I did a bit of "pity-purchasing" last week-end when a virus had me out of circulation...now that I am feeling better I get to enjoy the packages arriving at the front door!
I bought several book but I'll share two of my favorite arrivals. First, Indigo Quilts: 30 Quits from the Poos Collection by Kay and Lori Lee Triplett. Love this book! The first third is data heavy - everything you want to know about the history of Indigo. Lots of history and some photos. The next third is titled "Quilt Album" and it is just that - photos of great examples of indigo quilts. (you will need couple cuts of tea to get through the first third and a napkin to keep your drool off the pages for the album section!) Finally the last section has directions for 5 projects using indigo fabrics. It is nice selection of applique and piecing at beginner to advanced.
Second book is Tributes and Treasures: 12 Vintage-Inspired Quilts made with Reproduction Prints by Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison.. This book is mainly about the patterns with a bit of American History. The quilts are nicely designed, the book is laid out well, photography is excellent, and the directions for the quilts look to be well done. It is a keeper!
I am still working hard to finish a couple more quilts before the show in two weeks. So of course my go-to sewing machine died. It has been in and out of the shop so often the past year that I am finally accepting it may be time to let it go...ever since I wore out the feed-dog and had to have it replaced it just hasn't worked the same.
The good news is I finally took out the $10 Bernina 1030 my husband found for me at an estate sale. Of course then I had to take it in to be serviced - $80. Then I bought a walking-foot - $170....but I love this machine! Definitely worth every penny!
I finished channel quilting this little improvisational shirting quilt. It reminds me of many early 20th century Southern quilts made using scraps from the textile factories. For this quilt I used colors found around Augusta in the springtime...when we have most of our visitors! I should be able to get the binding down tonight and then only have one more to finish!