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The Rose of Sharon Block Book: Winning Designs from the EQ6 Challenge Paperback – August 10, 2010
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I was drawn to the intricate designs of The Rose of Sharon Block Book by Sharon Pederson. I love simple pieced blocks, but I had to know more about these blocks! Aren't they beautiful?
The first few pages introduce the book and show you exactly how to use it. Also, Sharon's business partner is Ami Simms, founder of the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. Ami shares the story of her mother and how she turned difficult times into a beautiful project to honor and remember those who had forgotten themselves.
The Rose of Sharon Block Book is the product of an online competition. EQ6 users were given three shapes in multiple sizes to design blocks with. The variety of blocks made is incredible to me. In the book, all the patterns needed are ready to be traced in the desired size per the block directions. Also if you happen to have a Go! Cutter there is a die to cut perfect pieces, too!
One thing I love about this book is Sharon's encouragement. She knows how she likes to applique, and shares all those details with you. BUT if you have a way that works for you, do it that way! No right or wrong way, just your way. I do love all the detail she shares about her method, needles, thread, stitch length and width. Did I mention that her favorite way is machine applique? It is!
Proceeds from the book go to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. I love this book and can't wait to gather the fabric supplies and courage to get a block or two made. --Amy Ellis, Amy's Creative Side
About the Author
Sharon Pederson is a best-selling author who has taught hundreds of quiltmaking classes, both nationally and internationally.
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However, the ONLY way to make a "pattern" to appliqué the blocks is to enlarge the photo of a FINISHED block.
This means that the pattern you will be trying to make your block from is no longer exact and crisp. If you are a fanatic for precision, it is impossible to use the blown up copies of a photo of a finished block to get a crisp pattern for appliqué placement. After several attempts, I will have to re-draft each block so that I can make a block that is symmetrical, and not distorted by piecing and quilting and embellishing.
It's a real shame that the author did NOT put in either drawn patterns of the quilt blocks or the Electric Quilt blocks that would have been accurate. There are drawings of Electric Quilt blocks in the book for many additional blocks, so it would have been SO EASY to do the same for the blocks that were actually used in the quilt. (Since I don't own Electric Quilt software, I can't download copies that are available on the site)
The photos are lovely and inspirational. The direction and guidance on appliqué are great, but I am left with a book that requires far more work than I would like on my part to just get an acceptable pattern.
We must have missed something in translation
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Will make it very easy to get the look I want.