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"Rosie & Bear Around the Year Quilt Book" - Review
Submitted by Pam on Thu, 09/27/2012 - 22:14
Rosie & Bear Around the Year Quilt Book was inspired by memories of a little girl growing up in the English countryside with her ever-present companion Bear. Her mother loved the little girl very, very much; and now that the little girl is all grown up and has left home for college, her mother, Helen Dickson, has created an heirloom quilt intending to preserve and cherish the memories she holds dear.
And in her newly self-published book, Helen is sharing all her original embroidery patterns and everything else anyone could possibly need to know to make one just like it!
When Diane was about 6, I decided to re-create 16 of her drawings in embroidery and make a quilt. I embroidered one block and gave up. I will always regret that decision. So I am especially happy to see that Helen followed through and completed her tribute to her daughter's childhood.
Even if you are inspired to use your own embroidery designs, the book provides instruction for a quilt that will beautifully showcase your work and your memories.
A quick peak at the Table of Contents! Helen covers everything - from how much fabric you need to purchase to how to make a label!
I have already marked up my own copy with blue highlighter - so many little tricks I did not know: wrapping an embroidery hoop, selecting the proper hand quilting needle, "fluffing" your thread to give it more body and coverage.
(All this time - I thought the thicker the quilt the bigger the needle needed! It is no wonder I always had to hand quilt using a sledge hammer!)
THANK YOU HELEN!
Helen provides a great tutorial for testing seam allowances! Brilliant.
And believe me, my seam allowances ALWAYS need testing! Wish I had this book in my hands BEFORE I pieced together the Solstice block!
(But at least I have it before I begin the hand quilting - I won't need the sledge hammer!)
And notice the diagram on the right for assembling the quilt top - Helen provides diagrams and illustrations wherever they are needed to clarify a step or technique.
All twelve blocks are given individual sections that include an image of the finished block, color numbers of embroidery threads used, notes and tips.
(You will find some very good tips indeed in the "Tips of the Month" section with each block - that is where I learned to "fluff" my thread!)
Also included in each block section - the pattern at full size in both the original and reverse version to accommodate various methods of pattern transfer, and a stitch and floss guide in full color.
Rosie & Bear with the Christmas Tree is my favorite - big surprise!! I love the shape of the tree and the brightly burning candles. The sweet little Rosie hugging her Bear.
Actually, I purchased the pattern from Helen's Bustle and Sew shop last year before she incorporated it into the book.
I've made this much progress! I hope to complete it this year - but with all the other projects I have going on at the moment, that is in doubt. But certainly during the Twelve Days of Christmas! Which is when I try to finish any Christmas project leftovers!
I will be framing mine in a hoop. For those of us who prefer to make individual blocks, Helen has provided the material requirements for single blocks at the beginning of each section.
She just announced the opening of her CHRISTMAS SHOP at Bustle and Sew! Check out the advent calendars!!! It's time to get started making!