I've pieced all my Playground blocks.
I like all the Denyse Schmidt fabric that I'm using and I like this block so I should like this quilt, but right now it's still a little on the wild side for me. The next step, adding the border, should change the look a lot I think. Still, working with this fabric continues to be a very good exercise for me .
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I bought a new quilt book, something I rarely do. This book was released the end of last year, so not only is it unusual for me to purchase a book, it's rarer still that I purchase a book that's a new release.
It's billed as a modern quilt book, and I think it has a great fresh feel, but I wouldn't consider it overly modern, I think any style of quilter would enjoy the projects in this book.
There are several patterns in this book that I like, but what I like most is the "Designer Note" section included with each pattern, with helpful information about something specific for the project or how to make the project a little different. A review left on Amazon for this book mentioned some of the block sizes being incorrect, so far I have not found any errors, if I do I'll pass them along.
This pattern is my favorite, it's called Spiced Chai Quilt. It finishes at 60" x 60". It's a simple pattern but the positioning of the blocks along with their color placement really appeals to me. I think this quilt tells a story, it reminds me of winter, with all those dark blocks, and the reminder that spring always comes, that would be the bright blocks. Or maybe how a down gray day always has a few bright spots too.
This block is the same block I just pieced for Jersey Girl! How different these two projects look, but I love them both.
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Several quilters have asked me where I buy the Moda Weave fabric that I use, particularly the Black Moda Weave that I used for Morning Joe and is a perfect match for American Jane fabric. I buy my weave fabric from a shop called Janie Lou. I've visited the shop in person and have placed orders online, the service has always been wonderful, I highly recommend the shop. The shop is located fairly close to the St. Louis, Missouri airport, if you happen to be in the area stop by. That's become my ritual, to allow extra time before a flight to pop in. The shop is run by two sisters and carries fabric you don't see everywhere. Here's a link if you want to do al title shopping yourself. (click here)
I think that's all I have to report for today, but that's probably plenty!