Inspiring YOUR Creative Side

Hello February 2

First off, Happy February.

Ok, I’m a day late, but I’ve been snowed in with nothing but a warm fire, a hot cup of coffee and my knitting/micron pens/colored pencils and a sewing machine. I’m sure you understand.

So, here’s what I’m thinking. Inspiring A Creative Life is the theme to this blog. Why not, for the month of February, have a daily or every other day challenge. However you want to work it. I know, this will be for my own good as well as yours. It will keep us from being challenged with “what do I do now”. Yes, I have work stuff I could do, but this will be more fun, as well as, continue to feed OUR creative side.

I will provide a list below for the month of February. Yes, today counts.  You can choose to check off all 20 or pick the ones that speak to you. You probably noticed I didn’t do one for each day of the month.

That’s unrealistic. We all have busy lives, yet if you’re following along here on the blog, it’s because Creativity IS in your vocabulary.

Either way, you will be inspiring YOUR creative side. I’d love to see pics–which can be posted on Instagram by using #inspiringyourcreativeside OR here if you’re not an insta kind of girl or guy. Your comments below will be fun to read as well.

I want to be inspired by YOU!

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THIS is what inspire me to be me. What inspires You?

Keep in mind, we all interpret differently, so this may be your own idea of what each is. Your style is what’s important here.  This can be photography, drawing, knitting, crochet. It can be sewing or a coloring page. Maybe you doodle or create beautiful hand lettering. Whatever your interpretation is, is what makes it YOURs.

Here Goes…Let’s have funcreativity

 

February-Inspiring YOUR Creative Side

1: Flower

2: Texture

3: Playtime

4: Family

5: Home

6: Simplistic

7: Circle

8: Line

9: Happy

10: Morning

11: Hobby

12: You

13: Joy

14: Nature

15: Color

16: Mealtime

17: Inspire

18: Knit

19: Round

20: Heart

So, go be inspired, friends! Let’s share, chat, and be AWESOME this month. Show me what you can do.

CoLoR OuTsIdE ThE LiNeS and Find YOUR happy!

~Deb

Creative Journey

Hello Creative Friends!

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How do you describe a creative journey, or better yet, YOUR creative journey?

Creative journey can have many meanings. One which describes what it does, how it makes one feel, or how it helps one learn their strengths.

For me it’s inspiring others to create something that brings them joy, maybe relieves a bit of stress, or just allows them creative freedom. It’s what makes me happy. It’s what drives my day. If you’ve been following for awhile, or you’re new to my blog, you will have seen me go from writer to knitter to designer to author. I threw in some quilting, as that’s always a go-to for me. Then I discovered coloring and drawing. That led me down a path to learn more about micron pens and what else I could do with them. And oh, did I mention the beautiful lines you can draw with KOI markers?

I’ve been on a creative path for quite some time. It has allowed me to play with different mediums, bring new friends into my world, and even opened my eyes to a new form of art. I have so much to share in the way of this journey, yet I want to hold back a bit, as this may be my next WIP (book). There’s something in me that feels I need to bring my story to life. You may be interested, you may not. Either way, it will be a journey in itself.

A written journal of sorts, maybe blog style. I do love to write, so for me, this journey will be filled with pictures, projects and words of wisdom.

I found this and had to share. Oh, but look at the lettering. One of my favorite pasttimes is to figure out a different way to write a word. Hand Lettering how-to videos are my constant youtube obsession.

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So what brings you joy? What drives your day? Your Creative Journey?

Let’s discuss…

Create a Creative Journey all your own and find your joy!

~Deb

Knitting For the Season

Don’t you love this time of year. It’s the season where we begin to dig out our handknits, to include hats. It’s the time where the leaves are beginning to fall, the temps are dropping just a bit, and the days are shorter.

My latest design is spectacular. Well, I’m told that anyway. I have this thing with creating a simple design that the beginner will enjoy knitting on, as well as a design that the advanced knitter can have done in just a couple hours times.

The Abby Hat.

A great gift idea! From Grandma/Grandpa to mom/dad, to sister/brother/ to just about anyone. This hat has 3 sizes to choose from. Small, Medium, and Large.

I believe hats are the in thing right now. This one is slightly slouched through the crown so it doesn’t feel as though circulation is being cut off. It’s knit with a bulky weight yarn.

I took a dishcloth pattern, my favorite rolled brim, and combined them to make this adorable hat. I’m pretty sure Abby will be your favorite go-to hat pattern. Fashionable, simple, yet sophisticated; a great hat to put on while walking the pup.

I’d love for you to head over to my Etsy Shop where you can read all the sorted details. You will also find several more fun hats there. 

So, as I always say,

Knit On!

Deb

Book Review: Sockupied 20 Knit Projects to Satisfy your Sock Obsession

They used the word Obsession in their title!

Oh My Gosh! This book is for every Lover of sock knitting. 20 Knitted Sock Projects with many different designers included in this book. You will NEED this book in your library. 

Author(s): Hunter Hammersen, Cookie A, Ann Budd, Cat Bordhi, and MANY more
Paperback: Sockupied
Publisher: Interweave
Pages: 168 Pages
Price: It sells for $24.99.

These 20 knit sock patterns are the perfect on-the-go project. This book contains patterns that show diversity of the first 10 issues of Sockupied eMag. You remember? An interactive publication that showed pop-ups, slide shows, and videos. Now, they have taken this to a new level by providing a print version. 

It showcases cables and lace, handpainted, as well as solids, toe-up, and top-down. You will find articles pertaining to sock knitting fundamentals that include techniques designed to help tweak patterns to suit YOUR feet and YOUR knitting style.

Let’s dive in…

The Divas first impression: The cover is intriguing to me. Well styled, shows diversity in designs, and the color palette works!

I randomly opened the book and the Speed Bump socks, by Deb Barnhillstared me in the face. Self-striping yarn is what she, as well as others, refer to as “Comfort Food.” Wouldn’t you agree? And what else I love about this pattern, is she uses a yarn that can be purchased at any of your big box stores. Patons Kroy Sock yarn. Using a simple pattern makes this sock a definite go-to for me! Can’t wait to begin…


One of my favorite (sock) designers is Cookie A. Passerine socks. So, when I happened to stop at this pattern, I was instantly in love. Looking at it, I couldn’t really tell what the design was, until I read her description. Of course!! Feathers with sleek vanes and quills coming together. See it? A twisted stitch pattern on the cuff is my very favorite way to begin a sock. This delicious sock is knit from top-down. My style of knitting socks. Oh how I love thee…these will be on the needles SOON. That’s how I roll…


Ok, let’s ALL be honest, we love a well written pattern from Hunter Hammersen. Right? Definitely. Cataphyll socks. This pattern is unique with the leaves trailing down the leg and split in two. She chose a fingering weight yarn by Plucky Knitter, a fiber I’ve been dying to get my hands on. (making a mental, or maybe a written note, so this 50-year-old mind doesn’t forget) Again, knit top-down. This pattern is filled with charts. If you love them, you will be in heaven, if you don’t, sorry… you will just have to find a way to love. Because this sock is well worth the effort. I’ll be making these. 

I’ll post my own pics in the near future of these fantastic socks.

This picture shows the socks that caught my eye on the cover. Our Paths Cross socks. Lorilee Beltman packed a punch with this design, yet kept is very simple. It’s a toe-up design with a stockinette stitch. The strands are carried vertically making this knit anything but plain. Again, using a Plucky Knitter yarn, this sock will be fun, quick, yet simple. I will knit this sock too.
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Have you counted how many of these socks I’ll be putting in my que. All. Of. Them. Oh boy. If I just had enough hours in the day, I could work these up super quick. I was told that sleeping was overrated anyway…sigh.

This was fun, right? Was I able to enable you enough to go buy this book? It’s only $24.99 and you get 20 patterns. That’s just over $1 a pattern. Ok, I’ll do the math. Please hold…You still there? 

$1.25 per pattern. That’s a steal! I don’t even sell MY patterns for that cheap. 

I give this book a thumbs up for originality, photography, well-written instructions, and the well thought out group of designers. Their yarn choices are fantastic. I hope you’ll step out a bit of your own stash and experience some of these. I know I will. 

Again, this book is published by Interweave, the name of the book is Sockupied 20 Knit Projects to Satisfy your Sock Obsession, and all the details can be found at that link. I encourage you to pop over and read more about it. I’ve only given you a little bit, there’s much more over there. 

Also you may want to check with your LYS. I’m sure they’d be happy to accommodate. 

So, with much love knitters, I bid you farewell for now. I ask you to review this book for yourself and report back (as usual). I’m anxious to hear your thoughts and maybe even share a few pics. 

Knit On!

Deb

Sweaters and more Sweaters…

Hi Knitters!

If you have been following me on Facebook, you know I’ve been knitting sweaters. 2 in fact within the last month and some days.

Both are fantastic knits!

First one:

Little Coffee Bean. I knit it with Berroco Comfort, a super soft, worsted weight fiber. Of course, the recipient is 3 months old and mommy and daddy are super Bronco fans. So, hence the color scheme.

Cast On: August 9, 2014 Bind Off: August 11, 2014 (Quick knit)

Photo: Finished my, well Kamerons, little sweater. Little Coffee Bean, made with Berroco Cotton. ❤️

You know, I’ve always said, NO, I don’t knit sweaters. I ONLY knit accessories and of course, dishcloths. But, how that has changed. My lack of confidence in my skills (I know, right? I’m a designer for heavens sake) kept me from moving forward.

Second one:

Featherweight Cardigan. I knit this with Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk. An amazing silky fiber that has a beautiful sheen to it. It’s a bluish/green color, the name escapes me right now.

Cast On: July 3, 2014 Bind Off: August 2, 2014

I instructed my sweet husband to just point and shoot with my iphone camera. He did a good job, don’t you think?

I love this cardigan, and will DEFINITELY make it again. Soon.

So, let’s see what you’ve been working on. Care to share? Any cardigans that you can enable me with? Please?

So, as I always say,

Knit On! And On!

DEB

Book Review: New American Knits – classic sportswear patterns

Interweave has asked me to do another great review. You are going to love this one. 

It’s all about applying traditional knitting skills and motifs to contemporary wearable pieces. It’s textures and colorwork will create a modern wardrobe you will absolutely love.

Author: Amy Christoffers
Paperback: New American Knits
Publisher: Interweave
128 Pages
It sells for $24.99.

If I could sum up in one word, okay, maybe several, I would say, This book represents what knitters want to knit. Me included. It contains wearable pieces that are classic in style, yet simply sophisticated, with a modern flare . 

Amy has obviously taken her inspiration from what’s hot right now and functional, and projects that have that nostalgic feel and perfect for the modern lifestyle. With everyday sweaters and useful knitted accessories, Amy has created patterns that knitters will LOVE to knit, as well as the finished products. 

Amy states: “I’ve named each of the pieces after an American artist that I find particularly inspiring. I hope you are intrigued enough to investigate them!”

Let’s take a peek…

There are 20 patterns that include: sweaters, hats, shawls, cowls, mitts, tunic, pullovers, turtleneck, hoodie and more. 

This van der zee cloche is the perfect quick knit gift, a simple beanie for a man or a woman. Leave on/off the embellishment to suit your taste. 



This cowl is my favorite of all the pieces. Many of you know me well enough to know this information. This Tanner Cowl is the perfect introduction to knitted lace, eyelets and working in the round. I’m super excited to knit this up for my fall wardrobe. I even LOVE the color in the Manos Silk Blend yarn she chose. 



Okay, knitters, you know you love these as much as me. These Parrish Mitts are adorable. The colorwork creates a painted look, and the floral motif adds an image that adds dimension. Yummy!

You all know accessories are my things. But, I love this sweater. The Remington Cardigan has a feather motif with a V-neck, dart shaping, traditional decreases at the neck edge. It’s incorporated into a lace motif adding a big  of embellishment. I’ll be casting this one on really soon. Who’s going to join me?

 

As you can (clearly) see, I’m in trouble, yet again. 

I totally recommend this book. I mean, I seriously do! It’s full of great photography, well written patterns, a plethora of additional knowledge that will give you the confidence you need, if in fact, you need it. Amy has included abbreviations and techniques in the back for reference. 

Again, It’s published by Interweave, the name of the book is New American Knits, and all the sorted details can be found HERE. Please click over and see for yourself how beautiful this book is. I wouldn’t steer you wrong, I promise! You will find many reviews that will convince you it’s a good value for the money. 

Also, check with your LYS, I’m sure they ALL have it. 

So, with much love knitters,

I bid you farewell for now. I ask you to review this book for yourself and report back. I’m anxious to hear your thoughts and maybe even see some finished work.

Knit On!

Deb

Blogcast – Episode 2

If you’re a first time viewer, I want to say Thank You for checking me out. If you’re a returning viewer, I want to say Thank You for coming back.

Welcome
Virtual {HUG} from the Dishcloth Diva. Because, without (you), my readers, I wouldn’t be spending time writing this, showing you that, and chatting it up about whatever. 

For those that don’t know me, I’m Deb Buckingham, otherwise known as the Dishcloth Diva. I spend most days knitting and enjoying the process. I’m a yarn-a-holic, enjoy a good cup of coffee, and knitting in coffee shops and cafes. 


You can find me on Ravelry
I have a (mostly) Pattern Store on Etsy
I love to Tweet fun stuff
I enjoy sharing fun pics on Instagram
My boards are overflowing on Pinterest


Life is Good

Everyday is a gift in my opinion. It’s the part of life that I look forward to after each “sleep”. It’s another day to start over, if in fact your to-do list didn’t get touched because of lifes many adventures. A day to sit and ponder my next project, or just sit, knit, and sip on some coffee. 

I feel that I haven’t finished much, and my WIP’s continue to grow. But, for the most part, I’ve finished (some) stuff.

Life happens, right? I mean you get started on another project, only to be distracted by the fact it’s time to feed the husband. Don’t get me wrong, he’s as flexible as they get, but it’s the “wife” part of me, sometimes, that feels I NEED to cook for him. I set down my needles, and head to the kitchen where I discover the only thing available to make is mac ‘n cheese. So, what goes with that? Nothing…off to the store I go, I go, off to the store, I go!

I was able to go on a field trip with my granddaughter. That was loads of fun. 50 some 1st graders all pile out of a bus as I meet them at the Nature Center for our tour. We all sit Indian style on the floor in front of a puppet show. The kids really enjoyed it, and well…so did grandma. Then we were all arranged into groups and asked to follow the leader. There were 2 teachers and lots of parent volunteers. Good! It sure could be a challenge to keep an eye on that many. That was the highlight of my week!

WIP’s
Like I said, I feel like I have many more of these than I do Finished Object (FO’s). The one thing I really enjoy knitting on are socks. I’m working on the Jeck socks. It’s a free pattern on Ravelry. So easy to memorize. So much fun in self-striping yarn. I’m using a colorway called, The Meadow II by Fresh from the Cauldron. I picked it up at Stitches Midwest last summer. The perfect yarn for this pattern. Also, did you notice the matching fingernails. No, not planned.

FO’s 
I finished my husband’s socks. Yay! Long time coming. He’s been begging me everytime he sees me cast on (yet another) pair of socks. For me. The stripes matched up perfectly. I didn’t even try. Impressive, huh? The yarn I used was Diversity by Plymouth Yarns. The colorway is a red/grey/black/white combination. He picked it out, so I knew he’d love it. I have yarn in a pink/grey colorway that will be mine when I have time to cast on.

 

Diva Enables 
The one thing I’m always good at is enabling you with yarn, patterns, needles… I’ve discovered a fun yarn, purchased at Joanns, and loved by me. It’s called Sincerely by Pure Essence. 

I’d call it a heavy worsted. I’m designing a baby blanket using one of my dishcloth patterns, revised (pic below). My mad math skills played well here. But, this yarn is soft, it’s sturdy, it doesn’t squeak like some Acrylic yarns I’ve used. I’d rate this yarn a 10/10. Seriously! 

Dishcloth Diva recommends it! (5 stars)
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Another cool project I’ve been working on is my new Crochet Dishcloth pattern designs. It’s one of many to come. I do love a good crochet dishcloth. They are thick and full of absorbency. I crocheted this with Lily Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn (light blue), and Bernat Handi Cotton yarn (grey). Both I love equally! What is it about crochet that keeps me coming back? It’s only one hook, unlike with knitting, you use 2 sticks, It’s addicting, It allows for much creativity. 

I named this one Omaha. You wonder why? Well, in having a fun conversation with my husband as he sat across from me in my loft, we decided that it would be fun to have a line of crochet dishcloth patterns that resemble different cities and what they are known for. Cute, huh?

 Here’s what I wrote about Omaha

“This dishcloth is the first in a series of patterns related to cities. Cities, you ask? There are so many, why not name them for their beautiful scenery, land marks, or what they are known for. This pattern reminded me of sprawling miles of corn fields in the rural areas.”

What is it you love about Crochet? I’d love to “hear”.



Also, my daughter (up and coming crochet designer) and I have been crocheting up these fun dishcloths. No, the pattern is not mine, but I sure do love the design. The pattern is called Just Right and Big Time. It’s simply written, easy to memorize, and it’s FREE. Go grab it for yourself.

Pic from Just Right and BigTime on Ravelry

Favorite Patterns I’m Stalking
I have this thing lately with wanting to make some super cute amigurumi animals. You know, those cuddly, soft stuffed toys that will sit on your desk, or perch on the bookshelf? 

I have two favorites:

Pic From Purl Soho Ravelry page


Hedgehogs!! Super cute. Look at their little faces. This seems to be knit in one piece. In reading over the pattern there is NO sewing or grafting. You are picking up stitches along the way. The pattern is FREE here Their Ravelry page has more cute pics and details about the pattern. If you’re so inclined, they have even put together kits for the yarn on their website, whether you want the grey, blue or pink one. Or you may be like me and want all 3.  Yay Purl Soho!

The second pattern I’m stalking, OK, I bought it, is Girl Elephant in a frondy frock.


Pic From Little Cotton Rabbits Ravelry Page


Is she adorable or what! A little bit of fairaisle, seaming, and cute little details will make her sit oh so proudly on my desk. She’s knit in a DK weight yarn, and is a purchased pattern. You won’t be disappointed. When I downloaded the pattern, I was immediately impressed with Julie’s overall attention to detail.

I’m excited about my creative world, the various stitch patterns available and the ways in which I can take one of my own designs and create a totally different project.

Teasers
Like my newest, soon to be released, baby blanket. Here’s a peek… Details coming next month. One of my favorite dishcloth patterns, a few simple mad math skills, and some fantastic yarn [equals] success!

Like many of my favorite podcasters, I am participating in the monthly cross stitch pattern by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. It’s called Once Upon a Time Sampler.


Pic From The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery on Facebook


I haven’t been as good as I should (because I’m easily distracted) with completing each month as it’s emailed to me. But, here’s what I have so far. It’s called Once Upon a Time. I hope to have more to show you next month. I better anyway, we are into April! April! I better get busy…

This has been a fun episode. One doesn’t realized how much is going on until you attempt (I think I did pretty good) to remember all you’ve done. Maybe this is a lesson for the Diva–do episodes more often.

Giveaway

Let’s do a giveaway. How this works is you leave a comment here on the blog with your favorite part of my episode 2 (this one). Was it the enabling? Stalking? Teasers? Whatever you enjoyed, please leave it in the comments below. I will draw one winner on the on the 20th and announce it in the next episode. It will either be yarn or pattern or both! 

One final thing…if you haven’t already, please enter your email address (if you choose) in the subscribe to my mailing list box. It will be sent monthly, and always contain a coupon code.

So, until next time,

Knit On!
Deb 

 

It’s Friday

I’m sure for most, Friday is the day in which things are beginning to slow down. Not for me! I seem to get my mojo going into the weekend. I mean, I just spouted off a list of to-do’s to my husband while we were driving home from breakfast. His comment, “Why don’t you write them down in jotter (a cool app). That way you don’t have to remember them all. And, you don’t feel like you have to do them all.


Really?! Ms. I-Need-To-Check-Everything-Off-My-List-Almost-Immediately. Well, (almost that is). 

Let’s create the list right here:

1) Pics for new dishcloth designs (done)
2) Pics of new baby blanket – find a place I can take them
3) Write up the all three designs
(Ummm…maybe he’s right.)
4) Knit a new set of crochet dishcloths for my Etsy shop
5) Do book review for Interweave
6) Create one more design (to make a set of three dishcloths)
7) Submit dishcloth set to Knitpicks for possible approval
8) Create first-ever BLOGcast post and get ready to launch MONDAY! *squeee*
9) Edit pics for new designs
10) List new designs on Ravelry, Etsy, Craftsy, and Pinterest


Sneak peak into the book review

Sigh…that’s enough, Deb, Right?

So one of the 10 is DONE!

I’m sure you have a to-do list. Let’s commit to getting them checked off. 

I need to find some time to knit some fun stuff too. What will that be?

So, as I always say,

Knit On!
Deb

All that Yumminess…

Good afternoon, peeps!

It’s been a busy couple months. Can you believe it’s (almost) March? Me neither…

This week has flown by. With the holiday being Monday, it gave (most) an extra day to their weekend. I don’t consider myself in the “all” category, because when you’re self employed you can decide if you want a 3 day weekend every week. The joys of being your own boss.

I have some new ideas brewing. The first being my own rendition of a podcast/videocast. I’m going to call mine a blogcast. Love it? I do too…

Writing is so natural for me, the reason I decided to have you reading my affairs, and devouring the millions of pictures I’ll post pertaining to the blogcast, and allowing me to enable you with the yumminess I purchase, rather than me going on and on. I mean, who wants to hear me talk, definitely not me. 

But, I guarantee, it will be fun! That way, you can pour your cup of coffee or your favorite beverage, and sit down in front of your computer or ipad and read away. The posts will be weekly and you’ll be able to visit my Ravelry Group, and join if you haven’t, to get in on the giveaways and conversations pertaining to them.

 
I’m excited! I hope my blog will become something you’ll add to your list of “I need to check in and see what’s up” blogs. It will be diva style of course, and will include, but not limited to, the following:

~Life is Good!
~Giveaways
~WIP’s
~FO’s
~Diva Enables
~Book Reviews
~Shameless Self Promoting
~My favorite free pattern of the week (and we know there are millions)

Did I mention the tons of pics I’ll post? This will be fun times!
 
The second thing I’ve been working on are book reviews with Interweave. They have been so generous in providing me copies of their newly released books. I have 2 (currently) coming up. 

What else?!

I’ve been, thirdly, crocheting some dishcloths. Lots of them. I discovered this pattern that I truly love. It’s simple, yet brilliant. I’ll be sharing that on my first blogcast. I have the finished ones for sale in my Etsy shop if you’re so inclined to take a peek at. 

And finally, I’m working on new designs that include afghans, baby blankets, table runners, etc…is there anything in particular you’d like to see? Have you been on the search for a pattern that you just can’t seem to find? Let me know…

Stay tuned for the announcement of my first ever blogcast. *smiling* I’m SO Super Stoked about it!

So, as I always say,

Knit On!
Deb

Book Review: Vintage Quilt Revival

With the help of Interweave, I’m thrilled to do (yet) another book review for you.

Are you a quilter? I am. I believe that most knitters are also quilters, well, in my circle of friends, anyway…

Paperback: Vintage Quilt Revival: 22 Modern Designs from Classic Blocks
Publisher: Interweave (2013)
Language: English
Authors: Katie Clark Blakesley ~ Lee Heinrich ~ Faith Jones

It sells for $27.99 US

That’s a steal. For all those projects, tutorials, quilt blocks, and inspiration, why wouldn’t you buy this? 

I truly believe the cover of the book can make or break your decision to pick it up/buy it. Am I right? 

Look at it!

This cover draws you in immediately. In fact, if you could crawl under the beautiful quilt and read a good book, or knit, you would be one happy camper. I know I would. 

These three ladies joined forces in the summer of 2011, and hosted a series of tutorials based on vintage quilt blogs on their blogs. I linked above to each of their names, and will definitely bookmark each of their blogs. They all seemed to have a family heritage of quilting. They each searched for inspiration in new and different places and were drawn to heritage quilts–quilts of the past. 


They talk in the introduction about themselves, the path and where it led them.

I caught up with Faith on Facebook and here’s a bit of advice she gave:

 “My advice would be – when paper piecing blocks (which is the piecing method of a lot of the blocks and projects in this book), be sure to always print out your templates at 100% or “Actual Size”, and always make a sample block first to make sure you are comfortable with the amount of fabric for piecing. Some people might be comfortable with smaller cuts, some people might be comfortable with larger. It’s a very personal preference.

Also, something fun with the book….Several of the projects use 12″ finished squares. You could easily take a project and swap in a different 12″ finished block to change up the project.

Finally You can keep up with book related information at www.VintageQuiltRevival.com

You will find step-by-step instructions for making a mini quilt, full-size quilt, table runner, baby quilt, wall quilt, and more, all with twenty classic traditional quilt blocks that are fresh and modern in style. 

These ladies outline the tools and techniques used in this book. 

Then, they take us through the patterns/projects: New Settings, New Color Approaches, Re-Imagined Blocks, and Sampler Quilts. A CD is included in the back with 12 printable template patterns. SCORE!

I then caught up with Lee on Facebook, and here’s what she had to say:
 
“This is book is great not only for people who want patterns to follow, but also for quilters looking for a book that will help inspire them to create their own designs. We’ve tried to give readers all the tools they need to put their own modern, unique spin on any traditional block. We hope you’ll come away from this book feeling like the possibilities are endless!”

And finally, I caught up with Katie on Facebook, and she had some fun information to share as well:
 
“One of my favorite things about Vintage Quilt Revival is that each chapter includes a history note. We enjoyed researching many aspects of vintage quilts– from pattern companies of the early 1900s to vintage feedsacks and many things in between.  I think connecting with the past, beyond just historic quilt patterns, is valuable for today’s quilters.

I just started a new series on my blog called “Grandmother’s Quilts: A Vintage Quilt Series.” I hope to feature vintage quilts from all over, including family heirlooms, quilts purchased at flea markets, great quilts and quilts with great stories. If you have one you would like to share, I hope you contact me at swimbikequilt at gmail dot com.”

Though I’m a knitter first, I couldn’t help but be excited about this book. Quilting falls a close second for me. I have SO many favorites in this book. I took some pictures of the pages so you could get a sneak peek. I dare not ear mark, so I’ve put in sticky notes to mark these fantastic projects:


Make The New World Pouch

Twinkle Mini Quilt

Double Dutch Table Runner

Spiced Chai Quilt


 

Sorbet Mini Quilt

As you can see, I’m clearly in trouble. No, not by anybody but me. Yes, I have things that need to get done, work related, but there’s always time for some quilting.

I’ve been a fabric-a-holic of modern fabrics for quite some time now. The colors and designs. The combinations of colors. All of this inspires my own knitting designs. I have a secret fantasy…to create my own line of modern fabrics. Shh…

So, I totally recommend this book. I mean, I seriously do! It’s full of great photography, fun and informative projects, along with a variety of quilt blocks. Go check it out. Order it online at Interweave.  You won’t be disappointed.

So, as I always say,

Knit On! (Or in this case, Quilt On!)

Deb