Friday, 17 January 2014

The Library Project... I'm in!

Seems like everybody I know is doing the Library Project, brainchild of Adrienne at Chezzetcook Modern Quilts.  I want to play with the cool kids, so I am jumping in.  Basically, we chose projects from books we already have at home, and commit to making them.

Most of the other quilters who have joined have more ambitious lists.  Me?  I am sticking to two.  Here they are:

Something from Sunday Morning Quilts by Cheryl Arkison and Amanda Jean Nyberg.

This is actually the first book that I have actually made projects from.  I made High Five and Up, Up and Away, as well as some slabs for Cheryl's Just One Slab project for Calgary.  The slabs were so enjoyable to make.  Very addictive.  I am thinking about making some of those slabs for me, though I have not yet picked my project. 

I am a bit concerned about copyright, so I won't post pictures of the various quilts in the book.  There are a few that use the slab technique, and it will be one of them, or a combination.  Or I may forget about the slabs, and go for a ticker tape.

I know, I know, I am supposed to actually pick a project... I am breaking the rules of the Library Project, but it's my challenge, and I am sticking to my indecisive state of mind until I really have to chose!

Here's my second book: American Patchwork & Quilting (from 1985!)

I picked up this book for about a dollar at an auction a few years ago.  It is straight out of the 80s, so you might be inclined to think there isn't anything in this book for modern quilters, but you would be wrong.  If you can get past some of the colour choices, this book is full of little gems. 

The one quilt I have been fascinated with is this one:

I don't particularly like the colours, and the alternate blocks don't work for me.  Neither do the sashing and borders... but look at the houses!  Can you picture them in bright modern colours?  I really want to try some of these houses blocks, and perhaps create my own variation.  I think it will make for a striking quilt.

That's all I am willing to commit to and that is a lot considering the little amount of time I have to actually quilt and everything else I have on the go.  Hopefully the library project gal will let me play!


  1. Those houses would look just awesome in Konas (and once you eliminate those fence rail blocks!) I haven't picked projects from all my books yet either, Dominique. I don't think Ade will drum us out of the cool kid club! :)

  2. The houses are cool-I have probably overcommitted, but I definitely will be completing the 2 twin quilts-they are custom orders!

  3. You've picked some fun projects. I can't wait to see where you go with the house quilt.

  4. What fun! Love the houses quilt you chose and you will surely make it your own.

  5. I agree with you about the alternating blocks, but the houses are lovely - really looking forward to seeing what you do!

  6. I have Sunday Morning quilts too and I don't think I've read it since I bought it. Its a good thing we have all year, because I've sworn off quilt a longs for now, but I am seriously tempted....

  7. There are some great things in Sunday Morning quilts - I can't wait to see your finished quilt. And that house quilt will be fabulous re-done with a modern eye!

  8. I love houses too and I'm looking forward to seeing your colour variation (good idea!).

  9. So glad that you are going to quilt along with is Dominique and I think I am going to have to give in and buy Sunday Morning Quilts. It's popping up all over! Oh and I don't know if we are the cool kids or not, but I say we give it a go :)

  10. Oh, my goodness I LOVE the houses! That quilt reminds me of the "The Night Before Christmas" illustrated by Tommy de Paolo - same colors and feel (and likely vintage... just checked - 1986! ; )

  11. Oh the houses are so, so great! I can't wait to see how you take that block and put it into an alternate setting for yourself. What a gem of a find in that book :-)


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