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 pattern “plumb” in the book. Emily’s quilt version consists of similar-size rectangles of all kinds of scraps. I decided to make my block two parts: four squares of “quiet” colors opposite my bright strips for a really simple, fun block.
As you might guess from the title, the projects are particularly focused on the use of scraps….and they are quite riotous! I love this one called “Whirl” that combines curves with angles. Even though it is so scrappy, Emily placed the colors strategically to create some organization to the array.
Take heart, if you don’t love (or don’t have) scraps, each project is also shown in an alternate design using an organized color/fabric scheme that could come from a pre-cuts, fat quarters, or your own favorite fabrics. This book is appropriate for beginners as most of the quilts are made up of basic pieces (squares, rectangles) and many are wonky (think: “made fabric” with your scraps).
It is also great for those of us who have been quilting for a while and want ideas for using that special jelly-roll or pile of leftovers from the last quilt!
I now have seven blocks finished! Here are four of them together, including the one I made for March at the top. Pretty cheery, yes?
Once I have all nine blocks, I plan to use them to make my 2014 Summer Blockbuster, a sampler setting pattern that will be published in parts on this blog. Perfect for those orphan blocks, if you want to sew with me. Check out last summer’s Blockbuster Here.
Happy Reading, and sewing!