It's Wednesday, and I'm in China! But I've still got a neat new book to share with you today - written by my friend Jan Ochterbeck of The Colorful Fabricoholic!
Now, in the interests of full disclosure, I will tell you that Jan sent me a copy of her book and asked me to review it. But I will also remind you that I promised to tell you exactly what I think of the books I review, whether I got it for free or not.
This book is so cool! Jan says in the introduction that "the premise of this book is that you can easily make a variety of simple yet versatile quilt blocks by making a parent block, slicing and dicing it, shuffling the parts, and resembling them...". Once I read over her technique, I was amazed at the variety of quilts she designed after starting with the "block mama" and performing a little magic with a rotary cutter.
For example, this quilt is called "Labyrinth". It is made taking one basic block, the "block mama", and doing a little slice and dice. Then the parts are re-arranged into this cool design!
And this quilt, called "Zen Garden" is another variation, using the same "block mama" and a slightly different arrangement.
And I absolutely love this one - Heat Wave -
shown in four different color ways!
This one is definitely going on my bucket list!
It is amazing what you can do with a little slicing, dicing and re-arranging - creating beautiful quilts that look complicated, but are really very simple. If you like to make quilts but don't have a lot of time, this book is a great investment. It is available from the American Quilter's Society or from Amazon.
And that's what's on my bookshelf this week! Have you taken a look at yours lately?