Finished Quilts

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Simple pleasures

I let out a small (unashamed!) squeal in front of the postie this morning when she handed me a parcel that I knew contained this....

note the chocolate crispies freshly made for the keyworth mums
I'd ordered this wa-a-a-a-a-ay back in October I think and a couple of days ago I got an email from Amazon to say that it won't be here in June as originally anticipated but to expected it this week.  YAY! Although I haven't really had time other than to skim through, I have to say I think it is a cracking little book.  It would be invaluable for a new quilter and, as someone relatively novice, I love the way they have chosen 6 common shapes and each of the Fat Quarterly authors have given their interpretations on how to use them in a design.  Lots to ponder and inspire..  Bravo!

I also got this book a couple of weeks ago....

a couple of my favourites

and I am sad to say that I was a little underwhelmed.  I feel that it is a little sacrilegious to say that and the book has grown on me.  But some of the projects have already become the current fashions in modern quilting blogs (eg the chevron quilt pictured above) - perhaps the time lag due to the printing processes - so that it seems a little "last year".  I don't know why I should feel so awkward when I say that I wasn't as impressed as I thought I'd be - Denyse Schmidt really inspired me when I first started and I love the use of mainly solids, it's my kinda thang. I guess I am currently more inspired by what's happening among the amazing quilters in blogland.  The book may be a grower......

So it's back to the simple pleasures of quilting books, a cuppa and a chocolate crispie (I can provide the recipe if you like (not just melt your chocolate ;-)  ....delish!)


  1. I love reading book reviews that 'real' people write. That is interesting about the Denyse Schmidt book - like you say it must be hard staying current when writing a book when the internet has created a really fast way for people to share ideas.

  2. I like finding out about books from other people! It's great to know that the book you were planning on buying isn't as good/bad as it looks or as the reviews on the site have made it to be.
    It seems hard to pre-order a book then have to wait months before it comes out, by that time you may have lost interest in why you ordered it in the first place =D

  3. I love a good quilting book! I need to get another one soon! lovely x

  4. I really want the Fat Quarterly book but I just bought two embroidery ones so it will have to wait a while! I agree about the DS book, it looks lovely but I feel like I get so much inspiration from blogland I've already seen most of it!
    oh and are there any of those crispies left?! ;)