I don't usually do this but just had to write about my latest book purchase since I love it so much! Brian Haggard has written this wonderful book, subtitled "Beautiful Embroidery Brings Your Family Portraits to Life" and the photos of his quilts, such as the one on the cover, illustrate his skill at this task. The book is full of wonderful eye candy, with his quilts and projects that incorporate old sepia tone family photos with the elegant neutral colours that make up his palette.
Brian has included chapers on how to add history to your quilt, design and layout, embellishing, stitching techniques and combination stitches, 10 projects for you to complete and an inspiring photo gallery and section on design inspiration. I was pleased to find motif ideas that were new to me as well as the most adorable button bee you've ever seen!
The chapter on design and layout was of special interest since it is a subject often overlooked in crazy quilting books. With good clear photos and directions, he leads you through the process of layout options, stylizing, foundation piecing, squaring and finishing blocks, sewing the blocks together either with or without sashing and binding your finished quilt. After reading this chapter I felt confident for the first time that putting together a crazy quilt was something I could achieve! This is one crazy quilting book worth reading - don't just look at the pictures!
You can follow Brian on his blog to keep up with what he is doing, his travels and upcoming classes.