This Particular book inspired me to make this wallhanging for the granddaughter of some friends The dad is a fisherman through and through. I'd probably do a lot more stuff on it now that I've done a few things like this. Maybe use more embellishments. I don't know if they liked it, but I had fun making it so that to me, means it was a success!
My next favorite book is Liberated Quiltmaking by Gwen Marston. Another book that does not have patterns. Instead she has inspiration and ideas and tips to make the blocks your own. It's soooooo cool, you just cut without measuring. I made a log cabin lap quilt using these ideas. I gave it away and don't have a picture to show you, but the logs are at funny angles, and I thought about calling it "Don't drink and Quilt"
This book is no longer in print and sadly I do not have my own copy. The one in the picture is the from the local library. I check it out constantly! I have tried buying it on ebay and amazon, but the prices go up higher than my meager salary can justify. I did for one glorious fleeting moment think about checking it out and "losing" it because the replacement fee would be less than getting it second hand, but I just can't do that. Raised Catholic you know, the guilt would get to me and I would likely break out in purple spots and yellow stripes and have to redeem myself by scrubbing the library floors or scraping gum from under the tables or something equally dreary.
And these are my bookshelves. Not as many as a lot of quilters have, but every one is enjoyed! At one time I felt a wee bit guilty for having all these quilt books and not making something from each one of them. Then my very wise, favorite aunt mentioned that quilt books are like cook books, you don't have to make everything that is in them to enjoy looking at them. And yes, she is the same aunt that taught her grandchildren to say they need to use the bathroom when she spots a quilt shop. Brilliant woman! Hopefully it runs in the family!??? ;-)