When I heard Jemima Flendt was writing a new book I was so excited – her first book, Weekend Quilting: Quilt and Unwind with Simple Designs to Sew in No Time was amazing and I was eager to see what creative ideas she would explore next.
In Quilt Big: Bigger Blocks for Faster Finishes, Jemima continues to focus on designs that weekend quilters and those of us with limited time can explore to make a big impact despite time constraints. As the back cover exclaims, this book is about “MAXIMUM IMPACT, MINIMUM TIME”.
The book outline…
The projects within the book are all block based. There are instructions for 19 supersized blocks and 17 patchwork projects. Here’s a quick chapter summary…
- ‘1’ goes through some quilting basics.
- ‘2’ teaches you how to upsize quilts and quilt blocks.
- ‘3’ is dedicated to each of the 19 quilt blocks you will find throughout the quilt patterns.
- ‘4’ contains 17 projects, some small and some large – but all made with large blocks.
- And ‘5’ is all about quilt backings. (As someone who loves a pretty backing, the pieced backing ideas is one of my very favourite things about this book.)
Hearth & Home Pillow
Originally I intended to make the Simplex Star quilt (on page 79 of the book) to share as part of the blog tour. I thought it had a great masculine vibe which would be great for my son. You can see a picture of the quilt on Jemima’s blog here (it is the blue quilt made with the friendship star block).
But despite my best intentions, injuring my back in January put a hold on new sewing projects. So, instead I am sharing the project I made just for fun when the book arrived in December. It is the Hearth & Home pillow (found on page 111).
Jemima’s pillow is made from her collection of aqua scraps, so naturally, I was immediately drawn to it. But for my pillow I used a collection of grey scraps creating more of a neutral feel to the pillow – and perfect for my youngest son’s room where it is destined to reside.
I have to admit, piecing this supersized block with my scraps was really fun, and a productive way to spend an afternoon creating! If you want to make a big impact in little time, then you will love this book.
Thanks for visiting my stop on the blog tour –
The blog tour continues…
|28th Jan||Jemima Flendt||@tiedwitharibbon||www.blog.tiedwitharibbon.com|
|29th Jan||Melissa LeRay||@ohhowsweetco||www.ohhowsweet.com|
|30th Jan||Ange Hamilton||@alittlepatchwork||www.alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com|
|31st Jan||Nadra Ridgeway||@ellisandhiggs||www.ellisandhiggs.com|
|1st Feb||Alyce Blyth||@blossomheartquilts||www.blossomheartquilts.com|
|4th Feb||Lauren Wright||@mollyandmama||www.mollyandmama.com.au|
|6th Feb||Amanda Castor||@materialgirlquilts||www.materialgirlquilts.com|
|7th Feb||Samantha Dorn||@aqua_paisley||www.aquapaisleystudio.com/blog|
|8th Feb||Sharon Burgess||@lilabellelane||www.lilabellelanecreations.com|
|11th Feb||Peta Peace||@shequiltsalot||www.shequiltsalot.com|
|12th Feb||Elea Lutz||@elealutz||www.elealutzdesign.com|
|13th Feb||Shannon Fraser||@shannonfraserdesigns||www.shannonfraserdesigns.ca|
|14th Feb||Saija Kiiskinen||@saija_elina||www.saijaelina.blogspot.com|
|15th Feb||Sedef Imer||@downgrapevinelane||www.downgrapevinelane.com|
|18th Feb||Kate Basti||@katebasti||www.quiltwithkate.com|
|19th Feb||Minki Kim||@zeriano||www.minkikim.com|
|20th Feb||Ayda Algin||@cafenohut||www.cafenohut.com|
|21st Feb||Elizabeth Chappell||@quilters_candy||www.quilterscandybox.com|
And you can also follow #quiltbigblogtour on Instagram to check out the amazing projects made by these talented makers too.
And there are some giveaways…
At each stop along the tour, Aurifil is giving you a chance to win 2 spools from Jemima’s Aurifil collection . In order to be in with a chance today, let me know in the comments below about the biggest quilt you have ever made, and I will randomly choose a winner next week. GIVEAWAY CLOSED
And if you would like a chance at winning the entire collection – head on over to Jemima’s blog and enter her giveaway.
Until next time – create joy with fabric and thread!