Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Book Review- Graphic Mixx by Atkinson Designs

The very first table runner that I made years ago was a design by Atkinson Designs.  Since then I have made many projects designed by the very talented Terry Atkinson.  Although I have been a pretty traditional quilter, I decided to expand my horizons with some modern quilting.  My goal was to make baby quilts for my new twin grandchildren.  I chose Atkinson Designs book, Graphic Mixx.

The book has patterns for ten quilts, five pillows and ideas for using the blocks for runners.  This combined with Atkinson Designs' excellent instructions and illustrations make this book a winner in my opinion.  One of my favorites in the book is the Graphic Mixx Sampler that is shown on the cover.  It combines each of the designs in one lap quilt which can be made to fit full, queen or king by adding borders.  Because each of the segments is constructed separately, I am thinking that the combinations could be limitless.  In addition, the book has tips for adding blocks to make your quilt larger, excellent general quilt making instructions for the novice, and info for making backings and bindings.

My daughter-in-law chose the fabrics and loved the Corn Rows pattern so we were off and running.

This pattern can be made in baby, lap, twin, full and queen sizes.  Obviously, we opted for the baby size.  It sewed up beautifully.  I decided that I liked the size and look of the quilt top without borders so I didn't add them.  We made the quilts identical except our little girl, Magnolia, has coral in hers and our big boy, Jackson, has yellow in his.  Here's how they turned out.....
Jack's Quilt
Maggie's Quilt
I quilted Maggie's with swirly hearts:

And Jack's with swirly stars:

I love how they turned out and am planning my next project from this cool book.  


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