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May Book Club: “Quilt Romance”

Is it really the last month of the school year? Well, it's also the last month of Book Club before I put all my sampler of blocks together into a quilt. I thought for the grand finale this year, I would choose Kaffe Fassett's "Quilt Romance" book. After all, what kind of quilters' book club wouldn't include his work? For my block of the month, I was inspired by the quilt, "Autumn Daze". The quilt in the book is made up of alternating blocks of rectangles and half-square triangles. So simple, yet a stunning combination of color and pattern. I wanted...

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April Book Club: “Scrap Basket Beauties”

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…. As the title indicates, the...

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March Book Club: “Scrap Republic”

Another month has passed, this school year is flying by! Happily, each day we are closer to spring. For book club in March, I looked through "Scrap Republic", by Emily Cier. I love the sub-title of this book, "8 quilt projects for those who love color". Perfect for me, right? It is a small book with just eight quilt patterns, and inexpensive as quilting books go. Each month of the school year, I am revisiting a favorite book and making one 12 1/2" block inspired by one of the patterns (see past posts Here). This month, I made this block based on the...

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February Book Club: Material Obsession 2

Happy February! Rumor has it that those of us in the north are in for some improvement in temperatures in February, hope that's true. Each month I choose a book from my quilting library to review, look at quilts and find new inspiration. This month I am looking at Material Obsession 2 by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke. Anyone familiar with either of these ladies and their quilting knows that their books are filled with beautiful photography and a variety of interesting projects, mostly contemporary quilts with a strong traditional influence. Lots of scraps. Lots of color. This book does not...

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January Book Club: Hand Quilted with Love

I don't know about you, but I have so many quilting books, and I will likely keep buying my favorites. The problem is, I hardly ever actually make something from my books. So this year, I started a quilters' book club back when my kids started school in September. Each month of the school year, I am choosing a book to highlight and make one block. This gives me a chance to take a new look at my favorite books and to actually make a project inspired by them. At the end of the school year, I will have nine...

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December Book Club: Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe

For the month of December, my book club book is "Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe". I have pretty much wanted this book since it was released, just from seeing the projects on other blogs, but I only just found it at the store. I happened to have a coupon, so I scooped it up. It did not disappoint. For my monthly block, I made a sawtooth star inspired by Jeni Baker's pattern in the book, "Mini Claw Throw" Something unique about this book that I love: there are no basic sewing instructions. It is actual quilt patterns from beginning to end....

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November Book Club: “Quilting Modern”

I usually post about the book club on the first Sunday of the month, but I was on a family trip last week, so here we go. this month I chose "Quilting Modern" by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pederson. If you like the look of modern improvised or "wonky" piecing, this book definitely belongs in your quilting library. There are a lot of fun projects that are quick to sew up with scraps or your latest favorite yardage. For my book club block of the month, I took inspiration from the pattern, "Blue Ice Quilt" and made a log cabin-type block with my...

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Quilters’ Book Club: The Practical Guide to Patchwork

It is the first Sunday of October, and that means we have a new Book Club book! This month, I chose "The Practical Guide to Patchwork" by Elizabeth Hartman (Stash Books). For my block of the month (top), I made one from the "planetarium" pattern in the book. Elizabeth made a whole quilt of these blocks, all in cheery sherbet colors and crisp white sashing. My favorite quilt in the book might be "little leaves" (above). It is made up of blocks of, well, little leaves, in bright colors. So fresh and pretty. The things I like about Elizabeth's books: She includes alternate suggestions...

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Quilters’ Book Club project: flying geese

I was a bit overambitious when I took this project to Sewing Summit last week. I was expecting to have more open sewing time for personal projects. Oh, well. I got these bits sewn during lunch hours. The design for these blocks is inspired by the book, "PillowPop", which is our September Quilters' book club feature. I mentioned in my post about this book that the patterns would be really fun to adapt to any kind of sewing project, not just for pillows. I am going to make a Mini Quilt using four of these blocks. The geese will "fly around"...

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(Quilters’) Book Club

It is the first of September, the start of a new school year for our little ones, and I think we Sewers should hit the books, too. Each month I will feature a quilting book that inspires me and making up a 12 1/2" (unfinished) block from the book or adapted/inspired by a pattern in the book. At the end, I will have nine fun blocks to sew into a sampler or individual mini quilts, or pillows..... Will you join me? Our first book to study is PillowPop, compiled by Heather Bostic. You can find this at your local library (that's where...

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