I was at a discount book store this afternoon looking for ideas for wedding decorations for my friend. I wasn't particularly successful in that venture, but I did discover a couple of "quilting" books that I decided to grab for the heck of it. Some of you have probably heard of the author and her books. She is Lisa Boyer and I am currently reading her book "That Dorky Homemade Look : Quilting Lessons from a Parallel Universe"
And soon I will be starting "Stash Envy: And other Quilting Confessions and Adventures".
If the second book is anything like the first, then I will be laughing for a bit. Although written almost 10 years ago, I think that the sentiment still rings true for modern quilters. (She does seem surprised that friends buy fabric online...clearly we're a bit past that!) But oh there are so many funny pieces to this book that have had me laughing out loud literally. She has a strange affinity for "special" scissors, a compulsion to buy the ugliest fabric in the store because she feels sorry for it, and a great reluctance to let anyone judge her quilts. In short, I think that a lot of us can relate. After all, her fabric speaks to her. Doesn't your fabric speak to you? lol
The first book, as I'm sure is the second, is definitely a quick read...and perhaps not the most brilliantly written book, but I found so much to relate to that I couldn't put it down. So if anyone needs a quick pick me up...or at the very least wants to read about another woman's dilemma in explaining yet another fabric purchase to her husband, you may want to find a copy of these and see what you think.
In quilting bee news, I finished this block quite a while ago, but I didn't have time to blog about it until now. Casey asked us to make the block entitled "Interlocking Seasons" found over at the Parfait Cafe.
Look complicated? Well it is! Those squares are cut at 1.25" square. That's tiny people! And there are a lot of them. I think that the tutorial is actually pretty well written given the amount of tiny pieces that create this interlocking ring. I of course made my life more difficult by sewing pieces in the wrong order more than once. And my seam ripper got a nice workout. Sigh. But that just makes it more rewarding right? This block is not for the weak of heart...but I think that it would make a fabulous pillow or wall hanging if you enlarged the scale of the pattern. I think that a part of the difficulty is working with the really tiny pieces!
I'm working away on my bottled rainbow quilt and my zig zag quilt. I've even managed to connect the two quilts by using some left over scraps from one in the other. The benefit of working on two rainbow quilts at one time. But more on that soon!