Saturday, November 13, 2010

I Heart Patchwork--and Patchwork Books


(I'm posting over at Stash Manicure today, too! That post and this one begin the same, but both posts also have unique features). 

I heart scraps.  You might have seen some of these on my blog before, but it's been a long, long time (over a year)! I've been collecting 2 1/2" squares for a scrappy quilt for a couple of years now.  It's really okay if this quilt takes a long time to complete...I want it to have lots and lots of variety!


When I first started this project I didn't have enough of the colors I wanted.  So I've been patient (sort of). I've been saving my squares.  Every now and then I go through and make a few more blocks.


I'm making blocks in six different color ways--pinks/purples, reds, oranges, blues, yellows, and greens.  Actually, just the other day I figured out how I want to set them all together.  I just need to save a few more scraps.



The two books above are books that will definitely help you use your scraps. You've probably seen  The Practical Guide to Patchwork: New Basics for the Modern Quiltmaker (Stash Books) all over blogland.  I just had to get a copy after reading all of the interviews and seeing all of the sneek peaks of the book. It's a great book for the beginner and intermediate quilter with terrific easy-to-understand instructions on all the basics.  It's also a great book if you just want "photo inspiration" for modern quilts.  One of my favorite things about the book is that it contains piecing instructions for the backs of all 12 quilts.  I heart pieced backs, and there are some great layouts given.  Also, if you're making a quilt of a similar size, you could just use the layout from one of the quilts in this book for your quilt back.  Link to the 30's: Making the Quilts We Didn't Inherit (That Patchwork Place) is another great book for scrappy projects.  Even though every quilt in the book is made with 30's/reproduction fabrics--the designs just say "modern fabrics" to me. The book includes some projects that require use of templates; however, there are several that require no templates at all.  I love how the authors give the historical background of the blocks and designs, and quilting designs are even included. There is great variety in the difficulty level of these quilts with quilts suitable for the beginner to advanced quilter.  Another book that will really help you utilize your scraps will be coming out early next year...be on the lookout for Scrap-Basket Sensations: More Great Quilts from 2 1/2" Strips--I can't wait to see this one!

I've been busy working on something really fun to share next week...have a great weekend!

21 comments:

SLIKstitches said...

Hi I clicked to your blog from stash manicure. I'm supposed to be manicuring my blog list, but have added you! I love the colour coded nine patches, and am looking forward to seeing what you have decided to do with them:-)

Benta

Madame Samm said...

Ok sew Practical Guide is a must right? Better find me a copy...if Sherri recommends it must be good....
Great post today at Stash and the new ad on here...Now the 30's one I will pass on..I don't want any reminder that I will never be 30 again lol..

Carol said...

Love your nine patches...that's going to be one awesome quilt! Thanks for the book recommendations!

MÂȘ Clara Lloveras said...

Hi, your scrap of work are very fun, the colors of the fabrics are beautiful!!!

Dana said...

As a beginner quilter how fortunate was I to have stumbled across your lovely blog this morning! I will gladly be saving my scraps so that some day I can perhaps aspire to create like you. Thanks for the inspiration!

Linda said...

I love your blocks! Pretty brights! Can't wait to see your project.

Shelley said...

Hi Sherri! I loved today's post and the one on Stash Manicure! I enjoyed browsing the new books too! I really like the little zippered bag you showed...would you consider doing a tutorial on it? Hugs, Shelley

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

All of those books look great Sherri! And I'm going to start doing a better job with my scraps as I finish each quilt as you suggested so I don't have a pile of all different sizes.

Terriaw said...

love your scrappy squares project! Such a cool idea to take your time with it so you can accumulate a variety to piece into this quilt. Those colors you have put together are really fabulous!

Sheri Howard said...

Such cheerful colors!!!

StitchinByTheLake said...

This is only the 2nd time I've seen someone talk about the basics book but it does sound interesting. I'll have to check it out. blessings, marlene

Ariane said...

These books look great!! I can't wait to get my hands on them. Thanks for sharing. Hugs Ariane

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

I love those blocks! I recognize lots of the fabrics. This is going to be such a gorgeous quilt! Thanks so much for the book recommendations and for your enthusiasm over my new one. Gotta go check out Stash Manicure now. :-)

Darlene said...

I absolutely love your blocks, Sherri. Thanks for the heads up on the books - something to look for.

You're going to LOVE Scrap Basket Sensations - lots of great quilts.

Melody said...

Gorgeous blocks. Thanks for sharing.

Thimbleanna said...

So much going on here Sherri -- you're been busy! I can't wait to see what you're doing with those beautiful blocks. And also what you have up your sleeve for next week. Hope you're having a good weekend!

Nedra said...

All your happy fabrics looks so beautiful together. I hope you are having a great weekend.

Michele said...

Thanks for the info about these great books! I love the look of some of the more modern fabrics, but I don't always know what to do with them. I recently posted a picture of some modern fabric that I got to use as backing for a Schnibbles. After reading your post and looking at New Basics for the Modern Quiltmaker I'm inspired to go back and get more!!

Mama Pea said...

Sherri, I love the Patchwork book, too. I posted an extensive review of it on my blog on Friday, Nov. 12, if anyone's interested in it.

Stina said...

Love your scrappy blocks.. no wonder you saved and saved.. they are to die for.. just gorgeous ones...

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I love patchwork too. It is some of my favorite part of quilting.