I’ve recently kind of put myself on hold with buying quilt books. I have plenty. I don’t need another quilt book. SERIOUSLY. I design my own quilts…do I really need to buy other quilt books. For me, the answer was no but then along came, Scrap School: 12 All-New Designs from Amazing Quilters put together by Lissa Alexander.
The book came on my radar after I learned that Mary and Connie of Country Threads fame had a quilt in the book…This is their quilt. They spiced things up with some bright colors which isn’t their typical mode…but the quilt is scrappy and fun and I’d love to make it!!
Well, then I started looking at some of the other quilts in the book. Be still my heart. Red nine patches. If you’re new here, red is my favorite color. Nine patches rank right up there with my favorite blocks. This quilt is the cat’s meow in my world. It checks my boxes!!
Many of the quilts in the book are simple construction. I can pull out my 2 1/2″ scrap bucket and clean out some scraps. LOVE!! This quilt was from
Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts fame.
Here is another that I could just sit down and start sewing.
This one too!!
Simple designs with great use of color are some of my favorite quilts to make. It’s mindless sewing that just lets me relax.
I like this next quilt.
I ended up loving it after I saw that you can make two fun pillows with the extra bonus triangles created when making it…COOL!
This quilt although okay, wasn’t my favorite as so many of the other SHINE…
…but then I saw this alternate color way. I LOVE IT!
There were two quilts that I liked but I’d likely make them last if I were to make all the quilts in the book as they required a lot more cutting than most of the others…this pretty one…
…and this one. I’m not a big basket quilt gal. I like it…but, I liked other better.
I bet you thought I was winding on showing you the quilts in the book that I really love. WRONG. Check out this one…YES please, give me some time and I could be sewing this one immediately.
When I previewed the book on Amazon, my patriotic soul was in love with this quilt. Seriously. LOVE THIS QUILT.
Then I saw the alternate colorway. STOP THE PRESSES. It’s totally scrappy. I could easily make this quilt TWICE!!
The quilts aren’t over yet…check out this one. Another show stopper in my world. Oh, I want to make this quilt.
I am in love with the book. Really in love. They say if there are three patterns in a book that it’s worth it to purchase it…Well, this one blew me WAY past three. I want to really make about 10 of them and some of them, I’d happily make twice using the alternate color options.
So readers, take this as your announcement. After I get my deadline quilt out the door, I am going back to my UFO sewing and this book is jumping in front and center! If you want my “Sew with Jo’s”, I’ll likely be sewing on one of these quilts. If you read my “What I’m Working On” posts, I’ll likely be talking about one of these.
I am totally in love with this book.
It’s already, easily, my favorite quilt book in quite a while. If you grab yourself a copy, you can sew right along with me!! I can’t wait. So many of the quilts are made with 2 1/2″ strips and that box is OVERFLOWING. Other quilts use 2″ and 1 1/2″ strips too. I’m so excited!!
You can find the book HERE on Amazon.