I woke up this morning with the urge to start something new! So, to avoid getting yet another WIP going, I decided that it was time to take a good hard look at my bookshelves full of quilting and crafty books and see what was going on there. I discovered a whole lot of great books, both new and old, and decided to share them with you. Maybe they'll be old friends to you, or maybe something new you want to look at. I promise that I will only review books that are still available, so you won't get the urge to buy a book only to find that it's gone! And I'll invite you to join in the fun! You've probably got some great books on your bookshelf too - so feel free to grab the logo above and add your own thoughts to the party on your blog!
My very first book review here is going to be a book that is very special to me. For my birthday in 2009, my lovely daughter Nancy gave me a book....
...and started me down a road that I never expected to take! Inside the covers of this book, I found evidence that people all over the world were using their creativity not just to make gifts for those they knew and loved, but to help people in need. From people making sleeping bags for the homeless or cage comforters for animal shelters, to others making quilts for children in hospitals, soft stuffed animals for local children in need, and emergency snuggle quilts for firefighters to give to traumatized children - all of this opened my eyes to a whole new arena for sewing and crafting.
After reading about Quilts For Kids, I send off for a kit and made a quilt. Easy-peasy! They send you a pre-cut quilt, you piece the top, quilt and bind it, and mail it back to them. They take care of finding a recipient for the quilt you made.
After that, I guess it was only natural to think of making a quilt for a young woman in our church who was diagnosed with cancer. One time shot, right? But no - the women who helped me wanted to make more quilts - so we ordered more kits from Quilts For Kids and made nine quilts to send to them. Then our pastor asked for a quilt for another member with cancer. And so a quilt ministry was born!
So I can tell you from experience that this book will change the way you look at quilting and sewing. And here's a few teasers of the lovely patterns that are contained within its 136 pages...
This one is a Quilts For Kids preemie quilt pattern.
This is an emergency snuggle quilt provided by a firefighter.
This is a great example of a charity quilt you can make (and FINISH) quickly, so it can get into the hands of a person in need.
And this is an example of a quilt by the HeartStrings Quilt Project, which is an online group devoted entirely to making string quilts for people in need.
The stories in this book are a wonderful accompaniment to the lovely and varied patterns. Twenty-five inspiring essays, and fifteen charity projects - all sure to get your creative and charitable juices flowing!
And that's what's on my bookshelf today! Have you looked at yours lately?
Be sure to come back next week, when I'll be reviewing a new-to-me FMQ book!