Folk Art Quilted Traditions – A Book Review

Wow, have you been following the progress of this Folk Art Quilted Traditions blog hop?

I feel blessed to be part of such a talented group of quilters.
folk art traditions blog hop
When Suzy Webster sent out the call for Blog Hop Participants I jumped at the chance!

Then I got the book.
And well panicked.
It looked complicated.

Folk Art Quilted Traditions Blog Hop

Then I procrastinated (something I am very good at)

I had planned on using fabric from the latest Island Batik Ambassador Sample box.
But this procrastination – I came up with another design for the fabrics, but thought I might be able to do both.

I was so wrong 🙂

Island Batik Fabrics

It was coming down to the wire – and I discovered, with less then a week to go…, OMG I don’t have enough fabric to do both projects!!!

I have named my version of the Jeweled Table Runner: R.I.P.


It was born out of

  • Resourcefulness- Using my scrap fabric and materials on hand.
  • Inspiration – My love of playing piano and classical music.
  • Procrastination – I didn’t come up with color scheme until the last minute
Sometimes Procrastination Can Be A Good Thing! Click To Tweet

But this isn’t about me and my PROcrastination is it!

It’s about Suzy’s book, Folk Art Quilted Traditions,*affiliate link, and I think it’s the perfect book for your creative quilting library.
What I did:

  • I used Block #5 from the book to make my version of The Jeweled Table Runner
  • I fused all the pieces in place before any applique work was done
  • Folk Art Traditions Book In Review
    Block #5 of Folk Art Traditions Book
  • I used a blanket stitch for the machine applique, this was very new to me.
  • I used black thread throughout for the applique
  • I chose a color scheme of Black,and White (It’s all about those 88 keys) and Red for roses- (a vase of red roses belong on top of the piano)
It's all about stretching your creativity and trying something new. Click To Tweet

folk art quilted traditions book review

Suzy’s book has 12 different blocks that are interchangeable and 5 different projects ranging from a bag to a full size quilt.
With a little creativity you can use the blocks for pillows and mini wall hangings too.

The book has great tips

one of my favorites, that I’ve used several times since reading the book, was about testing fabrics for bleeding. I’m not going to give it away, you’ll have to pick up a copy of the book!

Folk Art Quilted Traditions *affiliate link

I finished my RIP Table Runner
with free motion machine quilting with the same black threadthat I used for the applique.

Jewled Table Runner, Folk Art quilted Traditions
R.I.P. (Resourcefulness, Inspiration, Procrastination)

Staying in line with using the scrap collection, I made an abstract pieced backing.
Here’s a little peak – More next week 🙂

Abstract Backing sneak peak

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I hope you are inspired and motivated to try new projects and ideas. In case you missed any of the creative projects that have been made during the Folk Art Quilted Traditions Blog Hop, here is the complete line up.

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41 thoughts on “Folk Art Quilted Traditions – A Book Review”

  1. this is really lovely. you have done a fantastic job. i wouldnt know anything about procrastination, LOL i totally understand. but you pulled it off with flying colors. 🙂

  2. Love the colors of Island Batik you have used. The focal center is set off perfectly with the geometric side area. Great designs from Suzy’s Folk Art Book!!!

  3. I like how you pulled out the center of the applique and repeated it with the piano keys, love the colors.

  4. Oh Adele…the piano keys are wonderful and the backing…beautiful..Suzy’s book must of really connected with you….

  5. Your table runner is awesome. Love the piano keys in the middle. Sometimes we do our best work and most creative work when we are under pressure because a deadline is upon us. 🙂

  6. This is a very original and beautiful version of the design

    This is a very original and beautiful version of the design!

  7. Your table runner is terrific — this from someone who also procrastinates.
    Often great things come at the last minute working with a deadline and in
    this case you really hit a creative high note.

  8. Just beautiful! The colors are so striking together and now you’ve got me curious about that color-bleeding trick!

    1. Laura, the book is wonderful and is a great source of inspiration,

      And Thankyou, I’m quite happy with how the table runner turned out!

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