happy holiday's everyone!
today i'm excited to share my thoughts on, "utility style quilts: quilts for everyday living."
i've known the author, sharon holland for some time now, meeting her, like many others on social media. sharon is one of the most genuine artists in our industry and is just as you imagine in person: kind, warm, and uber talented. her work can be seen in several magazines and in quilt shops across the globe. her fabric collections for art gallery fabrics are stunning.
her new book, "utility style quilts: quilts for everyday living," published by landauer publishing features 12 beginner-friendly quilt projects that honestly, after reading through the book, could be completed in a weekend. i'm in love with her modern-traditional style and the photography is gorgeous!
sharon also walks you through how to chose the right fabrics, piecing techniques, and one of my favorite features: how to finish your quilt project where she beautifully describes one technique called tying, which i learned from my great grandmother and grandmother.
the main theme of the book is using our quilts everyday: loving, laundering, and repeating. i couldn't agree with her more! i don't think i've had one quilt that hasn't been well loved.
one of my favorite quilt projects is "tracery" and i decided to make two holiday themed pillows. i adjusted the measurements on the last two rows to get the perfect 18 1/2'' square i needed for my pillow forms. i really love how versatile this block is. one of my other favorites is "bobbin." i can totally seeing myself making a mini version in the near future.
i hope you consider picking up a copy of sharon's new book. it's a great gift for someone starting out in quilting and is the perfect refresher for those a little more advanced. i also hope you enjoyed my "tracery" pillows as much i enjoyed making them.
i wish you and yours the best in the new year. xo!
the tattooed quilter