Sometimes it’s restful to follow someone else’s directions for a quilt. Yes, I love the excitement of designing a quilted piece from scratch but it can be mentally exhausting.
I’ve been looking over recent modern quilting books for the equivalent of a box cake mix, and have found some possibilities in Modern One-Block Quilts by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting. I’m adapting one project, called Eight O’Clock, for a gift tablerunner.
I’ve taken just one row of the project and made it up in
dreary subdued colors that are likely to appeal to my brother and go with his stoneware dishes. The reverse side will use up extra blocks and allow the runner to do double duty.
The outstanding pattern for me is Squared Scraps. Here’s how Paul, another quilter, made this one up in a baby quilt size.
Other appealing projects are Lanterns and Churned. The latter uses a venerable block, made fresh and spontaneous by the uneven block groupings. I’d like to set the blocks on point, keeping the uneven groupings.
All told, the book has 22 projects. Some like Alternating Stars are updates of blocks that have been in the quilting repertoire for some time. Others like Criss-Cross are truly modern in origin. The close up photos of each quilt are good sources of quilting ideas. And I’d love to have the person who staged the room photos come to my house and work his/her magic.
I think the authors succeed in adding design to useful items. They give enough information about quilt construction to enable less experienced sewers to make the projects. The project directions seem thorough. Though I deviated from the project dimensions given, I was able to figure my cutting requirements easily.
In sum, this book presents an array of projects with enough variety to appeal to many tastes and keep one quilter busy for a while.