Saturday, September 27, 2008

Big One-Star Quilts by Magic: Diamond-Free Stars from Squares & Rectangles - 14 Stars in 4 sizes, 28 Quilting Designs, 4 Projects by Nancy Johnson-Sr

Published 2008

Love Lone Star quilts? There are enough starry blocks, settings, and bonus patterns in this book to keep crafters quilting till the stars grow cold in the heavens. And these Lone Stars are so easy, because all fourteen of them are made from squares and rectangles, and each one comes with two quilting diagrams for hand or machine sewing. Twenty-eight quilt designs plus fourteen bonus wall hangings mean quilters everywhere will be seeing stars!

Kaffe Fassett's Country Garden Quilts: 20 Designs from Rowan for Patchwork and Quilting by Kaffe Fassett

Published 2008

Kaffe Fassett presents 20 magnificent quilts bursting with floral themes and his trademark color combinations — all luxuriously photographed against the stunning backdrop of lush English country gardens. Based on Fassett's signature line of Rowan fabrics, the pieces have been designed by some of the world's finest quilters, including Liza Prior-Lucy, Pauline Smith, and Robert Horton. And the gorgeous photography is just the start: Complete instructions for creating each museum-quality quilt are also included. Plus, Fassett draws from his 30 years of experience to offer tips and techniques that every quilter will treasure. This new collection from a master will be eagerly embraced by his fans worldwide.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks by Judy Hopkins

Published 2008

Welcome to the ultimate quilt-block book! Best-selling author Judy Hopkins combines blocks from her popular Around the Block series into one handy volume.

  • Features 501 pieced blocks, each with cutting and construction directions
  • Each of the blocks is offered in six different sizes, resulting in more than 3,000 different block possibilities
  • Get the master compilation of the successful books Around the Block, Around the Block Again, and Once More around the Block

Quilting for Joy by Barbara Brandeburg

Published 2008

Quilt for the joy of it. Popular quilt-designing sisters Barbara and Teri have collaborated again to create an outstanding collection of projects that express their love of quilting. In a beautiful blend of both traditional and trendy fabrics and colors, these projects are full of joyful possibilities.
  • Choose from 14 projects using piecing and fusible appliqué
  • With a focus on favorite people and favorite things—family, gardening, friendships, holidays, home, and cooking—there’s something for every quilter

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Quilts for Men: From Crib to Dorm to Den by Editors at Landauer

Published 2008

Sugar Sack Quilts by Glenna Hailey

Published 2008

Vintage charm meets modern-day flair.
In their heyday between the 1930s and 1960s, colorful textile feedsacks offered an economical way for women to brighten their lives. Quilters and home-sewers scrambled to the feed store to get the prettiest sacks to turn into dresses, quilts and other items.
Sugar Sack Quilts celebrates this delightful and resourceful art form. More than reproductions of old patterns, the quilts featured here are original designs that retain that cozy, old-fashioned charm.

  • 12 projects feature original and reproduction feedsack fabrics, and are fat quarter and fat eighth friendly.
  • Quilts range from sweet little creations sized just right for hanging on a wall or tossing over the back of your favorite chair, to those large enough to grace a queen-size bed.
  • Designs vary in difficulty, from the "Spring Bouquet" table runner (perfect for beginners) to the more challenging "Sail Away" quilt.
  • Each project provides everything you need for happy results, including cutting lists, block patterns and complete step-by-step instructions for assembling, quilting and finishing.
  • From tips on collecting and cleaning feedsacks to advice on designing your own feedsack quilts, Sugar Sack Quilts is a treasure for quilters who love vintage fabrics and fresh designs.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Quilts of a Different Color by Irena Bluhm

Published 2008

Quilt first, add color later! This remarkable process will have quilters making wholecloth quilts in an entirely new way. The vibrant and exquisite coloration of these quilts is stunning. Amazingly, it takes only simple tools and easily mastered techniques to achieve the same results for yourself. Everything needed for this colorful process is clearly explained. Start with plain cloth, free-motion quilt your designs, then color and shade the motifs and background areas for a breathtaking new look. You ll love the unique quilts you can make with Irena's guidance!

A Black & White Garden by Kay M. Capps Cross, Kay M. Cross

Published 2008

How can you portray the splendor of a garden with merely black and white? With dashes of color on a dramatic black-and-white background! Bring your fabric garden to life using easy fusible appliqué, foundation piecing, and strip piecing. The patterns are easily adaptable to hand appliqué as well. Quilts are shown in both black-and-white and color versions, encouraging quilters to choose their own palette. Fabric selection tips, full-size appliqué and paper-piecing templates, guidance on quilting, embellishment suggestions, and sewing instructions are all provided. Cultivate your fabric choices and embellishments to tend and grow some fabulous quilts!

Beyond the Block by Linda K. Johnson, Jane K. Wells

Published 2008

Make dramatic quilts with easy-to-piece units! Use all your favorites quarter-and half-square triangles, Flying Geese, square-in-a-square, Four-and Nine-Patch, Log Cabin, strip-piecing, and more then combine them into dramatic art quilts while having fun with these dynamic teachers. Play with positioning the units, add strips and fussy-cut squares, maybe even one of those leftover orphan blocks, toss in some three-dimensional embellishments, then stand back and admire your genius! The freedom and fun of this approach will appeal to quilters everywhere. The authors' friendly style and down-to-earth enthusiasm will have you reaching for your fabric.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Glorious Patchwork by Kaffe Fassett

Published 2008

Kaffe Fassett--the world's most innovative fiber artist--takes on America's most popular handcraft: quilting. The result is a spectacular, original craft book which contains complete directions for 20 quilts, all of which can be reproduced by anyone with even rudimentary sewing and quilting abilities. 80 full-color photos.

Magic Quilts By The Slice by Bethany S. Reynolds, Barbara Smith

Published 2003

Fan your Stack-n-Whack fever with new and exciting fan quilt projects. Stack-n-Whack enthusiasts rejoice! This best-selling author, designer, and teacher is back with brand-new projects celebrating her hallmark process. Delight in 15 quilt projects, with an emphasis on fans of traditional and contemporary flavors. Beautiful fan blocks have simple, yet versatile settings. The same easy-to-follow format and charts as in Bethany's previous books will help you produce spectacular results. Large, step-by-step photographs guide you through the layering and cutting of multiple pieces to produce exciting, repeated patterns.

Free and Eazy Circles : Magic Ballz and Other Foundation Folliez by Jan Mullen

Published 2006

*No measuring, no math, just fast free-form fun
*A laid-back approach to quilting and applique.
Much-loved author Jan Mullen is back, with another laid-back collection of projects—this time featuring circles. But with her easy freehand techniques, these are the easiest, breeziest circles ever! Just stack, slice, and stitch for quick results. Applique the circles, or try the Magic Ballz Block plus "borderz and edgez" for whimsical quilts, pillows, and more.

Radiant New York Beauties: 14 Paper-Pieced Quilt Projects by Valori Wells, Betsy Mennesson

Published 2003

Here's your opportunity to become an expert on glorious New York Beauty blocks! Valori Wells' innovative designs will pump up your creativity, while her hands-on teaching style will walk you through each step of the process.

Library Journal
With their elegant rounded lines and radiating triangle points, New York Beauty blocks combine technical elements challenging for even the most accomplished quilter, including piecing the arcs with points and working the curved seams. The resulting quilts can be startlingly beautiful and well worth the effort, as evident in this teaching collection of 14 New York Beauty quilt projects. A trained artist and photographer, Wells sprinkles the book with color photographs that have inspired many of her designs, as well as minilessons on such topics as paper-piecing an arc, free-motion quilting, and joining curved sections of a block. A quilting tour de force, this is recommended for serious collections in large public libraries. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

This is a beautiful book, another of my favorites.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

One-Block Wonders: One Fabric, One Shape, One-of-A-Kind Quilts by Maxine Rosenthal

Published 2006

1 Great Fabric + 1 Block = 1 Stunning Quilt!
• Brand new technique is all about texture, movement, sparkle, and swirl!
• Choose hexagons or octagons-you're the designer• Easy random cutting! No planning, no fussy cuts, no mess-ups
• Simple piecing with NO Y-SEAMS!Amaze your friends!
Maxine shows you exactly how to choose a large-scale print, figure yardage, cut and piece these drop-dead gorgeous quilts. Big pieces and clever short-cut methods make these quilts go together faster than you'd think. Choose one of two projects or use the techniques in any size quilt you can imagine

This is another of my favorite books. I have many different kinds of fabric to try with this pattern. I have also put her newest book on the blog, One Block Wonders, Encore.

9-Patch Pizzazz: Fast, Fun, and Finished in a Day by Judy Sisneros

Published 2006

They'll Never Believe You Made It In A Day!
• A beginner book without that "beginner look!"
• It's been called the "potato chip quilt"-no one can make just one
• Use your favorite fabrics including large-scale, novelty, and panels
Talk about bang for the buck: combining a special fabric with a few easy nine-patches yields captivating quilts ranging from sassy to sophisticated.
You'll get hooked on this technique! Judy provides sixteen different layouts for unlimited project potential.

This is one of my favorite books! I have made many quilts using Judy's style of choosing a large scale focus fabric and then a few coordinating fabrics. I have, however, never made one in a day... but the ones I have made have been fun and very easy.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Design Explorations for the Creative Quilter: Easy-to-Follow Lessons for Dynamic Art Quilts by Katie Masopust

Published 2008

Always wanted to design a quilt of your very own…but didn’t know where to start? Let this book show you how! Ten innovative approaches to designing art quilts make it easy for any quilter, beginning to advanced, to free the artist within. These “game plans” help quilters create a design, then turn that design into a pattern, then complete the quilt. World-renowned artist and teacher Katie Pasquini Masopust offers inspiration and practical guidance in Design Explorations for the Creative Quilter.

Contemporary Quilts: Design, Surface and Stitch by Sandra Meech

Published 2008

Quilters yearning to extend their creativity and take their work to a higher level will find exactly what they're looking for in this unique guide. With more than 200 illustrations, plus the author's unique "Design Classes" and "Artist's Hints" in every chapter, it offers a fresh approach to the craft. The aim is to help those who know the basics to break away from the traditional block or prescribed pattern and build something original. A review of design and color principles shows how to find sources of inspiration and develop a theme, and quilters will also learn how to experiment on paper and cloth, use new stitching, and add embellishments. The templates and creative exercises will prove valuable again and again.

Art Quilt Workbook: Exercises and Techniques to Ignite Your Creativity by Jane Davila, Elin Waterston

Published 2008

Part quiltmaking workbook, part business guide, Art Quilt Workbook shows how to take quilting in a creative new direction through art--then sell the quilts at craft fairs and other venues. Lessons and homework teach the basics of good design with simple step-by-step exercises, then encourage the reader to add personal touches with fabric collage, thread painting, innovative piecing, and photo imagery. A bonus guide to exhibiting and selling quilts reveals how to join arts and crafts exhibits and how to market handmade quilts. Develop the inner artist (and the inner business tycoon) with Art Quilt Workbook!

Fast, Fun & Easy Fabric Ficklesticks: Art Sticks to Bend, Wrap, Weave & Wear by Diana Taylor

Published 2008

This isn't quilting, but doesn't this sound like fun!!
Have some fun today…make a Ficklestick! Heck, make a few Ficklesticks. Maybe the little ones, just six inches long. Maybe the big ones, more than three feet long. Use cloth and easy-to-find supplies to create those Ficklesticks, then use crafting magic to turn the Ficklesticks into baubles, bracelets, bags, belts, buckles, and buckets of fun! Shape ‘em, twist ‘em, weave ‘em. Who says crafting has to be serious? Ficklesticks to that!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Piecing with Pixels: Unique Quilts From Your Own Images by Sandra Hart, Gudny Campbell

Published 2008

This one looks interesting but I can not find any summary of the book online. The publisher is Collector Books and they do not have a user friendly website. I do have an isbn 9781574329681 and it is due out in September.. maybe once it is released there will be some comments. it looks to me like a very interesting book. I wish I could tell you more about it.

Radiant Sunshine & Shadow : 23 Quilts with Nine-Patch Sparkle by Helen Frost, Catherine Skow

Published 2008

Step into the light—the glowing light of Radiant Sunshine and Shadow. Everyone loves the traditional Sunshine and Shadow design, and these simple strip-piecing methods make it easier than ever before. Two blocks, a nine-patch and a square, add up to twenty-three quilts, each one shimmering with color. Use C&T’s exclusive 3-in-1 color tool to choose just the right shades to bring quilts into the light, with clear step-by-steps for thirteen complete projects plus eleven variations. Quilters everywhere will be glowing!

Photo-Fabric Play : Quilt & Craft Projects Your Whole Family Will Love by Krista Halligan

Published 2008

Make memories—and share memories—with the thirteen innovative projects in Photo-Fabric Play. With just a digital camera, a scanner, a printer, and these easy step-by-steps, crafters can turn favorite pictures, even prized objects, into one-of-a-kind treasures. Make scrapbook quilts with photos of the family…wall hangings that display a child’s artwork…a word-and-picture quilt for a beginning reader…a growth chart. These are just some of the unforgettable memory-keepers waiting in Photo-Fabric Play. Get your copy, and start playing today!

Fuse-and-Tell Journal Quilts: Create Your Story in Cloth by Laura Wasilowski

Published 2008

Keep a journal? Transform those musings, doodles, and snapshots into beautiful quilts with Fuse-and-Tell Journal Quilts. Six complete projects get crafters started. Then it’s time to tell the stories you want to share, with easy fusing techniques: no-sew appliqué, no-baste quilting, even no-sew binding. Adults and even kids can make a quilt in just a few hours, start to finish. Let precious memories become precious keepsakes with Fuse-and-Tell Journal Quilts.

Foolproof Machine Quilting: Learn to Use Your Walking Foot - Paper-Cut Patterns for No Marking, No Math - Simple Stitching for Stunning Results by Mar

Published 2008

Intimidated by free-motion machine quilting? Forget it. Who needs it? No one, not with Foolproof Machine Quilting, the book that gives step-by-step directions on using your machine’s walking foot and heavier-weight threads from the top (not the bobbin) to create dimensional effects without sewing from the back side of the quilt. Paper-cutting techniques, tricks for choosing needles, threads, and batting, tips on using preprogrammed decorative stitches, and much more make Foolproof Machine Quilting truly foolproof…and truly full of innovative ideas.

Comfort Quilts from the Heart: 12 Quick Projects to Take Care of Others by Jake Finch

Published 2008

Make a comfort quilt for someone you love. Or make one for a stranger in need, halfway around the world. Either way, you’ll be giving the priceless gift of loving care. Comfort Quilts from the Heart includes twelve beautiful projects: quilts for babies in intensive-care units; a wheelchair quilt with foot warmer; a handy carry-all bag for wheelchair users; a bed shawl with pockets for TV remotes and more; roll-up game boards; even concentration quilts, fidget quilts, and family-album quilts for the memory impaired. Thoughtful and heartwarming, these quilts are truly gifts that keep on giving.

Baskets & Flowers--Rhapsody Quilts: Design Companion Vol. 2 to Ricky Tims' Rhapsody Quilts

Published 2008

More Rhapsody Quilts! Yeeesss! This second companion to Ricky Tims’ Rhapsody Quilts includes a complete, never-before published, full-size pattern for a brand-new Rhapsody Quilt designed by Ricky himself. Nine bonus pattern ideas and a big collection of twenty-one extra appliqué patterns make it easy to create unique, unforgettable new designs. Everything goes together using fusible appliqué and machine quilting. Love quilting? Then you’ll rhapsodize over Baskets & Flowers—Rhapsody Quilts