It's not often that you buy a book that completely inspires you,
but this week I brought this book and I totally love it.
It's written by the amazing and genuinely lovely John
who somehow manages to hold down a high-powered job,
love and look after his kids and make quilts too.
Any way I've owned this book for a week,
and I made a variation of this quilt already,
which I'm hand quilting in my 'spare' time.
And then I fell in love with this one,
and remembered my very precious stash of Catnap fabric
and it seemed like a match made in heaven.
I discovered by clicking on a link on Instagram,
that these quilts are named after real places
which mades me inordinately happy.
I fully plan to google to see where they are on the US map.
I particularly love John's patterns, because they are so clear
and easy to follow. I'm dyslexic and I find patterns difficult to follow
but these completely work for me.
Just because they are easy to follow, doesn't mean they aren't satisfying to make.
They look amazing made up.
Last semester I did four level 2 papers and it nearly killed me.
Study combined with running a family actually made me sick by the end of the semester.
One of the things that keeps me sane is sewing
and as I'm determined to stay sane this semester,
I've been making sure I keep making stuff before the day starts.
I've actually almost sewn this quilt top together, one more morning and it will be done.
It's really beautiful and I can't wait to finish it.
I'm hoping that my friend will have a mouse pattern to quilt it with.
I want to make this with vintage sheets too.
It's just perfect for showing fabric off.
And then once that was almost done, I decided to start this one.
I'm sick with a chesty cold, my hip is killing me
and I have two essays to write.
Of course I need a distraction!! Doesn't everyone??
So last night I cut out Canyonlands with my secret stash
of Alison Glass fabric plus a few others.
It's going to have this silver dot background
and I think it is going to work out well..
This afternoon I sewed a couple of blocks together,
I can see it's going to be amazing (even though I say it myself).
Anyway I've owned this book exactly a week
and I have three projects underway, if that's not a recommendation,
I don't know what is.
Because I love Beyond Neutrals so much, I'm going to give away a copy.
As these quilts are named after real places,
I want to you leave a comment telling me your favourite place in the world.
In a week, I'll pick a winner and get a copy posted to you.
Enter below and if all else fails you can buy the book here!