APPLIQUE BOOKS FOR YOUR PERSONAL LIBRARY

I was looking for a specific quilt book in my personal library today, and ran across these three applique books that I go to time after time. They are so enjoyable because of the beautiful and unique applique patterns, and for the individual ideas each pattern contains. If you are looking for books on applique for your personal library, I recommend these.

Books everywhere

Maybe I am the only one, but there was a time I bought so many books with any kind of quilting theme, especially if they were at library sales. I had piles of dusty quilting books everywhere and rarely took the time to dig through them – it was overwhelming.

And tastes change over time, and the book collection did not reflect that. What a mess (reminds me of the scrap problem I have).

I decided to take the time to go through the piles and look at each carefully and ask these questions for each book:

What prompted me to buy the book (one particular quilt, the cover, the author, etc.)?

Would I really utilize the book for patterns or ideas?

Was the book a duplicate for one already in my collection?

I sold or gave many of them away that I really had no interest in.

three applique books that remained in my personal library

The Best of Jacobean Applique by Campbell and Ayars. Published by AQS, it contains 140 pages of beautiful photos and well drawn patterns. There are great directions and suggestions for putting the blocks and top together.

APPLIQUE BOOKS FOR YOUR PERSONAL LIBRARY

Floral Abundance: Applique Designs Inspired by William Morris by Makhan. Published by the Patchwork Place, it has 80 pages of directions to make the quilt on the front cover. The pieces can be used individually in another applique project.

Floral Abundance: Applique Designs Inspired by William Morris

The 1776 Quilt: Heartache, Heritage, and Happiness by Holland. Published by Breckling Press, it has 160 pages of suggestions, directions, and templates. There are so many individual pieces that could be used in other quilts. The quilt itself has a fascinating and unusual story.

The 1776 Quilt

Suggestion to you:

My book suggestion to you is to be choosy. Buy quilt books that inspire you and that you will refer back to time and again. Many quilting books can be borrowed from guild or public libraries – if you keep going back to a certain book or books consider buying it for your personal library.

APPLIQUE BOOKS FOR YOUR PERSONAL LIBRARY

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SUNNY TUSCANY 4 PATCH QUILT

Left-overs, left-overs…..what to do? I tend to cut out quilt pieces and not seriously count, which can and frequently does mean there are left-over pieces after a quilt is finished. That is how Sunny Tuscany 4 Patch Quilt happened.

SUNNY TUSCANY 4 PATCH Quilt

I cut many, many 4″ squares from blues and yellows to make French Country Life. When it was completed, I had stacks of blue and yellow squares left-over.

Quilters are great at recycling, re-using, or re-purposing to complete our quilts.

Making this easy and beautiful quilt:

Starting with the 4″ squares, I sewed them into four patch blocks (2 blues and 2 yellows.

Yellow and blue four patches with sashing and post.

The red strips are 2.5″ and the posts are 2.5″ blue blocks.

I surrounded the completed blocks and red sashing with a narrow (2.5″ ?) dark blue and black checked border. Then a 4″ floral border to complete.

two borders: blue checked and yellow floral.

Basically the quilt top was half cut out with all the 4″ blocks on hand, so I only had to cut the sashing, posts, and borders.

It went together quick and easy.

The backing is a black and white floral print that I had yards and yards of and wanted to use.

Backing of Sunny Tuscany 4 Patch Quilt

The binding was a dark blue with small white print design. I use 2.5″ cut, which means 1.25″ binding once it is ironed in half and sewn onto the front of the quilt. I hand sewed it down on the back of the quilt.

RLM machine quilted it in a swirly design.

Finished size of the Sunny Tuscany 4 Patch quilt is 88″ x 88″.

Other 4 Patch ideas:

This would be an easy quilt to make with the squares a different size (larger or smaller). It could also be done by using strips sewn together and then cut into squares.

The sashing and borders could also be adjusted in width to suit you.

Explore, be creative, and have fun with your four patch quilt project.

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QUILT SHOW – PADUCAH, KY 2013

Quilt Show - Paducah, KY
This beautiful quilt was done by the tent makers of Egypt.

QUILT SHOW – PADUCAH, KY 2013: For quilters, going to the quilt show in Paducah, Kentucky is a special dream come true. I am lucky enough to live a few hours away so I use a few vacation days and just go.

Four quilts hanging.
Hexagon quilt.
A detailed Santa quilt.

Please enjoy this small taste of the wonderful quilts that were on display at the Quilt Show-Paducah, KY 2013.

Purple and green quilt.
Applique flower quilt.
Two quilts on display

I attend the national quilt show in Paducah, KY because it is fun and inspiring https://www.quiltweek.com/workshops/paducah-2013/ . There are so many quilts on display (both the show and the vendors booths).

QUILT SHOW - PADUCAH, KY 2013
Quilt Show - Paducah, KY 2013
Star quilt in bright colors.

In 2013 there were two male tent makers from Egypt demonstrating how they do the applique for tents – fascinating.

Two quilts made by Egyptian quilt makers.
These quilts were done by the tent makers of Egypt.
More quilts by the Egyptian tent makers.
More quilts by the tent makers of Egypt.
Quilt Show - Paducah, KY 2013
The tent makers from Egypt made these too.
Another quilt by the tent makers of Egypt.
Another quilt by the tent makers.
Applique of birds
Applique of birds by the tent makers.

Inspiration and new ideas:

Paducah is a great place to be recharged with ideas for the next quilt. I thought that others would enjoy the photos I took at the show. The quilts, though, are so much better in person. There is no rhyme or reason for the quilts I took photos of except that these quilts caught my eye.

Blue and Yellow quilt.
Quilt of various blocks.
Quilt Show - Paducah, KY 2013

This does not seem to be a show for hand quilted quilts though. The show to all appearances is for machine quilted and/or art quilts. There are so many quilts to see it can be overwhelming. I come away from the show with so many ideas for quilts to make.

Lady with letter quilt.
Quilt Show - Paducah, KY 2013
Medallion quilt that has tiny flying geese and applique.

During quilt week, Paducah has shows within shows. The main show in at the convention center, but there is also a show at the Rotary Club. Plus quilts of all sorts are displayed in shops and around the downtown area of town. Paducah dresses up in quilts for this show. Just walk around downtown and be amazed. Each year is a new and different show.

Brown quilt with applique motifs.
Flag quilt
Appliqued peacock.

There are also vendors from around the country with every possible fabric, quilt gadget, and quilting book possible. It is wondrous to behold.

Quilt Show - Paducah, KY 2013
Carousel horse quilt.
Peter Rabbit quilt.

If you can get to Paducah during quilt week please do so. It is well worth the trip. Quilt shows are fun to attend and shop at, but Paducah is amazing.

Quilt Show - Paducah, KY 2013
Musical notes and harp quilt
Poodle quilt

Note:

None of the photographed quilts at in this post are mine, but I did take all of these photos.

Panda quilt
Quilt Show - Paducah, KY 2013

For more info on the Paducah quilt show:

https://www.paducah.travel/quilting/aqs-quiltweek-paducah/

http://paducahky.gov/events/aqs-quiltweek-2013

AM I READY FOR A MYSTERY QUILT?

"It's a mystery" clip art
Source: Bing clip art

I fully intended to do a totally different topic for this week’s post. However, I got distracted by a call to a quilting buddy and now I am looking at a mystery quilt idea. Am I ready for a mystery quilt?

Current mystery quilt thoughts:

My quilting buddy does mystery quilts on an annual basis. She was all excited about this new mystery quilt that Bonnie Hunter is doing for 2020. So of course I had to look at it as well.

I am not a big fan of mystery quilts. “Why?” you ask. Because I am very visual and I like to see what I am making. Guess that takes all the mystery out of it right? Yep, I am being a party pooper for sure.

I have done a few mystery quilts in the past. Like this one in 2009. Then there was this one in 2006.

After looking at the design and the colors I am going to give this one a try. I love autumn colors and this one is very much autumn colors: red-orange, orange, gold, green (bright?), gray, and neutrals.

Colorful fall leaves in mystery quilt suggested colors.
Source: Bing clip art

I think there is enough in my fabric stash that I won’t have to actually purchase much, if any fabrics. I am trying very hard not to buy any extra fabrics this year, but to use what is already on my sewing room shelves and in the scrap bins.

Choosing fabrics:

I set the timer for 20 minutes and picked these fabrics from the stash. If I am not careful I will overthink any given task. Surprisingly, I did not even open the scrap bins!

Green fabrics for the mystery quilt.
Gray fabrics.
Orange fabrics for the mystery quilt.
Neutral fabrics.
Yellows fabrics for the quilt.
Red-orange fabrics.

I am happy with the fabric choices. Am I ready for a mystery quilt? I feel inspired by the colors and am sure willing to try the Grassy Creek mystery quilt by Bonnie Hunter.

The directions say she will be taking down the free pattern and turning it into a PDF pattern to sell on Feb. 12. I will change the links below after she posts the pattern for sale.

Mystery quilts are way out of my comfort zone. However, trying and learning new things is how to expand my (and your) horizons.

Learn and have fun:

Quilters, as 2020 finally winds down and we look forward to a brand new year, let’s try something new. Maybe it will be a mystery quilt or a new technique. Maybe how to use a new gadget. It might even be a fabric that does not match anything in your stash. Expand your quilting horizons.

And most of all – have a fun time with your quilting obsession.

Part 1 Update on 12/9/20:

All my Part 1 pieces are sewn and ironed. For details, please see the mystery quilt directions here.

Part 1 of the mystery quilt is complete.
Part 1 complete

Part 2 Update on 2/13/2021:

I left this part for the last one to assemble, but it is finished today. I am excited to start putting the pieces together for the top.

Mystery Quilt - part 2
Part 2 complete

Part 3 Update on 12/24/2020:

All the pieces for Part 3 are sewn and ironed. For details, please see the mystery quilt directions here.

Mystery quilt part 3 complete.
Part 3 complete

Part 4 Update on 12/28/2020:

I completed the part 4 of the mystery quilt. See here for details on sizes and amount.

Mystery quilt part 4 is done.
Completed part 4 blocks

Part 5 update on 1/4/2021:

I am almost keeping up!! Here is part 5 complete. I am loving the fall colors. I have run out of gray fabric. Gray has never been a color I use much of, but this mystery quilt uses a lot of it.

Here are the directions for part 5.

Part 5 of mystery quilt.

Part 6 update 01/31/2021:

These strips took me way longer than normal – work has been crazy and it has really slowed down my quilting time.

Mystery Quilt part 6

Mystery quilt - part 6 - with corner triangles sewn on.

Here are the directions for part 6.

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“LOVE AMERICA” QUILTS

I love America.

I am a proud American, and I love to quilt. Tomorrow is election day. I will share some patriotic quilts for the shear enjoyment of living in America. No, the USA is not perfect, but it is a wonderful place and my home. So here are some “Love America” quilts.

Quilt Show 2014

These are some patriotic quilts I saw at the AQS quilt show in Paducah, KY in April 2014. And more quilts from that show.

"LOVE AMERICA" QUILTS - eagles and flags.
Paducah Quilt Show 2014
America - flag and soldiers.
Paducah Quilt Show 2014
Flag quilt.
Paducah Quilt Show 2014
Red, white and blue with stars.
Paducah Quilt Show 2014

Crazy quilt blocks

Our great country is a land of immigrants and a “melting pot” of cultures, traditions, languages, and races. We have a rich heritage and people from around the world continue to immigrate here. For those who come legally, work, and contribute to your community – thank you.

I made this lap quilt many years ago because of a piece of fabric that I purchased and then did not know what to do with. The USA is a lot like the “crazy” blocks of this quilt – all mixed together, but beautiful. “LOVE AMERICA” QUILTS come in all designs and sizes.

"LOVE AMERICA" QUILTS
American Melting Pot – see here: https://indianaquilter40.com/american-melting-pot/

Pre-printed “cheater” quilt blocks

I am a big fan of George Washington. No, he was not perfect, but he was a man willing to risk it all for “birthing” this country. I choose to concentrate on the good things he did in life.

Founding Father quilt.
“Founding Father” quilt.

Another George Washington themed quilt that uses the remaining printed square from the above quilt.

I like to use pre-printed blocks in quilts. They are fun to work with and come in so many different themes. Over several years I purchased patriotic “cheater” blocks. This quilt is named “Freedom” and is the pre-printed blocks mixed with strips of patriotic fabrics.

Freedom quilt.
“Freedom”

“Heart of America” made from one panel and some patriotic fabric.

Heart of America quilt.
“Heart of America”

Border prints

This quilt is named “Flags & Teddy Bears” because of the border print. It was a fun and easy project to make.

Flags & Teddy Bears quilt.

Our great country was “birthed” through the Christian values and hard work of people willing to take the opportunity provided and make something of it. The opportunity to excel is the same for all of us – what we choose to do with that life chance is up to each individual person. The results are not the same or equal, but we all have the opportunity to attempt equal results.

I hope you enjoyed this “LOVE AMERICA” QUILTS show. Patriotic quilts come in all designs and sizes. Have fun and make a quilt to show your American pride.

"LOVE AMERICA" QUILTS

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