As we enter the 2nd half of August, we seem to be in a rush to do all the "summer" things on our lists while ther is still time. Hmmm - maybe it would be good to take a time-out and relax outside with a new book. There are two books that are new to the shop that would be perfect to spend some time with.
This book is organized into workshops that are presented by ten well-known quilters. Each expert spends from 4 to 12 pages talking about their subject.
If you want to create your own patterns, there is lots of information about composition and design, as well as technique. If you want to make one of the 16 patterns in the book, there are instructions and guidance. At the end of the book is a gallery of beautiful quilts. My favorite...
The 2nd book is another Modern oriented one. In this book Rachel May intoduces us to 70 quilters who have developed their own style, methods and aesthetics.
Their ideas, quilts, tips, tutorials and techniques are inspiring. The book is organized into themes, each of which includes contributions from multiple quilters.
Within each theme are interviews with quilters, tips and tutorials, patterns for projects and interesting tidbits about quilting history. Sometimes I just enjoy looking at the pictures in quilt books, but I find that I really want to read the words in this one. I also like that there is a lot of variety in what is presented. The title of the book is Quilting with a Modern Slant and it is nice to see that slant influence all kinds of styles.
(Side note here - I'm visualizing an afternoon with a pitcher of cold Sangria, a lounge chair on the deck and these two books. Ahhhhhhh.)
Back to reality - (and a good one at that) - new fabrics this week...
I don't know what I will do with these yet, but they fall into the "gotta have some" category - especially the one that looks like lids off paint cans.
We also received a sweet and lovely collection from Art Gallery Fabrics called Cherie. So pretty.
Lastly for today, check out this. Nice label, don't you think? The back of the label says something about which is more appealing - sipping wine while quilting or quilting while sipping wine. That is something to ponder.
This label was created to promote the Sweet Earth Vineyards Quils in the Vineyard Show next weekend (8/30 and 8/31). Sounds like a good time.