The 12 Days of Christmas continues at In Between Stitches and the special of the day is PICK FOUR by Sue Abrey. Today, and today only you can hop on the Internet and purchase this book HERE at In Between Stitches for only $17.47 TODAY ONLY.
Sue came to the United States in 2013 and stayed at my house. Our bond was instantaneous and we email each other several times a week. Sue was an absolute delight, and there wasn't a dry eye in the car when we took her to the airport to fly back to England. I know we will see each other again....hopefully soon.
My sister Gail took Sue's class at Quilting in the Garden and here is her beautiful quilt.
Here are snippets from my book review that I wrote in Aug. 2011. Literally a blast from the past.
England gave us the FAB FOUR, and now England has given us PICK FOUR by Sue Abrey. Let’s all get A Ticket to Ride and hop on the double-decker bus and drive down Pennie Lane and review PICK FOUR by Sue Abrey.
Do You Want to Know a Secret? Once you get a copy of this book, you are going to want to quilt Eight Days a Week! First of all, I read the book like a novel. Sue’s very matter of fact way and essence of being a quilting Paperback Writer, makes you feel that she is right in the room with you, coaching, encouraging and sharing her knowledge, love of quilting along with her sense of humour. (That spelling is for you Sue.) She figuratively Holds Your Hand through the process of quilt making from beginning to end.
Those of you that follow my blog know my quilting style. I’m a scrappy quilt maker for a couple of reasons. I love the complexity of a scrappy quilt. I love the challenge of combining all different colors, styles and scales of fabric together. I have hundreds of fat quarters all begging to be selected for the perfect placement in a quilt. When I first sat down with my cup of coffee and Sue’s book I thought, “I’m in trouble now!” How can I decide on only four fabrics in a quilt, when I’ve been known to use over four dozen fabrics at one time?
So here was my challenge…..PICK FOUR fabrics Lynn…..only FOUR and Let It Be. Rein in your thinking. Think outside the box while staying in the box. Remember, the fewer the fabric choices, the more important those choices become. I achieved this by applying Sue’s technique for choosing fabrics which is fun and not the least intimidating. She’s a Woman who understands that it isn’t always easy to select fabrics for a quilt. I followed her technique as I selected the fabrics for the two projects I made from the book. Four interesting fabrics equal one interesting quilt.
In no time at all, thanks to Sue's clear, concise directions and illustrations, I had a table topper ready for quilting. (Sue's book has full size quilt designs, for the sake of time, I made smaller versions.)
I didn't want to stop at just one project! I selected another grouping of four fabrics and started making Lis's Midnight Flower Garden. (I feel a song coming on Dizzy Miss Lizzy, and I know it's a stretch, but you have to work with me people.) I'm thinking to myself that I'm really getting into this Pick Four!
Sue is a master at creating a secondary design when the blocks are sewn All Together Now. She also addresses searching out the secondary designs when you start thinking about how to quilt your quilt and gives you so much Help. One section of the book is a detailed set of questions that walk you through making your quilting decisions. Every design in the book includes a section on color alternatives and quilting options. There is none of this Quilt as Desired business!
I learned so much from Sue’s book. I was intrigued by the way she illustrated how to make a large block, cut it apart, and before you can say, “Bob’s Your Uncle”, there is a whole new design before your eyes! She experiments with different layouts and encourages you to do the same.
I will be using PICK FOUR as a resource long past When I’m Sixty-Four.
P.S. I'll be posting the directions for the final block of Country Corner tomorrow.....if I have an Internet connection. A huge storm is headed my way. In fact it's the largest storm California has seen since 1998!! We are going to hunker down and ride this one out in front of the fireplace. We've gone from the worst drought in 1,200 years, to epic amounts of rain. Now about that global warming.......