Today is National Book Lovers Day and the Moda Bake Shop suggested that we write a post about the book we learned to quilt with. I can't put my finger on a particular title, but
The Quilter's Recipe Book: All the Ingredients You Need to Create Over 100 Fabulous Quilts was definitely one of the first. I checked it out from the library over and over, then ordered a copy for myself.
When I got bitten by the quilt bug, my old sewing machine had been packed away for years. I'd used it to make Alex's first Halloween costume, but I wasn't even sure I had the foot pedal anymore. And, since I was home with four little kids (at the point I did actually start to quilt I had a newborn, a toddler, a five year old and an eight year old), there wasn't much opportunity to dig it out and set it up.
So I read. I brought home armloads of quilting books from the library and read them all. I'd sewn clothing in high school and I was pretty sure I could make a quilt....once I dug out that machine. (I wound up getting a brand new machine as a Christmas gift, but Great Grandma's is still tucked away.)
I put together the top for Chickens at the Crossroads, my version of the quilt below, in early 2006, while my two babies were napping.
And I fell in love with this little quilt and started my own version. The block wasn't included in the book, so I drafted it myself, and somehow I managed the on point setting.
(Yes, I did eventually figure out what block that was!)
I'm absolutely a book person. I met my husband in a used bookstore when I was sixteen, I get giddy over the smell of old books, and for the past year and a half I've been loving my Kindle Fire. (I actually had a Rocket eBook when they came out in around 2000 and if I hadn't cracked the screen I would've probably been using that thing until the Kindles came out.) Lately, I'm reading a ton and writing about it here on my blog.
Are you a book person? I assume you enjoy reading, or you wouldn't be here reading this...