A Change of Seasons Book Review

Spring has finally arrived so it seems appropriate that I'm taking a look at A Change of Seasons by Bonnie Sullivan. 

I love seasonal projects. I love to decorate my house with wall hangings, table runners and mug rugs based on the season or holiday, so this book is perfect for me. You know I'm an appliqué girl and this book is chock full of appliqué projects. I'm sure you'll love it too!

Most of the projects in A Change of Seasons use wool, which makes it easy to finish the appliqué edges as you don't have to worry about fraying. If you haven't used wool in your projects before, Bonnie includes information on how to work with it. The book includes a variety of projects, including table toppers, wall hangings, banners, quilts and even little stuffies, which I adore! A great variety to use in decorating your home.

The projects in this book are whimsical, yet elegant, a design aesthetic that I really enjoyed. I also felt that there were so many wonderful designs in this book that could be combined in different ways to create even more new projects.

If you can't already tell, I really liked A Change of Seasons. This book had me at the first page - I guess that would be its "hello". 

Watch the video below or on my YouTube channel to see the sweet designs in this book.

If you like elegant, adorable designs and decorate your home on a seasonal basis, you'll definitely want to add A Change of Seasons to your quilting library.

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I almost forgot: I'm taking a break next week but will be back with more informative content the week of April 3, 2017. Happy Spring Break, y'all!

Creatively,

 

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The Big Book of Fat-Quarter Quilts Book Review

I love to collect Fat Quarter bundles - I find them irresistible (and you can tell that by the number of them in my fabric stash!). My problem is that I don't have one resource where I can find lots of projects that use Fat Quarters. Now I do! The Big Book of Fat-Quarter Quilts by That Patchwork Place (Martingale) contains lots, and I mean, lots of patterns that use Fat Quarters, 66 of them in fact. No excuses for me now!

There are a wide variety of designs in this book: seasonal, elegant, funky, whimsical, you can find patterns for all these styles. Patterns for both pieced and appliquéd quilts are in The Big Book of Fat-Quarter Quilts. What you won't find in this book are small projects, such as table toppers or wall hangings. The patterns in this book are for quilts. 

For a closer look at The Big Book of Fat-Quarter Quilts, watch the video below or on my YouTube channel.

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Get your own copy of The Big Book of Fat-Quarter Quilts and start using up some of those fat quarters that you've been hoarding - or is that just me?

Creatively,

 

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One World Quilt Along Borders and Finishing

Can you believe it? We are at the last instalment of the One World Quilt Along! Yes, it's finally here!

This instalment isn't even a block, really, although I think of it as Block 7. It is actually putting all of the blocks that have been created into the quilt itself by adding sashing and borders. There is one more appliqué to add as well: an alligator. Once this has all been done, the quilt top will be ready for quilting.

 
I'm feeling a bit lost down here.

I'm feeling a bit lost down here.

 

I had a bit of a problem with the alligator appliqué - he really didn't want to be stitched down by himself in the quilt's border and insisted upon visiting the other animals in the previous blocks. After a lot of persuasion, I managed to convince him that he had a spot reserved just for him :)

 
Can I hang out in the trees with you?

Can I hang out in the trees with you?

 
 
I'd really love a hat like that!

I'd really love a hat like that!

 

If you haven't joined the One World Quilt Along, there is still a bit of time to subscribe before it ends. Each block in the quilt is constructed individually so you can really start working on any block - you don't have to start with Block 1. In addition to the blocks, you will also have access to videos for each block to help you complete the quilt. There are two subscription options: Quilter or Viewer. Check out the details here.

Now all that remains is to decide on the prize winners! One of our lucky Quilters will be winning a Janome Artistic Edge digital cutter. There are also lots of fabric-y prizes donated by Hoffman California Fabrics and, last, but not least is a year's subscription to QuiltFusion. Just think of all the wonderful quilt patterns you could create with this amazing software!

I can hardly wait to email the winners of all these wonderful prizes. Keith and I so appreciate the support of Janome, Hoffman California Fabrics, Curious.com (prize already awarded), and, of course, QuiltFusion.

While this may be the end of the One World Quilt Along, Keith and I will be back with another awesome design for our next quilt along. If you have any suggestions for the type of design you'd like to see, please leave them in the Comments below.

Creatively,

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Crazy at the Cabin Book Review

I wish I had a cabin by a lake so I'd have an excuse to make some of the projects in Crazy at the Cabin by Janet Rae Nesbitt. My brother does have a cottage in Ontario,and I could definitely see a few of these quilts gracing the cottage walls.

I first thought that this book was about crazy pieced designs, although the design on the front cover certainly didn't look like a crazy quilt! Once I opened up the book and read about the technique that Janet is using to create these projects, I realized that this was not the case at all. The technique used in the book involves layering fabric one on top of the other and cutting out design shapes from them and then recombining them into the finished design. At least that's my interpretation of it, although Janet explains it much better than that. It's sort of like shuffling a deck of cards - you get a new and unexpected arrangement.

There are a variety of projects in this book from wonky, funky designs to more elegant, traditional looking ones: something for everyone.

I thought that this was a very interesting technique and found the projects appealing. These patterns were reminiscent of Buggy Barn designs; no surprise there as Janet was the designer behind that hugely popular pattern company.

To see more of Crazy at the Cabin, watch the video below or on my YouTube channel.

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Creatively,

 

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Stitch and Flip Blocks

I wanted to share some more quick quilt blocks with you. This one is one of my favourites: the Stitch and Flip Block. I've made a few table runners using this versatile block and I know that you'll create lots of projects with it too!

This is a very simple block that only uses two fabrics for each block. Here's what you'll need:

  • one 5" square of fabric
  • two 2 1/2" squares of fabric

Be sure that the two fabrics have a strong contrast between them to get the desired effect - which is to see the design that you are creating.

I have used a charm square for one fabric and two mini-charm squares, that are both the same fabric, for the contrasting fabric that will be forming the new corners of this block. You can use different sizes to create this block, if you wish, just be sure that the two smaller squares are half the size of the background square. For example, if your background square is 7", the two smaller squares should be 3 1/2" each. See how good I am at math! :)

Here's what you need to do with these squares:

  • Draw a diagonal line on the back of both of the smaller squares - the 2 1/2" ones in my example.
  • Place these smaller squares, right sides together (RST), on opposite corners on the background  (5" square in my example) square. Watch the video for fabric orientation.
  • Stitch on the drawn diagonal line on both of the smaller squares (the 2 1/2" ones in my example). 
  • Trim off the excess corners, 1/4" away from the stitched lines.
  • Press to the corners.

You will now have one Stitch and Flip Block completed.

Watch the video below or on my YouTube channel for correct fabric orientation for those smaller squares so you'll get the desired effect when you've finished stitching. 

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This is a great block to make a heartfelt quilt as it forms X and O blocks. I've shown you a few ways you can combine Stitch and Flip Blocks, but if you have more ideas, please post them in the comments below.

Creatively,