Oh well, what a pleasure talking about quilting books! Right now I have at least a dozen of them on my nightstand... I don't know about you, but when I like some book it seems I can not get enough of it. I'm always back, and time after time, I am getting a new detail, being inspired in a particular way by the same project I already looked at over and over again.
It was so difficult to choose the first one to talk about... I found Sunday Morning Quilts: 16 Modern Scrap Projects Sort, Store, and Use Every Last Bit of Your Treasured Fabrics at the Library two months ago and it has been in my hands in the past two weeks or so. I love going to the Library and checking the books before I buy them. I try not to buy before I can see at least a bit (I like when it's possible "look Inside" the books at Amazon!). After I putting so many books in my wish list at Amazon, finally I decided to buy Sunday Morning Quilts! So, I am talking about my most recent purchase of books.
The authors of this book are Amanda Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison. As I'm not an experienced quilter I didn't know about their work before. They are friends and it makes me wonder how fun is quilting and writing with a friend!
The main topic of Sunday Morning Quilts is quilting with scraps. That's why I loved this book so much. Who doesn't have a bag of scraps waiting for some project idea? Who doesn't have scraps from favorite fabrics, some not even in the market anymore? I usually keep every tiny scrap, always thinking that some day in the future I'd sew something very special with them. I have lots, lots of scraps!
Another thing that caught my eyes was working with selvages. Instead of using them to make quilts they suggest knitting with strings and selvages! YES! That's it! There is a nice doormat in the book and actually I checked Amanda's blog and she is making another rug with selvages and strings. I definitely should give it a try!
Some projects that really inspired me are the ones on the pages 82 (Scrapper's Delight) and 118 (High five quilt). I found the instructions very straight-forward and I could say that from 16 projects shown in the book I'm willing to make more than half of them! Some of the quilts there aren't really my taste for colors and didn't mean a challenge I'd love to be taking. But, there is a quilt for everyone there. Amanda and Cheryl are modern quilters and if you don't know much about modern quilt their introduction it's a good source to understand it. I'm seeing a lot of modern quilts out there and I like the free and improvisational way to make quilts that express your unique vision. It seems you never know the result of it, but, indeed it could be only if you want it. As I have read, it doesn't mean that to be a modern quilter you should not know traditional techniques. In a few words, the new comes from the old, and I agree with that.
I definitely recommend any quilter should have this book especially if sometimes you feel overwhelmed by so many new fabrics launched on the market and just want to take part of your mountains of scraps and do something special with them. Maybe right now you don't have a budget for a brand new collection of fabrics and that's OK! Or even if you feel that you should be emptying your bins full of scraps to make more room in your craft room instead of simply buying more. Or yet, if sometimes you want to have fun and create something very unique for you or to make a gift for someone from scraps that really means something to you. All the material you might need for the next project can be very close to you, on your boxes, bags or bins full of new and old scraps just waiting to be alive again!
Click here and buy yours! Sunday Morning Quilts: 16 Modern Scrap Projects Sort, Store, and Use Every Last Bit of Your Treasured Fabrics