Friday, August 9, 2013
In celebration of National Book Lover's Day, Moda & United Notions is hosting a fun book blog tour! At each stop on the tour you'll be able to learn about the books that inspired each participant to become a quilter. If you go to the Moda Cutting Table you can find links to all of the participating blogs and enter to win--Moda is giving away 6 new quilting books!
If you've read my blog for a little while, you might know that the first quilt I made was a Double Irish Chain quilt for my oldest son. I used Eleanor Burns' Irish Chain in a Day: Single and Double book and went on to make only Irish Chain quilts for a couple of years. But there was another book that really influenced me as a new quilter, and that book was Little Quilts All Through the House (Designer Series).
I loved the small project in that book and used many of the patterns to make things for my home and for gifts. Above are two small table toppers I made and hand quilted. I still get them out every year and use them for part of my fall décor.
The first Log Cabin quilt I made also came from the Little Quilts book...this one is also still used at Christmas each year.
And I made patriotic projects from Little Quilts. Again, pretty much everything I made back then I hand quilted. As you can tell...I was learning with these early projects.
My first sampler was also a Little Quilts project. If you could see the wavy borders on this one... Anyway, I feel that my quilting today is still inspired by these books. When I wrote my book, A Quilting Life: Creating a Handmade Home I specifically included small projects that could be used for home décor and gifts...because I've always felt that giving our quilts and using them in our every day lives is a big part of being involved with this art.
As for my favorite book today...well, I have so many favorites--I could make quite a long list! I love the projects in Camille's Simply Retro with Camille Roskelley: Fresh Quilts from Classic Blocks. Her projects are also fun for home decorating and for gift-giving. And I also love the variety of large and small projects in Joanna's With Fabric and Thread: More Than 20 Inspired Quilting and Sewing Patterns.
Be sure to head over to the Moda Cutting Table to find links to all of the other National Book Lover's Day (quilting style) posts...and remember you can comment on their blog to be entered in the giveaway.
What book started you on your way to becoming a quilter?
Posted by Sherri McConnell at 12:00 AM