I was struggling a bit for inspiration today because both Sandy and I are feeling a bit under the weather, but I don’t want to lose blogging momentum so early in the year, so I thought I would bring you Tuesday’s book post a day early (actually, it’s more I forgot what day it is and couldn’t face writing another post…).
One book crossed off my wishlist…
Lovely Sandy thoroughly digested my Christmas wishlist and got me the Whip-Up’s Miniature Quiltsby Kathreen Ricketson of the brilliant Whip-up.net as part of my Christmas gift. I am obsessed with patchwork and quilting, but highly scared of setting out on the journey of creating a big quilt, so I thought it might be fun to start off small, and use one of the designs from this book. There’s lots of lovely stuff to choose from, and the projects seem to involve lots of different kinds of techniques and styles too, which should make it a very good primer for a beginner like me. I am particularly taken with the pretty leafy quilt that you can see on middle of the front cover, so I might have a go at that one first. I imagine you will hear all about it!
And one to replace it…
Fresh Quilting: Fearless Color, Design and Inspiration is by Malka Dubrawsky, who writes one of my favourite blogs – A Stitch in Dye. I love Malka’s use of colour in her designs, and I like the fact that this book contains smaller projects, such as scarves, as well as quilts, included in the book. Malka’s Flickr photostream is always worth a browse for inspiration. I first saw her work earlier in the year when I spotted these fabulous placemats over on Sew Mama Sew, aren’t they fantastic? I’ve got a feeling that this book would make a great addition to my ever-growing collection of quilting books.