Usually I blog about my quilting/sewing hobby. Although I spent more than 18 hours this weekend sewing, I don’t have a quilt to show you today. The quilt I’m working on is for a video shoot later this week so I don’t get to even let you peek at it. But I’ll show you later. It’s really quite nice.
Reading is another of my hobbies. Since I can’t show you what I’ve been sewing, I thought I’d tell you about what I’m reading. Lots and lots of books come into our office and sometimes one really catches my eye. That’s the case this week. The QN staff was talking about new books and I found two I wanted to look at more closely.
Cathy Busch’s Newfangled Piecing, Faster and Easier (AQS Publishing, 2014) was a book I wanted to look at in depth. You know me; I’m all about things that make my sewing go faster so the title made me curious. Busch has an interesting way of breaking blocks and quilts apart that really will make the construction go more quickly. As I read her book, I kept thinking, “Why didn’t I think of that?” She explains the math well so it is easy to do her suggested changes to simplify the blocks. Most of the first half of the book is spent teaching the technique so the reader can apply the principles to other quilts and quilt blocks besides the ones shown in the book. The book includes 11 projects. At the end of the book are a number of charts like Fraction Decimal Equivalents, Squares Per Fat Quarter (in sizes from 1” to 10”), Cutting Sizes for Side and Corner Setting Triangles (and the formula for figuring them) and Quilt Sizes. I like this book lots. I’ll have to read it again more carefully so I can get the processes imbedded in my brain.
American Homestead Quilts by Ellen Murphy (C&T Publishing, 2014) was the other book I took home for a second look. It has lovely photography and features nine different house styles and quilts to go with them. The houses pictured are wonderful. I wanted to know more about them but then it wouldn’t be a quilting book, would it? The projects are nice. They are all small wall quilts or throws, so the time commitment wouldn’t be huge. I’d love to carve out enough time to make a couple of them.
Now, speaking of videotaping, we’re gearing up for three days in the studio this week so there are things I need to tend to. Be sure to visit us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and our website for the latest information and for inspiration for your next project.