Sunday, May 25, 2014

A Thank You Gift…

The other day I received Kim Diehl’s newest quilting book, ‘Simple Appeal’ as a thank you gift!!  Ahh… the way to a quilter’s heart is through a good Quilting Book and man, is this ever a GOOD one!!  I love it…it is LOADED with eye candy!!

Let me show you MY three favourite projects…yes, just three…there are MORE but you will have to find your own book to see them!  Believe me this book is SEW worth it!!


Don’t you love a quilting book that has a beautifully illustrated pictures of the quilt in a warm home setting….


…followed by a full on picture of the WHOLE quilt for reference.  Yes, I LOVE that…and I love this quilt!  Kim has a way of bumping up a quilt to the next level…and she does it by adding spectacular borders!


Ohhh man, this one is SEW on my TO DO LIST!  Kim used a beige cotton print for the background with wool applique!  Love the leaves, stars and berries on the vine!!  Yup, she knocked this one right out of the ball park and into my backyard!


This one (below) really caught my eye too…look…there is a star patchwork in the middle and flying geese on the sides…and the rest is wool!  Brilliant!  But think about it…We all have random ‘left over’ patchwork blocks from other finished quilts…Why not put them to good use? Do you see where I’m going with this? Take one of those blocks and sew on a wide border and then get the wool out!!  Applique around the block and frame!  Now wouldn’t this make a wonderful gift…and you would use up those random orphan blocks! Kim even shows us how to frame these projects.  And this is the perfect time of year to get out Garage Saling for those PERFECT FRAMES!  I can hear it now… “SCORE!!”


Speaking of random blocks…I have several!!  While GSing last year I SCORED these from the Deceased Quilter’s GS…I bought this bundle and Sandy (my partner in crime) bought her own sweet bundle!  We decided on the drive home that we would each make a quilt in her honour…and call it ‘Diana’s Quilt’. 


Yes, Diana hand stitched all of these blocks…can you imagine?!IMG_1154

Now it’s my turn to put them together and form THAT QUILT!  It’s the least I can do…after all, I now have a dresser full of Civil War fabric thanks to Diana…and her six or seven Garage Sales!!  SCORE!!

Have a Sunny Sunday and happy stitching!~P


  1. OMG! I saw that quilt in a book and just HAD to have the pattern. I discovered it was in , I think a FONS and PORTER magazine... And Old one. Sooo... I hunted ebay for days trying to find one and woola!! Bingo.... This project has somehow moved near the top of my to do list... I just love it also!

  2. That book looks AMAZING! This is the first that I have seen of it, but I suspect that it won't be the last - thanks! And great score with those blocks. It will be fun to see what you do with them.

  3. This book was part of my Mother's Day gift and I love everything, Kim Diehl. Her quilts are absolutely gorgeous. You're going to enjoy this one. Have a nice day!

  4. This looks like another wonderful book by Kim Diehl, it's on my "to buy" list. I have all the others, and love looking through them for ideas and inspiration. Didn't know you had those blocks from the quilter's garage sale. They are going to make a gorgeous quilt, and a lovely tribute to Diana. I only bought one bundle of blocks and still have them in a box, not sure what to do with them as there was no pattern. I just can't believe she sewed all her blocks by hand, especially since her husband said she had a number of sewing machines.

  5. Holy crow, Paulette, I wasn't going to buy this book, but you may have changed my mind! I love the brighter colours that Kim has used. Hmmm....

  6. Oh lucky you - now that book needs to go on my wish list!!

    Julia:0) x

  7. I treated myself to Kim Diehl's book when it was published. I am not as inspired by this book as her previous ones but still some nice quilt projects in it.

  8. Very nice surprise gift, have always loved her designs.


  9. the book certainly looks very tempting can I resist not sure. Hoe good to know all those blocks are going to be finished in memory of your friend.That must have been hard work all those blocks sewn by hand the hours that have gone into those, will await the finished await now

  10. Those are the things I like to see in a quilt book also. A staged picture of the quilt, but also a real picture of the whole quilt, not just a drawing of the setting. You can't see all of the quilt in the staged pic. I want to see how it all hangs together. Think anybody will listen to us?

  11. I've just ordered this book - I have all of her others so I can't wait to get my hands on this one! blessings, marlene