April 25, 2014

Quilting with Corduroy? Delightful surprise!

Martingale - Uncommonly Corduroy (Print version + eBook bundle)

Last week I was super busy being a grandma to a wonderful little boy whom I only see every once in a while. To make up for lack of time in the quilt room, I read quilt books and added projects to my list. This one book really surprised me. Who knew we could use corduroy when piecing quilts? I had seen corduroy on clothing, of course, and bags. But quilts... what a wonderful idea! Uncommonly Corduroy by Stephanie Dunphy (Martingale) definitely stretched my imagination.

Corduroy, a ridged form of velvet, is very durable (I am sure I am not the only one with a couple of corduroy trousers in the closet, from years gone by...) Talk about a quilt that would last for generations! Stephanie provides a lot of details about this fabric and how to work with it, so we understand which type is more suitable for the projects in the book.

Take a peak at Stephanie's creations:

Martingale - Uncommonly Corduroy (Print version + eBook bundle)Martingale - Uncommonly Corduroy (Print version + eBook bundle) 
Martingale - Uncommonly Corduroy (Print version + eBook bundle) Martingale - Uncommonly Corduroy (Print version + eBook bundle)
(Photos by Brent Kane for Martingale)

Aren't these beautiful? Used alone or mixed with other fabrics, corduroy adds new texture to the quilts and has a very soft hand. I am thinking my niece, who just got into college, should get a corduroy quilt...

Martingale - Uncommonly Corduroy (Print version + eBook bundle)
Martingale - Uncommonly Corduroy (Print version + eBook bundle)Martingale - Uncommonly Corduroy (Print version + eBook bundle)
(Photos by Brent Kane for Martingale)

How about these bags? Whenever I thought of corduroy ones I pictured dark, plain messenger-style bags. No more... Uncommonly Corduroy has lots of styles to choose from, but these are my favorites. All instructions are easy to follow. There are many great choices for beginning quilters, and advanced quilters will be challenged and delighted as well.

Cotton, silk, wool, flannel, check. Gotta shop for Corduroy next!






1 comment:

  1. I love this book.! I intend to make a tote bag with cotton, corduroy yardage and and a corduroy skirt from years ago . I fondly remember my corduroy skirt/jumper days of the late 60's:).
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