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Summer Reading Part 4

August 4, 2011

We were on a summer road trip earlier this week. Did the tour of southwestern Ontario visiting family & friends in Woodstock/London/Hanover. And our last day found us in Stratford, for a take-out picnic lunch before seeing the matinee showing of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Avon Theatre. The show was amazing!!!  Even our harshest musical theatre critic (that would be 15 year old Alex) thought it was okay. Definitely worth a trip if you can still get tickets … it’s probably the hottest show at Stratford this summer.

With over 12 hours of driving, I had lots of time to peruse this week’s feature book.

Block Party – The Modern Quilting Bee is the story of 12 women, 1 blog and 12 improvisational projects. It’s authored by Alissa Haight Carlton and Kristen Lejnieks who created the popular blog  There are pictures and detailed instructions on how to make each of the 12 fun, funky and improvisational projects that the bee participants made. It also includes fundamental techniques – from fabric selection to binding. The projects are perfect for all levels of quilters, from beginner to experienced.  

I especially loved looking at the fabric choices each of the women made. The instructions are clear and detailed … it makes me want to try each and every block in it. (My only problem will be deciding which one to try first.) Definitely a must-have for those who want to stretch their “no-rules” quilting skills and aren’t sure where to start.

I thought I’d finish the post with a look at my finished (quilted & bound) picnic quilt. I sent it out to Joan (Read) for machine quilting, and was able to add the scrappy binding a few weeks ago. Doesn’t the quilting just make it perfect?

(Fabric is Picnic & Fairgrounds by Denyse Schmidt, pattern is Off the Rail by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts).

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Gill permalink
    August 4, 2011 1:43 pm

    I have just bought this book!
    What a great book – I thoroughly recommend it!

  2. August 4, 2011 2:19 pm

    What a gorgeous quilt – that pattern and that fabric together is PERFECT!

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