Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Just Around the Corner


I was recently contacted by Kari who asked if I'd be interested in reviewing a copy of her latest book, Just Around the Corner: Quilts with Easy Mitered Borders (That Patchwork Place).  Of course I was thrilled to have the opportunity.  I'd never actually done a mitered border (just another of those things on my list), so I was excited to give it a try!


As soon as I received the book from Kari, I realized I had the perfect WIP to try out her technique...something that I'd been wanting to finish for awhile and that I'd already decided needed a mitered border!


The photo above shows my perfectly mitered border.  Kari's technique is amazing--her method is super simple and works out perfectly every time.  I think I will be adding mitered borders to a lot of quilts now...the possibilities are endless. Kari's explanations and diagrams are perfect, too.  (And I'm the type of sewer who needs great diagrams in patterns).


I love the three-dimensional aspect of Kari's method too.  I think I'm going to quilt feathers in the outer mitered border and a different design in the inner border to further accentuate this.  Also, there isn't any math involved--you can adapt this method to any project you're working on! All you need to know are the outside dimensions of your project before adding the mitered border.


Oh, and here's my whole project...so embarrassed at how long this has stayed unfinished, but I'm also so happy that it's now complete and ready to be quilted!


You might already know Kari from her Clearly Perfect Angles cling...I was super excited to get to try this out as well.  It works fantastic...it's been on my machine since it arrived.  No more drawing lines for half-square triangles and flying geese for me! And since it "clings" to your machine there is no need for attaching and re-attatching with tape--a real plus.



But I digress....back to the book review!  My favorite project in the book is the Cozy Cottage Pillow.  I love this project because it shows the versatility of Kari's technique.  Not only can you use contrasting fabrics for your mitered borders, you can also add scallops which are shown so beautifully in this project.  There are just a couple of extra steps involved in making the scallops--a couple of extra "tack" stitches at the points and then stitching down the scallop itself.  Most of the projects in the book use the scallop mitered borders; however, I love the simple ones just as much.



The projects in the book are varied--wall quilts, mini-quilts, a bag, a pillow, and even a sampler quilt are featured. "Park Avenue" pictured above shows some of the versatility of the scallop addition to the mitered border.  You can see that the scallops can be made different sizes for emphasis.  The possibilities really are limitless with Kari's technique!

Kari also sent along a copy of her book for one of my readers...so...I have a copy of Just Around the Corner to give away.  If you'd like to win, please leave a comment on this post, and I'll pick a winner after the blog tour has ended!

Remember, there is one more stop on the tour (tomorrow), and you can still stop by the other blogs to read a little more about the book.  Each blogger is giving away a copy of Kari's book, too...so make sure to leave a comment on each blog to win!

Sunday:  Kari                      http://newleafstitches.com/blog
Monday:  Darlene            http://sewcalgal.blogspot.com/
Tuesday:  Pat                     http://blog.patsloan.com/
Wednesday:  Heidi          http://blog.heidikaisand.com/
Thursday:  Sherri              http://www.aquiltinglife.com/
Friday:  Roseann               http://rosebudscottage.typepad.com/

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!

141 comments:

Miss 376 said...

anything that takes the fear out of mitred corners is a bonus, what a fantastic looking book

LeAnn said...

I saw that book when I added another to my wish list at Amazon. I wasn't sure about it, though the photos were great. Thanks for the review - now I am super super sure that it needs to be on my wish list!

CJ said...

I'd love to find an easy NO MATH method for mitered corners. :)

Cherry Red Quilter said...

this book looks fabulous - mitred corners look great - if done properly - and any hints tips and tricks would be absoloutely welcome! Thanks for the chance to win - fingers crossed!

gill said...

This looks such a great book! I would love to be able to do perfect mitred corners!

Anke said...

I really would love to give mitred corners a try. You have done a great job on your beautiful quilt!

KaHolly said...

Mitering corners makes a quilt look so professional. I'd love to be able to do it with ease!

Jane said...

I'd like to try mitered borders some time. Thanks for the giveaway!

Martha said...

I need all the help I can get. Thanks for participating in the give-a-way.

luvtoquilt said...

That book is definitely on my list to buy -- thanks Sherri!

Linda said...

Anything that makes mitered corners easy is a "must have." Thanks Sherri.

Jeanie said...

Looks like a great book! Love your mitered corners..you did a great job!

Janet said...

Love the scallops and double sided border. Would love to learn the technique!

Cloudmom said...

The mitered corners look so wonderful on your dress block...they will be fun to try.

pcflamingo said...

Mitered corners have just terrified me so far - I would be ever so happy to win the book!

susan said...

I wasn't sure about this book, but after reading your review I see that it is a must have! Thanks for the review and photos - Sue

Alicia said...

looks to be a great book!

Jenny said...

miters scare me! i need to give this book a try! i love miters with striped fabric!! must check into that cling product too!

Mommarock said...

What a great thing to learn! I am a very new quilter, and so this would be a fantastic lesson to learn.

rebecca said...

I can sure use a tip or two for mitered corners! Thanks for the review!

krisgray said...

I love the look of mitered corners - so neat and crisp!

Darlene B said...

I would love to win this book to learn how to add the scalloped edges on the borders. That just adds such a beautiful touch to a quilt. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Shasta said...

Of course count me in! It looks like a great book.

Cindy said...

The mitering technique looks interesting. I need an easy method!

Deb said...

Not a fan of mitered corners so any help I could get would be great. Thanks!

Cory said...

I would love to win this book and tool so I can perfect my mitered borders. Thank you and Kari for the chance. Take care and God bless, Cory

Laurel said...

I just love the project you finished. That would look so cute in my sewing room! lol

I've never attempted a mitered corner, so this book sounds like something I should purchase.

Thanks for the opportunity to win a book!

Kristen said...

Oh the possibilities with those mitered borders...hmmm..wonder which quilt I should finish first. :)

Patricia said...

well I must say I enjoyed your blog and I think I'm in love with this book

Deb said...

I'd be very interested in this book and learning how to do perfect mitered corners.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

This book looks so interesting. I'd love to know how to do the mitered corners so beautifully. Thanks!

Me and My Stitches said...

I haven't attempted a mitered border, but this book has gotten such great reviews - I can't wait to see it!

jmniffer said...

This book sounds perfect for me should I ever attempt mitered borders. Lots of pictures with discriptions and no math...what could be better? I'm off to check out the Perfect Angles Cling...that looks intriguing. Thanks for the review and the opportunity to win a copy of the book.

katie said...

Mitered corners give such a finished look, I would love to try it.

Nancy said...

would love to learn the secret of mitered corners...I've never done them...too scared!

I love her Clearly Perfect Angle..but I have the old fashioned one..lol Need to look for the new Clingy one..

QuiltKorner said...

Thanks for the review. I'd take any tips I can for doing metered boarders. So intimidating.

brenna said...

Looks wonderful! Great new technique for me to learn.

Bailey said...

mitered corners make me quake with fear, i would love to learn to do them

Nedra said...

I confess, I have never made a quilt with mitered borders either. A book with detailed pictures is just what I need for motivation. count me in!

Kathy H said...

I love good pictures and directions to help me with some difficult techniques. I want to make that pillow. So different from any that I have made before this.

Darlene said...

Would love to win this book! In my 3 years of quilt making, I have yet to attempt a mitered border. I will admit to being a little scared of messing up. Sounds like this book would take away my fear! Thanks for a chance!!

Sue said...

I bought her book and really like the technique involved with making the mitered borders. What a great book this is as well as her 'Cleraly Perfect Angles'! I love that!

I love the pattern you have finished with the mitered borders. I am in the process of working on the same pattern as a gift for my cousin. It's just too sweet:)

Janelle said...

I'd love to learn to do a nice mitered corner. It's one of those things I have avoided even though it would be great to know for those beautiful border stripes!

Anonymous said...

New to quilting and having so much fun!
Love all the wonderful bogs out in cyber-space!
Soooooo much to learn, so much to see, Sew much to do!

Love your work, love your site


Teresa Ramirez-Higashi

Christine Thomas said...

That would be great to win a copy of the book. I know about mitered corners but not how to do them simply. Thank you for the chance.
shoppernana@gmail.com

Lisa In Oregon said...

The words "no math" sure got my attention, LOL! I'll be adding this to my wish list, thanks for the indepth review!

Maxwells said...

I have never tried mitered corners. And I love scallops!!! Really want to make a quilt with those.

paulette said...

Thanks so much Sheri!! Great review! I would LOVE to win this book...thank for the chance!
Paulette

aksherry said...

I love the Cozy Cottage Pillow too!

Bev C said...

Hello Sherri,

Your completed corners look great. I haven't done a mitred corner so it would be fantastic to own this book. Thanks for the review and the chance to win the book.
Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

Nancy said...

I've done mitered corners before, but I'm sure I'd like them better using this book! THanks for the giveaway!

mblittle5 said...

Your dressmaker's model quilt is very cute. I'd love to try a mitered corner border one of these days.

suemac said...

I love the look of the mitered borders.

Suzanne said...

Thank you for showing one of your own projects to do her corner method on!

Kd said...

Ooh, no math? But I LOVE math! Mitered corners are a must for quilters to learn and use in their quilts. Great book! Thanks. ~Kd
www.KdQuilts.com

Robin C said...

mitered corners have always scared me. I need this book.

robin said...

I'd love to learn how to do mitered corners. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

rjk said...

The cling part sounds so great! It will stay put and I don't have to have tape on there. The book looks fun too.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Looks like a must have book.

Mary said...

I'd love to learn the scalloped border!

Rita said...

Thanks for the great review. This looks like a helpful book.

James-Linda said...

I LIKE THE LOOKS OF THAT BOOK! WOULD ENJOY WINNING+READING+USING IT, I'M SURE! THANKS FOR SHARING!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Scooquilt said...

I am especially interested in the scalloped borders. Thank you for sharing!

Valerie@rootcentral.org

Amy said...

I've wanted this book since I first saw it. What a great way to finish your quilt.

Kay Devaney said...

I love 'The Cozy Cottage Pillow'! Personally, I don't think I can go without this book. This will have to be a must buy for me. K
patpatkay@yahoo.com

Linda said...

Did you say no math involved? Sold! I like the three dimensional aspect also. Thanks for a great post....love your project now finished!

Lindsay said...

I love your quilt! This looks like a great book.

Beverly said...

Looks very interesting. If it works as easy as you say....I may just have to buy one.

Mom2RyandSis said...

Looks like a great book! I would love to be able to do mitered corners! Thanks for the chance to win.

Denise in PA said...

What a great giveaway! i love mitered borders! Thanks so much o:)

DebrafromMD said...

I love all of the projects I've seen from this book. I would love to win a copy.

Sandra said...

Looks fabulous! I'm in the UK, but if that's allowed, count me in!

S x

Kaye M. tkmattson@hotmail.com said...

I agree the Cozy Cottage Pillow is wonderful! The mitered border looks so professional and the little scallop is pretty classy too. I just can't figure out how its done. I really admire Kari for coming up with these clever ideas!

Kentucky Granny said...

The scalloped borders look very intriguing. They certainly look good ont hat quilt.

Jen said...

I have a WIP that uses those fabrics for the border! I looked at your pic and thought: how did Sherri get my quilt?! LOL. I would love to win a copy of this book. Mitered borders require too much thought on my part and I would love to learn how to use her tool.

Dirt Road Quilter said...

And here I thought I was the only quilter that was afraid of mitered corners! LOL! Sounds like Kari has taken the mystery out of it! Looking forward to adding this title to my library! Thank you for the offering this wonderful giveaway!

Barbara said...

The more I see of this book, the more I'm loving it! I've never tried mitered corners, or a scalloped border. And no math??? Wow...sure would love to win a copy!

allcounty said...

Mitered corners really finish off the quilt. I am going to try this one.
Can't wait to see how awesome the quilt will be. Karin E:)

ritainalaska said...

would love to have this book! my mitering is a hit and miss method that need improvement and i would love to try the scallopped edges on that gorgeous pillow. thanx for the opportunity to win this book.

Sallie said...

Love the projects shown from this book and I'd love to win a copy. Thanks for the giveaway!

Abbybeth said...

I've dabbled in mitred borders with varying levels of success, but I love how they look. The book sounds like it would be a valuable resource!

Linda said...

New at quilting. Would love to learn to make mitered corners.

Kay said...

Looks like a great book. I've always been afraid of mitered corners, but this looks like the answer.

JMidwest said...

I could certainly use help with my angles! Your first attempt at mitred corners is impressive! I need to give it a try now.

Teresa Felgueiras said...

I've always been to afraid ti try mitered corners, maybe I will loose my fear if I win the book.

Cecilia said...

I've been following this hop and the more I read about this book, the more I need one. I've only done mitered borders twice and each time I had to really study the instructions, so I'm hoping this would make it a lot easier. Thanks for the review and for the giveaway.

Sewgirl said...

I have been admiring Kari's book all week. Such cleaver ideas, and what a unique look it gives to her projects.

Nana Jo said...

I would love to learn Kari's technique for mitered corners. I've been experimenting with them lately and could use some good tips!

Michele said...

The book sounds great! Thanks for the review :-)

Marcia W. said...

A book and a tool for making good mitres -- that's what I ened to alleviate my fear at trying them. Thanks for the chance.

Jan said...

Would love to learn this technique! I love the pillow too!

Delores said...

Love to win! I need a refresher on how to do mitered corners. Thanks for the chance.

Joanna said...

I haven't tried mitered corners yet, but do love the way they look and want to know the best way to make them. Thanks so much.

barefootT said...

Your little project is adorable!! so very glad the book helped you to make the perfect ending...

the projects in the book look like they would be fun to make, I have been wanting to do a bag :) and that angle cling looks great! sure hope I win.

Karen said...

Great review. I think everybody loves that pillow! Would love to add this book to my library.

Cindi P. said...

Thanks for showing us an example of how you used the mitered corners on one of your own quilts. And thanks for the chance to win too :)

Becky said...

Love the mitered borders on your Fig Tree project. Thanks for the review!

Regina said...

This looks great!

Linda K said...

This, too, was on my "must do sometime" list, so I would love to have detailed instruction and lots of diagrams. Thanks so much for the chance to win! Kari's Clearly Perfect Angles is a super product, too. Everyone should have one of those!!

linny said...

I've always found mitred corners a bit scarey, maybe with this book I'd be able to do them.
Thanks for a chance to win a copy.
lyn.robyn.smith@gmail.com

sandra said...

I have always mitered my corners but they just never turned out perfect, so maybe this book can show me the way. It certainly looks interesting.

Laine said...

This is a great giveaway - I can sure use some help on mitered corners.

lsandes@comcast.net

Natalya Hoak said...

Great illustrations! I've been wondering about mitered corners myself. Your quilt turned out beautifully!

Deanna said...

Congratulations on your finish. Perhaps if I am the lucky winner I will be inspired to finish a few of mine, too. :)

passingdowncrazy said...

I've mitered several quilts, but I'd love to see her method. I think miters add so much to a quilt!

scottylover said...

I've never been able to miter a corner no matter how hard I tried! Would love to see her method!

Sandy A

Barbara said...

Sherri,
I like you have had mitered borders on my to learn list....sounds like you have given me a starting point in Kari's new book. I have added it to my wish list! Thanks for sharing.

Donna S. said...

I would love to win this book

Cadybeth said...

I am happy to see I am not the only one who has never tried mitered corners. I am really looking forward to giving it a go myself.

Sharrieboberry said...

Wow! Thanks for the review. I've noticed the scalloped mitered corners in pics but now I have a description to go with it. Sounds great!

Stitches said...

Wow, your miters look great. The book is a must for my library!!

Kathryn Tobias said...

I'm working on my first quilted table runner and I'm right int he middle of doing mitered coners. I'd love some help!

Kathryn in Sacramento

Jeanne said...

I would be happy to live in your blog for a day. There are so many neat things to look at. The book sounds awesome and I want that cling really really bad. But most of all I want to learn to do mitered corners. Thank you

Anne said...

I have avoided mitered corners like the plague. However, with this book and ruler I could be a believer! Thanks Sherri

Chris said...

Those mitered corners are wonderful! It makes the borders so special!

Sharon said...

Hi Sherri thank you so much or the info on what seems to be a wonderful book that would help me greatl. And the projects look great. I too like the pillow. Please add me to the list, thank you

Laura said...

mitered corners are so beautiful! Would love to learn how to make them.

Mary said...

Have always feared mitered corners. Would love the book for the instructions. Sounds good.

Linda said...

Thanks for sharing the contents of this book with us. Your corners look really perfect, and I especially like the dimensional aspects of it. Neat to know there's a cling for making half-square triangles. I need one! I appreciate the chance to win this super giveaway.

Quiltsmiles said...

Thanks for the chance. I think this book would be helpful with the miterings and I really like the appliqued-type of pillow pattern seen in it. Jane

Carla said...

This book look like the perfect reference book! I would love how to do perfect corners! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

Lyn said...

Your post shows how easy it is to follow Kari's method- just what I need to cure my avoidance of using mitres- I would love to be able to confidently tackle some projects that have mitres in them, so perhaps with kari's help it could be 'just around the corner'- love the title..

Kell said...

I loved to add mitered corners to quilts but I would need detailed instructions. :)

Thanks for the chance to win!

Debbie Lou said...

I think this book looks awesome. I have always stayed away from mitered corners, but this sounds like it may change my mind. We all need to stretch once in a while. Thanks for the offer.

KMSC said...

I would love to win this book! Thanks for the great review and photos of your work.

Simone de Klerk said...

This book gives a whole new look to quilts. Love it!

Nanbon44 said...

If this books helps me with my Miter corners I would be doing the happy dance

Donna said...

So nice to come across a give-away this morning. A new book for my Quilt Book Bookshelf will be a wonderful addition.

Jeanne said...

Looks like a great book to have.

Mary said...

I'd love that book if it inspires me to finish one of my UFO's.

Ullan tilkut said...

Hi! Greetings from Finland! Thank you very much for your blog! It's very interesting! It's so nice to find quilter from the other side of the world! Your works are very nice!
Have a nice day!

Cheryl Greenleaf said...

I was so excited to hear that Kari's Clearly Perfect Angles was a cling guide. This is a wonderful idea. It is now on my wish list of quilting tools!

Thank you for hosting this giveaway.
cgreenleaf2(at)gmail(dot)com

Donna said...

I would love to learn this technique! Thanks for hosting this give away!

lynnquiltsalot said...

I've been afraid to try mitered corners, but this looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win.

Connie said...

What a great giveaway! Would love to win it.

Patti said...
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Patti said...

Thank you so much for reviewing this must have book and tool. Your mitred corners are perfect, as is your piecing.
Patti xxx

Josie McRazie said...

I am a new quilter and still finding my way! I would LOVE to win and try out another method!

jemfl said...

Looks like something that would improve my quilting. love that angle tool!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

argh I hate mitered corners!!! I can't imagine them working out like that but I believe you.

Anonymous said...

I use the Clearly Perfect Angles, and I like it very much. Am anxious to learn how to do mitered corners better.
Margaret
mammich@comcast.net

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