While I haven't completed a quilt block in the last few days, I'm all set to get one finished today (and hopefully several this weekend). I spent some time cutting and have quite a few pieces to show for my efforts. I'm looking forward to sitting down at the machine and getting some sewing done, but I need to take a trip out to the quilt shop to get some thread first -- a minor roadblock.
I've been thinking of sewing a lot lately (when I'm not thinking about cross stitch) and I wanted to share a new book with you. I purchased this a few weeks ago and have been meaning to write about it, but time has gotten away from me:
The book is called Simple Sewing with a French Twist and is written by Celine Dupuy. There are a huge number of projects in it -- everything from simple bags and aprons to upholstery and home dec projects.
The first section of the book is an illustrated sewing guide that coveres everything from handstitching an opening to inserting a zipper. French seams are covered too -- which I appreciate because I always have to search the internet to remember how to do them!
The middle part is filled with the projects which are divided into several sections including a "First Steps" chapter filled with simple projects -- perfect for a beginner, but fun for even an advanced seamstress. There are also projects for the kitchen, bath, bedroom and even the garden!
The final section is devoted to fabric selection and she includes a list of suppliers, which is very useful if you want to duplicate the projects exactly as pictured.
There is so much in this book that it is fun just to page through it -- many projects can be adapted as you wish and are an inspiration from which to plan other projects. Lots of photos and diagrams make this a joy to page through and remind me a bit of some of the Japanese craft books that I love so much.
Speaking of Japanese craft books -- I need to find time to give you a peek into the stack of the ones I received last week!