Saturday, November 21, 2009

New books and a string quilt

I've been adding to my craft book stash on a regular basis lately.  I probably spend more on books than I do on fabric or yarn.  Here are my most recent purchases.

I pre-ordered One Yard Wonders and it's a beautiful book.  It's spiral bound, so it lays flat.  It came with patterns and is nicely photographed.  But, there aren't as many fresh ideas as I had hoped to see.  I think it would be great for a beginning seamstress and would serve as a great reference for loads of basic patterns.  I can't wait to make the fabric origami box (on the cover).  

The Sweater Chop Shop was worth every penny.  I love it.  I've got a stash of old sweaters that I started collecting a few years back for felted projects, and this gives me some great ideas.  I highly recommend this one.

Color Your Cloth is another gorgeous book.  Even if I never dye a single piece of fabric, I'll enjoy having this one just because it's beautiful to look through.  I love the colors and can't wait to try some of the techniques.  I have a friend from Indonesia who brought me some batik wax and a Tianjin from a recent trip home.  I just had them on display, but now I think I'll use them!

On another note, here's the string quilt I started a few weeks ago.  I'm going pretty slow, but I love the way it's coming together.  I cut into some of my Heather Bailey stash (Fresh Cut) and I'm glad I did because I love the subtle colors.  I think I've got fewer than 50 blocks to go.  

I'm anxious to finish up some UFO's this week.  I want to quilt my scrappy log cabin and try to finish the Green Gable sweater I started last summer.  Maybe I'll go look for something to finish right now.


Julie @ Jaybird Quilts said...

nice choice on the books! i used to work at a bookstore so i did the same thing you are doing!!

Amy said...

Love how your string quilt is coming along. I agree that the colors are spectacular. I don't know why I'm taking my time about getting on the bandwagon with this technique... I think it's time I give it a shot.

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