I love quilting books and patterns to the point that it’s almost sick. Like seriously, the obsession with everything about this industry is real. I just can never have enough quilts or pictures of quilts or plans of quilts or thoughts of quilts or ideas of quilts. It’s a bit concerning, really.
And people like these two like to feed my obsession. Meet Liz Evans and Elizabeth Evans, and if you are double taking over their names, you should be. They are sisters-in-law, and cohorts in quilting. Together they have written The Simple Simon Guide to Patchwork Quilting, and it’s a good thing they did.
I never get tired of a beginning quilting book, even after all these years. Sure, I’m pretty familiar with most of the basic techniques, but I still love them for a few reasons. This book is a good example of what I mean.
First, the fabrics and photos are updated. Doesn’t seem like that’s a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but I love that it helps to invite new quilters into “our world.” Crisp, clear and modern constantly mean something different, and it helps to keep our creative blood flowing.
Second, the techniques do get updated. A book written 50 years ago wouldn’t have included any information about rotary cutters because, hello, they weren’t invented for quilting yet.
Third, the projects themselves get updated. I love that in this book they have a great mix of quilts and other projects- everything from a bunting to a bib, from a pouch to a pillow. Love it!
So, here’s what I made. It didn’t take me long to make the top, but it did take a while to quilt it. I love the simplicity of this project as a background for some massive quilting, so that’s what I did.I had copious amounts of this fabric in my stash, and it was exactly what I wanted. If you come to the studio/my husband’s shop, you will see it hanging in the bathroom. This color combination appeals to me, as it reminds me of a lot that we’ve been seeing from prominent fabric designers over the last few years. The main print is an older piece by Laura Gunn, and I’ve been hoarding it for a while.
I started quilting it the day our youngest went off to college. I wasn’t in the mood for a lot of chatter, and I for sure needed chocolate. Juan and I worked quietly and diligently, and for the most part, all went well. However, I did run into some technical issues that eliminates this quilt from being shown anywhere but the bathroom. Let’s just say I learned a lot, and am grateful for it, but am really sad because this started out as a great quilt and could have done well. I may have to try again.
I artfully staged this pic so that the biggest offense is not that visible, but I will tell you that a bit of it is peaking out at the top right corner. Maybe I will write a post sometime about using a Statler, and some of the things I’ve learned since bringing Juan home a year ago. It’s been an amazing process.
The irony? This book was written as a beginning quilting book, and while I may be all “I know how to do that already,” I still ended up getting a lesson in the end.
Pride goeth before a fall. (Prov 16:18)