When the book first arrived, I looked through it and thought that this was a really nice looking book. The photography and the diagrams were very well done. Then I sat down and actually started reading the book to get a good understanding how to make a container. I like how the book is organized from the simplest project first and then each project in the book gets progressively more difficult. Even though I fell in love with the look of the convex shaped vase, I knew I should start simple and make something flat first as suggested in the book. The flat projects get you used to the concept of how to wrap the fabric and press it to the heavy interfacing with strips of fusible material, such as Steam a Seam fusible tape or Stitch Witchery. It also is good to start flat so you know how to sew the pieces together flat before moving onto the 3-D shapes. So I did start simple and I made a coaster out of a hexagon shape. Then I moved on to make a flat pentagon star shape and finally made 3 different 3-D containers.
There is a lot of information packed into this book. I was impressed with the quality of the book and the fact that this is something unique and not just another book about how to make a log cabin quilt for instance. You won't find other books like this one out there! The instructions are excellent too!!! So many possibilities. The items I made from the book I made entirely by hand. I will definitely be creating more containers from this fantastic book in the future! In fact, I am working on more as I write this post and will share them later this month. This post is already long enough, lol!!!
Okay, now let me show you what I created using the instructions from this book:
|This is the other side of the hexagon coaster.|
|I used this yellow fabric with tulips for the back of the star.|
|Here is the first 3-D shape I made using the square shape.|
|This is the Convex Vase with a Hexagon Base. I chose a batik fabric for the outside and a hand dyed fabric for the inside.|
|Looking inside the vase.|
|If you want to put fresh flowers in the vase, you need to place a glass or plastic vase into the fabric vase. But since I am going to place some fake flowers inside, I placed a floral foam block inside the vase.|
|Then I put some glass marbles (both flat and round) in the vase so that it weighs the vase down a bit.|
|I trimmed down the height of the fake flowers so they would look better and stuck them into the foam block.|
|They now sit on a small table with a crochet doily underneath.|
|Inside the bowl.|
|You can put all kind of things inside this bowl like candy, or sewing notions. I put some marbles in the bowl just so you can see what it would look like with something in the bowl.|
Thank you Laura and Linda for writing such a fabulous book!!! I had a wonderful time creating several things from this book and I know I will be making many more too. To Laura & Linda: is there any chance that you will sell some companion plastic or acrylic templates to accompany this book? I would love to have accurate templates for making my favorite containers. It's an idea right? Another way to promote your book or if you are planning a second book with new shapes, you could include plastic templates or offer templates separately?
Below is the Blog Hop Schedule:
April 13~Daryl Perry of Patchouli Moon Studio (That's me!)
April 14~Debbie Voigt of Strawberry Patch Quilt Works
April 15~Christa Watson of Christa Quilts
April 18~Ren Murphy of The Inspired Wren
Now onto the giveaway part. Laura has offered to send the winner of the giveaway a copy of her and her mother's fabulous book, Contain It! English Paper-Pieced Accessories.
Be sure to visit all the other blog participants too for more chances to win this book.
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