Do you ever find one of those books that you want to share with the world? That you think that literally everyone should own because it is so awesome?
Or a book that speaks to you in a way no other book has? It grabs you with it its words, its photography, its story, its very nature. It says what you have always been trying to say but you didn’t even know you were trying to say it. It explains who YOU are and how you see the world.
And is that EVER a QUILTING book? I’ve been moved by books before, but I’m not sure a quilting book has ever truly moved me the way that Amy Gibson’s latest book, The Quilt Block Cookbook, does.
When I first saw Amy’s book, I just gasped with delight. I might get a bit gushy here, but I say all of these things with TOTAL honesty. I did indeed gasp. First off, the size of the book…it’s square. But not one of those teeny tiny ones you can hardly read. The perfect size square. And it is a hard back book. That is pretty rare to find in quilting books and it is one of the reasons that this book is just so stunningly beautiful.
The photography inside is really just amazing. I adore the layout and the ease of finding information. Each picture makes my mouth water….and again…I’m not overstating my view. This is honestly what happens when I look through this book.
I can go on and on about the book, but I need to get to my project from it (yes, I even USED the book already! ANOTHER sign of a great book). Bottom line is this. BUY THIS BOOK. It is THE book to have in your home to hand to someone when they ask what you do and you answer “quilting”. When they look at this book, they will understand the beauty of what we do (and maybe not think we are such odd ducks for liking quillting…well at least it might help a bit!)
On to my project! Sorry for the long post, but stick with me. I promise it’s worth it.
Amy’s book is on Sampler quilts. She gives 50 different blocks PLUS some fantastic layout ideas for using those blocks (plus lots of other info). And I really adore her layouts for the samplers. I’m not going to lie. I don’t really love samplers.
Yep. I said it. I’m a quilter and I don’t like Sampler quilts. Don’t get me wrong, I love the blocks, designing and making them. I can enjoy other people’s Sampler quilts. But they just don’t resonate with me all that often. So when I saw one particular layout Amy has called Celestial I was surprised at how much I loved it. And immediately I knew what blocks to use for it and that I could make this right away.
These blocks are a set of blocks that I made over 6 years ago for my very first publication in the book, 99 Modern Blocks. I had made all 11 of my blocks (plus an extra) in coordinating colors and fabrics as samples in addition to the ones published in the book. But here I am, years later, and I have had no inclination to do anything with these blocks. I had intended them to go into a quilt together…but nothing caught my eye. Until Amy’s layout.
The layout makes the quilt 80″ x 80″ or so. And I used a lavender solid for the background. I pieced this quilt on the upper deck of my friend’s beautiful lake house in Canada on a girl’s quilting weekend, so the quilt is FULL of happy memories for me.
There is a person on each side holding this quilt up!
I did end up piecing it slightly differently than Amy suggested but I’m not sure it worked any better…I was just trying to accommodate the little cutting area that I had.
Now it’s off to a long arm quilter for some quilting love and then back home for snuggles. Too bad I don’t have my own lake house to take it to. 😉