Is it just Me ?

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This is a little star baby quilt I’m working on. It’ll finish at about 40″ sq.

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I’ve had these fabrics for quite awhile. The collection is called Les Amis by Patty Solinger. I think this is the 3rd quilt I’ve made from the fabrics I bought in this collection…. and I probably have enough to make one more ! I never know how much to buy and I don’t think I’ll ever figure it out because I change my mind so often about what I’m going to make. I went shopping the other day and was able to snag this fabric below ( on sale !!! ) for the backing. Of course I bought extra, you know, because I have more of the other fabric 😉

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I also bought this book….

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Have you seen it ? There is so much to love about this book but also one thing that kind-of bugs me, I’ll start with that. It may be just me but I really don’t like it when modern quilters re-name blocks and there is a lot of that in this book. Flying Geese blocks are called “Furrows” block and a log cabin block is re-named “Haystack”.to name only two.  Granted, she does say in the introduction, “A few are traditional blocks with a new spin and a new name.” but relatively new quilters like me won’t be able to differentiate all of them. I find it interesting to know the original names. There are several new blocks in this book that, to me at least, are original and certainly add to the whole theme of the book. Lori’s wonderful fabric and colour choices show enough ingenuity and creativity that Lori’s talent is quite clear and she certainly puts her mark on the traditional blocks. I think we loose something without the full disclosure and a nod to the old name is worth including, perhaps in brackets. Does re-naming blocks irritate anyone else ?

Now – on to the things I love about the book and make no mistake I am thrilled that I have it in my hot little hands… First off – I love that it is spiral bound, so user friendly and nice to leave it open on my table as I work. There are 45 blocks in this book in 2 sizes ! In addition there are tractor and barn blocks in even more sizes. I think I read somewhere that there are 14 projects in the book but I’m pretty sure that is a low estimate. Lori encourages you to mix and match and gives tips on several different possibilities. The photos in the book are well done and very inspiring. Without gushing too much I have to say that this book alone would keep me busy for the rest of time. It was a bit pricey at almost $40.00 Canadian and I have seen it just now at Connecting Threads for less  😦  Considering how much content though – I feel it is worth the price. 100_3184

I had a hard time deciding what to start with but I finally just jumped in with the 6″ baby chick block… twenty pieces in this little block !!! Wish me luck as I have trouble with tiny pieces and my cutting accuracy as a rule. 100_3183

This tractor block may be next.

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This fat quarter bundle has been waiting patiently for a project – I thought I had settled on what I was going to do with it until I got my hands on Lori’s book. Do I open it ???? Will there be enough fabric? Those reds and greens may be hard to match, agggh… see what I mean ?? I have never been too interested in making a ‘sampler’ quilt but I am now ;))))

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. allisonreidnem
    Jul 16, 2015 @ 07:58:00

    I love to buy a book and get straight on with cutting fabrics and sewing the pieces together. The fabric bundle’s got to be a good start – worry about matching fabrics later! I haven’t come across renaming traditional blocks but I can understand why it irritates. My little gripe this week has to be with quilt magazines wrapped in plastic packaging so that much of the cover is obscured and there’s no way of knowing if the projects inside will be of interest! 😕

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    • Colleen
      Jul 17, 2015 @ 07:58:23

      lol, the longer I keep that fabric bundle the harder it’s going to be to take the tie off !
      regarding renaming the blocks, I think it is possible you have made my point for me. That table topper I made in early June is a good example of a re-named block. The original name was the Dutch Rose first published in 1932, apparently but it has been wildly popular as the Swoon block. There’s lots more I could name too. I know what you mean about those plastic wrappers, grrrrr 😉 I usually just pass it by

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  2. Jill
    Jul 16, 2015 @ 21:15:57

    Love your quilt. I have a few baby quilts I have to make do you have a pattern for this quilt. Thanks.

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  3. Rachel Hayes
    Jul 17, 2015 @ 08:57:37

    The quilt is beautiful!!

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  4. Robin Loves Quilting
    Jul 31, 2015 @ 19:55:30

    What a lovely baby quilt! And it seems like people are going crazy for that Farm Girl Vintage pattern right now – you’ll definitely be in good company as you piece it! Your bundle looks like it will be super fun to work with too – I love all the bright primary colors!

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  5. Elizabeth E.
    Aug 09, 2015 @ 15:16:44

    I agree–and so does Bill Volkening, a quilt historian of some renown. He (and I and you) say that it’s better that we keep the original name to create a better quilt history for all of us. I found the Swoon block listed as Rolling Star in my Barbara Brackman *Encyclopedia of Quilt Blocks* book (a worthy investment–hope you can find it used), but Camille switched out the center to a Sawtooth Star, rather than keeping the original LeMoyne (or 8-pointed) star. I hope I haven’t confused you. I put a lot of that in my write-up about that block, which I converted to my little house quilt.

    I laughed at your stack of FQ–I always have a hard time breaking up sets! I still have a bag full of FQ in a rainbow of dots from two years ago. Can’t bear to scatter them through my stash!

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    • Colleen
      Aug 11, 2015 @ 07:02:29

      Glad I’m not alone, I was starting to feel like an old grouch !
      I see what you mean about BB’s book, I did a few searches and can’t find it, not even within our large library network.

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