Quilted Gifts from Your Scraps & Stash book

I must admit, the cover of this book gets my attention — lots of pink and flowers. The book is just released and I haven’t seen it in a store yet, but I’ll buy it through our Amazon link.

Reviewing the book on Amazon, the Table of Contents includes sections for:

  • 5-Hour Favorites
  • 10-Hour Treats
  • 17-Hour Sensations
  • 24-Hour Treasures
  • Take Your Time

The projects are appropriate for baby showers, bridal showers, birthdays, house warmings, and more. I see coasters, an armchair chatelaine, a tote bag, a baby quilt, ruffled flowers … many items to choose from.

Each project includes Project Specifications, Materials, Cutting instructions, Completion steps, and pictures to illustrate the steps.

I see a few things I would like to make. How about you?

500 Quilts by Blind Quilter Diane Rose

How can I ever complain again about lack of skills or time or … anything?!

The video below is a 6-minute story on Diane Rose, who learned to quilt after losing her vision. Reading her story, she achieved her goal of 500 quilts and is now working toward completing 1000 quilts by 2013, her 15th anniversary of quilting. She runs a quilting business and is a motivational speaker. The subtitle on her website is The Amazing Quilter. I think you’ll agree. 🙂

May we all be thankful for our talents and gifts!

Photos from Tokyo Quilt Festival 2012

The flickr photostream of Be*mused includes over 380 photos from the 2012 Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival.

One beautiful example is Shining Town by Masako Katou. (It doesn’t look like Be*mused has licensed the photos for sharing, so all I can do is include the link.) This quilt is a spiral design of scrappy houses and trees, with small yellow flowers on the interior scalloped border, and an outer scrappy/modern piano key border. The primary color scheme is blues and greens. I wish I could display it! It’s amazing to think of the hours that Masako put into the quilt. (Here’s the full-sized version, so you can see the detail up close.)

I encourage you to view some of the photos, and hope that you enjoy the stunning work as much as I did. Thank you to Dottie for this link!


54 Quilt Block Tutorials

Quilt Story Block Party LinkUpQuilt Story is hosting a page full of quilt block tutorials by various quilters — 54 so far! I looked at the Set-in Seams tutorial by Ridge Top Quilts and Flying Geese from Cutting Corners College. Close-up photos, yardage calculations, detailed instructions, … all of which make for excellent tutorials. 🙂 Take a look and learn a new block for your next quilt!


Martha Nordstrand applique workshop

Just a quick note to let you know that the photo for Martha’s April workshop is now available on our website. The poppies are beautiful!

You can also visit Martha’s site to see her other designs.