Photo by Sharon Holland

Photo by Sharon Holland

I was invited to join Sharon Holland's blog tour once more. This time to review her new book: UTILITY-STYLE QUILTS FOR EVERYDAY LIVING published by Landauer Publishing. You can read more about her thoughts on the book here.

I know there is a plethora of quilting books out there nowadays and sometimes it's hard to figure out which one to get (especially if you are a husband looking for a gift for your sweet wife - wink, wink). 


But let me tell you, I had a really hard time picking one project to make from this book. There were so many things I wanted to make: the Viewpoint runner (below), the Pixel quilt (below), and the Comfort quilt are just some of them.

Photo by Sharon Holland

Photo by Sharon Holland

I was really drawn to the technical tips Sharon added on the book. Everything from what kind of needles to use, to hand quilting how-to. We can aways learn something new, isn't that right? I really want to try her tying technique. I haven't tied a quilt yet and looks like it would be a fun thing to do with one of my girls' quilts because they like comfy quilts and I think they would like to help with the tying too.

Photo by Sharon Holland

Photo by Sharon Holland

I also love how Sharon has a whole section on color theory and choosing fabric. It makes it so very easy to pick a palette with her detailed explanation of the color wheel. Take it from me, my husband is a professor in Art Education, so we talk a lot about color theory in our house. Sharon puts it very clear with great images that are so helpful to understand all that complimentary, value, achromatic talk. I know a lot of people are intimidated with choosing a color palette they aren't familiar with and this section is very clarifying, so you can dive in with no fear.


On this version of Sharon's Cabin quilt, I decided to use analogous values of this teal accented with its complimentary salmon/orange hue. For the negative space, I used neutrals like whites and cream. I like the idea of using scraps and joining them to make the squares. I think it gives movement to the design as seen in Sharon's cover quilt.


I love the perspective that the design conveys with changing from darker to lighter squares. It visually suggests that the smaller, lighter square is further back since darker colors advance and lighter colors recede. It reminds me of Donald Judd's square Marfa sculptures, a series of squares laid next to each other giving the impression of a tunnel.


I also enjoyed that I had a lot of freedom in my design decisions. So, if you are not a pattern follower, Sharon makes it really easy for you to make these projects your own. Not one of these quilts will ever turn out like another and that's the whole fun of it.


Well, I think this quilt turned out fantastic and doing a photoshoot while snow is falling makes all things magical, don't you think?

Sharon and Landauer Publishing are also offering a free pattern for you to make! Click here to get the Roman Stripe quilt pattern.

Photo by Sharon Holland

Photo by Sharon Holland

If you want a chance to win a copy of this book, leave a comment on my Instagram book tour post telling me your most treasured tradition during the Holidays and I will pick a random winner and announce it there on Friday, December 15th. (Sorry! US only.) - UPDATE 12/17/17: GIVEAWAY CLOSED!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you visit the whole tour. Yesterday Kori Turner-Goodhart from Olive Grace Studios made an amazing version of the Viewpoint table runner and I can't wait to see what Sarah Maxwell from Designs by Sarah J is sharing tomorrow.

Also, don't miss out! Amy Friend from During Quiet Time and Amber Johnson from Gigi's Thimble still have book giveaways going. 

Here is the whole line up of the tour. Check them out!

Monday 12/4  Heidi Staples - Fabric Mutt

Tuesday 12/5  Amy Friend - During Quiet Time

Wednesday 12/6  Maureen Cracknell - Maureen Cracknell Handmade

Thursday 12/7  Amber Johnson - Gigi's Thimble

Friday 12/8  Karen O'Connor - Lady K Quilts Designs

Saturday 12/9  Kori Turner-Goodhart - Olive Grace Studios

Sunday 12/10  Silvia Sutters - A Stranger View     <---------- YOU ARE HERE!

Monday 12/11  Sarah Maxwell - Designs by Sarah J

Tuesday 12/12  Jessica Swift - Jessica Swift

Wednesday 12/13  Lisa Ruble - Love to Color My World

Thursday 12/14  Cindy Wiens - Live a Colorfullife

Friday 12/15  Eleri Kerian - Sew and Tell Project

Saturday 12/16  Anjeanette Klinder - Anjeanette K

Sunday 12/17  Stephanie Kendron - Modern Sewciety

Monday 12/18  Christopher Thompson - The Tattooed Quilter

Tuesday 12/19  Susan Playsted - Hopewood Home


Thank you all!

Happy Holidays!

xo, Silvia