Book Club 2013-14, Recommended Reading

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 my block to have a bit more to it, so instead of just half-square triangles, I made my units into hourglass blocks (or quarter-square triangles).
If you have never seen a book by Kaffe Fassett, you are in for a treat. The photography alone is beautiful and inspiring…This could really qualify as a “coffee table” book. The pictures and the quilts are full to the brim with color and texture.
One of the patterns in this book (above) “Gold Italian Tiles”, is such a great design for using a large scale print that you don’t want to cut up too much. This one and the one at top are very simple pattern designs, perfect for a beginner. Don’t let all the over-the-top color and prints fool you: most of the quilts are quite simple….but,

….There are a few advanced options, too. I love quilts with houses, so the “two up, two down” really attracts me. And how about the one on the left above? This pattern has lots of names depending on who wrote the pattern, but it is quite a popular design right now. (search “gypsy kisses” on instagram).
What I like about quilting books is the inspiration I can find inside. I don’t often make a quilt from a pattern or book, but I love looking at them for color ideas, photography, and block designs that I can mix up for my own quilt. I started this book club series as a way for me to be pushed to take a new look at my books, to revisit favorites, and to try out some of the designs.

Surprise! Happy Mothers’ day to my very talented Mother, Marian. She made the quilt above, which is also a pattern found in this month’s book. Can you believe the great quilts in just this one book? and I only showed you a small portion of it. Gorgeous!
Next up, finalizing the design for my book club blocks quilt. I will be publishing the pattern as my “sumer blockbuster” quilt this year. If you have some orphan blocks or a block-of-the-month group waiting to be sewn up, be sure and follow along.
Happy Mom’s day, and have a great week!
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2 thoughts on “May Book Club: “Quilt Romance”

  1. Cathy says:

    The quilt you received is beautiful. Can’t wait to see your Summer Blockbuster. Hugs

  2. fiberchick says:

    I love your mother’s quilt. Looking forward to seeing your “blockbuster” What a talented bunch you are!

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