Have I shared with you what a weakness that I have for quilting books? Good ones? Well, I do and here are two of my favorites: Material Obsession 1 and 2.Kathy and Sarah's first book, Material Obsession, published in 2009, was probably my first whiff of what modern quilting would become. I borrowed this copy from the library, but wish I owned it myself. The book is laid out with the 23 projects in order from easy to advanced. There's something for everyone within the pages.
Here's an intermediate project delightfully called The Burbs. My friend, Vicki, and I are talking about making this one next after we finish our Spider Web quilts.
The photography and hand drawn diagrams are so lovely that its fun to thumb through the book just for the eye candy that it is!
In the back of the book is a good size section describing everything you might need to know to make the quilts within the book. The photographs showing how to use a rotary cutter and ruler is particularly well done, I think.
These pages with tips on layering the backing, batting and top into a sandwich for quilting is helpful and not something you see in most books.
For years, I've been thinking about making a Dresden quilt. Sarah's version is so adorable and I keep going back to it over and over. I think this might be the year that I actually dive in and start it!
I've even got a picture in my head of what overall look I'm wanting to try. This Kaffe fabric is a hint as to what fabrics I'll be pulling.
The wintry weather affords more time to dream up new projects and I'm really good at that! Yesterday, it snowed all day. I managed to get the feeders full before it got too bad out welcoming many feathered friends to the party in my yard. I love watching them! These guys just ate what the other birds pushed out onto the snowy ground.
Today's agenda involves getting the snow off of the driveway so that we can get our cars out. We used to shovel by hand, but this winter my hubby has a new toy on the front of his garden tractor. (It's only taken us 7 winters of living here to figure out that this might be a good idea!)
My part is to go out and help him when the tractor gets stuck in a drift. I'm grateful that the sun is out today...that helps when the temperatures are single digit!
I never did hear. Did that groundhog see his shadow or not?