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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Recent Acquisitions

Hi Everyone,

It seems like my habit lately is to not buy very many books for a long period of time and then suddenly I see some I like and order several at once.  I don't intentionally do this, it just seems to be how it happens.  Anyway, I just had one of those book-buying frenzies and here are the results.

I've been wanting this Bonnie Hunter book for a while.  I finally decided to get it because one of the projects, Jamestown Landing, is in my near future.  I have long admired it, and since I live very near to Jamestown, I thought it would be a great quilt to make to remember Virginia.  Bonnie did it in two colors, blue and cream.  BUT, I recently saw this photo of it done in blue, cream, and red!  In the picture, you can see Bonnie's version in the background.  I've also seen photos of it in red and cream and that looks great, too.  So far I haven't decided which version I will make. 

Next I found this book.  I'm not sure how this one stayed below my radar until just lately.  I recently saw a collection of patriotic quilts and the photos mentioned the book the project was in and after I really like three from this particular publication, I knew I had to have it.
Check out this one!  I'm in love...
Finally I got this one:
The youngest people in our family right now are my niece and step-niece who are about to turn 8.  My sister is now pregnant again and so we will have a new baby in the family next year.  This book is full of lots of ideas, and since I am thinking grandchildren may be in my future, I thought it would be a good book to have.  Because it is full of great ideas, it is one thick book.  I would say it is as thick as the old Christmas catalogs used to be, you know, not as big as the fall/winter or spring/summer catalogs. (If you are as old as I am, you probably know exactly what I'm talking about, right?)  I'm not sure yet which pattern I will make for the new baby, but I have an idea or two.  I'm waiting to find out if it is a boy or girl.
Back to the old Christmas catalogs, please tell me I wasn't the only kid out there that circled items and folded down the corner?  Didn't Sears call theirs the Wishbook?  What a perfect name!  While I miss them, there is always Hancocks of Paducah, Keepsake, Connecting Threads, etc. to drool over.  There may even be a few corners turned down in my copies...
How about you?  Have you gotten any good books lately?
Have a great day,


  1. I received a new Hancock's catalog last week and spent some time "wishing" over the new fabric collections. And a new quilt book via Amazon, but that project will have to wait awhile.

  2. I love that Jamestown landing in R/W/B!!
    I have been on a book buying diet, so it has been several months since one came to live with me. Looks like you got some good ones, though!

  3. Such memories about the "wishbook"!! We poured through them until they were tattered!!! Loved the big catalogs too, as we always got our school clothes and swimming suits form Sears!! So you are not alone!!

    Love all your books!!! I seem to do that too! The rwb quilts are fabulous - can hardly wait to see your versions!!


  4. It was an exciting day when the Christmas catalogs arrived in the mail. I spent many, many hours paging through the entire catalog, not just the toy section. Anticipation was more than half the fun.

  5. Love the books especially the Red White and something blue. Looks like you are going to be busy( as usual ) ;)

  6. I have String Fling for the very same reason - nothing done yet though. Thanks for sharing that red white and blue colourway, it is very inspiring.

  7. I certainly DO remember those catalogs as a kid ... spent HOURS on my stomach on the floor in front of the fireplace circling things and running to my mom or grandmother and pointing them out ... then making a list for Santa with the page number and catalog number (just to be certain) so the right item would arrive under the tree. Precious memories ... thanks for giving me pause to remember them! I love, love, love Bonnie Hunter's books and patterns ... having taken one of her workshops already and another scheduled with our guild for 2016(!!!) I spend lots of time going over them ... read her blog daily, too. Own WAY TOO MANY quilt books ... some are duplicates and I need to post on eBay soon. I'd have to live to be 1,000 years old to make all the quilts I've flagged let along finish the UFOs ... good topic, Joanne!

  8. That Jamestown landing is fabulous in red, white and blue! Love it! And I've been on a book buying diet lately, too! Way too many on the shelf with post-its sticking out everywhere. As I've been getting organized, my plan is to 'REALLY' sort through them, and pick out the few quilts that I will actually make. I've got to stop dreaming! LOL

  9. Those were the days, with four children our wish book was worn out by Christmas. So many toys were circled we didn't know who wanted what. Love, love, love my quilting books, I think I have a direct line to Amazon.

  10. I have been wanting to make Jamestown since I saw that photo. I have the book in my wishlist at Amazon--waiting for another book I want so I can get the free shipping--lol!

  11. Looks like you got you some good quilty books there... might have to go check 'em out myself. :)

  12. Jamestown Landing has been on my wish list for some time now too...that red/blue/cream version may have just pushed it over the edge! I love it! I'm also loving that Red, White and Sometimes Blue book...I might have to seek that one out too!!