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Monday, November 2, 2009

Day & Night Quilt, by Eleanor Burns & Michelle Countess

Day & Night, by Eleanor Burns and Michelle Countess takes a traditionall paper pieced pattern and shows how easy it is to make lovely quilts from strips!  As they share, this "illusion" is created by using the acrylic template, which is included in the back of this delightful book.

The book is well written, well organized, and has excellent instructions & photographs.  Instructions are provided for a variation of this quilt using three color strips or four color strips, plus "bonus" projects to use with strip leftovers. 

As I wondered how Eleanor & Michelle picked the title theme  "Day & Night", I found answers in a  chapter that provides insights on Fabric Selection, to help you select delightful fabrics to make a striking quilt.  Visuals and text provide insights on identifying and selecting light to medium fabrics (day) and richly colored fabrics (night).  These tips are helpful for making a quilt from this book, but will certainly carry forward to help select contrasting fabrics in a variety of other quilt designs too!

There is an excellent "General Techniques" section that provides insight on cutting strips and other tips & techniques that are helpful for beginning quilters. I also found the excellent visuals to be great reminders for the experienced quilter, as well as the quilter who gets recruited to help others "learn" to quilt. 

This book provides insights to create 5 different designs with insights on how to add borders, quilt & bind your quilt.  Plus, information is provided on how to turn scraps from this quilt into beautiful table runners and other projects.

I'm confident this book will you make striking quilts that will be treasured for many years to come.  I also believe this book is an excellent value (includes ruler) and would make a delightful gift!


This book is also currently "on sale" via the Quilt In A Day on-line store:  http://www.quiltinaday.com/shoponline/books_display.asp?i=20490&pg=

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