The Masterpiece by Javan

The Masterpiece by Javan

We are born into the world like a blank canvas and each person that crosses our path takes up the brush and makes his mark upon our surface - So it is that we develop - But we must realize there comes a day that we must take up the brush and finish the work. For only we can determine if we are to be just another painting or a Masterpiece.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Happiness Is Having Two New Books

Please do not forget to nominate your choice for the Golden Quilter Awards at the following link. before March 15th - Thanks

I received two wonderful books in the mail and have had so much inspiration looking at all the patterns. The quilt pictures are outstanding and the patterns are written so you can easily follow - I highly recommend both of these books.

Bonnie Hunter's new Scraps and Shirttails II book has introduced a new format that is so welcome - at least to me.  Each pattern now has a "Directions At-A-Glance" page which simplifies the construction details of the blocks. I believe her editor suggested the new format and it has been quite a hit. Once you have all the pieces cut, you can go to the "At-a-Glance" page and it shows how to arrange the block units and how many of each you need -no longer having to keep referring back to the directions.  She has included some wonderful patterns in this book and all designed to use your stash. They will not disappoint.

Scrap Basket Sensations by Kim Brackett is another outstanding assortment of patterns ... I have approximately every other pattern ear marked to do. I truly believe this is why I have been cutting all those 2-1/2 inch strips for these past years just waiting for this book.  Each quilt sample in the book was reviewed by the person who made the sample for Kim and a lot of insightful information and time went into this beautiful book.  Each person blogged about their participation on a blog hop and I tried really, really hard to win this book to no avail - had to buy it.  Both books will be wonderful additions to anyone attempting to sew from stash and hopefully using it up.

I dove right in and started Bonnie's Criss Cross Applesauce pattern - this quilt appeals to me in a very big way - not sure if it is the simplicity - the serviceability look or because it is the opportunity to use some of my many charm squares. The quilt requires 156 little blocks and these are made from 5 inch squares and 2 inch strips. Very relaxing to sit a spell and end up with 20 blocks quickly.

I start with three alike squares that are already cut and I selected a rust-color Dimples fabric as my constant for the little 2-inch squares. Now all of a sudden I have ...

38 little blocks done. I love to chain piece these 12 at a time and these definitely could almost be done as "leaders and enders." Both books have wonderful stashbustter patterns and we all need to do a little bit of that.

Leaving you with a little more Spring in NC - Hyacinth bulbs we had for Valentine - if only you could smell them..

The Magnolia Tulip tree is in full bloom saying "Look at me, I am beautiful."

Happiness along your journey as Spring awakens in your area. Judy C


Linda said...

Thank you for sharing your glimpses of Spring!!!! You have been busy with your quilt blocks.

taylorsoutback said...

Hi Judy! I can smell those hyacinths - what a fragrance they have.
Will be on the lookout for both of your recommended books...our quilt history study group has a bus trip planned for May to some bigger quilt shops in southern Wisconsin. I like the concept of working from a long accumulating stash!

Madame Samm said...

Ahh Happy are most certainly...your blog looks lovely by the way..I love your heading..and your magnolias are coming...ohhhh how I wish that is what we saw here...we are covered with yet another white blanket....

SewCalGal said...

Beautiful blocks. Going to be a lovely quilt. Thanks for the insights. I had forgotten abut this pattern. Definitely looks like a fun project.


Vicki said...

Such pretty blocks and your fabric choices are beautiful. I love the at a glance idea for the patterns, I will have to check it out. Hmm, no spring here, more snow on it's way. :(

Denise :) said...

I *love* new quilting books! Thanks for sharing your pretty glimpses of spring -- the Magnolia Tulip tree is beautiful! :)

Quiltsmiles said...

Oh with another 24" of snow dumped on us in the past 24 hours, your spring looks mighty fine! Love Kim Bracketts other book too, Ican't wait to catch a glimpse at this one.

Barb in Mi said...

Ooh, I saw so much of Kim's book online, so I bought it. And Bonnie's new one is on my to-buy list, too...
Wow, you sure move fast: already so many blocks done, good for you!
Enjoy spring - we are still looking at this white stuff here in SE Michigan.

Michele said...

Lovely pictures :-) I am from NC. Great books! I just ordered Scrap Basket Sensations on Friday. Can't wait until it gets here!

Michelle May said...

Criss Cross that! How fun!
I do love a new book and two new books even better!
xx, shell

sao said...

I love your new Bonnie Hunter quilt in progress. Isn't it fun to create these beautiful quilts from stash!

Your MAGNOLIA TREE is stunning. I don't think spring has sprung in Midlothian yet but your pictures made me excited to see all of the wonderful blooms that are in our NEAR FUTURE!

sao in Midlothian, VA

Nicole said...

Thanks for sharing your spring with us! I have seen a few of the tulip magnolia bushes blooming in our area also.
Your scrappy charm quilt is going to be terrific.