Tuesday, January 5, 2016

3 Quilt Books

With the help of Amazon Wishlist, I received four quilt books this year for Christmas.  They are all books I had my eye on, without ever seeing them "for real," and I am very happy with all four.    Here's the first three:

A feathered star quilt has long been on my bucket list.  I saw a quilt made using the Star of Chamblie pattern by Marsh McCloskey at a quilt show last fall and thought it might actually be do-able for me.   This book (booklet really) has detailed instructions for the feathered star blocks with a variety of center designs, plus instructions for putting the blocks together as shown.  Finished as shown on the cover, the quilt is 67.5" square.  

Tributes and Treasures is by Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts.  I think most, if not all, of the quilts in the book were previously published as individual patterns.  For example, in 2012, I made Boughs of Holly from a pattern called Crossroads that is in this book.

However, the other designs are new to me and first on my list will be this quilt below, called Plantation Road.  I just need to find a toile print that coordinates with fabric in my stash.  All the designs in Tributes and Treasures are consistent with the designers' Civil War reproduction aesthetic, though they can look very different when made in non-reproduction fabrics.

The third book, Simply Color Green, is closer to the modern end of the quilt design spectrum.  The author, Vanessa Christenson, has authored a series of six with each book focused on a different color. Each book covers color theory, with a few projects.  

 I'll be back in a few days with a post on the fourth book I received.

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  1. Thank you for letting me know the name of The Star of Chamblie book. I think that I Carrie Nelson had this quilt in red and white on the Moda blog and I had been looking for the name of this quilt. I think its the same, anyways, this one will do if its not! I also bought Tributes and treasures over the holidays, but my first quilt will be the flying geese one (i can't remember the name off hand). Have a good day.

  2. Wonderful new reads. Marsha M. Is the queen of the feathered star. It's a beautiful quilt. I got the Tributes and Treasures book at quilt market this fall. It is filled with great possibilities. So many choices.....sigh

  3. Been wanting to make a feathered star, this might be the one. Thanks for sharing. Will have to check the Paula Barnes book also. I have so much going on now but what's another project?

  4. I always enjoy coming back to visit your blog when I haven't had a chance in awhile. Always some great eye candy and wonderfully written posts. Love the "Floating" quilt - the grey accents are great. I also go the Tributes and Treasures book at Quilt Market (signed copy!) and enjoy browsing it over and over. Wish I had more time to quilt, but who among us doesn't say that every week at least?
    Happy New Year!


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