In my last post I said I would share three finished quilts in my next post. Only the quilt for my niece’s baby is ready to share. I’m busy with another project – more about that later. As usual I think I can do more than I can. Oh, well. This one is finished! I’m sending it out to California with a puzzle for big brother.
See my Penny there in the background on the left. She turned 14 last Friday and I forgot about it until Saturday. I don’t think she noticed. ; c ) She has slowed down a lot, but she has moments like yesterday when she runs out the door with Duke and Len chasing squirrels and chipmunks.
New books for my quilting library-
I usually keep a wish list of books and when one of the kids needs a book I order one or two to get the free shipping from Amazon. At least I’ve delayed my gratification!
I LOVE History Repeated. All the quilts are gorgeous and photographed so well. I was a bit hesitant to order this because I really don’t need another pattern book. I like books I can read and I usually don’t follow quilt patterns anyway. There are two things about this book I thought were a bit different and a plus. Because the book is based on a 19th century block exchange group they show more than one quilt for each block. The settings are different which sometimes totally changes the look of the quilt. Also, for each block exchange they provide information on their fabric selection limitations. “We used 1880s and earlier reproduction fabrics in brown, blue, indigo, Prussian blue, Perkins purple, pink, Turkey red and green as well as light and medium shirtings and conversational prints. All participants used the same cheddar fabric. We did not use poison greens, neons, clarets, chrome yellows or cadet blues.” I’ll have to research Perkins purple. This description provides more limitations than most. I thought this feature was very helpful. My only complaint is the cover material – it doesn’t seem very sturdy. I keep flipping through this book so I’m thinking maybe I should take it to a copy shop and have it spiral bound and plastic covers added.
I read about Great Little Quilts on Dawn’s blog Collector with a Needle. I was a little disappointed with the condition of the book, but it is full of lovely little quilts. Obviously, it is used – thought I chose one that was in “very good” condition. Not only is the dust cover messed up; the binding looks like it is chewed a little. The books pages are fine which I guess is what matters most.
I found this treasure at the library books sale. Crib Quilts and Other Small Wonders by Woodard and Greenstein is chockfull of quilts. Look at this – 6 on one double page spread and there are pages and pages like this!
More books from the library sale-
And a Japanese Quilt magazine –
I’m preparing to do a demo at the next Springfield QU meeting. I’m sharing Gyleen Fitzgerald’s Pineapple Ruler. I blogged about it here and here. There are three other people demonstrating three other rulers and it is being done round robin style. I’m so glad I started preparing this week because I need to have enough blocks in the various stages to show four groups. They are fun to do, but not real fast. The binding on the other two quilts will have to wait.
Hope you find some stitching time this weekend.