The Practical Guide to Patchwork Blog Tour

on Nov 4, 2010 in Books | 782 comments

It’s such a pleasure to be participating in the blog tour for Elizabeth Hartman’s new book The Practical Guide to Patchwork: New Basics for the Modern Quiltmaker. It’s a GREAT book and I’m extremely excited to share it with you. You can purchase the book on the Stash Books website or in the shop. Many of you know Elizabeth from her fabulous blog Oh, Fransson! and her popular downloadable quilt patterns (top sellers at Pink Chalk Fabrics).

As a retail shop owner I have the opportunity to talk with beginning and intermediate quilters every day. Many are teaching themselves to quilt. It’s important that the pattern they select be well written and easy to follow yet still yield a spectacular result. The 12 quilt projects featured in Practical Guide to Patchwork deliver that and more. Experienced quilters will enjoy the clever designs and inspirational, decidedly modern fabric choices.

In addition to the projects, there is an extensive section on quilting skills. It covers the quilt making process from start to finish. Elizabeth chose to use photographs to illustrate the techniques. I can’t tell you how valuable this is. There is just no substitute for a photographic image of a quilt being pin basted or a binding being sewn by hand. The photographs and production quality of the book are outstanding.

The projects range from simple strip piecing to progressively more complex block designs including triangles and applique. It’s a lovely progression with something for everyone and every time schedule.

At the end of each quilt project there are two examples of the basic block made up in different fabrics. This really helps to visualize alternate creative options.

Each project also includes a piecing design for the back. What I realized as I reached the end of the book was that I now had 12 DIFFERENT designs for how to piece a quilt back. Very cool! A quilter’s treat.

Another subtle component of the book which I totally flipped out over was the straightforward fabric yardage formula for many of the designs. For example:

  • Fenced In requires 3/4 yard each of 9 different print fabrics.
  • Planetarium requires 80 warm-colored 5″ x 5″ print fabric squares, 80 cool-colored 5″ x 5″ fabric squares, and 1/2 yard each of 4 coordinating solids.
  • Snapshots uses 1/4 yard each of 18 different  print fabrics.
  • Batch of Brownies calls for 1/2 yard each of 4 different print fabrics and 4 different coordinating solids.
  • Birdbath uses 3/8 yard each of 5 different prints and 5 different solids.

I’m very much a Saturday morning quilter, I wake up and get the urge to sew. These type of fabric recipes really lend themselves to pulling fabrics from the stash shelf. It also makes it easy to look at what’s on hand and then add in a few new additions with an outing to the fabric store. A perfect weekend!

Congratulations to Elizabeth on a beautifully presented book packed full of high quality content. It’s a thoughtfully created set of projects that are certain to resonate with new and experienced quilters alike. Bravo!

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The giveaway:

A copy of the book along with a bundle of 1/2 yards (4 prints and 4 solids) hand-selected by Elizabeth for making the Batch of Brownies quilt.

ps There was enough fabric to create 6 of these sets in the shop. If you buy one and end up winning the giveaway we’ll put together a new set for you!

To enter the giveaway: Leave a comment telling me what you think makes for a great quilting book. I’ll draw a winner on Monday (November 8). Winner announced, congrats to Sandi!

Be sure to visit the other fabulous stops on the tour:

October 27th – Kristin Link – Sew Mama Sew
October 28th – Ashley Newcomb – Film in the Fridge
October 29th – Rashida Coleman-Hale – I heart Linen
October 30th – Jacquie Gering – Tall Grass Prairie Studio
October 31st – Alissa Haight-Carlton – Handmade by Alissa
November 1st – Melissa Burt – Connecting Threads Blog
November 2nd – Rossie Hutchinson – R0ssie’s Blog
November 3rd – Amber Carrillo – One Shabby Chick
November 4th – Kim Kight – True Up
November 5th – You Are Here! Kathy Mack – Pink Chalk Studio
November 6th – Kathreen Ricketson – Whip Up

pink chalk fabrics ~*~ new arrivals ~*~ free patterns ~*~ on sale