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Books that I use and love

Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison

Sunday Morning Quilts was the first book I ever used to make a quilt, and it was invaluable for every step.

I used the quilt pattern “Splash” from this book as the jumping off point for my first quilt using thrifted men’s shirt fabric. Using the slab method of creating blocks–which then get sewn together in a variety of ways to make a quilt top–I pieced together a soft and cool scrappy throw-sized quilt that I adore. And it all started, really, with this book.

There are useful tutorials on a variety of topics in the book: cutting, piecing, trimming, sewing slabs from scrap fabric, putting together a quilt sandwich, making binding and many, many more.

The projects in the book are beautiful and interesting (and best-of-all, DO-ABLE!) but the real beauty of the book lies in variability of each project based on one’s own scrap fabrics and fabric choices. Each project has suggestions for where one can personalize a quilt by changing the colors, color scheme or block arrangement in a sidebar aptly named, “Make It Yours.”

For an image preview of some of the projects from the book, click HERE.

PS. If you want to try before you buy, check it out at your local library. That’s where I found the copy that made me a quilter. 🙂