Hello and welcome to my stop on the Sister Sampler Quilts Blog Hop!
I was delighted and honoured when AnneMarie of Gen X Quilts asked me to be on her blog hop for her new book. If you have arrived here from AnneMarie's blog then welcome!
This book ticked so many boxes for me that I couldn't wait to dive in.
I am a big fan of sampler quilts. I love a quilt where your eye roams around it taking in all the different details but, being a bit of an enigma, I like a quilt to be balanced and work as a whole. All 3 of the sampler quilts have such a clever way of achieving this.
The Vice Versa Sampler includes 2 blocks that are the negative of each other, switching the colour placement from one into the background space of the other producing 2 very different but totally complementary blocks. You can see this in the Shoofly block above. Such a clever and unique idea.
In her second sampler quilt, Bonfire Sampler, AnneMarie has taken components from curved blocks and string blocks and constructed them in new and exciting ways, as you can see in the Friendship Star block above. The whole quilt has a strong border of HSTs giving the overall effect of a giant detailed Bearpaw.
The third sampler is the Sisters' Ten Sampler which incorporates 10 blocks each done in 2 varying ways, giving the quilt unity in design but added interest by not repeating them in the same fabrics...just like sisters...the same but different. Having a sister, and both being very different, this quilt really appealed to me.
The sign of a good quilting book is that I want to dive straight into it and start making. It actually took me ages to get started but only because I wanted to make everything...all at once...
I eventually settled on trying out the Button Block, mainly because I have a current love of curves and wanted to choose a block with curves. I so nearly went for the Time and Energy block so I guess I will be doing that pretty soon.
AnneMarie's instructions are clear and concise and the added diagrams make assembling the blocks very straight forward. I am definitely a visual learner and to be able to assemble a block simply by looking at the diagrams is a real plus for me.
If you haven't seen this book yet I really urge you to. There is a lot of mileage in it. There are so many options for doing the quilts in so many different ways which is another big tick for me when choosing a new quilting book.
Thank you for visiting my stop on the tour. Do go click on all the other stops for some great reviews, block and quilt making, along with some great giveaways of the book.
Fons & Porter/F+W; $19.99
Monday, January 18AnneMarie Chany / Gen X Quilters - IntroductionSara Lawson / Sew SweetnessTuesday, January 19Wednesday, January 20Thursday, January 21Friday, January 22Monday, January 25Tuesday, January 26Karen Lewis / Karen Lewis TextilesAmy Gibson / Stitchery Dickory DockWednesday, January 27Sherri McConnell / A Quilting LifeMelissa Mortensen / Polka Dot ChairThursday, January 28Amy Ellis / Amy's Creative SideHeather Valentine / The Sewing LoftFriday, January 29Cindy Wiens / Live A Colorful Life
AnneMarie Chany / Gen X Quilters - Wrap Up