Thursday, November 27, 2014

happy thanksgiving usa...

I wanted to post a great modern Thanksgiving quilt, or an antique turkey red one, even fabrics from Turkey but settled on a shot of this vintage toile. To all our friends and family in the USA, quilters and non-alike- Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

blogathon canada 2014...

Well it is time for the third annual Blogathon Canada hosted by Sew Sisters Quilt Shop. Check out these blogs. There are daily giveaways at both the hosts' sites and the store's one- as well as links to other quilters in each province. I've also included a map to help navigate this beautiful country if you are unfamiliar with it. Enjoy!

The Hosts:
Monday, November 17    BC    Stacey    Stacey in Stitches
Monday, November 17    BC    Jessica    Momiji Studio
Tuesday, November 18    Maritimes    Linda    Scrapmaster
Tuesday, November 18    Maritimes    Linda    Stitch Lines
Wednesday, November 19    AB    Kelsey    Every Day Fray
Wednesday, November 19    AB    Leanne    She Can Quilt
Thursday, November 20    SK    Heather   Peace.Love.Quilt
Thursday, November 20    MB    Lori    Night Owl Quilting
Friday, November 21    QC    Josée    The Charming Needle
Friday, November 21    Territories    Janet    Caribou Crossing Chronicles
Saturday, November 22    ON    Lorna     Sew Fresh Quilts
Saturday, November 22    ON    Sandy    Upstairs Hobby Room

Friday, November 7, 2014

2001 patchwork blocks...

So many good books have arrived in the mail this fall and I'm hopelessly behind writing about them. This superb Quiltmania release is "2001 Nouveaux Blocs de Patchwork" by acclaimed Japanese quilter Chuck Nohara. While the title is in French the book includes an English translation.

Chuck Nohara set out to design 2001 original quilt blocks. The book is divided into themes such as creatures, furniture, vehicles, seasons, flowers, wreaths, hearts, ribbons, baskets, houses, log cabins, complex 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 patch blocks, hexagons, stars, curved blocks and double wedding rings. It is made up of a combination of colour photos and very precise black and white drawings. The breadth of the book is extraordinary and is a wonderful reference to design your own blocks, resize and rescale CH's blocks as they are or just admire the interesting way the fabrics are combined.

The book also contains a centerfold shot of a sampler quilt made using over 700 of these new blocks in Japanese fabrics for the Tokyo International Quilt Festival.  The reverse of this beautiful quilt is in red and white. If you are interested, "2001 Nouveaux Blocs de Patchwork" can be found here. Scroll down and click on the cover to see a detailed preview of the contents. There is also a Flickr group with some beautiful images devoted to Chuck Nohara inspired patchwork... Have a great weekend!