Quilting Through a Book
Thank you, dear quilty friends, for weighing in on my idea to make every quilt in one particular book. Some of you sounded enthused to do the same, lots of you gave your opinion on which book I should use.
My two book options were Sunday Morning Quilts, or Simply Retro. These two books are fairly different from each other, and so I thought I'd do a short description of both, in how they would apply to my 'project'.
After that I'll reveal to you which book I decided to go with!
So first let's look at Sunday Morning Quilts.
It's written by two great bloggers, Crazy Mom Quilts - who was one of the first quilting bloggers I discovered. (This orange and gray quilt blew my mind in a good way back in 2008!) The other author is Cheryl Arkison, who lives in Calgary which at an hour from me is basically in my backyard!
I've made a few quilts from this book already, Scrappy Quartered Log Cabins being one of them. Oh, and Rainy With a Spot of Sun was another one.
So the benefit to this book is that I really like every single quilt in it. They are really my style, as I love laid back scrappy quilts.
Next let's look at Simply Retro.
This book is written by another quilting blogger, Camille Roskelley, who I've followed from waaay back. I've made a lot of her patterns as well, including this one called Jelly Filled, which was a long time ago! (in fact that was my first blog post on my original blog).
I've never made a quilt from this book though. And I'd also say that not all of the quilts in this book would be ones that I would choose to make. These quilts are much more traditional block style, and would use more fat quarters and yardage, whereas Sunday Morning Quilts is much scrappier.
So which book did I decide on? Well, before I had even published my blog post, I was leaning towards Simply Retro. After so many of you chimed in with support for Sunday Morning Quilts, I almost changed my mind! In the end though, I'm going with my gut which says that the type of projects I've been looking for this time around are the quilts in Simply Retro.
They're fairly simple, they'll use up lots of yardage, and they are quite structured. When I analyze my reason for doing this project, it's because I need the structure of something preplanned. So while I can choose to change up the colors as much as I want, it's also very simple.
While I will continue to make scrappy quilts from Sunday Morning Quilts as the mood strikes me, right now I'm going to work my way through Simply Retro!
(here's a stack I've already got bookmarked for one of the quilts!)
and I thought I'd leave a disclaimer that this is not all you will be seeing here! I wish I could just churn through these quilts and show you one per week. But there are of course other quilts constantly in the queue which will show up in between. And I'd make a guess this whole project might take me a year...
If you want to join me that's awesome! Just start making quilts from this book (or any other book!) and blog about them, (or not!)