Saturday, November 5, 2011

Fabric sighting | Sew to Swap Book

I was on Amazon a few weeks ago and was perusing some of the fabulous new sewing books that have recently been released. Doesn't it seem like there's been a surge of great new titles showing up on the scene lately? I was really drawn to one called Sew to Swap: Quilting Projects to Exchange Online and by Mail by Chrissie Grace.

Some day, when things slow down a smidge, I'd really like to be able to participate in some of the online swaps I see all over Flickr and in blog land. They look like so much fun. So this book looked like a great intro on how to organize a swap and into my cart it went. And I was reading more about the title, I spied two little pieces of Tufted Tweets on the cover. I placed my order and was excited to see if I could find any more little pieces of Tweets in any of the projects in the book.

Boy was I surprised and delighted to find that there is an entire swap and resulting quilt filled with Tufted Tweets. The quilt really just took my breath away! Lookie at how gorgeous this is! Each and every block is just fantastic!

And there are some absolutely beautiful illustrations by Ariel Eldridge that really add something special to the book. I just love how she's taken the process and the patterns and translated them into her beautiful hand drawn accompaniment to the projects.

If you're looking for guidance on setting up, or participating in, a swap I highly recommend this book. And even if you're not interested in swapping a thing, there are some really wonderful patterns and tutorials. Contributors for the book include 17 bloggers that each have a wonderful color and design sense so it's great to see how all those styles are brought together. Head on over to Chrissie's blog this month and follow along in her Blog hop for a bunch of extra tutorials and giveaways.

Congrats Chrissie and team. It's a really wonderful book! I can't wait to get started on some of the projects.


Fran said...

Thank you for the recommendation, am off to look at Amazon UK to see if they have it...