Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Quilty Stuff & Books

I recently tried Bonnie Sullivan's technique of sewing Leaders & Enders to make a quilt. I got all the blocks made, but wasn't really thrilled with the process so doubt I'll do it that way again. But here's my start at assembling the quilt top.



It's a really simple quilt made from a free pattern designed by Kathie Holland that I received from American Patchwork & Quilting magazine several years ago. This will be about 60"x 80" when it's finished - just right to snuggle under while watching TV - not that snuggling under a quilt sounds good right now in the 100* heat we've been having. UGH!


Most of you who are quilters have heard of Jenny Doan and the Missouri Star Quilt Company. I was fortunate to attend one of her trunk shows in May when she was in SLC for the Home Machine Quilting Show and I discovered that she's an adorable, down home, sweet lady. Today I stumbled upon this TV segment filmed by a BYU production company that shows a behind-the-scenes look at her business & family & operation. I thought it was SO informative - and actually very touching in parts. Perhaps some of you have a few minutes to watch it too! Enjoy! I tried to embed the video here, but can't get it to work, so you'll have to copy and paste the link below.

http://www.byutv.org/watch/bf7e0de7-69e2-4aaf-a538-5605e64a350f/turning-point-the-missouri-star-quilting-company

A couple years ago I discovered the author Louise Penny and the series of novels she has written about a small town in Canada called Three Pines. The characters are delightful & it's been amazing how many murders have been committed in this place! LOL I love to listen to the stories on audio while I'm sewing or hooking - the narrator has a wonderful voice that adds a lot to the experience. I haven't read them all in order, but that would probably be best if you're just starting. This is the most recent one I've finished - we also 'read' one on our vacation - a wonderful pastime while spending hours driving in a truck.

11 comments:

Karen said...

I remember when Kathy Holland made that particular quilt. A good one for using lots of different fabrics.
I am always on the lookout for books that aren't heavy reading but still interesting. Thanks for the tip.

Janet O. said...

I like that pattern you are making. I have another Kathie Holland pattern all cut out--has been for a couple of years. : )
I really enjoyed watching the Turning Point program on MSQC. Thanks for the link.
Oh, no. Just saw the forecast and they said next week will be even sunnier than this week and just as hot. :(

Yvonne said...

A good quilt to use some scraps! I don't know the author but it sounds great to listen to a book while doing something else. That way you don't have to choose between quilting and reading! I think I will give it a try!

Susan said...

My hubby and I both love Louise Penny's Gamache and crew. Great mystery but also great characters and relationships. And I am touched by how Louise handles her personal challenges with her husband's Alzheimer's. She is an impressive strong woman.

Kyle said...

I remember that pattern. It's a great one for scraps and a L&E sewing technique.

Sandy said...

I made the blocks for an entire quilt using he leader/ender process, and think its a brilliant concept. That said, I haven't done it since... LOL!
I wonder what ever happened to Kathie. I still miss her blog.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Books on tape are great for quilters! Makings of another great quilt

Ann at Prairie Primrose said...

I love Louise Penny! She has a new book coming out soon! I never think to listen to books while I'm sewing or driving...I'm not sure why because I often listen to quilting podcasts.

Jann Olson said...

You're right Gayle, it is a bit too hot! I have heard of sewing leaders and enders together, but have never tried it. I use to love to read, but rarely find the time anymore. I need to try doing audio. Hubby and I do that sometimes while on vacation as well.
hugs,
Jann

Saimi said...

Boy, I've missed some of your posts. Your quilt is going go be so cute when it's finished, love simple patterns. I'm all about audio books. I listen to them in my car while driving around, in my sewing room working on projects - I even like listening to the scriptures and conference talks. I don't have time to sit and read, especially if its a good book because nothing gets done until I'm finished reading haha.


Lori said...

Taht would be Bonnie Hunter's leader/ender technique and when I've tried it that quilt always turns into my main project!