Dreamy Quilts Book Review
I like the idea of traditional quilts, with all their many small pieces. I also like more modern quilts which tend to have larger squares to show off the myriad of gorgeous fabrics available today. A combination of the two would be great and that is exactly what I found in Lydia Loretta Nelson's book, Dreamy Quilts.
Overall I thought this book had a nice combination of very traditional pointed star patterns which were used in new ways. I liked the 'Sweet Scarlet' quilt that had two large stars at opposite corners and then smaller designs around the edges with the middle blank.
But the patterns that really caught my eye were 'Sweet Dreams' and the table runner. More precisely I thought one block from sweet dreams repeated three times would make an beautiful table runner. And I even had just the perfect fabric on hand!
Above is what one square of 'Sweet Dreams' looks like. It was designed to make a quilt measuring 58" by 62" with 12 blocks total. I have a lot of quilts already in my house from my mother's years of sewing but I didn't have anything nice to put on my kitchen table. (Not that my kitchen table is super nice but that is why it needed something pretty on it.)
I found the books instructions to be easy to follow and the diagrams good. My only gripe would be that she tells you how much to cut of each piece for the entire quilt and not individuals squares so I had to do some math to cut the pattern down. It was not overly difficult, just an observation if you, dear reader, ever write a quilting book and want to help out those of use who just can't follow directions and make things 'as is'.
I think this pattern could also be used to make individual place mats. I pondered that idea for this project but then realized that I am too lazy to use the place mats I have and that a table runner could actually stay on the table all the time. Lazy always wins.
But I did forgo my usual laziness and added some pieces of fabric to the back that would allow the table runner to be turned into a wall hanging.
There are directions in the book that show how to take a square piece of fabric, fold it diagonally and set it into the corner binding.
With that done, a dowel or metal rod can be slid into the pocket and then hung on the wall. I also added a small tube of fabric to the middle back of the piece because it is so long having an extra place for the dowel to go through. Might as well make something with a double function if you can.
Overall I really liked this book and was pleased with how my creation turned out. If I ever find some more free time I would defiantly make a quilt or two from this book. The bow tie quilt would be great for a baby and the author even included some quilted pillow patterns and one for a dog bed. What a lucky dog to get a quilted bed!
So check out this book if you like a combination of classic and more modern quilts.