Saturday, November 17, 2012

Modern Designs for Classic Quilts ~Book Review & Giveaway

Today I am very excited to introduce a brand new quilting book that you are sure to want to add to your Christmas wishlist. Modern Designs for Classic Quilts is written by Kelly Biscopink and Andrea Johnson and is complete quilting eye candy. I met Kelly as an Editor through my publisher and was absolutely thrilled when I found out she had written a book of her own!

At quilt market in Houston, TX last month, my mom (aka Grandma Jane) and I went out dinner with Kelly and Andrea and we. had. a. ball. We laughed so hard we cried. I'm telling you, these are my kind of girls. So I'm going to try hard to write an un-biased review, but it always helps to know that the authors behind a book are truly wonderful people. And it helps when they've written a truly fabulous book!

I absolutely adore the concept of this book as I feel it is very similar to how I view sewing children's clothing. The book has some of the most traditional, classic quilt styles, yet they are taken to a whole new level through the use of modern patterned fabrics and bold solids.

This Spider Web Quilt, called Effie's Web, might be my favorite in the book. I love how much color and movement you can see throughout the quilt. Look at it one way and you see one thing, look at it another and you see something else. Also, it's a great way to use up scraps of fabric and with all the clothing I sew, you know I have a lot of scraps.

Although, I love Effie's Web, it's a pretty close call between that one and the cover quilt called the Urban Cabin. First of all, how cute is that name? It is a traditional log cabin style quilt, but the way in which the fabrics are placed is so totally modern. Brilliant!

Check out some of these quilt patterns included in the book that use beautiful solids incorporated into their designs. As much as I love patterned quilting cotton, sometimes I think solids can bring the beauty out in a quilt design like nothing else.

The overall tone of Modern Designs for Classic Quilts is very friendly and welcoming, just like Kelly and Andrea. The techniques section is beautiful with very clear photographed instructions. They include everything from cutting, sewing and pressing to how to match seams, sewing curved seams and paper piecing. There are also non-quilting techniques included such as installing a zipper, ruffling and raw edge applique that are used for some of the smaller projects included in the book.

Kelly and Andrea have done such a wonderful job bringing together two worlds of quilting together in one book; modern and traditional. Who says you have to be defined as a modern quilter or a traditional quilter? No one. And these ladies show that you can have it all......a little modern, a little classic and a whole lot of beautiful.

So guess what? Not only did Kelly and Andrea send me my very own copy of this book for this review, they sent a copy for one of you! 

Would you like to win a copy of Modern Designs for Classic Quilts?

Well, this one is easy, just leave a comment on this post telling us why you would like this book. 
One entry per person. Giveaway will be open until Monday, November 19, 2012 at midnight (CST).

To check out more reviews of Modern Designs for Classic Quilts, please visit some of these other wonderful blogs on the book tour:

Tuesday, Nov. 6             (Lindsay, CraftBuds)
Wed., Nov. 7                 (Jill, Darling Jill Quilts)
Thursday, Nov. 8           (Faith, Fresh Lemons)
Friday, Nov. 9               (Generation Q)
Saturday, Nov. 10         (Angela, Quilting is my Therapy)
Sunday, Nov. 11            (Shannon, Stitch Craft Create)
Monday, Nov. 12           (Laurie, Scarlet Fig)
Tuesday, Nov. 13          (Kaysie, KZJo’s Studio)  
Wed., Nov. 14               (Jessica, A Little Gray)
Thursday, Nov. 15         (Mary, The Tulip Patch)
Friday, Nov. 16             (Deborah, Whipstitch)
Saturday, Nov. 17         (Lindsay, The Cottage Mama)
Sunday, Nov. 18           (Jenny, Sew Kind of Wonderful)
Monday, Nov. 19          (Carla, LollyQuiltz)
Tuesday, Nov. 20         (Thomas, Thomas Knauer Sews)
Wed., Nov. 21              (Brenda, Pink Castle Fabrics)
Thursday, Nov. 22        (Lindsay & Liz Rea, CraftBudsInspire Me Grey)
Friday, Nov. 23             (Sarah, The Last Piece)
Saturday, Nov. 24         (Cara: Cara QuiltsAndie: AndieJohnsonSews, Kelly: Stitchy Quilt Stuff)

Also, you can keep up to date with these lovely ladies over on their blogs: 
Kelly at Stitchy Quilt Stuff and Andrea at Andie Johnson Sews.

Friday, November 16, 2012

A french bedroom to re-do

What do you think about this room?  The photo is from Art et Decoration,  the bedroom of a Paris flat.  I think it makes an interesting exercise in interior design.

A difficult space to furnish as the room is fairly long and narrow with all the light at one end.

I like the mouldings on the ceilings and the walls,  and the old writing desk with the pink inside, and I'm sort of intrigued by the black upholstered wall ....   but I'm not convinced by the overall effect.

I would change the drapes, and alter the colour of the floor and ........ and ......

but first of all you tell me -

 if you were given this room as a clean palette, what you would you do with it?

  ~ oOo ~

and on another note ...

new in the store this beautiful white ironstone tureen, a century old!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

the basket bouquet

With the garden practically bare of flowers, this is the time of year when I use more plants to decorate the home.  And sometimes to gift to friends.

If you have a pretty basket, then a few inexpensive bedding plants are all you need to make a lovely composition..

Simply line the basket with a sturdy plastic bag, and place your bedding plants in, being careful to position them so the basket is pretty seen from all sides.

I put a couple of white roses in the centre, and some tiny white pansies all around the edges.

I like to add some moss to fill any gaps, and the moss makes it look more finished and professional.  Moss can often be bought at florists, personally I know a country lane, bordered by high moss covered banks!

And if you find yourself with a plant left over, then a little moss and a tureen works well too!

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