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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing / Stash Books (August 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607056968
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607056966
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.4 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #805,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arkison (Sunday Morning Quilts) draws a dreamscape of quiet afternoons sewing and playing. Her lulling, maternal voice whispers “slow down.” She pieces together four themes to take it easy: relax, eat, shop, and explore. Before guiding the reader on these personal journeys, she introduces an idea for committed beginners: using “low-volume” fabrics in which white or a light base dominates any graphics or colors, so there is less contrast in color, value, and scale. In the “Relax” chapter, she writes: “True relaxation comes when you concentrate on something other than the stress of real life.” She offers instructions for quilts called “View” and “Beach Grass” and for a mat for playing “button Sudoku.” She presents “Crossword” and “Sherbet” quilts in the chapter “Eat,” as well as apron and napkin patterns; a “Hugs and Kisses” quilt of X’s and O’s and a pattern for a wine carrier in “Shop”; in “Explore,” the quilt features large-scale pinwheels in many greens. Patterns for a sac k and a scarf also reflect that theme. The last section, “Basics Plus,” covers no-nonsense how-tos.
(Publishers Weekly, May 31, 2013)

Modern quilt lovers will love Cheryl's follow-up to Sunday Morning Quilts. In her second book, Cheryl explores four things her family enjoys doing on weekends - Eat, Explore, Relax and Shop - and all 16 lovely projects reflect these inspirational themes, and reminds us to 'live in the moment.' (Quilter's Connection Magazine, September 2013)

Cheryl explores four themes in this book: relax, eat, shop and explore. The projects are all made using soft, muted fabrics and are scrap-friendly. They are suitable for the confident beginner as well as the advanced sewer. The family-friendly projects include quilts, bags and more. (Australian Quilters Companion, 9/25/13)


Who wouldn't enjoy a month of Sundays?


Most people don't realize the values in any piece of art are really more important than the color - well almost - in "pleasing" the eye. The eye seeks contrast, and the eye seeks calm, and it is the value which can accomplish both. Value is the lightness or the darkness of a color or fabric. So the projects in
A Month of Sundays by Cheryl Arkison from Stash Books, all using "low-volume" fabrics, invite everyone to "slow down" and enjoy family, friends, food, sewing and quilts. The book, with generous "white space," is in itself peaceful and the projects, lest you think they might be dull and too quiet are anything but. They are purely calm inducing - like living a month of Sundays all at once. The projects are all simple but fresh and many would make good last-minute gift projects.
(American Quilt Retailer, November 2013)

I was having lunch with my friend Sheila, an admitted book junkie, and she was commenting on how much she was enjoying just reading this book. It was interesting to me that she mentioned it as I knew that I was going to be reviewing it this season. So bonus for you, you get two opinions on this book. This book is much more than just a quilting book. The book not only offers quilt patterns, but also other sewing projects, some recipes and some interesting reading about Cheryl's philosophies. Cheryl's quilts are what I would call more modern looking but with what she calls "low-volume fabrics." She does encourage you to "turn up the volume" and how to do it, if you are so inclined. Cheryl will also be teaching one of the quilts from this book at Quilt Canada 2014. (The Canadian Quilter Magazine, Winter 2013)

If you, like me, feel pretty sure that you wouldn't be able to create a quilt as beautiful as Cheryl Arkison's in a month of Sundays, then, paradoxically, this is the very book you need.

A Month of Sundays features over a dozen projects - including bags, quilts and accessories - that you can make for your family, which are both scrap-/pre-cut-friendly - excellent if you are on a budget or are a fabric hoarder - and pitched at a variety of skill levels. Novices like me, and those who have quilted before, will be entranced by her focus on "low-volume" fabrics that lend a still small voice of calm to any project. Not only that, Arkison gives us many helpful clues as to how she attains the simple life that enables her to slow down and sew.

Arkison has the rare ability to encourage and inspire whilst being friendly and down-to-earth. It's clear that her priorities are family, friends, food and quilts and the love she has for these four areas of her life shines on every page. Reading
A Month of Sundays is like making a new friend.
(Mumtopia, 1/27/14)

About the Author

Cheryl Arkison has been sewing her whole life, starting with tube dresses for her dolls. She is a quilter, a teacher, and a writer who not-so-secretly dreams of being a disc jockey. Cheryl lives in Alberta, Canada.

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While I was reading, it was almost like I was peeking in on her life.
Carolyn Friedlander
Cheryl explains perfectly how to incorporate and work with low volume fabrics to make wonderful creations.
Karin
I hope to do several of the quilts from the book... Already started the scrape quilte...
CA

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Friedlander on September 5, 2013
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Cheryl is a fantastic writer and storyteller. She has an incredible knack for emitting her own personality through her writing, and this book is certainly a testament to that. While I was reading, it was almost like I was peeking in on her life. She marries big ideas of family, friends, food and quilts by including personal essays and recipes along with the patterns. I love that quilting to her is exactly what quilting is to me (and I think to so many of us). That is that quilting–or cooking, reading, living, whatever–is not a segmented part of our lives, but rather an integrated act that we are completely mindful of doing. She pulls all of these things together and delivers something with fantastic depth and warmth.

No surprise, but the projects and technical stuff (emphasis on low-volume deliciousness) are fantastic too. There are definitely several quilts–and a bag–in there that I’ve got my eye on.

Thanks Cheryl for all the wonderful and thoughtful inspiration!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erin Lesnansky on November 19, 2013
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The book has the feel of a blog, which is easy and personable. Cheryl offers advice and tips for people looking to slow down and enjoy their weekends and families. I wish the pictures of the finished projects were bigger and more complete, though. I bought this book after purchasing and loving Sunday Morning Quilts. This book was a nice follow-up but with a bit less focus on the actual making of a quilt and more focus on getting in the mindset to do so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela Atkins on February 17, 2014
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I like the book and the tone the author used. Very peaceful. I liked the projects although I wished there were more of them.
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By CA on June 4, 2014
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All the pictures and ideas are great and inspiring. I hope to do several of the quilts from the book... Already started the scrape quilte...
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By Karin on April 12, 2014
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This book spoke to me. It is all about creating beautiful quilts that speak to you and slowing down to enjoy what really matters in life. Family, friends, food and quilts, just as is stated in the title. Cheryl explains perfectly how to incorporate and work with low volume fabrics to make wonderful creations. I just wish there were a few more projects. Love this book!
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Wonderful book with lots of ideas and inspirations. I love her quilts. The thoughts for relaxing with family/friends are nice.
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More About the Author

Cheryl is a quilter, writer, and mom. She writes and teaches on quilting, craft, creativity, food, and family. And it all comes from her dining room empire in her crowded, colourful house. From this space she wrote her first book, Sunday Morning Quilts (co-authored with Amanda Jean Nyberg, Stash Books, March 2012) and her second book, A Month of Sundays (Stash Books, July 2013).

Happily considered a modern quilter, Cheryl's work spans techniques. She is in love with scraps, circles, and improvisational piecing. The ability to just sit and sew is what gets her through the day, even when that sewing comes without a plan or any reason. It always comes together, eventually.

A proud first generation Ukrainian, she is committed to not letting the artistry of food and craft from her heritage pass by unnoticed in the modern age. Cheryl is the mother of three kidlets - two gregarious girls and a baby boy. She blogs regularly on Dining Room Empire.