Chronicle Books is celebrating Sewing Month in September with special prices on some their crafty e-books, including 1, 2, 3 Sew. See all the deals at Chronicle Eye Candy or head directly over to amazon and pick up a digital copy for only $2.99! When you buy the book, you’ll find a link to download and print all of the patterns you’ll need to make the projects. Happy sewing! Look for the follow-up 1, 2, 3 Quilt in digital and spiral-bound format in just a few days!
1, 2, 3 Quilt will be shipping soon! The official release date is September 10. You can pre-order online now or find the book in your local bookstore or favorite fabric shop very soon! You can flip through the images below to see all 24 projects from the book. Photos by Laura Malek.
The chapters are based on shape — squares, rectangles, triangles, hexagons, circles, flowers stars and diamonds. Within each chapter you’ll find two projects followed by a quilt to help you build your skills progressively. You’ll learn how to make flying geese (three ways), needle-turned appliqué flowers, English paper-pieced hexagons, freezer-paper circles, clamshells, and much more. I tried to cover as many quilting techniques as possible in the book, so that it’s useful for beginners as well as those of you who’ve been quilting for years. As you scroll through the photos above, you’ll see that the projects become more challenging as the shapes get more complex. So you’ll start with the basic square and finish with more complicated projects like foundation paper piecing and cathedral windows.
Want to win a copy of the book? Just browse through the projects and let me know what you’d most like to make. Leave a comment here by Tuesday, September 3 at midnight eastern and I’ll randomly choose THREE winners to receive a copy of 1, 2, 3 Quilt. This giveaway is open internationally.
Today I’m participating in a blog hop about the design process. Wendi from Shiny Happy World asked each of us to talk about a recent project, along with the design decisions that went into it. So I thought I would talk about the design process for the Lopsided Squares Quilt in my upcoming book 1, 2, 3 Quilt.
This quilt ends the first chapter of the book and it’s the first quilt that I started to make. I’d already given rough sketches of all 24 projects, which were submitted in my book proposal. I love having this outline with my general ideas already worked out, but I frequently change fabric and sometimes make minor changes. A couple of projects in the book were scrapped altogether during the design process.
Most of my designs are worked out for weeks or even months as I go about my daily activities. I contemplate sewing construction dilemmas while I’m waiting in carpool line, get a sudden creative idea in the shower, or work out a design in my sketchbook at bedtime and ask my husband for advice. My design process also includes making blocks and squinting at them from across the room for a few days. Sometimes I take photos and squint at the computer screen too. I guess when things are blurry, I can see the basic shapes and contrast. I never really thought about this much, but now I realize that I do an awful lot of squinting at my works in progress!
For this quilt, I knew I wanted to make a simple log cabin quilt in a wonky style as sort of a tribute to Gee’s Bend and Denyse Schmidt quilts that originally inspired me. And I think this is just the first kind of quilt anyone should make. So I submitted the drawing below in my proposal. At this point, I had already named it Lopsided Squares Quilt, but I had a lot of negative space in the design here.
I was pretty certain that I wanted to use all or mostly solids, but I also wanted to experiment with pattern and different color variations to see how they might look. Here’s a quick photo of some sample blocks on the floor of my sewing room. I really wanted to include fabric variations for each quilt in the book, but there just wasn’t time or space. For this quilt, I did include measurements for an alternate block to make a perfectly accurate log cabin block, with no wonky lines.
Then I decided on neutrals with pops of bright colors, as shown below.
So I made this quick and sloppy digital image to see what the full quilt might look like, though I must have been thinking of adding a few patterned pieces here and there, which I didn’t do in the end. I guess this is the point when I decided to eliminate the negative space. You may notice that I don’t use any sashing or borders on my quilts in the book. This wasn’t really a conscious decision, but is probably a reflection of my style.
And then a finished quilt top. My husband is holding it up here.
And then it was clear to me that my deadlines were fast approaching and I was going to need help! I wanted to hand quilt this one, so I enlisted the help of Diana Taylor, who worked at Whipstitch and now owns Fabricate Studios here in Atlanta. She hand quilted the entire thing and also basted and did the binding. I know she spent many, many hours with this quilt on her lap. Thank you, Diana! Here’s the finished quilt.
Photo by Laura Malek.
Honestly, it makes me a little tired to think about the process of making this book! I wonder where I found the time. But I hope this gives you a peek into my design process. I look forward to reading about how everyone else goes about making things. Do they squint at their designs too? You can visit the other participants on the Blog Hop below. And please feel free to comment and share your own design process!
Diane Gilleland sent me a copy of her new book Quilting Happiness: Projects, Inspiration & Ideas to Make Quilting More Joyful, which she co-wrote with Christina Lane. The book is available now for pre-order and will be shipping next week.
A book that makes you happy? Yes! This book includes projects interspersed with creative exercises to help you explore your process, define your style, and reflect on meaning and inspiration. There are lovely projects for beginning to advanced quilters, combined with clear instructions and helpful diagrams. This book is useful both for quilters who want to explore their creativity as well as those who just want to make things.
I made the Haphazard Chevron Pillow from the book using my Folk Modern fabric collection, but I altered the size because I only had a 12″ x 16″ pillow form on hand. And I skipped the top quilting because there seems to be enough pattern here already. The instructions were well-written and easy to follow.
Overall, I really love the idea behind this book. I think many quilters are afraid of their own creativity, but making things is a creative process; from choosing the pattern and style to selecting fabric. Some of us love to cut and measure precisely while carefully following each step of a pattern , while others of us just like to cut and create as we sew. There’s a quiz in this book to help you get in touch with your “Inner Quilter”, which I think will help you realize that we all have our own unique style and approach to creativity. There is no right way!
To see projects from the book and the book trailer, visit the Quilting Happiness website.
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