I think I've told you before how much I like Amazon's preorder feature. If you know a book is coming out, you can order it and voila! one day it appears on your doorstep. Cherri was celebrating the release of her book at Quilt Market and I got a sneak peek of it there. But this weekend I sat down and read it.
This is Cherri House at Quilt Market with her talented daughter, Lizzy, designer of Castle Peeps fabric for Andover. It appears she is telling her to take a hike, though I don't believe that was the case. I've only met three members of the House family, but they are all wildly talented. And if you read City Quilts, you'll see where it came from. I'm not a quilter-- I don't even play one on TV. However, I love color and I love graphics and this book is perfect eye candy for that.
Cherri is a self-taught quilter and her book has great information on color selection, piecing and quilting. I accosted her at Quilt Market and asked her some of her quilting tips. The most valuable was fusible batting. No more pinning and fighting the layers. Done. Her second most valuable tip was thread selection. Silk thread is very fine and "dissolves" into the fabric so the fabric stands out. If you want a "chunkier" look, use a heavier weight thread. Done.
I love how her books shows the visual inspiration for the final quilts and how subtle changes in color can make a big difference. It also reinforces that there are no "mistakes", just different color choices. So if you like it, it isn't wrong. I love how she takes a traditional quilt block (the Nine Patch) and by changing the colors turns into a 3-dimensional explosion of color (on the City Play quilt shown below).
The other inspiring thing I learned from Cherri is that she machine quilts most of her quilts on her home sewing machine. Yes, she has a Bernina with a stitch regulator for free motion quilting, but it is a home sewing machine. So armed with fusible batting and a sewing machine, I think I could do this.
So would you like yourself a copy of this book? Well, comment here by Monday, June 6 at noon. Tell me if you have actually 1) made a quilt, 2) have just talked about it and if you've just talked about it, what held you back?