I love everything these girls do – and this book is no exception. They combine textures to create a warm and cozy decorating style that is hard to resist! Wools, cottons and linens provide the foundation for their beautiful applique designs.
But don’t be intimidated by applique! The patterns in this book have simple curves and points that are easy to turn. And, in “Posies in the Valley”, the blocks are set on point and finish to 20″ so just thirteen blocks make an 85″ square. Add a simple border to turn it into a queen or king size quilt.
And, in every book, they use notions and trims to enhance their designs and add the “awe” factor. In this case, the stems of the flowers are dyed cotton rick rack. Baskets are “woven” from it to create that touch of whimsy. But, remember, the rick racks MUST be cotton to take the dyes and create that natural, muted effect that is the basis of the “Cottage Chic” look.
They expand our horizons – and let us dream of new uses for every pattern and book we own. Barb and Alma reduce and enlarge their favorite designs so they can be appliqued on a pin cushion, a pillow, a rug, a pillow sham – and, yes, even a quilt!
They will be signing copies of their latest book at the Checker Booth at Houston next month. Stop by and meet these amazing women. You’ll be glad you did!