Here’s the book by Susan Ache who is also a blog reader making her one of “us”.
Let’s start the discussion about this quilt again since I wasn’t finished talking about it yesterday!
Jo reviewed this book, too, and we both thought the same thing – great quilts to use year round. I fell for the red and white one called Background Music.
I have explained our Country Threads “look” previously but this is such a good example, I’m going to write it again. Susan calls for 2-1/8 yds. of light red solid and 3-1/4 yds. of cream solid. I don’t have that much yardage of anything.
When our shop was open Connie and I each got 1/2 yard of any new fabric that came in. If I had used 3 yards of the 15 yards on the bolt leaving 12 yards for sale, we would have been able to cut only 4 kits. Maybe three kits because we always cut some fat quarters of everything new. Fabric cannot be reordered easily. Moda for example prints one run. Even if we could get it again, it would take time to get here. In the meantime our model would be up in the shop and customers would not be willing to accept a substitute. Everybody still with me?
So Connie and I had to learn to use multiple fabrics in a wide color palette combining all shades of red and into pinks and oranges. And so the Country Threads “look” evolved.
See this great red and white print in Susan’s quilt? I loved it but have no place close to shop.
What did I have lots of? Civil War prints, that’s right. So my Background Music quilt became this.
I also pieced the back because I wanted to use my leftover blocks.
I can use this red and white quilt on my loveseat at any time but I especially look forward to using it at Christmas. Here’s one thing I really liked about the pattern. When blocks are joined to one another, there are no seams to match! Wow! What a great beginner quilt this would be! But also fun for me who has made many quilts! Thank you, Susan, for such a great book, Countdown To Christmas!
Someone asked about these birdhouse gourds – yes, I grew them and just hung them up for fun. I was afraid to drill them – when dried, they’re quite brittle – so I just tied them with twine on to another piece of twine hooked on the playhouse.
There are other quilts I’d like to make in this book but, oh, yes, that’s right – Susan has ANOTHER new book coming out this summer. I can’t sew fast enough!
You probably noticed that I quilted it with straight lines again which I truly love – those lines allow the pattern and the fabric in the quilt be seen.
So now I think I’m finished talking about this quilt. But look at these new titles that are waiting for me to review! So many quilts, so little time!
Here’s a couple more entertaining pet photos. This is Ivy, Sam’s golden doodle, who had herself some fun! Mud? What mud? I don’t see any mud?
And look where I found Ernie yesterday? Haha! Keeper of the beer!
Someone asked in the comments about the strips with linked edges. I cut rug strips with a rotary cutter and a pinking blade. Saves so much raveling!
There is one goose still on a nest but everybody else has claimed the sole gosling that hatched. I’m doubting that the eggs in the last nest are even fertilized. We’ll see.
Another answer to a question in the comments section, I machine bind all quilts except maybe a small wall quilt. I hate binding!
Don’t forget Monday starts our RugAlong. I have a 9 am appointment on Monday so I’ll post after that. I’m still working on my current rug but I’m making progress.
I’m often asked if I’m bored in retirement and someone mentioned it in the comments. I’ve never been bored in my life except as a kid when I was always looking for something to do. Not work, mind you, but something creative and fun! I never have to look far and you don’t either if you’re a quilter, a gardener, an animal lover or a reader!
It’s going to be very hot here for the next few days – oh, I might have to stay in and quilt!