Slow down & sew. That's what A Month of Sundays, by Cheryl Arkison, is all about. Cheryl is a Craftsy instructor (Inset and Applique Circles by Machine) and I have her other book, Sunday Morning Quilts.
This time around Cheryl not only shares many various fun projects, including quilts, wine carrier, floral wrap, scarf, etc. with included patterns, she categorizes them by theme: Relax, Eat, Shop, and Explore. There are chapters explaining the low-volume fabrics she uses in the Turn It Down section and a meaty Basics Plus addition where piecing, applique, and finishing touches are reviewed.
Cheryl more-than-sprinkles in her lifestyle preferences throughout the pages with suggestions on how to find quiet moments and savour the simple pleasures in one's world - from skipping stones to enjoying a beer while catching up with friends. A few favourite basic recipes are shared, along with gorgeous family photos of loved children frolicking with mom and dad as well as Cheryl herself, sewing, socializing, shopping, and reflecting.
A very nice, very different kind of quilting book - I found myself READING 'A Month of Sundays' during my very own quiet time at my sister's country home. Our Easter weekend away proved to be all about Family, Friends, Food & Quilts (Ms. Arkison's book's subtitle), as we played cards and games with our kids and their cousins, hiked in the fresh, crisp morning air, pet horses...and dogs...and cats...and chickens, and relished hearty soup, spiral ham, turkey, glasses of wine. I even visited a little quilt shop in town. I think Cheryl would approve.