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Summer Reading Part 2

July 21, 2011

This week’s book is Fresh Quilting – Fearless Color, Design & Inspiration by fiber artist Malka Dubrawsky. If you’re a fan of Malka’s blog – A Stitch In Dye – you’ll know there’s a lot to love about this book. It has 20 patchwork projects and quilt designs, highlighting Malka’s bright and lively color sense. It includes a detailed section of techniques from basic cutting and piecing to more advanced methods such as free-motion quilting and using bias binding. It was published late last year, and you can check out Malka’s promotional video over at Amazon. Projects include pot holders, pillows, a coin purse, coasters, a quilted sewing machine cover, and lots more. My favorites are the quilts though – I was inspired enough by the whirligig quilt to make my own smaller version fom some strip-pieced scraps I had on hand.  

The blue, yellow, green and white sections were already strip-pieced scraps left from Anna’s quilt. I added some Kona Bahama rectangles to turn it into a square version of whirligig. Some Ta Dot Dalmation makes a fun backing, and a black and white pinstripe binding finishes it off. I really need want to do more with my scraps – this was a fun start!

You can check out some of the pictures and reviews from last winter’s blog tour at Tallgrass Prairie Studio, Film In The Fridge, and The Silly BooDilly.

To go along with my summer reading posts, all books in the store are 10% off through July and August. Enjoy!

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