Liberty Pin Cushion Sale

March 9, 2019

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I wanted to drop in over here to let you know about my Liberty Pin Cushion sale happening over at my Instagram shop @faithessenburgshop on Monday March 11 at 10 am CST! I haven’t held a sale in well over a year and I am so excited about all the pretty pin cushions I have for you!

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My Original Liberty egg cup pin cushions that started it all almost exactly two years ago! I just love these little classy cups and I know you do as well!

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I was extremely disappointed to learn I can no longer find this style dish for my double Pinnies, they were perfect for keeping a spool of thread or thimble in the extra cup spot. I will have a few available on Monday and then they are gone! While I was sad to loose these, I have found two new styles that I hope you will love as much as I do.

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This sleek modern dish pairs beautifully with the classic Liberty prints we all love and has an added bonus of being magnetic to hold pins, clips and things while you work!

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I could not love these little dishes more! At just under four inches square and two high, they are the perfect little sewing companion to hold your sewing notions.

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For this Original Liberty Pinnie dish debut I have pulled out some of my rare and hard to find Betsy prints, a few of which are pictured here along with classic Betsy colorways.

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I am also giving this oval style a try and while they are not magnetic bowls, the dish is big enough to hold several clips or even a spool of thread. I think the ridges in the bowl will be handy for getting clips out too.

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Here’s a little custom beauty I made this week for a special order. Pop on over to @faithessenburgshop and follow along so you don’t miss any of the sale information and set your clocks for Monday March 11 at 10 am CST! See you there!

 

 

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Gnome and Gardens Tour

March 1, 2019

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Riley Blake Designs has some incredibly cute lines coming out this year and one of them is Gnome and Gardens by Shawn Wallace. Those little old gnomes caught my eye with their happy smiles, little white beards and my personal favorite, the bespectacled one. Also in this Spring collection is a whole slew of perfect for fussy cutting garden flowers and friends, like tiny snails, tulips, bunnies in carrot patches and your pink flamingos.

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My go-to project is a smallish size quilt, perfect for a baby gift or young child’s birthday, this one however will be brightening up the foot of my oldest sons bed, he loves green and all things cute and silly. IMG_0693 (1)

The gnomes bring a playful twist to this classic Irish Chain quilt. I used the main Gnome print and a green Swiss Dot fabric for the low volume parts and a variety of greens, blues, red and even a bit of pink for the “chain” bits. Each block measures 6 inches square and with a boarder to frame it out, I have a nice 48×60 quilt.

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I was a bit shy on the red bubble fabric for the boarder so I searched through my red fabrics and found this older Riley Blake gingham and was so pleased to see it matches perfectly! I think this quilt might also end up coming with us to the park when we get some nicer weather and green grass.

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I’ve done simple crosshatch quilting in a pale mint 40 weight Aurifil thread (2800) to give it just a bit more interest than a solid white, it’s all in the little details, right? Scrappy green binding and this yummy lime green gingham backing pull it all together with a Springy feel!

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As I have said before, our quilts tend to find their way around our old Victorian home, this one is on a window sill nook, waiting for sunshine and a curl up with a boy and a good book. See that tiny lawn mower on the binding? Too cute!

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Make sure to follow Riley Blake for more inspiration and ALL the dreamy fabrics! I will be back here soon with another project and can always be found in my happy place over on Instagram.

Bluebirds On Roses Project Tour

February 11, 2019

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I feel Spring just round the corner and what better way to welcome it than with a Flowering Snowball quilt and Elea Lutz’s newest fabric line Bluebirds On Roses. If you’ve been following along with me on Instagram you have likely seen this quilt blossom over the past month, but just in case let’s start at the beginning.

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Elea has packed this line full of everything that is sweet; bluebirds, daises, kittens, strawberries, tiny floral motifs perfect for fussy cutting and a gorgeous larger scale rose bouquet print. Elea’s fabrics have that special quality that somehow turns a project into an instant heirloom, something to treasure and pass along.

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For such a perfectly sweet line I went with a classic quilt block; the flowering snowball. My friend Mary from Sunny Day Supply has a wonderful tutorial HERE with step by step pictures that made my first venture into sewing the dreaded CURVES an absolute breeze! Really these blocks came together quickly and were a joy to make.

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To top off the classic look of this quilt I just had to go with big hand stitching a la Sunny Day Supply method (can you tell who is my quilting inspiration?). I used a beautiful bold blue Aurifil thread in a thicker 12 weight (number 2735) which is my favorite for hand quilting. My stitches are what I would call “perfectly imperfect”, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

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Binding in the beautiful blue rose bouquet print is the cherry on top. Someone pointed out that the blue centers of my quilt blocks resemble my Victorian stained glass windows, I hadn’t thought of that but I just love the idea of subconscious inspiration from my home. Also, this was during the Midwest Freeze of 2019 and this quilt felt like a promise of Spring.

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30 blocks, 12 inches each makes for a lovely throw size quilt. I could not be more in love with this quilt and the beautiful fabrics! I wanted the layout of the blocks to have a very patchwork feel to them without much thought or planning to the placements of colors and light. The result may drive a perfectionist nuts but I got just the look I was hoping for.

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My quilt backing is a beautiful Aqua gingham from Riley Blake Designs and it coordinates perfectly with this line. You can also see my stitches taking their giant flower petal shape on the back of the quilt.

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My husband asked me if plan to enter this quilt into our local fair in September, it’s such a hard choice since I would love to show it off in “showing condition” but even more so I want my quilts to be used and loved and with three boys and a pup you can guess how long “showing condition” lasts in this house. It’s good to know that Riley Blake fabrics will stand the test of time and this quilt will hopefully be passed on in its well loved condition which means more to me than any prize ribbon could.

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And just like that, my Bluebirds on Roses Flowering Snowball hand quilted quilt finds a spot on a bed and our pup finds a spot on top of it. Our quilts have a way of moving around the house, to snuggle under on the couch, tuck in bed on an extra cold night, picnicking on the living room floor with grilled cheese sandwiches, and forts under the dining room table that somehow manage to stay there for days on end. The joy and comfort a quilt brings is something to be treasured.

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To see all the beautiful makes from the Bluebirds on Roses tour, follow Elea Lutz and Riley Blake Designs on Instagram.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoy what you see and leave here feeling inspired.

Until next time-

Faith

 

 

Hesketh House Collection Tour

January 8, 2019

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Hi friends, I am so excited to take part in the Hesketh House Tour for Liberty of London and Riley Blake Designs! Hesketh House is the upcoming Liberty Quilting Cotton that is being distributed by Riley Blake Designs here in the US. This means more availability for shops and quilters this side of the pond with the same high quality we have come to expect not only from Liberty fabrics but Riley Blake as well.

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I am a lover of Liberty fabrics and have been sewing and quilting with their classic Tana Lawns for almost as long as I’ve been sewing. Something about the timeless prints and selection of colors gets me every time, I *might* have even named my dog after the iconic brand! Needless to say, when I found out that one of my other favorite fabric brands Riley Blake would be distributing Liberty Quilting fabrics I got really excited. Trying to pick several fabrics from the Hesketh House Collection proved to be too difficult for me and in the end I simply asked them to choose for me.

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My heart skipped a beat at the beautiful green- blues in this colorway and you can bet I’ll be using that Liberty selvage for something special.

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What a treat to see one of my favorite prints, Wiltshire in this lovely tone on tone teal as well as the inspiration for the collection; Hesketh House in a soft sea green version. The fabrics are absolutely  buttery smooth, making them perfect for quilting.

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For my project I went with a runner or table topper but discovered it also makes a really great wall hanging! I made a repeat of four 12 inch quilt blocks from the book Quilt As You Go Made Vintage (which also happens to feature a quilt I made!). I love the design it creates and how it shows off the contrast between the darker and lighter prints.

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I was just shy of fabric for my binding so I added a scrap of a second print and I love how it adds to the character of the project, those little accidents always turn out to be my favorite bits.

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I found some perfect green thread and floss from Aurifil to coordinate and just started stitching. It always amazes me what a bit of hand stitching can do for a quilting project! Now not only is the fabric buttery soft but the stitching is as well.

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I wanted to portray just how soft this Quilting Cotton is, but a picture can only do so much. You’ll just have to trust me on this one and wait until April when they will be available in shops!

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I’ve paired my Liberty prints with a soft neutral solid from Riley Blake and I think they work really well together. This runner will either go on top of my piano or back up on the wall near my sewing room where the colors play so nicely with my green dining chairs.

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Be sure to follow along for the rest of the Hesketh House Collection Tour and check with your favorite shops in April to get your hands on this dreamy Liberty Quilting Cotton fabric.

Sonata Showcase

January 2, 2019

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Happy New Year and welcome to my stop on the Sonata Showcase! As you may know, I am a big fan of everything Amy Sinibaldi, from her gorgeous fabrics to her sweet patterns, she is always inspiring! But even more than her sweetly stitched projects, she is a dear friend, encouraging and supportive through and through! She gave me my first blog tour invite for her Paperie tour a few years ago, I made a sweet simple pillow and some hearts, I had fun thinking about those projects as I tackled my Sonata quilt.

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I know I say this with each of Amy’s collections but this one truly is my favorite, so much so that I kept these hung up in my living room for a few days just so I could look at them! Something that stands out to me with this line; look at all that glorious low volume fabric! So much to work with! Also, those deeply saturated blues have my heart, and I’m not always a blue person.

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I had been wanting to try my hand at a flying geese quilt and I thought Sonata would go perfectly. I used the four at a time method from the book Modern Quilts by Emily Dennis and just started cutting. By the time I was done I had used up almost every scrap of my Sonata bundle which makes me sad and happy all at the same time, after all, fabric is meant to be used!

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My flying geese are mostly pointing down, with a few random blocks pointing up to give a bit of contrast with a diamond shape. I went with straight vertical quilting lines in Aurifil soft white to keep the focus on the fabrics and I really love how it all turned out.

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I tried to make this quilt as big as I could, once I had the bold flying geese all pieced together I used the more subtle pink prints for boarder geese pointing in to frame it out nicely. I think this might be my favorite part of the quilt, those really soft prints. This was made with a fat quarter bundle and just look at all the low volume I had to work with!

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I used two prints from Amy’s Dollhouse collection for binding and I love how well they play together! Actually, all of her lines go together beautifully, which I think gives credit to how well thought out each print is.

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For backing I used this boarder print from Paperie, it took a little trick but I managed to have the salvage show on this corner edge. I wouldn’t usually do this, but since this quilt is just for me I did, and it makes me happy! It’s the little things, right?

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I just have to say that between the four at a time method in Emily’s book and the 1/4 sewing foot on my Janome machine most of my points came out beautifully. That’s not to brag, just wanted to give proper credit, and also if you look closely you can find points cut off here and there, I try not to worry about those and remember the whole thing will be a beautiful crinkled mess soon enough. It’s quite gloomy here in the Midwest but even so, I think Amy’s fabrics just glow!

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One last thing, if you have never worked with Art Gallery Fabrics you really have to feel them! Crisp yet soft which makes them beautiful to work with for any project.

Thank you for stopping by, feel free to poke around and come back again soon for more sewing inspiration and fun!

-Faith

 

Janome Free Tutorials

December 13, 2018

I wanted to let you know about my two newest projects for Janome and give you an easy link over to them, you can also search Janome’s blog for projects by maker (Faith Essenburg). Here they are, just in time for Holiday gifts and beginning of the year organization! I hope you will enjoy these free tutorials! If you make them be sure to share on social media with #Janome and #faithessenburg so we can see them.

First up we have the adorable

Gingerbread House and Christmas Tree Potholders

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And the classy

Travel Correspondence Folder

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Happy Sewing!

Zakka Home Book Tour

November 8, 2018
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Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop on the Zakka Home Book Tour! I am sure you have already seen so many beautiful makes along the way so far. Sedef’s second book is a beauty, full of sweet patterns and new designs to brighten any home.
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With 19 projects to choose from, the Scallop Trivet seemed like a good place to start. I pulled some striking Liberty fabrics from Ava And Neve and added a pale gray floss stitching from Aurifil. The backing is a classic navy stripe ticking fabric which I think always pairs nicely with Liberty fabrics.
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This trivet came together in no time and was the perfect Saturday sewing project I had been hoping for.
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This pattern will be a fun one to make again and again. I saw this Christmas one and it is just the cutest!
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All set with my afternoon coffee and ready for some hand stitching and Zakka Home book browsing.
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For all the Zakka Home inspiration make sure to follow along for the whole tour and thank you for stopping by.
22 October – Sedef Imer – Down Grapevine Lane – @downgrapevinelane
23 October – Jemima Flendt – Tied With A Ribbon – @tiedwitharibbon
24 October – Minki Kim – Minki’s Work Table – @zeriano
25 October – Jane Davidson – Quilt Jane – @quiltjane
26 October – Elizabeth Chappell – Quilters Candy Box – @quilterscandybox
27 October – Lauren Wright – Molly and Mama – @mollyandmama
28 October – Sarah Scott – Piccolo Studio – @piccolostudio_sarah
29 October – Alyce Blyth – Blossom Heart Quilts – @blossomheartquilts
30 October – Emily Dennis – Quilty Love – @emily_dennis_
31 October – Sharon Burgess – Lilabelle Lane Creations – @lilabellelane
1 November – Wynn Tan – Zakka Art – @zakkaArt
2 November – Amanda Woodruff – A Crafty Fox – @a.crafty.fox
4 November – Samantha Dorn – Aqua Paisley Studio – @aqua_paisley
5 November – Love Patchwork & Quilting – @lovequiltingmag
6 November – Kate May – The Homemakery – @thehomemakery
7 November – Ayda Algin – Cafe Nohut – @cafenohut
8 November  – Faith Essenburg – Sarana Ave – @faithessenburg
9 November – Nadra Ridgeway – Ellis & Higgs – @ellisandhiggs
10 November – Fat Quarter Shop – @fatquartershop
11 November – Laura Cunningham – @laura_zuckerkuss
12 November – Bev McCullough – Flamingo Toes – @flamingotoes
13 November – Amy Smart – Diary of a Quilter – @diaryofaquilter
14 November – Riley Blake Designs – @rileyblakedesigns
15 November – Michelle Hickson – @coleandtaffy
16 November – Christopher Thompson – The Tattooed Quilter – @the_tattooed_quilter
17 November – Ange Hamilton – A Little Patchwork – @alittlepatchwork
18 November – Sarah Ashford – Sarah Ashford Studio – @sarahashfordstudio
19 November –  Sedef Imer – Down Grapevine Lane – @downgrapevinelane (ROUND UP)

The Hand Picked Blog Tour

November 5, 2018

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When Riley Blake asks if you want to be a part of one of their blog tours, for me the answer is always yes! Especially when it’s a bright and beautiful bundle like the gorgeous Hand Picked Collection by Tammie Green. The colors are so warm and fun, they remind me of summer.

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I drew up a simple churn dash mini quilt that would show off each one of the prints in this collection. Such a fun and easy block to make measuring six inches each. It was a bit simple and smaller than I had wanted, so at the last minute I pulled a couple of my favorite prints and decided to add a churn dash boarder which I think framed it nicely and gave just the right pop of color I had been wanting.

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I used the main red print that has beautiful big bouquets on it for the binding. I think I’m a bit picky when it comes to red fabrics but this color is right on, nice and bright. To add to the low volume of the mini quilt, I went with some of my favorite Riley Blake Swiss Dot fabrics in red and aqua. These tiny dots are really a great addition to any project.

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In keeping with the vintage feel of the churn dash block, I added simple machine cross hatch quilting in Aurifil 50 weight #2311 which is just a bit off white and keeps the focus on the fabrics. This mini measures 26×26 inches. I am still debating weather to keep it right here in the corner of my dining room or to gift it to a friend, gifting handmade things is just the best, but it looks pretty at home right here too.

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I just love that top little floral motif in aqua, don’t you? To see more of the Hand Picked Collection check out  Cassie Massolia on November 12th and Anjeanette Klinder November 19 and thank you for stopping by.

Sunny Stocking Sew Along

October 23, 2018

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The Sunny Stocking Sew Along is well under way this year and I am excited to share my fun yo-yo edition! You can’t go wrong with this fabulous stocking pattern from Sunny Day Supply, I have seen so many beautiful ones under the #sunnystockingsal on Instagram, each one is sweeter than the last and no two are exactly alike!

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I pulled from my favorite pink and green fabrics, some Christmas but most not and set to work with handy yo-yo makers from Clover in the small and large sizes. They are so quick and fun to make that I soon had enough to cover the front of a stocking. I made a plain white stocking and hand quilted both sides using 28 weight Aurifil thread to give my stocking a vintage look. The yo-yo’s applique nicely with 80 weight Aurifil (doubled up for durability).

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Yo-yo’s are the perfect addition to any project and really give that vintage look I was going for. I used every fabric from lawn to linen and they each sewed up beautifully. I think sitting watching a good Christmas movie while making yo-yo’s sounds like the perfect night to me!

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Since the newest edition to our family is our Husky; Liberty, I decided to make this stocking for her. Instead of stitching her name onto the stocking I decided to make a little dog bone tag with her name (smaller and perhaps cuter).

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Not only is it a cute addition to a Sunny Day Stocking but they also make great Christmas ornaments or gift toppers for your dog loving friends. To make your own Dog Bone Tag, you will need to print out this simple little template, grab three favorite fabrics (2 1/2 by 4 inches), a felt piece the same size and Wonder Fuse to back each fabric with.

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Print Bone template and cut out around black outline, fuse web to back side of each fabric, trace bone shape to back of your base fabric and cut out (the pink and red fabric is my base fabric on this one), next trim the bone print out template just inside the black outline to make your smaller (top fabric) template. Trace smaller bone to back of your top fabric, make a “sandwich” as shown here and fuse all the layers together with hot iron. Trim excess fabric using the front side as your guide.

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Add string and small bells or grommets and embroidery. Just a little something fun to add to a gift or your Sunny Day Stocking.

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I don’t always embellish the backs of my projects but I couldn’t let these cute extra yo-yo’s go to waste, we certainly have the fanciest pup on the block now! Also, white on white quilting just has such a classic clean look to it, LOVE!

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There is still plenty of time to whip up a Sunny Day Stocking with this free pattern and Mary has so many tips and options for making it your own. Did I mention there are also prizes? I might try to make a couple more of these next month for the new babies in my extended family too, they are such a fun weekend project to sew up.

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Thank you for stopping by! Make sure to follow Sunny Day Supply for ALL the best projects, sweetest fabrics and brilliant sewing tips!

Modern Quilts Block By Block Hop

October 17, 2018

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It’s here, it’s here! When I found out that Emily Dennis had a book coming out, I had high expectations for it being really good. Emily has a great eye for design, color combos, and simplicity. Not only is her book full of amazing, all new quilt designs, but it also has helpful diagrams for cutting based on your fabric size, and step by step picture instructions for making classics like flying geese and hourglass blocks. My favorite books are the ones I not only turn to for inspiration, but also for helpful tips and instructions, and this book is exactly that!

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Like a lot of you, I am a visual learner, and am forever needing a refresher on the basics like making half square triangles four at a time (don’t tell me you haven’t cut those blocks wrong once or twice too!), the diagrams in here are worth their weight in gold and for that reason alone, I HIGHLY recommend this book.

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Another thing that really stood out to me in this book is the color pallet, but it’s really more than that, it’s a seamless look the whole way through from cover to cover, without a doubt you can look at the beautiful pictures and know right away that it’s Emily’s work. As someone who is still finding my own creative “voice”, this is something I aspire to do in my own work.

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Emily asked me to make one block and choosing was really hard, there is a gorgeous sampler quilt at the end of the book if you can’t pick just one block! I went with this 12 inch Hourglass block using some favorite fabrics. My friend Jenni and I just started a friendship quilt where we each make the other person one block a month for a year, at the end we will both have a custom made quilt top ready to quilt and cherish from the other. Our only “rules” are to have fun and don’t stress which has made this the most fun sewing I’ve done in a long time. I especially love choosing from my hoarded fabrics, you know the ones we save for something really special, and since we have similar taste it’s made it all the more easy, just make what we love! Although I did warn her that I’m afraid each block will have some sort of green in it (I just can’t help myself!). The blocks in this book are a variety of sizes (including a rectangle one!) and I look forward to making a few more for this friendship quilt. For now, I’m keeping Modern Quilts Block By Block on hand for inspiration and reference.

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Be sure to follow along with the rest of the book hop on Instagram for more inspiration and order your own copy from Amazon!