Monday, January 7, 2008

Caliente Quilts

I love Priscilla Bianchi's use of color and ethnic fabrics. I have always loved the colors of Guatemala fabrics. She includes an interesting look at her family and background a peek into her studio and a galeria at the back of the book of all her quilts. She even includes a resource section where you can find exotic fabrics. She does offer nine different projects for the reader.
She has an interesting technique for making her labels. She prints her labels on an inkjet printer and makes them 81/2"x5". She writes as much information about the quilt design, inspiration and general information as possible. She can print two labels at a time on one sheet. She also uses a Jacquard product of a sheet of silk fused to freezer paper. She says that silk gives the best resolution, even with small lettering. To give the label a more tailored look she lines it with soft muslin.

Blended Quilt Backgrounds

I've been catching up on some recent additions to my quilting book library. This book, Blended Quilt Backgrounds arrived before my vacation so I didn't have time to really study it. Written by Jean Biddick and published by the American Quilter's Society it offers 10 different quilt projects. At first I didn't think they were particularly interesting until I realized that I just didn't like the color selection they had used. I think one of the other reasons I had selected this book was because it said Create Secondary patterns under the title. I just didn't really see the secondary patterns in the projects that were selected.
I will hang on to the book until my Internet buddies arrive for Quilt Camp. If it speaks to one of them it can go home with them, otherwise, I'll probably donate this one to my local library.
It just didn't knock my socks off, folks.