Every year this time I start stacking fabric for dream quilts. This year I can't stop looking at Denyse Schmidt's new-ish patterns and one of my favorite books, Material Obsession: Modern Quilts with Traditional Roots, written by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke.
I keep coming back to Material Obsession for the cover quilt (!!!!), but there are so many solid patterns, including this beautiful Smuggling Letters quilt,
The book contains 23 quilt patterns, that all include excellent step-by-step instructions, beautiful photos, and templates you can either trace or photocopy. These two patterns are labeled "intermediate" and "advanced", but there are also 7 great quilts classified as "easy". It is one of the most cheerful quilting books I've ever had the pleasure of obsessing over.
I'm trying to work up the nerve to start this Proverbial Quilt from Denyse Schmidt. It is not helping that Bolt still has almost all the Hope Valley prints still available in the store and we carry the entire line of patterns, including the Single Girl (which I adore even the though the name of it is completely irrelevant to my life). I started simple this evening, with a free download for the Hope Market Tote, which is probably going to be a throw pillow instead of a bag. I've got to start somewhere, right?