Friday, December 13, 2013

Lucky Me!

Look what came in the mail yesterday!

Lynn at Sew'n Wild Oaks hosted a giveaway a week or so ago, and  I was the lucky winner and recipient of her new Patchwork Math book!

I've been intrigued with this book ever since Lynn published it, but hadn't yet worked up the energy to make the 1 1/2 hr. drive to her store to take a look at it. I eventually talked myself out of "needing" it. Boy was I wrong! I NEED this book, and chances are, you do too.

You ever wonder how to figure out just how big to cut the squares for those pesky setting triangles? Wonder no more, Lynn has figured it out and gives the formula. Same with elongated star points - how to measure, cut and accurately connect those long triangles, which is key! She explains and illustrates everything from half-square triangles, quarter-square triangles, flying geese, and all kinds of variations of the above and more - she has figured out the math and the method for it all. And then shows you how to use the units to construct a variety of different blocks. And the greatest thing is having all these instructions all in one place, so I don't have to go digging around for whatever book or magazine I once thought I saw it in.

I highly recommend this book. Now, go here and order one!

Ah.. life just got easier! Thank you, Lynn!!

Meanwhile, I finished my little Americana Quilt, but not before making a total u-turn on the binding and backing. Here's what the plan was:

I was sure I wanted the blue plaid for the back and binding. I went ahead and installed the binding, therefore finishing the quilt, and .... I hated it. In fact, I decided at that point I really didn't like how the back looked, either. So... and this is the first time I've ever done this... I cut a new back, and quilted it right on top of the old one. I'm a bit nuts, I know.

But it looks nice, no?  And I went with red for the binding. Which my husband picked, btw. Maybe he should be the quilter!

Now, its finished. I promise!


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the tip on Lynn's book... it looks like a great book to have in a quilting library!
    Your little Americana quilt is so precious! Love the red back and binding... it just pops!!!