Are scrap piles wreaking havoc in your sewing space? Not sure what to do with all those tiny bits of gorgeous prints you hate to part with? Modern quilters Amanda and Cheryl share a passion for scraps-they're here to help you get creative and sew new life into every last little piece. Your Sunday mornings just got a whole lot cozier!
• 16 bold and scrappy quilt projects include piecing, appliqué, and improvisational work
• Ideas for how to adapt patterns for your own personal "Sunday morning" style
• Tips for effectively cutting, storing, and organizing your scraps
• Explore what makes a quilt "modern"
Review quilter's connection - March 1, 2012
As typical modern quilters, heryl Arkinson of Calgary, AB first met Amanda Jean Nyberg online. Their ideas clicked, and along came Sunday Morning Quilts - with 16 fresh and modern projects that make wonderful use of your scraps. Cheryl and Amanda Jean offer some great advice on how to sort and stroe your scrap fabrics too!
Review By: Jeanne Kramer, Creative Troupe - March 23, 2012
I have been a fan of Amanda Jean's blog for some time. I had looked at her quilts and admired them but the "how to create that look myself" never registered until I read her book. After reading the book, I think the concepts have clicked! In fact I have a quilt in the works.
I love how the book is written in a "this is how I do it, but do what works for you" language just as her blog is.
The patterns are easy to understand and the photography is great. All in all, it's a must have for a quilter's library.
Review By: Kelly Smith, - April 11, 2012
I am in love with this book! It begins with the basics in quilting and how they differentiate their scraps. I love how Amanda Jean and Cheryl share how they store their scraps and their scrap bucket project is definitely on my list to make. With this book in hand, I am motivated to tackle organizing my scraps in a more effective manner, right now they are all stuffed in mason jars and are not very user friendly. But they are pretty to look at!
The book is very beginner friendly, the beginning focuses on a lot of the basics of quilting and designing scrap quilts. Some easy projects for beginners would be Gumdrops and The Original Ticker Tape quilts. It is filled with great step-by-step pictures, clearly written instructions and tons of hints and tips. I also love how they focus on the quilting for each project afterwards and share why they went with a particular design and color. They also have a "Make it Yours" block at the end of each project with more ideas on how to turn the design into your own, rather than directly copying their quilts. Definitely a great addition to a quilter's library.
Review Popular Patchwork Magazine - February 1, 2012
Sunday Morning Quilts shows you how to use every last scrap of treasured fabric in your collection. In sixteen new and delightful projects, the book champions the original ethos behind patchwork - make do and mend. However, the quilts in the book are decidedly modern in design, construction, fabric choice and colour. The quilts are mostly made from what would normally be seen as leftovers, i.e. any piece of fabric less than a 1/4 yard in size. Careful attention is paid to the need to sort your scraps before embarking on a scrappy quilt: in fact, preparation and quilting/binding basics take up almost half the book before the projects begin. The projects are then organized so that you can take advantage of your scraps from the largest pieces to the smallest. This is to encourge you to work through your oddments in a systematic manner and eventually end up with no scraps at all, and then you have the perfect excuse to buy lots more gorgeous fabric. The first project is a lovely idea to get your preparation started - quilted storage boxes in rainbow colours to organize all your scraps! The quilts are bold, bright and clean, and the co-authors actively encourage you to be creative and to come up with your own designs.
Review By: Amber Carrillo, - May 9, 2012
A must have for your libraryBook Review: I've been a fan of Amanda's blog for a while now and was so excited to see she had written a book with Cheryl. I really love this book - I usually only like one or two patterns in a quilting book but I honestly love all the patterns in this book.The techniques they share are new and so helpful for using up your over-flowing scrap piles - love the "slab" technique and how they show you different ways to make each quilt using your own style and what quilting patterns they used as well.I highly recommend this book to new and experienced quilters!
Review Stitch - June 26, 2012
Celebrate great fabric by using every scrap-this is the premise behind Sunday Morning Quilts. Modern quilters Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison share a passion for scraps. From sorting to piecing to finishing, this book will help you turn your treasured leftovers into a modern quilt with your own Sunday-morning style.
Review whipstitchfabrics.com - July 11, 2012
Sunday Morning Quilts, by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison, is so lovely–but my favorite part is the way it really challenges you to think about your scraps and how to use them. The simple fact that Amanda Jean uses every. single. scrap. of fabric makes me want to be even more ridiculously frugal than I already am–and to figure out where I put the box that has my existing scrap projects in it so I can get them completed. I organize my scraps a little differently than they suggest in the book–I have specific projects in mind and add scraps to those project baskets as I work–but I really like the way they’ve defined various sizes of scrap and used those to create some really great modern projects. Plus, there’s a whole idea of working with a scrap “slab” in the book that gets the gears working in my brain, imagining how those slabs could be composed and work together to create something I haven’t seen before. The photography in this book is exceptionally good, and the use of pyramids in the Nap Like an Egyptian quilt is downright inspired.
Review neverenoughhours.blogspot.com - July 11, 2012
I am really loving the different quilting in all of these quilts and it is inspiring me to try some different quilting. I am also cleaning out my scraps and sorting them.
Review Prettybyhand.com - July 30, 2012
It's more than just a pretty book with great modern quilt designs. I'd consider it mandatory textbook for all quilters on how to manage fabric scraps (which is EXACLTY why I bought it!) And when I say manage, I mean everything from acquiring to classifying to storing to using. It's the A to Z Encyclopedia for fabric scrapology. I kid you not.
Review sewnwithgrace.com - August 8, 2012
I must tell you, this book is fabulous. I highly recommend it. I believe that Sunday Morning Quilts may have altered forever the way I look at scraps.
Review ericas.com - August 16, 2012
I can see myself making each of the quilts in this book. I absolutely adore the quilting on Grass, and the cover quilt, Sunday Morning, is so, so snugly looking. There’s even an opportunity to practice my applique on Leaves and Vine. I’ll have to come back and edit this post when I get all of these quilts finished.A discussion of modern quilting and its definitions opens the book, leading to advice on sorting and storing your scraps. I love that even scrap storage can be both beautiful and practical.If you’re in need of a review on basic quilting skills, you can find it here as well. There are instructions on tools and cutting, along with turning the pieced top into a quilt. The authors are clear that “modern” and “wonky” are not excuses for poor quilting skills. It’s just as important in modern quilting to do a careful job of cutting and piecing your quilt as it has always been.
Review By: Karen Platt, yarnsandfabrics.co.uk - September 10, 2012
Have you just spent a lazy Sunday or did you work over a hot stove, have fun with the family or spend the day arguing? Now there's an added purpose to your Sundays with 'Sunday Morning Quilts'. You could say you are cleaning the house or de-cluttering by gathering all those scrap fabrics together and putting them to good use at last. Two passionate quilters provide contemporary ideas for quilts. Find advice on how to sort, cut, store and more. I love the fabric scraps knitted mat. This book is even suitable for beginners as it starts with quilt making basics. Projects include a quilted storage box, the rest of the book has details for making 15 quilts. This should seriously deplete your stash and scraps. I like the fact that there are ideas for using scraps of different shapes and sizes.
Review thimbleandthreadstl.org - September 15, 2012
The Modern Quilt movement is here to stay and this book, which espouses the esthetics of the modern quilt, is a good introduction. The authors devote several pages to defining and describing the tenets of the modern quilt. I expected that when I bought the book. What came as a surprise was that it is also a book of scrap quilts - scrappy quilts, but in the modern style. Genius! Scrap quilts can descend very quickly into a busy hodge-podge of visual overload. Inserting the modern quilt ethic into this tradition helps to organize and tame that tendency.The description of modern quilts is one of the best I have come across -quilts to be used (i.e., not art quilts), negative space, graphic punch, use of solids especially white and clear gray, improvisation, minimal fusing, and use of social media. The connection to tradition is explored and my understanding of how modern quilting relates to the past is now clear.There are 16 projects in the book, which makes it good value for the money. One criticism is that there are quite a few pages devoted to organizing your scraps. Perhaps because nearly every book on scrappy quilts has a section on this topic, I feel this could have been covered in less space. However, if this is your only book on scrap quilts, you will find the information useful. Tips for using even the smallest bits of fabric are included, as well as selvedges, strings, and the usual odds and ends inhabiting your scrap bin.The patterns are very nice and can be done in any fabric and colorway. There are close-up photos of each quilt that allow a clear view of the quilting used. This was encouraging to me because most of what is depicted looks very doable to this novice free motion quilter. There is one quilt in particular that caught my eye right away and will be the first one I make from the book. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced quilter, you can find inspiration between the covers. Dive in!
Review By: Pokey Bolton, - September 16, 2012
In it you will find 16 quilt projects to use up all those colorful scraps in your stash that you can’t bear to throw away. These projects are pretty easy and straightforward, so they are great for the budding quilter and the art quilter alike who may want to stitch up
Review florasfabric.com - September 26, 2012
If you can’t stand for any scrap to escape, this book’s for you.The techniques are inventive and fresh. The quilts are fairly easy, very colorful, quick and satisfying to make. And they eat up scraps, which is a dirty word for small bits of treasure that need a home.The quilts are all one-of-a-kind works of art and at the same time look quite comforting.The designs and techniques inspired me to launch off into other directions with other quilts I was making.I made “Up, Up, and Away,” photographed with this blog, which uses all those little odd-shaped triangles left from bias binding, string piecing and anything else that leaves weird shapes. There’s no measuring or cutting of the triangles. You just start with a bunch of 2 ½” squares and apply the triangles sting-piecing style. Warning: It’s addictive.I’ve got a new triangle collection basket beside my machine now for the next one. I’ll never toss out triangles again.And the book also comes in an e-edition version with downloadable pdfs. Pretty cool.
Review A Needle Pulling Thread Magazine - September 15, 2012
Celebrate great fabric by using every scrap. Not sure what to do with all those tiny bits of gorgeous prints you hate to part with? Are scrap piles wreaking havoc in your sewing space? Modern quilters’ Amanda and Cheryl share a passion for scraps – they’re here to help you get creative and sew new life into every last little piece. Your Sunday morning just got a whole lot cozier! 16 bold and scrappy quilted projects include piecing, applique and improvisational quilts. Ideas for how to adapt patterns for your own ‘Sunday morning’ style. Tips for effectively cutting, storing and organizing your scraps. Explore what makes a quilt “modern.”
Review freshlypieced.blogspot.com - October 3, 2012
If you haven't picked up this book yet, you really should. I think I love every single pattern in there. So many I want to make, so little time! (There aren't many books out there I can say that about.) In fact, it was difficult to choose just one for this post. Fortunately, this quilt is going to be a wedding gift, so I ended up choosing the one I thought the happy couple would like the most and started gleefully chopping up my scraps. I followed the pattern in the book to a T, and that's rare for me these days. (Another sign of how much I like this book!) I stuck with the three-color-scheme of the original quilt (although I used a different trio of colors), I cut all my string scraps to the sizes from the book, and I even quilted it the same as the original, with wavy lines going in the opposite direction of the strings. The result is a fabulous scrap quilt that's still modern and not overwhelming scrappy. : ) I pretty much cleared out my gray scrap bin on this one—in fact, I even had to supplement a bit from my stash. And this was such a fun, low-pressure project to sew. Sewing strings together in this way is low-key and doesn't require a whole lot of thought or concentration, and that's exactly the kind of project I needed last week.
Review Quilts & More - November 15, 2012
Get ideas and inspiration to organize (and use) fabric scraps. Give bits and snippets new life by stitching them together to create stunning modern, scrappy quilts.
Review ciucciotecbaby.com - December 19, 2012
I have been a huge fan of Amanda Jean Nyberg for several years and couldn’t wait for her to put her creativity and originality together in a book for me to treasure. I pre-ordered it and rec’d it today. I have already devoured it! I had such high expectations and can joyously say that it does not disappoint!Amanda Jean and Cheryl are leaders in the online quilting community and are natural trend-setters. In Sunday Morning Quilts they manage to teach the rest of us how to take any old scraps and make them into something original and beautiful.I love their section on how to identify, define and organize scraps. Then they take you through a how-to process of making “new” fabric by joining scraps. In each of the sixteen projects, they include gorgeous pictures, clear instructions, and my favorite feature which is how to make it your own. What a great addition! That advice gets my mind spinning with all of the ways to take a purchased pattern, free tutorial, or book project and make little changes to make it an original.I can’t thank these two women enough for their dedication to the craft and the hard work it took to put their experience and techniques into a format that we can all understand and learn from.