Wednesday, October 28, 2015

What's On The Bookshelf Wednesday - A Little Bit Country, a Little Bit R&R

Hi, all!

Welcome to What's On The Bookshelf Wednesday!  Because I was traveling last week, and busy catching up since I got home, I don't have a new book review today - but I'm pulling out one from earlier this year that you may have missed.

Country Girl Modern is the first book written by Jo Kramer and her daughter Kelli Hanken, and I'm  pleased to say it's a wonderful book!!  Of course, if you are familiar with Jo Kramer's blog, Jo's Country Junction, you'd expect that.  Jo and her daughter Kelli have been creating wonderful quilts together for many years and I've enjoyed seeing their progress along the way.

I particularly enjoyed Jo and Kelli's forward in the book. They shared tips for sewing with family.  One of Kelli's tips?  "Shop your mom's fabric and notions first."  I think my daughter has that one down pat!  And Jo advised, "Let them sew - you do the ripping."  I was blessed to have a grandmother who knew this many many years ago.  I think she must have stayed up late at night to repair my first sewing efforts so that I would have clothes that actually fit when I finished a project! 

And oh, this book is chock full of great quilts!  Eleven designs that give a modern twist to the traditional.  I tend to lean more towards modern quilts, and these are a like a fresh breeze - modern in feel, but without as much negative space as some modern quilts.  

It's so hard to choose a favorite - I love this quilt for its scrappiness and think it would make a great quilt design for the quilt ministry...

....and I adore the bohemian flair of this one!  It's such a simple block to make this wonderful quilt.

And this one is a creative way to arrange a simple, traditional block - but what great results!

And now Jo and Kelli have taken part in a second book - 75 Fun Fat Quarter Quilts!  This one is a compilation of fourteen different quilters' contributions, featuring thirteen quilts and many variations on each quilt.  The book is scheduled to be released in December, just in time for Christmas.  They are taking pre-orders of signed copies on their blog - so now's your chance!  


So that's what's on my bookshelf this week!  Have you taken a look at yours lately?



PS - if you've written a quilt-y book that you'd like to see featured on What's On The Bookshelf Wednesday, drop me an email at!  I'm always looking for good books to review!


  1. thanks for sharing this wonderful book and the lovely quilts inside.

  2. I was lucky and won this book when they were featuring it on it's release - it is a great book. I have a pre-order for the new one, too.


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