Saturday, March 12, 2011

Spring Break

I'm now officially on Spring Break--whoo-hoo!  Although there will not be any bikini-clad beach trips  to warm locales for me, I will be off work for a week, and taking a much-needed breather.

Very appropriate to the season, I recently read our dear friend Allie Aller's new book Crazy Quilting: Modern Piecing and Embellishing Techniques for Joyful Stitching, which is a happy bowl of eye candy and practical skill-building instruction. 



The book is beautifully photographed, and has clear and precise tips and instructions on a number of fresh approaches to  crazy quilting.  In addition, it's a homage to the friendships among stitchers in the on-line community.  We see contributions from Susan Elliot, who has posted tutorials here and here for her beautiful queen project.  There are are also contributions from Debra Spincic, and...


...yes!  From me too!  My St. Therese quilt is in the gallery.  If you'd like to see process photos for how I made this quilt, the links are tabbed under "St Therese" in the sidebar and they're right here too.


Also appropriate to the season, I finished this lovely shawlette, which is from Stephen West's popular pattern Pagona, knit some some inexpensive Deborah Norville sock yarn.  The design is very attractive and not hard at all to knit.  Just a little something to throw over the neck, just in time for Spring.

7 comments:

beth said...

Enjoy your break and congratulations on having that lovely little quilt included in the book. How FUN!!!

Rian said...

Oh yay, what fun! Enjoy your break.

Judy S. said...

Happy Spring Break! I was thinking a lot about you yesterday after hearing all the tsunami warnings for the CA coast and very glad to see your post today. Love the shawl and will check out that pattern. Thanks for the link. Can't wait to see Allie's book; it sounds like a real treasure.

DebbyMc said...

Famous friends! =-) The shawl looks great!

Kay said...

I knew that Debra's work was in the book but didn't know about yours. Congratulations! That's very exciting.

Enjoy your break; my husband's is this week also, but I don't think he'll be relaxing too much :)

Magpie Sue said...

Yay! Congratulations on your quilt being in the book! I'm going to have to look into acquiring a copy. I was inspired to go check out Flor's paintings on fabric after seeing what you did with your latest panel from her. I ended up with a panel she calls "Mother and Daughter." Eventually it will be added to my collection of Halloween quilts - at least that's my goal. ;- )

Debra Spincic said...

We are all such Rock Stars!