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Hop to It

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"Hop to It" by Edyta Sitar (Landauer Publishing)

There is another new book that came out in the last couple of months that I think is worthy of a look.  The book, Hop To It, is designed by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts.  Edyta has her own sensability when updating traditional applique designs — she often incorporates batiks with reproduction fabrics when stitching her designs.  She also has a nifty rule when selecting fabrics which she explains very clearly in this wonderful book.  (www.laundrybasketquilts.com)

I purchased my copy a few weeks back and I love the designs.  And, I’ve already received feedback from some of my students (yes, Kate..I mean you) that they would like this put on the schedule right away.

My only complaint is that the way that the book is bound puts some of the design very near the crack of the book…so, you’d almost have to break the binding to get the design flat to enlarge it (as Edyta suggests).  But, a quick trip to Kinkos and I had then cut off the offending bit and spiral bind my book.  Very nice now…great patterns and it does lay flat.

This book is available at many online websites, including Amazon, etc.  But, if you have a local quilt shop, why don’t you see if they can’t get it for you.  I fear that if we don’t purchase items from what is close at hand it might not be there when we need it.  The publisher is Landauer.

–Penny

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Simplicity Bias Tape Maker

Simplicity Bias Tape Maker

I was in Joann Fabrics yesterday and they had the Simplicity Bias Tape Maker that I wrote about in an earlier post.   It was on sale, so, I put down my plastic and purchased one. 

It’s much smaller than I thought it would be, probably only 10 inches long and about 7 inches high.  But, sadly, it doesn’t quite make single fold bias strips that I would use for binding as I thought it would.  It’s more the type of bias strips you would use for applique stems with both raw edges folded over towards the middle.  And, it only comes with one size folding tip that yields a 1 inch wide strip– although they say that more will be available in the future for an additional fee. 

So, my dreams of creating yards of bias for bindings has been dashed…at least for the present.  I’m tucked the receipt safely away in case I decide to return it.  But, if they do some out with smaller tips (they advertize that they will have them as little as 1/8 inch), then I  just might reconsider.

I was going to link this post to the Joann website that shows the Simplicity Bias Tape Maker but, alas, they don’t have it on their website.  So, instead I’m going to point you towards Nancy’s Notions who also has it on sale.  http://www.nancysnotions.com/product/supplies/machines+%26+accessories/simplicity+bias+tape+maker+machine.do?search=basic&keyword=bias+tape&sortby=newArrivals&page=1

— Penny

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When I went back and looked at the photo from the new movie “Cheri” from my last post, I was reminded of another famous kiss on film.   If you are like me and love a good period piece, and if you haven’t seen “North and South” by the BBC, then you will love watching this mini-series.  (http://www.amazon.com/North-South-Daniela-Denby-Ashe/dp/B000AYEL6U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1245370759&sr=8-1)

When I first saw this series I was in England and noticed the program (or programme as they say) announcement for “North and South” I thought, hum…why would they be putting a series on about the American Civil War.  But, I quickly was reminded that there are a number of good stores about the strife between the north and south of a geographic area.  Why, that cult classic”Swept Away” (the one with Giancarlo Giannini…not the Madonna version) was about the cultural and economic clash between the north and south of Italy.  But in the case of this kiss, it’s about the north and south of England. 

Based on the classic by Elizabeth Gaskell (author of Cranford and Wives and Daughters), it takes place in the northern industrial area where textiles were manufactured.  Atmospheric with the heaviness of Victorian England, there are lots of shots with bits of fluff in the air as workers toil over textile machinery.  And, then, there is the kiss.

North and South

North and South

— Penny

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Cheri

Cheri

I know…it’s not about applique, or even England…but I’m so excited because I just learned earlier today that there is a new period film about to be released later this month.  This looks to be one of those wonderful period films that you will eventually buy on DVD and watch it over and over while you are doing your applique.  And, as I have said before…these are the types of movies you watch once for the story, and then go back for the sets, the costumes, etc.

It has all the earmarks of being a wonderful movie given it’s pedigree of screenwriters, directors, and actors.  Cheri, released by Miramax, stars  Michelle Pfeiffer and Kathy Bates (one of my favorites) and is set in the 1920s France.  For eye candy we have Rupert Friend playing the male lead, who played the cad Wickham in Sense and Sensibility.  To check out the trailer go visit the Miramax website at http://miramax.com/cheri.html.

Speaking of romantic period pieces, I just finished a wonderful little book titled Austenland.  Set in current times it cronicles the love life of Jane Hayes, who is in search of *her* Mr. Darcy.  Written by Shannon Hale of the Goose Girl series, it’s a delightful 200 pages that will put a smile on your face.  To read an excerpt and review, follow this link to the NPR article at  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=11259913.  I can only hope that they make this into a movie as well.

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In my last post I showed you some photographs (I know, they were small) of the latest line of Yuwa Fabrics by Kono Sanae.  Well, I’ve just learned from the owner of the shop where I teach, that she has purchased the entire line of these fabrics.  So, I can now say that there is a place where you can purchase them. 

Now for the specifics,  the shop that will have them is called Prairie Queens in San Jose, CA.  They have a website (www.prairiequeensquilts.com), but the fabrics won’t be in until July or August 2009.  So, check with them if you are looking for these beautiful fabrics. 

For now, the best way for you to look at each of the different prints that will be coming out in this line will be to visit the Kono Sanae website at www.paindepices.com.  You may have to hunt around a bit because it’s in Japanese…but, it will be worth the effort.

Here some more pictures of the line for your viewing pleasure.

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— Penny

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Yuwa Fabric Eye Candy

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Yuwa Fabric Spring 2009

For the last couple of posts I’ve been telling you about things that were presented at this last Spring Quilt Market.  After having gotten permission from the US Distributor, I am pleased to be able to show some of the new Yuwa fabrics that were introducted at this past Spring Quilt Market. 

 By now you should know how partial I am to Yuwa fabrics (although I still buy plenty of US fabrics!)…not sure exactly what it is about them that delights me so.  I think it has something to do with the romantic quality to them.  Yuwa often uses vintage european fabrics for their design sources.   Some of the  fabrics in my stash came from a line that they released based on antique fabrics from the textile museum in Mulhouse, France. 

Yuwa Fabric Spring 2009

Yuwa Fabric Spring 2009

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Yuwa Fabric by Kono Sanae Spring 2009

As I understand it, these particular fabrics were designed by Kono Sanae, who is a popular Japanese quilt designer.   To see more of her fabrics and books, you can visit her website at http://www.paindepices.jp/.

I’m not exactly sure how you would go about finding out where one would purchase these particular fabrics…I actually don’t think they will be in the US until around August….but, if you are burning to find out, post a comment and I’ll see what I can do to find out if any US stores ordered them at Market.

Enjoy

— Penny

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The folks at the Glorious Color website have been so kind….after I made a faux pas by not asking them permission to post a picture of one of Kim McLean’s quilt patterns, they have given me blanket permission to post pictures of anything on their website.  And, I’m so happy they extended that offer because there is another wonderful quilt pattern on their website that I’d love to show you.

Victory Garden by Susan Powell

Victory Garden by Susan Powell

Designed by the American quilter, Susan Powell, Victory Garden is a real masterpiece of a quilt pattern.  Some of you may recognize Susan Powell’s name…she’s had some quilts in the book series by Kaffe Fassett titled “Westminster Patchwork and Quilting” (http://www.amazon.com/Westminster-Patchwork-Quilting-Number-projects/dp/0967298512) .  But, Susan also designed and sold block-of-the-month patterns many years ago through the Ladyfingers Sewing Studio (www.ladyfingerssewing.com) in Oley, PA.   I have two of Susan’s older patterns, and in my retirement I plan to finish them.   At least that’s the plan.  But, I’m eyeing  Victory Garden with the thought that it might just have to come home with me.  At $35.00 for the entire pattern, I think it’s a good value.  If you’re interested, the pattern is available  exclusively on the Glorious Color website at www.gloriouscolor.com.

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