Book Club 2013-14

April Book Club: “Scrap Basket Beauties”

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It’s April! It’s beginning to look like spring, and it’s time for a new book club selection.
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….

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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?

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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!

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“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.

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“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!

Sharon

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5 thoughts on “April Book Club: “Scrap Basket Beauties”

  1. LynCC says:

    OK – that’s a book I would love to have around (one more for the list)! I really like your twist on the Book Club, doing a block from each one. Love the green strip added in – makes the block wake up nicely.

  2. Love the block. I’ve been thinking about that book for a while. Are the rest of the patterns this cute?

  3. lvkwilt says:

    Her books are all good…can’t go wrong with any of them! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Auntie Pami says:

    I’ve got one about one third done. I really do love her books. I have a lot of 2.5 strips.

  5. Loving those variations on the pinwheel. Pinwheels just say “spring” to me.

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