...and stuff near and dear to quilters *VBS* Sweet Pea, at Coffeetime Quilt Studio is having a contest. She wants us to show a container that 'aids' us in our quilting. My 'aid' is a snaplock plastic pencil box, sold everywhere just before school begins. I've struggled for years with storing spools of perle cotton. Getting them all in one spot, and being able to find them when I want them. Thess boxes are PERFECT for the size of the spools. They hold a single layer and it's easy to see what you have without them roling around. They stay dust free and out of the cat's reach. I currently have 4 of them, filled with a rainbow of colors.
And I wanted to share part of my 'collection' of quilt books. I was surprised when I began putting them in this tall bookcase. Surprised at how many I really have....LOL
Even more surprised at that they don't all fit into one case. There is another bookcase across the sewing room from them...with still more quilt books. Many, many of them date back to the 1980's and a time when everything was templated. I've found some older books by Michael James, Nancy Crow and Jeanne Ray Laury to round out my collection. I add only 3 or 4 books a year now. With so many books, I'm more careful what I buy these days.
But books by Gwen Marston are always the exception. I have nearly all of hers *VBS* When the "String Quilts" book came out, Betsy and I talked and she bought it for both of us to share. We are doing that more and more. We each own quite a few of these "TWenty Little ---------" books. The Twenty Little Four Patches book was published in 1996 and several of the quilts show the trend of the upcoming "Liberated Quiltmaking" which was coming next! Most of the quilts in all the "Twenty Little ------" are traditionally pieced. Interstingly enough, there seems to be at least one in each book that 'leans' towards the Orphan Blocks or Liberated style....'atta girl Gwen!!!
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