admin December 16th, 2012
Yup…this is LATE for Christmas books….but I have these two to share with you…and maybe two more tomorrow, if I can get to them!
This first one I shared about awhile back because I am a contributor to it and it came out in the E-version last year I believe. Pretty in Patchwork Holidays came out in print version this year. I really prefer the print version of all books so I was delighted to actually get it in my hands.
My friend John Adams put this baby together with many wonderful bloggers whom I am sure you know contributing to the project line-up. I started on this gift bag that John designed , and I had really hoped to get it DONE to show you, but I have been so overwhelmed by a great many NON-sewing related things in the last few months, I have had Very limited time in the studio. Ok, almost no time in the studio....However, January is looking good to have a change around in that department, and I am ever so excited about that change!!
Anyway, there are MANY other wonderful projects in this book beside the bag including pillows, table settings, wall hangings, stuffed stuff, and the cutest little hedgehog embroidery pattern.
And of course there are quilts. This one by John is one of my favorites. All snowy and chilly-warm using the only real shade of purple that I like, a “grey-ish” Perkin’s purple.
and of course I am fond of my quilt in the book as well!
The next book to mention is Christmas Magic by Ingrid Perra. This book is definitely a throwback to the early quilting revival days of the 70’s and 80’s. Very country, very simple. I am not sure if a lot of you would like this book or not just because the fabrics used in the book are very much that of that “Laura Ingalls Wilder” look. They definitely would appeal to you if you like that current Scandinavian revival I see popping up here and there in the sewist arena.
Most of the projects are simple and very homespun looking. Looking through the book, these two projects struck my eye as unique and interesting. I could see them done in more contemporary fabrics as well.
I found this tree “basket” concept very interesting and love the concept behind it. Same trees with some hip mod fabrics? Could be a fun project!
And Linda and I are always looking for some fresh takes on the whole Advent Calendar theme. This one is very “gingerbread” looking with these pinks and beiges, but might be just as much fun in some Chartreuse and Cherry combo, right?
So that’s it for today’s post…hope to have another one for you with two other Christmas books that you might really like to get yourself which do include some fun things that you still might have time for this Christmas…...if you get them right away….and I get the post actually finished!!