Our lovely publisher sent me a copy of a new quilting book. (Isn’t that considerate? Do you think it has anything to do with how many times I’ve said, “By the way, I quilt, too!” [stage wink]) This one is right up my alley. It arrived yesterday and I’ve already given it a thorough going-over.
Modern Log Cabin Quilting, by Susan Beal.
Quick review: Beginner quilters sometimes ask me to recommend a starter book, and this is the book I am going to recommend from now on. The basic quilting instructions at the beginning of the book are clear. Everything you need is covered, with great tips. The tips are neatly tucked into boxes, so a new quilter will not be overwhelmed with advice that is not yet needed, but an intermediate quilter who is skimming the stuff she already knows can find the tips easily. (I loved the detailed how-to on machine-tying a quilt; a small thing, I know, but if one is self-taught, one cherishes such nuggets.)
The designs are fresh and beautiful. There is not a lot of variety in the blocks or the layouts–no new ground is broken. But to a journeyman quilter like me, who wants books to give solid instruction and a blast of inspiration and then leave me to it, this book is Just Right.
The author’s taste is wonderful. This is the first album/scrapbook type quilt I’ve seen, that I would want to make.
And of course, for me, this is a knitting book. I am in love with the “crosses” quilt on the cover; the construction of a knitted version sprang into my head immediately and won’t let me go. I’m trying–really trying–to finish the second sleeve on Joseph’s Mr. Boy sweater, which has been a WIP for over a year now and is in serious danger of being outgrown, before I start it. But 4 skeins of crisp new Noro Silk Garden are calling to me from the windowsill.