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Here are a few of my favorite quilty things to read lately.


My newest quilt book is The Quilter's Field Guide to Color by Rachel Hauser. Not only is it a colorful feast for the eyes, but it is an interactive workbook with a large color swatch library and 14 experiments.

In addition to books about quilting and fabric and color, I read the entire Quilting Cozy series by Carol Dean Jones this year. The books follow the lives of a group of retirees (and various other characters) who live in a quaint, retirement village. Sarah Miller, main character and new quilter, and her friends solve a variety of mysteries. It was nice to follow the lives of the characters through ten books, starting with Tie Died.

And I recently got my hands on the Feed Sacks book from The Uppercase Encyclopedia of Inspiration series which is so interesting to peruse. (I haven't yet gotten a copy of Quilted from the series. Ephemera and Print Maker are on my wishlist, too.)


I am loving QuiltFolk. This morning I dove into the latest issue, Minnesota, while I had my tea. I love the slice of life feel as we get a tour around each state.

I've also really enjoyed issues of What Women Create and Where Women Create, introduced to me by Timna Tarr who was featured in an issue of each magazine in 2019. These are great publications for meeting artists working in a wide variety of mediums.

Make Modern (PDF) is another favorite. I love the vibrant color and modern designs. And it's a bonus that it's digital and I can load it onto my phone for on the go reading.


What are your favorite quilty reads?

I'm participating in the 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge with Cheryl of muppin.com.


Welcome to my stop on the Turnabout Patchwork Book Tour Blog Hop! I made up the quick and easy Sun Dunes pattern from the Quarter Snowball Block section of the book.

I liked the look of solids that Teresa used in the illustration of Sun Dunes in the book and ordered Kona Ash for my background. In the end, I opted to use the remnants from Woven Waves: Kona Lime, Grass Green, Glacier, Ruby, and Watermelon.

This quilt went together very quickly. It has so much potential for different looks with solids, prints, a variety of background colors... the possibilities are endless! And it wasn't super fussy about points lining up. If constructed in rows, you'd only need to focus on the points of the triangles matching. I opted to leave off the border, so my quilt top finished at 36 1/2" x 45 1/2". I love that the negative space in the background gives is a modern look and leaves a lot of room for interesting quilting.

Overall, Turnabout Patchwork is a beginner friendly book with a variety of interesting twists on common quilt blocks. Each of six chapters shows step-by-step photos of how to make the block and an initial pattern featuring the block, followed by two or three illustrated patterns using some variation of block layout or fabric placement within the block. Numerous quilts are modern in design with expansive negative space. Turnabout Patchwork is available on Amazon.

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Turnabout Patchwork author Teresa Mairal Barreu can be found at her blog Sewn Up.

Enjoy the continuation of the blog hop by following along at the following blogs:

January 28 - Blog Hop Kickoff Post

  • Teresa Mairal Barreu blog: Sewn Up

January 30 - Quarter Snow Ball


Sweet Bows


Sun Dunes

February 1 - Modern Shoofly

Flying Rainbows

Flying Butterflies

Flying Flags

Flying Confetti

February 2 - Half Square Triangles (HSTs) and squares

Rose Garden Star



Diamond Star

February 4 - Striped Fabric Block


Xs and Os



February 6 - Coordinated Strips


Diamond and Crosses

Knots and Crosses

February 8 - Double Disappearing Nine-Patch

Holiday Trellis

Stepping Stones

Two for One



I thought I'd share a bit about three of my favorite quilting books.

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making is broken into ten workshops, each written by a different powerhouse quilter. I love the variety in style and technique. This 191 page book is packed with lessons, patterns, and tips.

Shape by Shape by Angela Walters is one of my go to books for free motion quilting ideas. I love the format of presenting a variety of quilting motifs that fit well in a particular shape. There are over 70 designs suitable for each part of your quilt. Check out book 2 as well.

Patchwork City by Elizabeth Hartman is a charming book with 75 blocks in three sizes. The geometric blocks have fun names like Airport, Laundromat, and Clock Tower. There are so many opportunities for fussy cutting in these blocks.

What are your favorite quilting books?