Monday, May 2, 2011

Design Wall & Book (Vook) Review

Eleanor done

But before we look at my design wall, you MUST look at my completed Eleanor Burn’s Egg Money Quilt. I am really pleased with it. Also, please note the llittle bald head right behind the top of the quilt. Isn’t he cute?

5-1 design wall

And here is my design wall. On the right is the UFO I am going to begin work on later this week. I made this feathered star almost two years ago in a group class some guild members put together. I was so very pleased with how this came out, designed a table topper for it and then…nothing. So it has come up to the top of the UFO list and it will get done!

coming along

And here are the five blocks for Esther Aliu’s Heart’s Desire BOM. The top and bottom blocks are not complete but far enough along for me to feel I might have them done by the time she gives us the next installment on May 15th.

Book (Vook) review: Several weeks ago I was asked if I would read and review an e-book on quilting.

Vook Book

I will start by saying that I have an iPad and a Nook and have already been reading e-books and e-magazines on it so this part was comfortable for me.

Vook index

This particular book is written for someone who may be interested in quilting but knows nothing about it. It covers the structure of a quilt, fabrics, colors, tools, etc. And the best part it that every chapter starts with a video, introducing the subject.

Vook Videos

As to content, I found it somewhat superficial. By that I mean that many terms and/or ideas (example: batting) were not well explained, but only skimmed over. If I were a beginning quilter I would have no idea at that point what batting really is That said, many ideas were introduced and, much like a survey course in college, if you were still interested, you would know that you needed more to learn about it.

I really like the concept of this book but wish it had been more fully fleshed out.

Now, for more quilty fun, head on over to Patchwork Times.


Judy D in WA said...

Your Egg Money Quilt is so fabulous!! and that little bald head is cute. ;)

WOW on your Feathered Star--been on my want list for quite a while and probably is going to stay there for a while longer. :)

Love, love, love your Heart's Desire blocks.

I have a Kindle but I'm sure thinking about getting a Nook.

Bonnie said...

Interesting concept of quilting book on your iPad. I have a Kindle -- love reading on it but don't like having to pay full price for some of the electronic books which I understand is what the publisher is requiring. I've always thought I would prefer my quilting books to be paper.

Your Heart's Desire blocks are coming along nicely. I never seem to keep up with boms. You are doing a great job of it though.

Chris said...

Your quilt turned out incredible!! I love the borders. I do not have an iPad but I do have a couple of quilt books on my Kindle. I have to say I like the hardcopies better.

Kari Nitzel said...

The Egg Money Quilt is fabulous! You did a great job. I LOVE IT!

Alexandra said...

Gari, your Egg Money Quilt is beautiful! I especially like the borders. One day I would like to be able to quilt like you. (I have only just started looking at longarms so it will be a while yet.)

Vicki said...

Gorgeous quilt, one of my favorites. I think your BOM is so pretty. I can't wait to see it as it gets finished.

Marlene @ KISSed Quilts . com said...

Heart's Desire blocks are coming along very nicely.

kwiltnkats said...

Egg Money quilt is fabulous! DH is all too good holding up your quilt for the photo...I'm sure next time he'll have his arms up higher. Your Heart's Desire project is going to be spectacular too! Sandi

Mary said...

I love the applique work you did on the border of your egg money quilt!

Kate said...

Beautiful Egg Money quilt!

Good luck on your UFO project and your BOM. Both look great!

Alycia said...

Your Egg Money quilt is wonderful!

Brita said...

Congrats on finishing your Egg Money quilt! OK, you've inspired me to drag mine out. I think I have all the blocks made! Yours is beautiful. And books on quilting really need to be in paper!