Sew Home: 30+ Modern Projects to Turn a House into YOUR Home…Learn Basic Techniques, Fabrics & Supplies
By Erin Schlosser
C & T Publications
144 pages; $25.95, softcover print copy; $17.99, e-book.
Well, Q-bies, to quote a Monty Python sketch, “and now for something completely different!”A home dec book that covers decorating your home as though it’s a conversation. Now that’s different.
The projects in the book are practical. I mean who doesn’t want to hang curtains in their sewing room/studio/kitchen. Fabric is so pretty, and can be used in oh so many ways.
Such as this pineapple hot pad (pictured above) made with the sweetest prairie points, aka folded triangles, ever. While this is done with a yellow texture print, there are so many ways to have fun with this technique, such as throwing in a green or brown one to give it a bit more flavor. (Get it, flavor? *rim shot) And you can use this technique on any shaped base, such as a circle, square, dodecahedron (12 sides), that suits your fanciness and decorative purposes best.
One of the unexpectedly cool things Erin mentions in the book is that all of her projects were made using a 24” x 36” inch cutting mat. Yeah, sure, most quilters have this size of mat, but consider this: her projects include sheets, shower curtains, duvet covers, curtains…all things that require cutting loooong lengths of fabric. On that smallish mat. She shares her careful prep strategies prior to cutting and for quilters, this could means tips for improving our slicing skills for borders and long strips.
We also admire Erin’s inventiveness. Hanging office storage? But of course! For us quilters, flat surfaces often gather stuff we need, which then gets buried beneath the latest patterns, notions and fabric we bring some from that Stash Enhancing eXperience or Fabric Aquisition Trip. Making use of our wall space is great. Often we see this done with cork board, however Erin takes this one huge leap forward with MDF from the home improvement store, and picture-hanging hardware to create something sturdy and longer lasting. The possibilities for using this are endless – patterns, our favorite tools, receipts, fabric coupons (like we’d lose those), etc.
Taking the home storage solution a little further are these Tasseled Storage Bins, which are totes adorbs. (Get it? Groan. We promise this is the last one.) With gift-giving season practically next week, these sweet and potentially portable storage bins will help anyone on your list–or you, let’s be honest–keep projects nearby, neat and tidy.
Sew Home also has some useful technique info, such as how to put in an invisible zipper–and Erin makes it look easy! Her tips on analyzing how the direction of prints can affect a project’s look is also super-helpful. The pictures showing the difference between “railroaded” and “up the bolt” fabric give one of the best demonstrations we’ve seen. Erin uses one shape and turns it 90 degrees on both types of prints to show the difference. Quilters, take note: This is something of a big deal, giving us the opportunity to see the print on the bolt and how we can use it to our best advantage.
win one, why don’t you?
Another of our book-tour guide duties is never a chore–We get to give away a copy of Sew Home! Answer our giveaway question in a comment below, and we’ll randomly draw a winning name on Wednesday, Oct. 5th. The winner will win either a softcover print copy (U.S.) or an e-book (International). Hmm, thinking! thinking! What question should we ask you to answer? Let’s do a bit of a Nosy Poll: what is your favorite beverage to sip while you’re quilting?
Thursday, September 29 – Erin at Schlosser Designs
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