Thursday, August 6, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I know Christmas is supposed to be reserved for July and December, but here on the High Road it is Christmas time! I won a book from the C & T Publishing blog. They have giveaways every Tuesday. Yesterday, the Fed Ex man delivered A Patrick Lose Christmas book. Thank you C&T and Patrick Lose! I thought it would be very clever of me to make one of the projects and then show you the book with an actual project, but then I got smart and figured that you wouldn't get to see this book until next July if I tried to do that!

I have to admit that I wasn't very excited about winning this book. His work is cute, don't get me wrong, but I was intimidated that I might not be able to make any of these things. Look at all that applique! All those little pieces! Look at all those little trees in the background that you wouldn't even have noticed if I hadn't pointed them out! But they look great and set a scene, so I wouldn't want to leave them out either.

But I have the book now. The first thing I noticed is the full size patterns that are attached to the back. Very nice. I think that would make the patterns easy to handle. Then I flipped through the book and noticed that he is using fusible applique. Ahh, I don't have to turn the edges of all those tiny trees. There are so many cute patterns. I particularly like all those designs in the border of Joyride. Wouldn't they make great ornaments?

There are also patterns that don't require any applique. It looks like Patrick (yes we are on a first name basis now that I have his book) likes checkerboard as much as I do. Sorry for the crappy photos. Poor lighting, shiny book. At least now you know what my knee looks like!


Allie said...

I love his work! This looks like a great book - congrats on the win! I think I'd be tempted to do this in embroidery....and color it in, lol. I love fusible applique but not tiny pieces!

Michele Bilyeu said...

Congratulations! That looks like a fun read! We could all insist you make something by Christmas and if you didn't it'd be fine, because most of our memories don't last that long, anyway ;)

I think quilting and craft books are just like cook books. You look at them longingly and appreciatively, you think about the ingredients you'd need, the skill and prep time involved, and then you just pretend that you really did make some of them...

Beena said...

I adore his whimsical designs and fabrics. Lucky you! Merry Christmas!

Patrick and Team said...

Congrats, Shasta! I hope you'll give the projects a try. I promise that even the projects with little pieces are fun ;-)

Thanks for the nice review of my book as well! Cheers...Patrick