Sunday, March 11, 2018

Pure and Simple by Maggie Bonanomi

A new book by Maggie Bonanomi is always something to look forward to.

I discovered Maggie's creations a long time ago and her style, simplicity and authentic creations have always touched my heart.

I met Maggie once in a class in France and made the peapod pincushion. It has been on my blog banner ever since and I can assure you that I have received hundreds of emails asking me about it... which means that I am not the only one touched by Maggie's creations.

Her new book do not disappoint and the title sums it up : pure and simple.

In this book, Maggie offers projects of all sizes and for every season and festivity.

There is something for everyone and there are some cute smalls that are perfect for a present, but you may end up making them twice as there are SO cute you might want one for you too ;-) I think it won't be long before I start making the Radish Scissors Pocket.

The Step Into My Garden table runner is another project I want to make! But, to tell you the truth, the more I browse through the book, the more I find another project I want to make.

Maggie has included many tips such as how to piece the wool background or how to work with teeny tiny wool pieces and how to work with very narrow stems, to name just a few. She also gives us hints on how to find your own "wool voice" and how adapt the project and make it your own creative piece.

If like me, you love Maggie's wool creations and have her other books, then this one will be a nice addition to your collection and you will have 17 new projects to warm your home.

If you do not know Maggie yet - is that possible? - well, this book will introduce you to her beautiful wool world.

By now you probably want it right away! ... But you will have to wait just a little bit because the book is available in early May... just enough time to stack up on some beautiful wools. Some shops have it available for pre-order though ;-)

FYI, I have not been paid for writing this book review and have no professional connections to Martingale publications. But I graciously accepted to do it, because I truly LOVE Maggie's work and she has inspired me for many years and still does :-)  I am happy to write about the artists I admire.

For more photos, you can go here ;-)

Until later,

Sunday, March 4, 2018

The finished quilt.

I must apologize!

I have just received a comment on my previous post and that's how I realized I had promised to post a photo of the entire quilt once it is finished! Well, it was finished a month ago so it's high time I post a picture of it!!

You probably do not realize it on the photo but the quilt is huge!!!
96 1/2 X 96 1/2 in ( 241,5 X 241,5 cm)

I love how it turned out. I have used mainly reproduction fabrics.

Sarah Fielke designed this quilt and proposed it last year as a BOM. Now the pattern is available as  a book and you can also have access to the videos she posted every month.

Sarah had organized a quilt show/competition of the quilts that were finished no later than mid- February.
The link is here.
If you want to see the many different versions of this quilt, grab a cup of tea and enjoy ;-)

I really wish I could take the time to post more but life gets in the way in a very positive way : work family time, gardening, travelling, quilting and stitching!

Until later,