Monday, January 13, 2014

A Good Day In From the Cold

Our house has been battling a cold as it makes its rounds, first me, then hubby, and now the little girl. It's keeping me on my toes, but when I've had time I've been busily humming away at my sewing machine since our return from sunny southern California last week.

I've gotten the majority of the top done from this pattern by Sweet Jane, I just have a pieced border and another solid border to complete. I'm really liking her pattern writing style and hopefully all of them are this quick to complete.
"A Good Day" by Sweet Jane Quilts using In From the Cold by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics.
Let's just say my family and friends know me when its time to get a gift. I got four quilting books under the tree this year and I'm happy as a clam. I also received a subscription to a quilting magazine incase I got bored with the books.
Quilts from Sweet Jane by Susan Pfau, Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison,
Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman, and The Quilters Ultimate Visual Guide edited by Ellen Pahl

I scoffed to myself a little when I opened the package that contained this book. And my mom proudly cooed that she had discovered this great tome at a thrift store (note the price tag in the upper left) saying that it was a great find. I put it off to the side for a while expecting to be disappointed by its content.
The Quilters Ultimate Visual Guide edited by Ellen Pahl
I admit I'm a bit ashamed of myself. This book is a great source of information, yes some of it is our of date since it was printed 15 years ago, but all of the basics are there. I tend to forget that quilting isn't a new thing. It's been around for centuries and not much has changed in that time except with the advance in technologies. I must remember to thank my mom again for this book, as it has already been useful. 

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