Sunday Morning Quilts shows you how to use every last scrap of treasured fabric in your collection. In sixteen new and delightful projects, the book champions the original ethos behind patchwork - make do and mend. However, the quilts in the book are decidedly modern in design, construction, fabric choice and colour. The quilts are mostly made from what would normally be seen as leftovers, i.e. any piece of fabric less than a 1/4 yard in size. Careful attention is paid to the need to sort your scraps before embarking on a scrappy quilt: in fact, preparation and quilting/binding basics take up almost half the book before the projects begin. The projects are then organized so that you can take advantage of your scraps from the largest pieces to the smallest. This is to encourage you to work through your oddments in a systematic manner and eventually end up with no scraps at all, and then you have the perfect excuse to buy lots more gorgeous fabric. The first project is a lovely idea to get your preparation started - quilted storage boxes in rainbow colours to organize all your scraps! The quilts are bold, bright and clean, and the co-authors actively encourage you to be creative and to come up with your own designs. --Popular Patchwork Magazine; February 2012
Celebrate great fabric by using every scrap-this is the premise behind Sunday Morning Quilts. Modern quilters Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison share a passion for scraps. From sorting to piecing to finishing, this book will help you turn your treasured leftovers into a modern quilt with your own Sunday-morning style. --Stitch, 06/26/12
Sunday Morning Quilts, by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison, is so lovely–but my favorite part is the way it really challenges you to think about your scraps and how to use them. The simple fact that Amanda Jean uses every. single. scrap. of fabric makes me want to be even more ridiculously frugal than I already am–and to figure out where I put the box that has my existing scrap projects in it so I can get them completed. I organize my scraps a little differently than they suggest in the book–I have specific projects in mind and add scraps to those project baskets as I work–but I really like the way they’ve defined various sizes of scrap and used those to create some really great modern projects. Plus, there’s a whole idea of working with a scrap “slab” in the book that gets the gears working in my brain, imagining how those slabs could be composed and work together to create something I haven’t seen before. The photography in this book is exceptionally good, and the use of pyramids in the Nap Like an Egyptian quilt is downright inspired. --whipstitchfabrics.com; July 11, 2012
If you haven't picked up this book yet, you really should. I think I love every single pattern in there. So many I want to make, so little time! (There aren't many books out there I can say that about.) In fact, it was difficult to choose just one for this post. Fortunately, this quilt is going to be a wedding gift, so I ended up choosing the one I thought the happy couple would like the most and started gleefully chopping up my scraps. I followed the pattern in the book to a T, and that's rare for me these days. (Another sign of how much I like this book!) I stuck with the three-color-scheme of the original quilt (although I used a different trio of colors), I cut all my string scraps to the sizes from the book, and I even quilted it the same as the original, with wavy lines going in the opposite direction of the strings. The result is a fabulous scrap quilt that's still modern and not overwhelming scrappy. : ) I pretty much cleared out my gray scrap bin on this one—in fact, I even had to supplement a bit from my stash. And this was such a fun, low-pressure project to sew. Sewing strings together in this way is low-key and doesn't require a whole lot of thought or concentration, and that's exactly the kind of project I needed last week. --freshlypieced.blogspot.com; 10/03/12
Get ideas and inspiration to organize (and use) fabric scraps. Give bits and snippets new life by stitching them together to create stunning modern, scrappy quilts. --Quilts & More; 11/1/12
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I have been a huge fan of Amanda Jean Nyberg for several years and couldn't wait for her to put her creativity and originality together in a book for me to treasure. I pre-ordered it and rec'd it today. I have already devoured it! I had such high expectations and can joyously say that it does not disappoint!
Amanda Jean and Cheryl are leaders in the online quilting community and are natural trend-setters. In Sunday Morning Quilts they manage to teach the rest of us how to take any old scraps and make them into something original and beautiful.
I love their section on how to identify, define and organize scraps. Then they take you through a how-to process of making "new" fabric by joining scraps. In each of the sixteen projects, they include gorgeous pictures, clear instructions, and my favorite feature which is how to make it your own. What a great addition! That advice gets my mind spinning with all of the ways to take a purchased pattern, free tutorial, or book project and make little changes to make it an original.
I can't thank these two women enough for their dedication to the craft and the hard work it took to put their experience and techniques into a format that we can all understand and learn from.
I highly recommend adding Sunday Morning Quilts to your library. It is instructional and, of course, such delicious eye-candy. At Amazon prices you don't even have to feel guilty for adding this book to your stash.
I really enjoy reading Ms. Nyberg's blog and have made several of the quilts she has shared on it. I waited for this book with anticipation, and although I really like the majority of the quilts in it and plan to make several, I am a bit disappointed. The first quilt pattern doesn't begin until page 66. The majority of the book (a total of 140 pages) is devoted to information that can be found in almost every other quilt book on the market. Basic quilting techniques, "what is a scrap", color theory, how to wash/block a quilt etc. I realize that there are novice quilters who also buy books, but as a more experienced quilter, I would really like (for once) to buy a quilt pattern book that is devoted to quilt patterns. That is why I buy a quilt book and to find a large portion of a book devoted to information I also find in every other book I have, sorta makes me feel like I have been "cheated". Again, the patterns are great, but I sure wish there were more of them!
I have many quilting books and I have to say - this book is now in my top 5! I seriously love this book. The writing is wonderful and the authors have some very practical ideas for storing scraps. I hate to say this, but I was one of those quilters who tossed her scraps. But now - oh, the possibilities! The quilts in this book are just beautiful - I cannot even pick a favorite. Thank you so much - and I can't wait for the next book! (though I am not sure it can top this one!!!)
I'll announce my bias now. I love reading Amanda's blog, so this book is just a natural extension of her awesomeness. She did an amazing job collaborating on this book and I'm so happy I purchased it.
There are 16 projects inside that use my least favorite part of my sewing room, the scraps. I can't part with them, but can never find anything useful to do with them. This book is the answer. Beautifully designed quilts, easy to follow instructions, and great pictures. Plus, the book is filled with quality tips and tricks on how to quilt and manage your fabric.
I highly recommend this book for quilters of all levels. Everyone is certain to find something in this book worth trying.
I am a newbie sewer/quilter and I purchased this book thinking that it would be great for a beginner. Right now I am working the candy coated quilt, the one pictured in the cover photo.
*The authors want to cater to beginners yet by paradox assume readers have prior knowledge (!). For example, the authors discuss free motion quilting in a specific section without ever defining what it is or the type of equipment one would need.
*The writing and syntax is overall sloppy. Ex: using "good" to describe an item twice in the span of two corresponding sentences
*The materials section does not specify what width of fabric is needed for the backing or the binding on any of the quilts (i.e. one needs 5 1/2 yards for the candy coated quilt BUT the authors don't say whether that is for fabric of 55'' width or 35'')
*Sometimes information is just missing! For instance on page 87 under section three the authors forget to list that the 11'' strips in with all the other rows to be completed.
*In general the organization is not intuitive. (note: I'm comparing the organization to other sewing books I've purchased, such as Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing and the Collette Sewing Handbook). If you are someone who needs detailed step-by-step info. please look elsewhere. The information is not streamlined, or concise. I've had to take the book to an avid quilting friend multiple times in order to figure out what the authors are talking about/referring to etc.
*The quilt designs are very original and unique. Though, I'm not sure how unique or original these designs are in comparison to others...
*I really appreciate the authors' conservative mentality.
OVERALL- my impression is that this book was sloppily thrown together and edited by someone who has never sewn before in their life. I would not recommend that beginners purchase this book.