Country Threads Goes to Charm School was the first book I took from the box. We have used several patterns in the past from Country Threads so I knew that anything they had their name on would be a winner. I was right!
There are 19 projects in this book, all of which use 5″ squares that could come from a charm pack or from your stash. Most of the projects are small enough that you could complete them in a weekend if you already have the squares on hand. Of course you will need extra fabric for borders, sashing, and binding. Or, think about a scrappy binding…I think those almost always look good and would definitly fit well on many of these little quilts. Go to www.martingale-pub.com, click on the book cover, and scroll through the gallery to see the projects inside the book.
The second book out of the box was The Rose of Sharon Block Book, an applique fanatics dream. The book came about as a result of an EQ6 challenge held in 2009 to make blocks using only three given shapes in limited sizes. There are five different countries represented in the 12 blocks that were chosen by Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson as the winning blocks. If you have EQ6 you can download the Rose of Sharon project files by visiting www.electricquilt.com. Plus, there are 71 other blocks for you to drool over as well.
If you have the AccuQuilt GO! machine you can use their new Rose of Sharon die to cut many of the pieces used in the blocks. If you do not have a GO! machine then stop by the shop and we’ll fix you right up.