BOOK REVIEW: MAJOR EYE CANDY: RED and WHITE QUILTS, INFINITE VARIETY

I am so behind.  I became vice president and program coordinator for our quilt guild and have been having fun contacting speakers to set up guild lectures and workshops.   I have also been increasing the blogging on our guild blog.  Down side, is it ate up a lot of time so I have not been blogging her much.  Upside, is I will be duplicating some of the post here….. as sooooooon as I get organized. 

I also have been spending a lot of my time dreaming about the quilts in this book.   The quilts in this book  are estimated to be from the 1880s to the 1920 and were shown in an exhibit in New York City.   One that I missed a change to go to because I was still working and could not get the time off to go when my friends went….. BUMMER  !!!

https://www.amazon.com/Red-White-Quilts-Infinite-Presented/dp/0847846520

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I love this book and rate it 10/5 …. It is so worth the money I spent for this picture/ coffee table book…. no patterns but lots of pictures. 

I have taken it to bed with me every night so I can dream of all the lovely quilts that could be made.  I am seriously thinking of making a red and white quilt for myself but I am having trouble picking out one pattern that I want to make.  Many of the patterns I have seen before but a few are new to me.  I want to make them all.

The book has over 350 pages of quilts, 4 quilts to a page.  The collection consisted of over 650 quilts. The names of the patterns and what information they have about the quilts are listed.  For most of the quilts they are  undated and the maker is unknown.  There were several forwards written for the book including one by Martha Stewart.  My favorite forward was written by the owner of the quilt,  Joanna Rose. 

If you belong to a guild this is an excellent book to add to your guild library so you can share with all the members….. AND no I am not going to donate this book to my guild.

Well I have to run as I have babysitting duties calling to me and I do not have enough words to praise this book.

 

HAPPY QUILTING,

KEEP IN TOUCH,

NONNIE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BOOK REVIEW : SECONDARY DESIGN by Judi Madsen

Just a little update on what has been going on with me.  I am having a non ending fight with FIREFOX.  It keeps saying there is a SCRIPT running that needs to be debugged.   I have followed all directions and it still gives me problems.  I would delete Firefox but it has all my bookmarks and passwords I need if I upgrade that information they would disappear.  So I am stuck between a rock and a hard place.  Not sure yet what I am going to do.

I am in the midst of packing for my retreat at the end of the month.  I am going to bring piecing projects because I do not want to deal with free motion quilting at the retreat.  I am also considering going to my sister’s cabin for a sew-in party but that will depend upon if my old NEW HOME gets fixed.   I already had my 301 singer tuned up for my retreat.  

MY word(s) of the year is MOVE – IT! Last year it was HEAL this year it is to move more and get the weight off that I gained.  I will be posting a UFO list as this is the year I finish projects I have started.  Dreaming is OKAY but getting things finished is better. …. Well that is is … now for the book review. 

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I bought this book based on recommendation of several different quilters.    (I am beginning to think they are in collusion with each other) I should have thought twice as they were all long armers.  This is a specialty book probably very good for long armers. For long armers this book is rated 4 to 5, but as a domestic machine quilter I did not find as much to use in this beautiful book as I have in other books geared toward domestic machine quilters.  So, I would rate it 3 for myself, as I do all my quilting either by check book or on a domestic machine.  

Ms. Madsen walks you thru how she designed the quilting for several of her quilts. The idea, to the drafting, how she corrected what did not work…. her entire thought, design, and quilting process. The book included a cD which included over 300 pages of a pdf file which shows how the motifs and quilting was drawn.

Ms. Madsen designs are based on the entire quilt top and she uses her quilting to achieve her secondary designs. Her quilting is very dense and complicated … but real show stoppers. They are done on a long arm but a DETERMINED domestic machine free motion quilter could achieve similar results. She shows how she PRE- PLANS all of her quilting.   She said, she does extensive marking on her quilts and that sets up her designs using an air erase marker.   Her method on her long arm that requires no washing.  As it takes me forever to quilt a quilt due to lack of consecutive time … I would have to find a different way to mark my quilt as I often go days between quilting sessions.

As a domestic machine quilter, at first thought that there was not a lot that I could take away from this book. Especially since I am NOT a dense quilter and do more simple then complicated FMQ. Her secondary designs definitely impacts the negative space of the quilt.  Her ascetic in the patchwork is modern but her quilting motifs can be used on all styles of quilts.  This book is definitely could be used by those who want to quilt show quilts. 

The more I drooled over the quilting his book, the more I found motifs I could translate and use in my own quilting. It is all in the effect you want to achieve by your FMQing and how much time you are willing to give the work. I can see myself using just some of the motifs and block on some of my quilts. The motifs provide ways of punching up my quilting and making it better. Initially I thought little would apply to my quilting but it was a pleasant read. Ms. Madsen is a good author, she goes into a lot of detail.  I am happy I bought the book and see myself being able to use her motifs in my own quilting.  I can see myself applying what I learned from this book.

 

So long for now….. HAPPY QUILTING,

NONNIE

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EPISODE 6O SHOW NOTES: Book Review of MACHINE QUILTING WITH STYLE and ULTIMATE GUIDE to MACHINE QUILTING

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Episode 60 : I reviewed Christa Watson’s Machine Quilting with Style and her book with Angela Walters, ULTIMATE GUIDE to MACHINE QUILTING.

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MQ with Style

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Book Review of QUILT COLOUR WORKSHOP

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I am somewhat disappointed in this book. Part of the disappointment is my own fault as I have read over 20 books on color theory in the past several year. Most of those books were heavy into theory and could have been used in any design or color theory class as text books. I think I was expecting an in-depth exploration of color theory as used in modern quilts. I felt this book was light on explanation and relied mostly on beautiful photography and color plates to make the book attractive. As this book was written by mostly modern quilters I was expecting an explanation of MODERN QUILT color selection and theory and how it is different from TRADITIONAL QUILTS.

The book does list in brief paragraphs color relationships and terminology, but it was light in details and explanation. It does demonstrate each of the color relationships ( ie monochromatic, analogous, complementary etc. ) in several blocks. Each block was made using the different color relationships and is highlighted by a small color wheel next to it demonstrating the relationship. This did help show the relationship between the colors in a block. I do think they should have explained how value between the colors helps establish the patterns. There was only a few sentences discussing the impact of value on colors in a block, pattern or in a quilt.

What I did like about the book , QUILT COLOUR WORKSHOP , is some interesting modern style quilts. Each of the quilt blocks and projects demonstrate a color relationship. There were several quilt patterns that I liked enough to consider making. ( AFTER my current projects are completed.) I would even consider making the quilts exactly as presented in the pattern. I found the patterns to be very graphic and contemporary in style and that to me was intriguing. I think my younger generation would like these quilts. I loved the quilt called CALM BEFORE THE STORM, it was a monochromatic red and white quilt. I also enjoyed the quilt they called MODERN VINTAGE WEDDING RING ; they classified this as split complimentary but I enjoyed it because of the soft , muted tones and neutrals.

I think this book could have been better with more detailed explanation of color theory. I also think they wasted pages with color plates as chapter headings. I would have much rather had head on pictures of the quilt projects. They had some nice stylized pictures of the quilt projects on beds, draped over a chair, etc. I would rather have close ups and straight on shots of a quilt. I like visual details of the projects I am considering. Some of the straight on shots of the projects looked more like digital ( EQ7 )mock ups rather then a photograph of a real quilt.

This book was more glitz and glamor then substance. I really would like a book that explains color theory in detail as applied to modern quilts.  I have my own theories based on observation and critiquing modern quilts I have seen but I would like modern quilt authors to delve into the discussion .  I rated this book 2.5 out of 5 originally but then I upgraded it to 3.0 because I liked several of the patterns. As a detailed explanation of color theory I feel it was seriously lacking and you should look for your information else where. I recommend most of the books by Joen Wolfrom. She also has a great blog where you can learn a lot about color theory.

http://joenwolfrom.com/

…. QUICK LINKS to past reviews ….

Here are a few past reviews of books, classes and magazines….

 

https://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/book-review-shape-by-shape-by-angela-walters/

ANGELA WALTERS’ book SHAPE BY SHAPE

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https://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/my-birthday-present-to-myself-one-of-many/
Karen McTavish’s books and DVDs
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 https://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/general-reviews-of-magazines-sorry-ranting-again/
GENERAL REVIEWS OF MAGAZINES
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https://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/vintage-quilt-revival-22-modern-quilts-from-classic-blocks/
VINTAGE QUILTING : 22 QUILTS FROM CLASSIC BLOCKS
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https://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/block-party-a-modern-quilting-bee/

MODERN QUILTING BEE

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 https://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/2014/05/06/straight-line-quilting-fmq-foot-vs-walker-foot/

CRAFTSY CLASS : CREATIVE QUILTING WITH A WALKING FOOT by Jacquie Gering

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https://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/quilting-with-a-modern-slant-by-rachel-may/
QUILTING WITH A MODERN SLANT
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 https://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/accentuate-the-negative-my-new-fmq-book/
ACCENTUATE THE NEGATIVE

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https://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/book-review-the-modern-applique-workbook-by-jenifer-dick/
MODERN APPLIQUE WORKBOOK BY JENIFER DICK
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 GEE I thought I did a lot more reviews of CRAFTSY CLASSES, DVDs and books then what I have listed here.  I think many of my reviews are in my podcast.   So in the future I will be reviewing more….. especially the Craftsy Classes.

 

I will be adding more quick links to this post as I find them in my blog .. so check back to this post.

 

 

HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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SECRETS of FREE MOTION QUILTING … The Craftsy Class …

SECRETS of FREE MOTION QUILTING
CRAFTSY CLASS
INSTRUCTOR: CHRISTINA CAMELI

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This class is the most recent FREE MOTION QUILTING (FMQ) class offered on CRAFTSY. I am enrolled in 18 of the classes offered. I think the only class I have not signed up for is PATSY THOMPSON’s class because I own every one of her DVDs. I plan to review many of the classes and DVDs in the future as I think they will be helpful to my fellow quilters. ( BTW I will be using the abbreviation FMQ for FREE MOTION QUILTING throughout my blogs… basically I am a lazy typist.)
I enjoyed Ms Cameli’s class. I will say that this class is not for a rank beginner. She does not review how to get ready for FMQ. She does not show you to bring your bobbin thread to the top, or how to get your quilt top ready for quilting. She feels you had learned how to do the basics in the other Craftsy classes. She jumps right into doing her different motifs and doing FMQ on a domestic machine. If you have never done FMQ before then you need to take one of the other beginner classes. I recommend CINDY NEEDHAM DESIGN IT QUILT IT , LEAH DAY SAMPLER , Angela Walters ( she uses a long arm for several of her classes) and ANN PETERSON BEYOND BASIC MACHINE QUILTING. (Patsy Thompson’s and PAULA REID’s DVDs.) These ladies detail getting started and what you need to learn in the beginning of your FMQ adventures. I am sure there are several other instructors that detail basics of FMQ but these ladies are the first instructors I took classes from and I feel I learned the most from them. I will be reviewing their classes in the future.
As for Ms Cameli’s teaching style. I thought she was well organized and well spoken. Instruction was given clearly and was easy to understand. She uses a table with a drawing capability to show how her motifs are designed. She then demonstrates how to sew the design on a domestic machine. I liked the close up of her demonstration. Craftsy camera people seemed to have finally learned to focus on the work being done on the machine, giving the viewer a better visual of the quilting. ( In the past they were frequently far away from the machine and it was difficult to see what was being done. They also did a lot of cut a-ways to the instructor speaking rather then showing work being done. I am glad they have been improving the filming of the shows.)
Ms Cameli’s classes concentrated on showing you how to FMQ a number of motifs and designs. Several of her demonstrations were on larger quilt projects ( throw size or larger.) It was helpful to see how she wrestled with her quilt project especially when she demonstrates several all over motifs/ patterns. I liked how she showed ways of moving from one area of the quilt to another without breaking thread. Ms Cameli’s motifs are modern in style but can be applied to traditional quilts. Some of the motifs were taught in other classes I have taken. She has a different slant style to the FMQ so even though the motifs were similar her application was different. Her quilting motifs is less dense more open then what I have used in other classes. Many of them were suitable for all over quilting. I loved how she applied her motifs in her sampler projects. I was not disappointed with the motifs she demonstrated I thought they were different enough that the class added to my quilting skills. For each motif she show several variations that made the original motif look different.
Each class was 20 to 30 minutes duration. She has group the motifs into similar styles and techniques used to do the FMQ…. Individualized one block motifs, top to bottom FMQ, all over designs. All in all, this was a worth while class which I enjoyed taking and can see I will be able to apply what I learn in the future.
Lessons:

1. Nestled designs
2. Beads on a string
3. Emerging designs
4. Echoing designs
5. Climbing designs
6. Branching designs
7. Follow along designs

 

Ms Cameli is also an author and her first book FIRST STEPS TO FREE MOTION QUILTING lives in my library. She has a second book being released in a couple of months. In the first book she goes thru all the information you need to get started in FMQ. This is pretty much the information she did not cover in this class. She has sketches of a lot of motifs, the actual FMQ of many of these motifs are shown in close ups of projects in the book. She has included several modern projects where you can apply what you have learned. I liked several of her quilt projects especially the QUILT AS YOU GO QUILT where each block has different FMQ. On GOODREADS I would rate this book 3.5 to 4 stars/ 5. I would have liked more coordination of the FMQ sketches/ drawings and the photographs of the motif. There were a lot of photos and illustrations but the sketches were in another part of the book. It took me a while to find the sketch and cross reference it to the projects. I would also have liked to have seen more close ups of the FMQ.
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HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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VINTAGE QUILT REVIVAL : 22 Modern Quilts from Classic Blocks

VINTAGE QUILT REVIVAL

By Katie Blakesley, Lee Heinrich and Faith Jones
Published: 2013

This was another book I was given, but I really enjoyed it. The blocks in this book are traditional vintage blocks. Most of the blocks are identified by BARBARA BRACKMAN’s book ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED QUILT PATTERNS. I really appreciated the identification of the blocks used. One of my biggest complaints about the recent quilt books and magazines I have read is that traditional blocks are used and the names are changed. I personally think this is disrespectful to the quilters who came before us. I think we should all be encouraging the book and magazine editors to insist on identification of traditional vintage blocks in their quilts. If a quilter wants to rename a quilt that is one thing but to rename blocks is an entirely different matter.

This book included historical mini lessons for each quilt / block presented. I found the factoids interesting and informative, I really enjoyed reading them. In some ways this made the book for me.

The book includes a cD of templates for the quilt blocks which I found very helpful. There are 22 project in the book using the blocks. The blocks are 12.5 inches and one of the quilts is a sampler. For each block a quilt just using the block is presented. Other projects are presented using different size blocks.  I am not into making purses, pouches or pillows but I thought most of the projects were cute. ( I have too many beds right now that need full size quilts… maybe after I retire I will make cutsie stuff.)

Another section in the book discusses colorways and even though they are not my colors I found the way they used colors was interesting. Many of the quilts had different setting not seen or used in traditional quilts. I also like the fact that most of the blocks are not run of the mill blocks so over published OHIO STARS, MONKEY WRENCHES or Drunkards Path. I have EQ7s BLOCK BASE, Barbara Brackman’s and Jenny Beyer’s block books and all of these blocks are in there. What I liked best was these required increasing skill. The blocks start out simple and become more advanced as the book progresses. Most of the quilts had interesting modern settings and colorways. I have taken many sampler quilts and found them a good learning experience that improves your quilting skills.

I also found a lot of FREE MOTION QUILTING exhibited in the quilts. The FMQ went from simplistic to very intricate, giving me a lot of ideas for the quilts I am currently working on.

BLOCKS INCLUDED IN THIS BOOK:

  • Double Z
  • Dakota Star
  • Riviera
  • Rolling Squares
  • Red Cross
  • Mayflower
  • Tea Leaf
  • CrossPatch
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Tilted Star
  • Cross and Crown
  • Geometric Star
  • Exploding Star
  • Double Windmill
  • Dove in the Window
  • Art Square
  • Mosaic No 8

All and all I am giving this a 4 out of 5 ratings ( GOOD READS) as I think a lot of quilters will find this a good book to use, regardless if you are a modern or a traditional quilter. I think you will love the blocks in this book. I also rated this high because of the historical factoids in the book. I will review the book again after I have made some of the blocks…. I feel another sampler quilt coming my way.

Happy Quilting to all,

Nonnie

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BOOK REVIEWs: MY reasons for doing them ….

I do some web work on the side for a friend who opened a quilt shop in south east MICHIGAN.   It is a pretty much one woman shop and she runs out of time to do the niceties of advertising and posting on her blog, so I have been helping her out by posting her sales and writing blog posts for her.  I do a very simple blog and email advertisement send out for her customers.  We do most of the work over the phone as her shop is 70 miles away from my home and I do not get out there as often as I would like.  This weekend I went to visit her and her husband and the next few blog posts will be about some of the books and magazines I recently picked up.

She can not afford to pay me in cash since she makes just enough to pay her bills, cover over head and a small salary for herself.  So we came up with a wonderful payment plan…. fabric, thread, quilt books and quilt magazines ( those that do not sell) and various sundry items that I use in my projects.  As far as I am concerned I am making out like a bandit since I rarely spend more than 6 hours in a week doing these tasks.

In these book reviews I try to be unbiased ( something hard to do) and give a factual review of the book’s content.  I try to think of all quilters and what they need.  Sometimes my prejudices seeps through by the choice of  adverbs and adjectives I use.  I do review books that I purchase (or am given) that I do not like.  I have very particular and marked tastes and I try not to let me influence my reviews.  WITH that said I try to evaluate the directions and instructions given in the books, magazines and articles for their ease of understanding.  I do not mince words if they are unclear or difficult to understand as I feel that is why I or other quilters buy a book.   Yes, we are influenced by the ascetics in the books and magazines but if the directions are garbled I feel I have wasted my money and that make me very unhappy.

I will continue to review books, magazines, dvds, and classes, whether I like them or not in the future.   I will do my best to be unbiased but since I  try to be a straight shooter I will voice the negatives as well as the positives.   I am fully aware that the authors work hard to make the quilts and write the directions, I try not to be brutal and find something good in  every book.  But I feel I work hard for my money too and poor instructions lead to wasting my time, effort and fabric. ( WASTING my fabric is a big pet peeve.)

I am going to ask you, my readers, would you rather have only positive reviews or do you also want the ones that are somewhat negative in nature EVEN if they are just my opinions.

 

HAPPY QUILTING,

NONNIE
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ACCENTUATE the NEGATIVE …. my new design book

ACCENTUATE THE NEGATIVE: Making the most of Negative Space on Modern Quilts … by TRISCH PRICE …

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I initially thought this book was about FREE MOTION QUILTING… but it is so much more!  I goes into in depth explanation of using NEGATIVE SPACE effectively in your quilting.  I highly recommend it to those quilters who want to study design for quilting.                                                     

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I just got this book in the mail.  I had a previewed it at a sew-in I went to earlier this month.   I did not get the chance to read the entire book but I was enthralled by what I did read.  Ms Price several different NEGATIVE SPACE DESIGN TECHNIQUES: Gradation, Reversal, Interruption, Negative Form, Ghosting, and Piecing.   She supplies several quilts to demonstrate each of the techniques she explains. The picture of the quilts are great showing the entire quilt and close up of the free motion quilting.    The quilts have a definite MODERN ascetic and some of the quilts are improvisational, while others are of a more defined pattern.  Ms Price discusses how values and colors are used in modern quilting. 

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This is one of the first books about modern quilting where more than patterns are given.  Ms Price’s book gives some of the first instructions in design principles of modern quilts.  There might be other books out there that give instruction in modern design ascetic but I have not found one.  Most of the books I have read are more pattern books without any in-depth design instruction.  For the instruction in this book I can recommend it if you want to learn how apply the principles of design to modern quilts.   I gave the book  4 stars in GoodReads but I will revisit my review per my habit after I have read thru it and apply what I learned. 

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I do have one major complaint about the book, but it is directed at the publisher and many of the other publishers that print their books with small, grey hard to read fonts.   I resent that I have to use magnification to read a book… I feel they are trying to hide good information.     I personally think that publishers have no consideration for their readers.  They are trying so hard to be hip and trendy they forget to be considerate of their readers.   I try to safe guard my vision after all I need it for quilting. AND Yes, I will be writing the publisher and tell them what I think of their publishing practices. After all this blog is about rants and raves!

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Happy  Quilting,

Nonnie

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SHAMELESS plug for my niece’s book …..

http://www.amazon.com/Kristi-M.-Washbourn/e/B00D6EEG6Q/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Author page on AMAZON

SECOND BEGINNINGS

By KRISTI M WASHBOURN

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http://www.amazon.com/Jack-ORourke-Second-Beginnings-ebook/dp/B00CYGRQQO/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1367930056

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http://www.amazon.com/The-Jack-ORourke-Series-Beginnings/dp/1480143723/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1367930056&sr=8-1

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TRICKS BUT NOT TREATS

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PAPER BACK

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MY niece wrote a book.  I have decided to shamelessly plug her book here on my blog.  I have posted the links here on the blog if you get a chance and want to read a book for tween ( pre- teen girls) take the time to read the exerts and if interested buy the book.   The kindle version  can be downloaded for 99 cents.   IF you do read the book please leave a review, even if you do not like it.  Authors NEED the input and reactions of their books by the readers.  Kristi says she can take the criticism if you do not like it as long as you are honest and give critiques and not just slam to slam.

 I love her book probably because there was so much of my family in the book.  I posted a review in Amazon… here it is ….  I hope it makes you want to read the book :

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/797932836

For full disclosure I must state that Kristi Washbourn is my niece and I love her a lot. I really love that she is going for her dream. This is my second read of the book as I read it before publication. I enjoyed seeing how it flushed out and developed from the first draft to the final publication. There is nothing like a MICHIGAN ice storm with no electricity or heat to inspire a person to settle in with a layer of quilts to read by the light of a window. I always had plans to re-read the book but life kept getting in the way. So having several hours ahead of me of trying to keep warm, I decided to curl up with a book… JACK O’ROURKE’S SERIES SECOND BEGINNINGS seemed like a good choice.

I really liked Jack’s family. Why, because I can see and hear my family in the dialogue and characterizations. Words falling out of Jack’s mom’s mouth has fallen out of the lips of my sister and my mouth at some time when we were raising our kids. Olivia, the mom practiced the fine art of interrogation of her children and their lives. I remember having the same experience telling my mom about our day and as a mom finding about my daughter’s life. Most teens will see their own lives reflected in these passages.

I really smiled and enjoyed the Nonna and Nonno (Italian for grandma and grandpa) are reincarnations of my parents in so many ways. Nonna’s language structure was totally reminisces of my mom’s speech pattern, not a fake Italian accented speech but speech full of warmth and wisdom and caring. I do not think pre and young teens would want too much time spent on the grandparents as characters, but I wanted more dialogue and time spent on them. I read books for the characters and I was getting enthralled by all the characters in the book. If the characters do not charm me and make me care then I usually stop reading the book. I think this books captures the spirit and spark of a young girl that you would want as your best friend.

I have been told by my daughter Jack has characteristics of Kristi’s son and daughter, but I saw a lot of Kristi and her mom my sister Linda in the character. Tenacious, smart, brave, adventuresome with a familial tendency to having an ironic sense of humor and a sarcastic mouth. Our mouths always got us into trouble. And yes, Jack’s mouth and sense of justice tends to get her into a lot of trouble. I like how she stands up for herself and is ready to face problems head on. I think young girls need to see more of this.

Jack and her family have moved to a new town into the home of her grandparents after the death of her father and she is just starting in a new school. I loved Jack’s new friends Wren, Zander and Ayden…. My daughter has a small crush on Ayden. The gang seem like nice, wholesome teens. If the book has a fault it would be that we do not dive deep into these kids characterization, but I think that is to come as the series develops as this book is less than 200 pages.

I won’t tell you the plot, you will have to read it for yourself. The plot is plausible (I hate plots that have holes and are totally unrealistic) and has multiple layers that I can see developing in the series. This is similar to the books that I grew up with, Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew only better set in today’s modern culture with our modern problems. I think the plot is more realistic and deals with the difficulties teen face today. I will say that I think it is a good read for teens as the heroine is not wimpy or super human but a realistic portrayal of a young teen.

I am looking forward to reading her second book, Tricks but no Treats!

HAPPY READING,

NONNIE

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Book Reviews: Scrap Therapy and Dual Applique

Scrap Therapy Cut the Scraps!: 7 Steps to Quilting Your Way through Your StashScrap Therapy Cut the Scraps!: 7 Steps to Quilting Your Way through Your Stash by Joan Ford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

2011

I have been hearing about SCRAP THERAPY for awhile and I just recently found Joan’s blog. I will be following it. I just purchased this book. I have a ton of scraps to start with; I just have to project to use them with.

I have not had a chance to asses this book in detail so I will be updating this review and the ratings.

December 18, 2011.

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UPDATE DECEMBER 23RD:

Scraps accumulate in my home … the more I quilt, the more I get scraps. So I have been seeking ways / patterns to use the scraps. I am a devotee of Bonnie Hunter and use some of her methods. I read Cutting the Scraps by Joan Ford, after reading about her via the internet. A lot of what she says makes sense. I will be using some of Joan’s methods in the future.

She believes in cutting the patches into 2inch, 3-1/2, and 5 inch squares. Because she uses the 5 inch squares books using charm squares as the basis for their patterns work well with her cutting methods. I recommend Pat Speth’s books, Nickel Quilts and More Nickel Quilts, as the scrappy quilt patterns in the book are all based on 5 inch charmed squares.

Where I do differ is her cutting and storage methods. For the quilts she makes HER methods are efficient and do-able, but I hate planning quilts so far in advance as I often change my mind, so I do not like cutting up my scraps into quilt patches until I have decided upon the pattern I am going to make. I DO NOT CUT IN ADVANCE AS JOAN ADVISES. Joan also advises storing patches in small shoe size clear plastic boxes, which I find a good method if you are making her patterns or similar charm pack patterns. I however make a slew of different style of scrappy quilts so I tend to pick the patterns then cut my fabric to use in that quilt. If I precut with the idea of someday finding a pattern to fit my cut pieces I would miss out on a lot of neat patterns. I will use her methods when I make on of her quilt patterns.

I also disagree somewhat in Joan’s advice not to sort your fabrics into colors / values but to cut your fabrics then to sort. (This could be my interpretation of her directions.) Since, I do not cut my scraps till I know what quilt I am making, I prefer to sort color and value, then when I need them I cut them into the size patches I need. I keep a bin with neutrals / whites, various colors, and darks. The fabrics in these bins are less than a fat quarter. I do keep separate small boxes of lights, medium and dark small scraps / patches. (Smaller than a layer cake.)

What I can definitely agree and base a recommendation for this book because of Ms Ford’s tips for precision piecing and making a accurate blocks. She does recommend SCANT quarter inch seam and she explains how to achieve accuracy. I also like how she recommends making sample / several blocks then checking for accuracy of size, before committing to an entire quilt. THAT TIP ALONE has saved me in the past many a heart ache.

I do enjoy the quilt patterns in book especially:
Scrappy Trails (Irish Chain)
Feed Sack Peaks ( 9 patch variations with HSqTri using 3-1/2 patches)
Everything Nice ( Square in a Square with Rail Strips)
Lightening Strikes Twice (my favorite)
This is a block I have never seen before and it is made in an interesting fashion. I can definitely see myself making this in the future. I love the zig-zag effect.
Blooming Steps Square in a Sq / flying geese and HSqTri… what could be better and more intriguing?

NONNIE,

I plan to update this book again once I have made a quilt from the book.

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Dual Image AppliquéDual Image Appliqué by Dilys Fronks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

2010

I have several other books by Dilys and have always found them informative and easily understood. I like the way she investigates different techniques and styles of applique. She is never boring. In this book she investigates negative and positive shapes in designs. I like how you can get different results depending on the placement of the shapes. The projects start as very basic and advance in complexity. Some of the projects are pre quilted and Dilys shows you how to assemble a pre quilted quilt.

I particularly liked the dual leaf applique that is on the front cover. I had attempted something similar in the past, but I found Dilys technique easier and more refined.

I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to make a different type of applique.

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Wheel of Mystery by Helen Marshall

Wheel of Mystery Quilts: Surprising Designs from a Classic Block (That Patchwork Place)Wheel of Mystery Quilts: Surprising Designs from a Classic Block by Helen Marshall
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2006

Block size is 7-1/2 inches in most of the quilts shown. Templates included in the book are scaled to achieve this size block. I ordered acrylic templates from John Flynn’s company to make my blocks. My quilt group shared the cost of custom templates.

Ms Marshall is from New Zealand, and the style of these quilts are reflected of her homeland. From the little I have seen of Australian and New Zealand quilts they love color and busy fabrics. This is what you will see in the book. Ms Marshall has detailed instructions for how to construct this type of block since you will be doing a lot of curved piecing.

There are several different setting for these blocks: Attic Window, Lattice, secondary Melon blocks and Circle settings. A number of templates are included in the back of the book. Value and color placement dictate how quilts achieve their looks. Many of the fabrics are fussy cut to achieve a specific look to the blocks. (I use a layering technique in order to save on time, fabric and cutting when cut out my blocks.) A design wall is a must for most of these quilts / blocks.

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Quilting Dot-to-dot Patterns for Today’s Machine Quilter by Cheryl Barnes

Quilting Dot-to-dot Patterns for Today's Machine Quilter (Golden Threads)Quilting Dot-to-dot Patterns for Today’s Machine Quilter by Cheryl Barnes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2006

Quilting Dot-to-dot Patterns for Today’s Machine Quilter
by Cheryl Barnes

This books gives a big overview of beginning free-motion quilting. The motifs range from beginner to more elegant, traditional to contemporary. There is a good selection that will help build your skills. I recommend this book to all free motion quilters.

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Book Review : Quick Quilts from Your Scrap Bag (For the Love of Quilting)

Quick Quilts from Your Scrap Bag (For the Love of Quilting)Quick Quilts from Your Scrap Bag by Patricia Wilens

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1999

This was one of the first quilt books I got. I got as a guild sales book, but I would buy it again. I frequently use the patterns for baby quilts. I particularly like the house quilt in which I embroider the names of family on the houses when I make a baby quilt with it.

This book uses your scraps to make quilts, frequently using some quick cut techniques. I love the STARS AND CROSSES quilt which was featured on Fons and Porter TV show as a quilt made by young Mary Fons. I loved and have used the quick sew technique of making BRAVE WORLD blocks. The book also included several applique patterns.

The fabric in this quilt ran the gamete ….. brights, repros, 30s, traditional, home spun. I would like to see some of the quilts in some contemporary fabrics.

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BOOK REVIEW: Creative Scraps: Quilting with Bits and Pieces.

Creative Scraps; Quilting with Bits and Pieces; 67 Beautiful Quilts to EnjoyCreative Scraps; Quilting with Bits and Pieces; 67 Beautiful Quilts to Enjoy by Various

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

2006

This is a collection of traditional quilting patterns. Machine quilting done on these quilts are minimalistic mostly hand quilting and stitch in the ditch. I liked several of the quilts especially TURNING LEAVES-140 and the swirling star block in STARS AND STRIPES-164.  I am wondering why every time a book says they are making quilts from scraps the quilts look like they are totally coordinated.

BROKEN WHEELS
KANSAS DUGOUT
SEVERAL LOG CABIN VARIATIONS
FLORAL BLOCKS
SNOW BALLS

Many of the blocks were large composed of four quadrants and mirror images made from smaller patches.

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BOOK REVIEW: Perfect Blocks in Minutes-The Make It Simpler Way

Perfect Blocks in Minutes-The Make It Simpler Way: Revolutionary Technique, One-Piece Paper Foundations to Fold and Sew, 60 Traditional BlocksPerfect Blocks in Minutes-The Make It Simpler Way: Revolutionary Technique, One-Piece Paper Foundations to Fold and Sew, 60 Traditional Blocks by Anita Grossman Solomon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2004

Ms Solomon developed her own method of paper piecing. I think this book was the primer / workbook for her classes. She has lots of pictures explaining her technique. She presents over 20 different blocks but has multiple colorways for all the blocks making the look like different blocks by shifting the values and color placements. I think this technique is something I would like to investigate further… Foundation, glue patches sew and fold the seams for accurate paper piecing. ( 6 inch blocks, finished …. 6-1/2 inch squared up)

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BOOK REVIEW: Stitch-opedia: The only embroidery reference you’ll ever need.

Stitch-opedia: The Only Embroidery Reference You'll Ever NeedStitch-opedia: The Only Embroidery Reference You’ll Ever Need by Helen Winthorpe Kendrick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

2009

This book was reviewed by Sandy at QUILTING FOR THE REST OF US, podcast. The illustrations of the stitchery alone is worth the price of the book. I am very happy I purchased this book. I am with Sandy when she says she wanted more historical information about the needlework. I too wanted more information about the source of the embroidery.

I remember doing this type of needlework for my daughter on the heirloom dresses I made. THEN SHE GREW UP and wanted STORE BOUGHT clothes like the rest of her friends.

Back in the early 1980s I took a series of classes from Shay Pendray (Hostess of THE NEEDLE WORKSHOP on PBS.) She specialized in Japanese embroidery and needlework in her shop but she taught all type of needle-works. I also took a class in Colonial embroidery through Henry Ford Museum in Detroit. This book is a good review of those classes.

What I found surprising about this book was how much things have changed and how things stayed the same. Notions, threads, fabrics evolve and improve while the stitches are the same but applied in new ways. I just might get back into stitchery again as I always found it enjoyable and relaxing.

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