It’s April! It’s beginning to look like spring, and it’s time for a new book club
If you are just tuning in, each month I choose a book to feature and chat a bit about. I also sew one 12 1/2″ scrappy block inspired by something in the book.
This month I picked out “Scrap Basket Beauties” by Kim Brackett. All of you modern quilters might think this looks like a cutesy tootsy full of projects in pastels and 30’s reproductions, but if you look inside, there is lots of goodness for any taste….
As the title indicates, the projects are centered around using scraps, specifically strips. I personally love scrappy quilts, so I think it’s pretty fun. If you don’t have much of a stash or lots of scraps, you could also use pre-cuts or yardage, too.
I love both of these quilts photographed on the back of the book (above). Wouldn’t that star block on the right be great in the center of a medallion quilt?
For my block, I decided to take piece of this quilt made up of crosses. Originally my block was just the yellow cross shape with the blue and pink around the edges…it was really blah, so I cut it apart and added the green strip. I think it livens it up a bit.
I now have eight blocks made. You can see past book club posts Here
. I have just one more month, then over the summer, these blocks will be made into a “blockbuster” quilt
…free quilt along here on the blog…great for turning your orphan blocks into a quilt!
“Scrap Basket Beauties” has several variations on the classic pinwheel block, which has been one of my favorites. The one above could be made to look really retro or really modern depending on the fabric and layout of the blocks.
“Scrap Basket Beauties” contains a full section on basic quilt-making and 18 projects for all skill levels. A fun addition to your library, or just a browse for serious inspiration.
Have a great week! I am hoping to enjoy some time in my garden…there are signs of life!