Thursday, August 20, 2009

Friendship Bag Swap: Getting ready

I must be crazy; I am doing a swap? And WHEN do I have time to do this??!!!

Ah well; a girl's gotta have some fun now and then, yes? Misery loves company; you should join me. :)

I bought my Moda Honey Buns, so after the yardage arrives (for handles, bottom of bag, etc), I'm ready to go. I chose the Sultry and Arcadia Honey Buns by Moda; they were on sale at

Come on; it'll be quick and fun!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Me & My Sister's Fun Quilts: A book review

In any hobby, the books which are written to give you basic information on the topic are greatly appreciated, especially those that are well written. There are also the reference-type books which give you specific information on particular aspects of the hobby, through an alphabetical or categorical arrangement. But then there are those books which, while informative and helpful, are just pleasant to look at and provide a intriguing, even fun avenue into the hobby. Me And My Sister's Fun Quilts is such a book!

In this 80-page Leisure Arts publication, written by sisters Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson, there are 9 colorful quilts, with beautiful, full-color photographs and step-by-step directions on how to create them. The techniques range from simple to slightly more complex. Yet even a beginner will be comfortable attempting any of the quilts featured in the book. The directions are clear, simple, and very comprehensive. There is no ambiguity in what should be done, and how it should be accomplished. And if there is any question, the final chapter is instructional in nature, and is full of techniques and tips to enable even the most unexperienced quilter the means to create a well put-together quilt.

Yet intermediate and advanced quilters will not want to pass this book up. The presentation is simply wonderful, with whimsical designs and color schemes. There is not a lot of the traditional calico look here; instead, readers will find delightful duck prints, polka dots, jewel tone color schemes, and candy-fun quilt names (my favorite is Pink Lemonade). Nonetheless, even traditional quilters will find this book incredibly appealing.

If you are looking for a quilting book with lots of fun, cheery-looking projects, I believe this book will fulfill that purpose for you. More than many other quilting books, this book will definitely be advantageous to the quilter who would be turned off by country calicos and blue bonnet-wearing ducks. Take a look at Me And My Sister's Fun Quilts and you will definitely want to embark immediately upon any one of the projects!
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