Book Review Project “Pick Up Sticks”
The Quilter’s Practical Guide to Color by Becky Goldsmith
After reading and reviewing Becky’s quilt book, I couldn’t wait to get started on one of her projects.
Becky has 10 projects to choose from in her book The Quilter’s Practical Guide to Color. I narrowed my choices to three of them…Square Play, Pick Up Sticks, and Opposites Attract. Those are my favorites.
I decided on Pick Up Sticks because it reads like a 2-color quilt and I really like the sparkle look.
Ok, so I decided to make my background with a linen-look fabric with narrow black lines on white that reads gray. Becky chose a light background with all different blues to use, which led me to like the quilt, and I was thinking of doing the same.
But after checking out my fabric stash and playing with several color combinations (I think Becky would be proud of me), I finally decided on a group of 8 fabrics in dark blue, turquoise, white, and yellow. I’ve been wanting to use these fabrics since I bought them in St. Louis last summer, so I’m excited about that.
I also decided that I want a pop of yellow in each sparkle, so I hope that idea turns out with the same look that I have in my head.
So, I’m starting with about 4 yards total of a variety of colors. She calls for 2 1/2 – 3 yards, so I should be good. These will be for the sparkle strips.
1st Instructions: Cut 48 – 72 strips of 1 1/2″ x width of fabric from your variety of fabric. I started with cutting 3 strips from 5 of the fabrics.
Becky’s instructions are good, but I needed to read them 2 or 3 times because cutting up the block and inserting the strips can be quite challenging.
Then, gosh darn it, I thought I was on a pretty good roll and then I realized that I didn’t trim down my last two strips. Ok Jo Ann, start ripping out…like that’s never happened before.
Ok, back on track. That wasn’t too bad. I’ve had worse rip-outs. When I taught my classes, I always asked my students if they wanted their quilts to look good or look great. It always amazed me how many said “great”, and started ripping out.
I made four.
How this wonky-previous-perfect square comes out as a beautiful 8 1/2″ really-cute square is amazing.
But if you follow Becky’s directions exactly, it just does!
I’m done with 16 blocks. I absolutely love how they are turning out…20 more to go!
Until next time…ttyl…enjoy your day!
TO BE CONTINUED…