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. Javan

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  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. These patterns 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 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 then blogged about their participation on a and I tried really, really hard to win this book to no avail - had to buy it.  OHWELL - a really good word.

 Both books will be wonderful additions to anyone attempting to sew from stash, therefore, use it up..

I got started right away with 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 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 selected a rust-color Dimples fabric as my constant for the little 2-inch squares.

I love to chain piece these 12 at a time and these definitely could 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's Dat - 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 heart and in your area. Judy C


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....