book review: the simple simon guide to patchwork quilting

i was more than honored when liz evans and elizabeth evans of simple simon and co. asked me to review their first book, "the simple simon guide to patchwork quilting."  this dynamic sewing duo has some fantastic tutorials, online courses with craft u, and a fabric line with riley blake.  talk about triple threat!

the book features 7 traditional quilt blocks which are then used in 21 different projects, each with a modern twist.  i love the step by step instructions on how to make each block, including some fantastic tips and tricks as well as a little history.  

as you know, the flying geese quilt block is one of my favorites, but their take on the churn dash quilt block had me completely inspired.  the large scale churn dash on a large scale print felt so modern and chic, i just knew i had to make a version (or several).

the first two i made, including the large scale flying geese (one set in white and one in light grey) are from an out of print andover fabrics collection.  as a way to make this cool idea even cooler, i decided to remove two of the four connecting bars of the churn dash block.

on instagram, quilting superstar, amy friend suggested i look at sharon holland's coastline fabrics collection for the perfect palm print and she was right.  it's the perfect scale and color combination and who doesn't love the feel of art gallery fabrics?  i'm also madly in love with hoffman fabric's palm leaf prints too.  they're super cool.

did you know:  large scale palm print is super hot in the fashion industry?  check out saturday's surf shop and dolce and gabbana for more inspiration!
plants on pink is an amazing inspiration source too.  those pinks!  gah!

if four wasn't enough, i made a mini version from lecien fabric's first of infinity collection.  these prints are ultra modern and are perfect for transforming a small block into a big project.  i chose to keep the quilting simple so the churn dash block and background print would have room to shine.

books, while a source of knowledge and instruction can also be an inspiration.  i think you're going to love "the simple simon guide to patchwork quilting" just as much as i do.  from the beginning stages of reading the book to the journey of exploration it took me on, i couldn't be more excited for liz and elizabeth's book!  it's perfect for beginners with so many great projects!

cut, sew, repeat...

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