Seriously? At first I thought it was spam. Then I thought maybe I was being punked. (That makes me sound paranoid, doesn't it?) But no, the offer was genuine.
Then the heavens opened and the angels sang ... and the UPS guy rang my doorbell with the best non-Christmas package EVER!
When I haven't been obsessing over my Mystery Block quilt layout and Farmer's Wife mishaps these past few weeks I've been obsessing over this amazing book. No joke. I've been carrying it around with me like a security blanket.
And I've never "just watched tv" since I got it either. I've been more listening/occasionally glancing at the tv while I read Joanna's charming and insightful anecdotes about her road to here as entrepreneur, employer, quilt designer, fabric designer, pattern designer, instructor, pattern writer, photographer, blogger ... and oh yeah, wife & mother as well. Sheesh! I feel productive when I've had a shower AND tidied the kitchen ... in the SAME DAY!
Kidding ... maybe. ;)
I've met Joanna (briefly) a few times at Quilt Market but it was absolutely delightful to get to know her a little better through her stories. You really feel like she's talking directly to you. I'm sure I'll never think about buttons on an airplane or a yellow dress the same way! (You have to read the book to understand those references ... )
Today, I'm going to share with you what I love about the book. And then over the next few weeks I'm gonna make stuff from the book and show you. 'Cause that's what I live for (besides my family) ... to make pretty things ... with fabric & thread.
Ok. For starters, love the hard cover.
What's not to love about a hardcover book? Sturdy and durable to withstand being lugged about in my purse and mercilessly & repeatedly thumbed thru. And doesn't a hardcover book always look nicer on the bookshelf, coffee table, craft table, ottoman, kitchen table, kitchen counter, nightstand, ... passenger seat of a minivan ... ? Trust me, it does. I've checked. In all those places and then some. ;)
Coil spine. I love how the pages stay flat and open while I'm actually using the book.
I don't have to crack the spine which wrecks the book or find one of my big quilting rulers to lay on top of the book (and still sorta see thru it) while I work my way through a pattern. Very utilitarian.
Sturdy back pocket to hold all the ...
wait for it ...
FULL-SIZED PATTERN TEMPLATES!!!
That's right, people of earth!
No photocopying required.
Photography. Ok, this is where Joanna's book goes from being a terrific collection of projects to what I would classify as first rate craft pornography.
One of my favorite things about her blog is the stunning photographs and this book is full of them ... pages and PAGES of 'em.
And not just beautiful pictures, but the objects & projects too. Total.eye.candy ... can't stress that enough.
"With Fabric & Thread" is a smart craft book with an inspired twist - Joanna cleverly bridges the gap between "quilters" who are hesitant to try making something "not flat" and "sewers" who are nervous about straight seams and consistent seam allowances. We've all met them. And you might even BE one of them! Joanna confesses that she used to be one. But this book guides you very gently from one world to the other - no matter which one you live in currently - with tons of information, tips and beautiful/inspirational things to make.
The book has 3 main project categories: Sewing Projects like aprons, basket liners and pincushions ...
Dual Projects like woven floor mats, pillow shams and placemats ...
and Quilting Projects like slippers, a table runner and, well, quilts of course!
There is definitely something for everyone here.
And there are several somethings for me in this book. :)
I'm gonna make & show you at least one thing from each of the 3 sections. It was harder to decide what NOT to make than what TO make.
So check back to see what I made first. I'll give you a hint:
And if you haven't already seen Joanna's cute video from Quilt Market, here's a link ... you can see many of the projects from the book. I DARE you to NOT find something you want to make.
No, wait, I DOUBLE DARE you!