Simple Pleasures!

You better believe I will be waiting next to my mailbox tomorrow.  Kim Diehl’s newest book, Simple Friendships is coming, and this time she is co-authoring it with Jo Morton.  It has many patterns for block exchanges, one of my favorite parts of quilting and my quilting friends.  Here’s the cover of the new book:

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So, to celebrate this, I put together a little ditty from The Simple What Not’s collections, called Sunshine and Shadows.  I got this kit from my good friend Peggy last summer.  It is a miniature (14″ square), (I love Miniatures!)  It was so much fun to put together, 36 little bitty 2″ blocks, with 36 hand-appliqued ”leaves”.

When I went to piece the binding, I got my entire collection of Kim’s scraps out to audition some of my favorites for the scrappy effect.  It took my quite a while to pick, as I revisited each piece.  Here are my darks and neutrals:

And here is a pile of my little pieces.  No matter how small, I could never toss out a single piece, it would be like throwing out a jelly bean box with one still in the bottom!

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I was lucky enough to meet Kim a couple years ago, and I was hooked on her techniques and fabric right away!  I tried to do a presentation of my quilt with some of my favorite things as props:  a picture of my grandmother in her one-room schoolhouse (her school bell is off to the left side): 

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I can’t wait to see what the new book brings!  Who is up for a block exchange?!  

 

 

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