Saturday, December 03, 2011

Here and There

This morning you can find my regular mug of coffee over at Tina's place! Tina is interviewing creative people this month in her Knitting Contrissmas Series. Twenty five days of creativity and I'm thrilled to be a part of the series.

Today is Sarah's day here at PKM. Her morning cup looks lovely doesn't it? I think this photograph captures what I love about Sarah's quilts, they're rich with color, they feature modern and traditional styles and there's always a little something unexpected.

Sarah's newest book, Quilting From Little Things is making it's US debut now. Like others on the tour have mentioned, it introduces you to a technique with a small piece, then you can move on to a larger quilt using those skills. I really like the opportunity to explore something without commitment.

Of course it's not just about techniques and sewing, it's about exploring your style, discovering new ideas and techniques, and about buying and hoarding fabric. "I don't ever feel bad about how much fabric I have - the fabric is as essential to my inspiration as the actual construction of the quilts." Those words alone can set you free people.

I have made one of the small projects from Sarah's book, Rebel with a Rotary. It is a very fast and easy project. I like that the book includes templates, but also instructs you in using your regular everyday ruler as well as specialty rulers. The instructions are clear, the diagrams charming and informative and the photography is breathtaking.

My friend Roseann told me once that traditional quilters (like me) often buy modern fabric but use it in ways they understand. Sarah's quilts show me how to use fabric in new ways within my traditional style, and how traditional style can be transformed into something fresh and new.

Want to see more of Sarah's book, be sure and visit the other blogs on the tour.
Fat Quarterly
Amy Ellis
Thomas Knauer
Camp Follower Bags
Ryan Walsh Quilts
The Happy Zombie
Moda Lissa
Mrs Schmenkman Quilts
True Up
Pink Chalk Fabrics
Pam Kitty Morning You're here!
Coming up tomorrow
Sew, Mama, Sew!
Pat Sloan

Looking to purchase a copy of Sarah's book? Martha Pullen is offering blog tour readers a discount of $5. Use promo code QUILTLITTLE to get your savings before the blog tour promotion expires (7/31/12).

Lastly, I want to say thank you to Sarah, for not only including me in her blog tour, but for including me in her list of Inspirational Blogs in the Resources section of her book. I would have never imagined that I could be included in a list of blogs that I admire so much and am inspired by on a regular basis.


Blogger Mary said...

I like the Traditional quilts more as well. I look forward to seeing more of this Book...

1:33 AM  
Blogger Library Gal Quilts said...

I have Sarah's new book and it's very nice and traditional with excellent colors and style. Love it! p.s. about buying and hoarding fabric? When friends look in my closet they gasp. I watch their face and if it lights up, cool. If it doesn't the doors close up and it's their loss! It's a treasure trove in there!

6:56 AM  
Blogger Melissa P said...

Permission to increase your stash is always welcome! Not that some of us need any permission in the first place, but still...

Have a great weekend!

7:48 AM  
Anonymous happy zombie said...

Man, I love that little nugget of a permission slip! Love Sarah, love you, love Sarah's quiltie magic ways, love your quiltie magic ways… man, so filled with love. Sigh. I love you guys!

10:19 AM  
Blogger mascanlon said...

Wow, great permission slip as Monica I ran right off and punched some buttons at a couple of places!Love your little quilt and I added the book to my Christmas list, the one I buy for me to be sure I get it!

10:42 AM  
Blogger paulette said...

Love the hop and look forward to seeing more pics of the book!! Thanks!

7:48 AM  
Blogger Nanette Merrill said...

Really love the photos. The little blue thing is so darling. I want to weep over it and rub up against it. Creepy aren't I. That philosophy certainly does set me free. Free people. If only.

8:57 AM  

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