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Book Review

Hey Guys!

I am finally ready to do a review on this book!  Little Bits Quilting Bee by Kathreen Ricketson is a wonderful book.  What I like about it the most is that I want to make almost every project in this book.  Every quilt is made of nothing but pre-cuts and after reading each one seems to come together really fast.  I highly recommend this book for a new beginner or for the last minute quilt..  Every project is beautiful and if you are interested in finding out more about the author you can go to her blo, http://www.whipupp.net..

Well not only did I want to tell you about the book, I thought i would make something out of it also!  This project is a two for one deal because I will be making this project for a little girl and also submitting this quilt into project quilting lastest challenge!  I have finished all of the cutting and have completed the first row!  The quilt is called Cloud song and we are suppose to make something that reminds us of spring.  Well it does.  April showers bring May flowers!!  Here are some pictures of course:

I hope to be back later today with a complete quilt top.  After all….the finish quilt has to be done by Sunday!  Have a great da, you guys …..until next time, Sew Pretty!


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A New Book to Review & More Coming!


Hey Guys,

I am ready to relax and read.  I have my tea (in my Starbucks Quilted Mug) and my cookies.  What else could be more perfect!  Wednesday I got the very popular book, Zakka Style by Rashida Coleman-Hale.


Rashida blogs over at I Heart Linen.  She has a new collection coming out and if you have a chance you should head on over and check it out.  I saw the fabrics in person at a Whipstitch event and it is absolutely stunning!  I have just started reading the book today and I really do read before I attempt anything!  I want to make sure I choose wisely.  ;0)  So this book will most likely be my next Review.  I also want to let you know what coming in the mail.  I am really excited about these two book!

Here’s the first one…


This book is by Natalie Bonner who blogs over at Piece N Quilt.  This book was recommended to me as the best choice for a beginner free motion quilter.  One of my goals is to learn how to, or at least attempt Free Motion Quilting.  I will keep you posted on that!

The second book coming is …


This book is about using pre-cuts and is by Kathreen Ricketson.  She blogs over at Whip Up.  I saw this book at Barns & Noble and was instantly inspired by the quilts, glossy paper and pretty fabric.  About a week later, I had no choice …I ordered it.

Well that is all for now….hopefully tomorrow I will be finished with my Project Quilting.  Have a great day!

Sew Pretty!



Book Review of The Practical Guide to Patchwork

Hi Guys!

I am so excited to share this book review with you!


This wonderful book is by Elizabeth Hartman, who blogs over at Oh Fransson.com, and I absolutely love this book!  First of all, let me say…I am very much a beginner quilter and there are still questions floating around my head.  I often look at my piecing and wonder if I am doing this right.  Well, this book answered most of my questions and gave me a better understanding of the process of quilting.

This book is broken into 4 sections

  • The Basics    This sections really covers everything you should know as you are starting on the quilting journey.  As I read this section, I found myself realizing just HOW MUCH I was doing wrong!  I felt good when I went back to my projects because I was more confident in my quilting.  
  • Projects to Get You Started  These projects are simples but very interesting designs.  There are three projects in each sections and I found myself wanting to do all three.  These projects also helped me understand how to read the patterns.  
  • Projects for Confident Beginner  There are also three projects in this section.  All are interesting but not overwhelming in the directions.
  • Intermediate-Level Projects  I really liked the patterns in this section especially the “Birdbath” project which I may make for my husband.  

I also, in the past, have been intimidated by quilt patterns.  Elizabeth’s instructions are clear and concise and she even gives quick reminders or redirects you back to previous instruction just in case you did not “get it” the first time.  With that said, she provides 12 Quilt Projects and I plan on doing the following (at some time):

  1. Fenced In
  2. Snapshots
  3. Small Plates
  4. Valentine
  5. Superstar
  6. Birdbath

I would indeed suggest this book to any new quilter like me!  As proof in my understanding, here is my very best quilt so far:


I have named this quilt “64 Reasons I Love You.”  There are 64 squares!  I will be posting about this quilt tomorrow and all I am currently working on.  I am working on a lot!  I also just purchased some fabric and received some great sewing Christmas gifts.

I do have some reminders ….or suggestions for you.  First of all, register for the Spoonflower Giveaway (Here) and to check out Elizabeth Hartman’s Blogger Choice set of fabric over at the Fat Quarter Shop (Here).

Until Tomorrow! Quilt Pretty!