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 I got this one), or purchase at quilt shops, bookstores, and chain craft stores (I love Joann’s coupons for books)
Although each of the patterns in the book is oriented toward making a pillow, they would be fabulous made as blocks for a larger quilt, the center of a medallion or for mini quilts/mug rugs.
This month I chose to make “Life Aquatic” block,
This is an easy one to sew up. I did it as a “beginner/ender” while I was sewing the cross blocks for my Marcelle border yesterday. The fabrics are from my “happy colors” stash bin so I didn’t have to work hard at planning. I just pulled out the bin, cut my squares, and put it back until next month.
My favorite pattern in the book is “Garden District” by Corey Yoder,
One of the things I really like about this book is that each project is just one “block”, so you can be creative with what you do with them, like the setting if you are making a quilt, or using them as “made” fabric for a zipper pouch or placemats. There is also a great range of skill levels and styles. There is appliqué, curved piecing, string piecing as well as the basics.
If you want to join my Book Club, pick up a copy of Pillow Pop and check out all the fun projects.
There are too many ideas for one post, so I will do more Book Club posts throughout the month.
Be sure and link up your projects from Pillow Pop in the flick’r group for Fabrics & Flowers.