Hiya! I'm excited it's Friday! We need a bit of a break from routine around here and extra time to work on some projects. Yay for weekends! I feel like I have hardly been sewing lately, and I really hope that changes this weekend. I miss making!
I'm going to take a moment today, though, to introduce you to a new book. I've actually been blessed to receive a few books lately, each of which I want to share with you. But, one at a time, please! This first one, Quilt Essential, is authored by Erin Burke Harris of House on Hill Road. We met years ago at an Anna Maria workshop in Nashville.
Quilt Essential is a kind of crash-course on quiltmaking for today's emerging quilter. It's packed with pictures and information. Lots of information! This is just the kind of book I would have super, super benefited from when I first got started with quilting.
Not that this book is just for beginners! Of the three that arrived on my doorstep at about the same time, this is the one that I had to read right through. I'm sort of an information junkie. I love learning new things, and especially seeing new things. I especially enjoyed the chapter on diverse quilt styles and the one that showed different block layouts and settings.
There are 4 main sections: Fabrics, Colors, Designs and Assembling. Fabrics teaches about fabric types, includes a reference section on calculating yardage and quilt size (including sashing and borders) and another on caring for fabric (prewash or not, colorfastness, etc.).
Colors has a bit of color theory and ideas for combining colors, prints and textures.
Designs is the biggest section, and my favorite too. Chapters explore shapes used in quilting, traditional vs. modern blocks, block layouts, quilt styles, sashing/borders and embellishments like applique. In this section I discovered names for some quilt layouts I had already seen as well as came across a few things that were new to me.
The last section, Assembling, has actual sewing advice. This part would be awesome for a new quilter. It's like the beginning how-to section of most quilt books, but a lot more comprehensive, and very open-minded too. There's a sense that there is more than one way to do things and the expectation that you'd like to know your options. I like that!
Throughout the book are page spreads highlighting an inspirational quilter. Always fun to get a personal angle on the topic at hand!
Quilt Essential would be a great addition to the library of anyone who is feeling their way in today's quilting world. It really gives you the lay of the land, with lots of options, concrete information and a wealth of pictures. Since I sort of live and breath quilting, there wasn't so much new to me that I would have bought it for myself, but I would have eagerly checked it out from the library. Quilt nerds, like myself, won't be able to resist the read!
If you'd like to win a copy, add your comment here. Tell me what you'd like to learn most about quilting and/or if you consider yourself a beginner, intermediate or experienced quilter. Since the territory for this book is limited, the book can ship to the U.S., Canada or Mexico only. Sorry. Giveaway closes noon EST on Tuesday, October 1st!
Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher. My review is my honest opinion, as my relationship with my readers is far more important than receiving free books! Some links are affiliate links to Amazon.
The winner is #197 - Cheryl who said, "I am guessing that I am an advanced beginner, but definitely a beginner." I'll be in touch, Cheryl!