I received a surprise in my mailbox the other day. A new quilting book, appropriately named Quilting Happiness by Christina Lane and Diane Gilleland. Yes, a beautiful book that I’m still absorbing – each page like the bite of a delicious dessert that you don’t want to end!
Quilting Happiness is much more than a quilting book full of patterns. It includes tips and creative exercises to make your quilting journey more rich and meaningful.
You’ll want to sit down with a cup of coffee or tea (and perhaps a cookie, too) and enjoy every last bite, I mean page.
Scattered throughout the pages are “Quilting Tips”, “Tools for Happiness”, and “Creative Exercises”. And if you’re new to quilting, you’ll appreciate the chapter on Tools and Techniques. This is a fairly comprehensive section and I appreciated some of the more detailed instructions such as curved piecing and binding.
The co-author of Quilting Happiness, Christina Lane, blogs at The Sometimes Crafter. This is great resource for quilting and crafting enthusiasts. Christina loves to share what she creates along with patterns and techniques for others to follow.
When I first started blogging, I took an online workshop with Diane Gilleland, the other co-author of this book. I learned so much about blogging and it was worth every penny! Currently Diane has several eBooks available, a webinar and lots of great craft ideas; you can find more information at her blog, CraftyPod.
I was fortunate to have a very small part in this book. Diane asked me to contribute a quote describing my quilting style. Ummm, yes, I would love to! And if you’re dying to know, I quoted:
My style of quilting is more traditional, with a touch of whimsy thrown in. I love to incorporate applique into my quilting as often as possible, which is where the whimsical element comes in…..
I’m leaving for a vacation today and I’ll be taking this book along with me. I love to have a few good reads for a road trip!