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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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Book Club 2013-14

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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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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