the health food section of my local grocery store, so they must be good for me, right?
Let me start by saying that my friend Martha is one of the nicest people I know. She will spend hours helping me find just the right fabric for one hard to match quilt. She will gladly eat barbeque for lunch every time I get a craving. She will meet me at Barnes and Noble to drink Starbucks and read all the quilt magazines. (You know you do it too!) And she has had this pattern for making these folded pot holders for a while now. She brings it out occasionally to remind me that we are going to make these. So when I was at the quilt show on Friday, one of the vendors had the pattern and the interfacing templates...so I bought them of course! You can get some too over at Cottontail Quilts.
So now Martha and I have no more excuses...we MUST make these now. If you have any experience or tips to share, we would both greatly appreciate it!
Oh My Gosh! (pieced and hand quilted by Rita Jensen)
Yesterday my bee group drove over to Cartersville to see the Etowah Valley Quilt Guild's Show. It was a beautiful day (yes, the sun was even shining!) and the company was wonderful of course, but the quilts were pretty awesome as well!
Homes by Larry, Darryl and Darryl (pieced and quilted by Shelby Morris)
Not only were the quilts beautiful but the entire show was decorated with vintage sewing items and adorable quilty stuff. It was so fun to admire the decorations as well as the entry quilts.
Basket Quartet pieced by Agnes Albritton
and quilted by Michelle Wyman
This quilt was one of my favorites and the machine quilting on it was so special!
pieced and quilted by Rita Jensen
3 versionsof the same quilt from a Bonnie Hunter workshop.
How different and wonderful the fabric and setting choices make each one!
And these two quilts were made from the same pattern but the fabric and color choices made them so unique. I love the borders on the left and I love the soft feeling of the one on the right. Both are stunning!
(pieced and quilted by Shelby Morris)
The simplicity of this quilt-as-you-go style string quilt was wonderful. The black check in each block and the solid black sashing made the colorful strings look so rich and bright. This was so simple and so sweet, I really wanted to bring this one home with me. I will just add it to the list of quilts to make 'oneday'.
I hope you enjoyed this little peek at the amazing show and if you are in the area, you should definitely drive over there...it's very worth the time and effort!
I recently participated in a nine patch block exchange with Barb. Her blog is so cool and she really is fun (just like the title of the blog states!) So when she showed a fun tutorial on nine patches and asked if anyone wanted to exchange blocks...well, you know I couldn't pass that up!
She hosted two groups, one modern and one repro...obviously I chose the second group. We were to make 50 pairs of block to swap. The tutorial shows how to make them in pairs and they are stacked on top of each other in the photo.
Note: The photo is lousy because it's been raining here forever and it may never be sunny again. Actually, the sun usually comes out again in mid-April which is why I absolutely HATE the fall/winter in this area. The fall usually isn't so bad, but it reminds me that winter is coming and that IS VERY BAD around here if you are a sun lover like me. So while the rest of you are counting down the days to Christmas, I'm counting down the days until sunshine again. At least I have quilting to get me through the months of drippy darkness. Now, I just sound like I'm whining so let's get back on topic...
I was absolutely thrilled when my package of nine patches arrived! It was so fun to look at each and every one and admire the fabrics. I tried to pick favorites but that was futile...I love them ALL. I have no idea what I'm going to do with them yet and that's okay. I piled them neatly in a cute little basket and they are sitting on my cutting table. One day I will see a quilt or get a flash of inspiration and I will know exactly what to do with them. No rush, just going to enjoy for a while until I'm certain what they want to be.