Saturday, October 25, 2008

Baby Wraps: Quick, Cuddly Quilts by Karla Alexander

Published 2008

Piece O' Cake Piecing: 17 Skill-Building Projects o Today's Guide to Quilting Basics o Color Choices Made Easy by Becky Goldsmith, Linda Jenkins

Published 2008

Learn the Piece O' Cake style of piecing from the popular design duo, with 15 lively quilts to make.

Fat Quarter Frenzy Two by Susan Purney Mark

Published 2008

At last! Here's the much-requested sequel to the authors' popular Fat Quarter Frenzy. Quilters can't resist fat quarter packets, and they won't be able to resist this book, either. Always on the lookout for quick and fun projects for those irresistible fat quarters, quilters will love the variety offered in this book, including some quick four-fat quarter gems. Easy cutting layouts, blocks with a multitude of design possibilities, and quick sewing techniques take you through these fun projects from start to finish in no time.

Quilts on the Double : Dozens of Easy Strip-Pieced Designs by Judy Hooworth, Margaret Rolfe

Published 2008

Transform one group of strip sets into two terrific quilts! An ingenious method from this duo of popular designers is sure to double your quilting fun.

  • Piece easy but dramatic blocks in over 20 fat-quarter and fat-eighth friendly designs
  • Start with two groups of contrasting fabrics plus an accent fabric, cut and sew strip sets, and then cut strip sets into triangle units ready for block construction
  • Rearrange the units to create dozens of unique designs

Quilter's Happy Hour: 11 Quilts with Cocktail Recipes by Lori Buhler

Published 2008

Every hour is happy hour when you're quilting! Here's a toast to a fast and fun technique for easy curved piecing, plus a tasty cocktail recipe to pair with each quilt you make.

  • Choose from 11 colorful quilts, each inspired by a delicious happy hour drink
  • Use machine-stitched applique´ to create complex-looking curved designs in a snap
  • Simply sew curved shapes onto interfacing, and then turn the shapes right side out and stitch into place for perfectly curved edges every time

Follow-the-Line Quilting Designs, Volume 3 : Full-Size Patterns for Blocks and Borders by Mary Covey

Published 2008

Mary is back with her third volume of continuous-line quilting designs, even more of what quilters need to “quilt as desired”! Simply trace, transfer, and sew to create gorgeous quilted motifs without stop-and-start hassles.

  • Find an all-new collection of 20 pattern groups featuring coordinating designs for blocks and borders, along with Mary's latest quilting tips
  • Full-sized patterns are perfect for a home sewing machine, a long-arm quilting machine, or for hand quilting

  • Includes a 16-page booklet with complete how-to instructions

Copy Cat Quilts by Dawn E. Navarro

Published 2008

Love cats? Then you're the perfect candidate for making Copy Cat quilts! First published in the 1980s, this award-winning pattern has been updated with contemporary quilting techniques.

  • Feature kitties in a bed quilt, a wall hanging, and pillows, and cuddle up with a furry feline doll
  • Find tips on working with textured fabrics like Minkee and chenille
  • Learn techniques for making purrfect quilts

Crazy Quilts: History Techniques Embroidery Motifs by Cindy Brick

Published 2008

An exquisitely illustrated history of the Crazy quilt from colonial days to ours, with expert instructions for planning, piecing, and embroidering or embellishing your own “Crazy.

Terrific Tees: I Can't Believe It's A T-Shirt Quilt! by Roberta De Luz

Published 2008

Give new life to favorite T-shirts by making them into quilts you'll be proud to display or give.

Make Your First Quilt with M'Liss Rae Hawley: Beginner's Step-by-Step Guide - Fabulous Blocks - Tips & Techniques by M'Liss Rae Hawley

Published 2008

Learning to quilt is easy with this handy pocket guide full of M'Liss's tips and time-saving techniques.

Quilting Through the Seasons by Sharon V. Rotz

Published 2008

Fresh ideas, fun and festive projects, and fantastic recipes fill the pages of this two-for-one quilting and recipe book. You will discover 12+ quick, season-focused projects including: a joyful wall quilt, family celebration quilt, sunflower pillow, "leafy" ties for ready-made pillows, and boot camp wall quilt, plus more than eight delicious recipes for salads—using edible flowers, soups and breads, and drinks and snacks.

Maple Leaf Quilts: 12 Projects, 9 Triangle Techniques by Ilene Bartos

Published 2008

The Maple Leaf block has been a favorite with quilters for generations. These quilts honor that tradition and add a twist.
  • Choose from 12 quilts that spotlight fresh ways to use Maple Leaf blocks
  • Find a primer of techniques for making triangle squares with perfect points
  • Find tips and suggestions to personalize your quilts

Beautiful Blooms: Quilts and Cushions to Applique by Susan Taylor Propst

Published 2008

Inspired by walks through the gorgeous gardens that dot the British landscape, this American quiltmaker has turned images of genteel scenery into stunning quilts and pillows.

  • Feature applique´d blooms in 10 wall quilts with 10 coordinating cushions ranging from 16" to 20" square, all in a variety of creative color combinations
  • Create English roses, Irish shamrocks, Welsh daffodils, and more
  • Find instructions for hand and fusible-web applique´, plus helpful tips for choosing a color palette

Rectangle Pizzazz: Fast, Fun & Finished in a Day by Judy Sisneros

Published 2008

Combine easy-sew rectangles with big, beautiful prints to make dramatic quilts in just one day. 5 projects.

Quilted Bags and Purses by Mary Jo Hiney

Published 2008

From large travel bags to small roll-style purses, these 20 patterns include all the carryall styles a quilter could desire. They range from traditional to shabby chic, from retro to contemporary. Most important, each one showcases the exquisite workmanship and close attention to detail that are the hallmarks of designer and best-selling author Mary Jo Hiney. She offers instruction on how to make pockets, both inside and out; how to put in zippers; how to attach handles; and how to add liners and bindings for the perfect finish. Among the standouts: a brocade bag to hold knitting supplies, a 60's-style piecework bucket bag, a clutch with traditional quilt block appliqué, and a small wool dachshund-shaped purse that uses Mary Jo's signature "quiltagami" technique.

Quilts from My Garden: 20 Projects with Recipes Fresh from the Garden by Karen Snyder

Published 2008

Whether its sewing/quilting or gardening that you love, it's easy to see the long-term benefits of the short-term investment you make when you use this doubly delightful quilting and cooking guide. This book opens the door to all things peaceful and enchanting with 12+ garden-inspired quilt projects, explained in step-by-step photos and illustrations; and accompanied by more than eight recipes. Partnered projects and recipes include a seed packet wall hanging and Rosemary potatoes, a needle case and Maple apple chicken recipe, plus hot pads with a vegetable theme and a corn relish recipe.

Love to Machine Applique: A Medley of Techniques by Caroline Price

Published 2008

Whether you are a beginner or have many years of experience, this extensive handbook has all the information and inspiration you will need to fall in love with machine appliqué. Explore all the techniques on your sewing machine as you make a gorgeous heart sampler quilt, following the hints and variations provided to achieve fabulous results. Comprehensive information is given on the tools to gather, suitable stitches to use, and the best ways to prepare your shapes for machine appliqué. Special techniques are also explained, including bias strips, 3-D appliqué, and reverse appliqué. Ten original projects are included, some to delight the beginner and others to challenge the most experienced quilter. All projects have detailed instructions supported by extensive illustrations.

Wonder Blocks: Stack, Cut, Sew and Go by Terry Martin

Published 2008

Finish cutting in mere minutes and finish sewing in just a few hours! These beautiful quilts are fat-quarter and scrap-bag friendly—you’ll be amazed at how simple they are to create.

  • Four projects introduce seven different blocks—assemble blocks randomly for one-of-a-kind results every time
  • Simply stack and cut fabrics into 2" x 2", 2" x 4", and 2" x 6" units, then sew and go!
  • Use these fun, puzzle-type blocks in four ways: with focus fabrics, alternate blocks, on-point blocks, or blocks in borders

Spotlight on Scraps: 10 Pretty Quilts by Cyndi Walker

Published 2008

Boost your color confidence with bright, bold fabrics! With a simple system for mixing hues, values, and prints, you can punch up the color in your quilts and give your next—or your first—scrappy quilt real sparkle.

  • Ten projects focus on limited color palettes, so it’s easy to achieve success on the first try
  • Find beginner-friendly lessons on developing color schemes
  • Don’t sweat the sewing—use simple strip piecing, folded corners, and fusible-appliqué techniques

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Loose Change : Quilts from Nickels, Dimes, and Fat Quarters by Claudia Plett

Published 2008

Finally a book to use with all those great precut fabric collections. Have fun using 5" and 10" squares and fat quarters or quarter-yard cuts in 12 creative projects.
Try a table runner, crib or lap blanket, or even a bed cover
Get up to speed on rotary cutting, traditional and foundation piecing, and easy optional appliqué and embroidery
Great for fabric swaps or using up your stash

Let's Pretend: Whimsical Quilts for Kids by Cynthia Tomaszewski

Published 2008

Come out and play! Look at the world through a child’s eyes and be tickled by bright quilts bursting with color and fun motifs.
Each design combines piecing and appliqué in big, bold shapes
Let your imagination soar through inspirational designs, from “Jungle Love” to “Mermaids”
Projects are big enough for snuggling with, hanging on a wall, or using for inspired play

Favorite Traditional Quilts Made Easy by Jo Parrott

Published 2008

Traditional quilt designs are a breeze with Jo's no-template solution. Using strips, rectangles, squares, and the folded-corner technique, she helps you turn advanced block designs into simple cutting and sewing.
No more templates! Using Jo’s simplified technique, you can create accurate blocks with ease

Learn shortcuts for making half-square and corner triangles
Includes seven projects perfect for the beginner to the advanced quilter

Dream Landscapes: Artful Quilts with Fast-Piece Applique by Rose Hughes

Published 2008

Stitch up a whimsical world! Fast-Piece Appliqué makes it easy to sew complex-looking shapes in a jiffy. Whether it’s your 1st or your 101st quilt, these imaginative designs will add life and sparkle to your world.
Find step-by-step instructions for four colorful wall hangings, plus an inspirational quilt gallery and guidelines for creating your own designs
Discover the best ways to work with large templates
Explore fun options for embellishing with fabrics, beads, bangles, and found objects

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Classic Quilts : Tradition with a Twist: 13 Sensational Patchwork and Appliqué Patterns by Rosemary Wilkinson

Published 2008

A beautiful volume that brings together the best of the old and the new in quilting designs. Thirteen sensational quilts are featured, using traditional designs & contemporary fabrics -- a collection of popular favorites including pieced quilts, applique designs & a section that combines the two methods.

The Quilting Arts Book: Techniques and Inspiration for Creating One-of-a-Kind Quilts by Patricia Bolton

Published 2008

Beginners and seasoned crafters alike will find inspiration and instruction in this definitive quilting resource that combines foundational techniques for quilting and fiber art with tips and tricks for creating one-of-a-kind works of art. Showcased here are some of the most popular topics, articles, and artists from past issues of Quilting Arts magazine, as well as new and fresh methods from today's most respected contemporary quilt artists. Hands-on workshops introduce crafters to each facet of the art-quilt trade—from creating abstract, pictorial, and landscape quilts to in-depth techniques on surface design and stitching applications. Each chapter showcases various art quilting concepts and ends with quick creative exercises and tips guaranteed to get both quilters and mixed media artists creating with cloth right away.

Quilt Blocks and Quilts from Your Favourite Fabrics: Recycling Fabrics as You Learn to Quilt by Kate Perri

Published 2008

Quilt Blocks and Quilts from your Favorite Fabrics is a guide to making the most of the fabrics you love. Quilting is a great way to recycle T-shirts, blue jeans, neckties, pajamas, even prom dresses—to give old favorites a quick and cozy makeover.
These 15 projects teach three of the most basic quilting techniques: patchwork piecing, foundation piecing, and appliqué. Readers learn how to “deconstruct” their favorite garments and then reconstruct the pieces to form the small individual blocks that are stitched together to form a quilt. Block by block, they’ll learn how to make quilt tops and “sandwiches” and then decoratively stitch their surfaces by machine—with straight lines or freeform shapes. They’ll also learn how to assemble blocks to make three full sampler quilts, adding sashing, binding, and designer labels

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Skinny Quilts and Table Runners: From Today's Top Designers by Eleanor Levie (Editor)

Published 2008

Crazy Quilting: The Complete Guide by J. Marsha Michler

Published 2008

This technique-driven resource offers timeless guidance whether you're a beginners or a seasoned quilter who loves crazy quilting—the only U.S. created quilting style. With details about all known methods of patching a crazy quilt, more than 100 embroidery stitches, step-by-step illustrations and how-to directions for finishing a crazy quilt, this unique guide is the first to cover the crazy quilting process from start to finish. You will quickly discover that the priceless information in this book will serve you for the rest of your quilting life.

Fast Quilts from Fat Quarters by Barbara Chainey

Published 2006

* Features 15 stunning projects using a revolutionary new system for cutting fabric designed to take the hassle out of patchwork

* Includes a block library that shows the enormous variety of design possibilities

Using a revolutionary cutting concept designed by the award-winning quilter Barbara Chainey, this book offers quilters ways to use up Fat Quarters (1/4 yard fabric pieces sold in bundles) and also shows how to make quilts in a fraction of the normal time. With expert advice on fabric choice, equipment and quilting practicalities as well as instruction on how to use this amazing new cutting system, this book is a must-have for quilters who are interested in working with Fat Quarters.

The Quilter's Catalog: A Comprehensive Resource Guide by Meg Cox

Published 2008

It’s not your grandmother’s quilt world anymore. Quilting today is a phenomenally popular hobby, artform, and business, often rolled into one, that attracts 21 million avid quilters who spend $2.27 billion annually on their passion. There are 2,500 quilt shops around the country, popular television series, guilds, Web sites, and national fairs—one in Houston draws 50,000 visitors each year.

Meg Cox, a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal, is one of the obsessive new quilters, and in The Quilter's Catalog, she draws on all her skills as a journalist to write the essential resource for contemporary quilters. Here’s the low-down on tools: computer-driven sewing machines, innovative rotary cutters, longarms. New and old techniques, from how to dye your own fabric to cutting-edge digital photo-transfer. Profiles of the twenty top quilting teachers— television’s Alex Anderson, Esterita Austin and her award-winning landscape quilts, Ruth McDowell, known for her bravura technique. Who makes the best fabrics and how to find them. A complete resource guide to the best Web sites, online groups, books, patterns, stores, shows, challenges. And a look at the new world of quiltaholics: its sense of community, its opportunities for business, its controversies (hand-sewn vs. machine-sewn), its attractions—quilting is easy, portable, friendly, therapeutic, often profitable, and the perfect way to mark a milestone.

The book includes 12 step-by-step projects from key teachers—a crib quilt, bed quilts, quilted ornaments—and instructions on how to hang, store, or ship a quilt.

More Elm Creek Quilts : 30+ Traditional Blocks, 11 Projects, Favorite Character Sketches by Jennifer Chiaverini

Published 2008

More wonderful quilts, inspired by the Elm Creek Quilters novels

* Each quilt accompanied by an excerpt from the novels

* Best-selling series of novels, best-selling series of quilting books!

The third in the successful Elm Creek Quilts series of quilt books is inspired, once again, by the best-selling Elm Creek Quilts novels. Publishers Weekly praised the novels, saying, "Chiaverini's the needlework she portrays, proves intricate, lovely, comforting, and uniquely American." Now crafters can make even more of the quilts described in their favorite series. Eleven lovely projects are featured, with complete instructions, template patterns, and a section on basic quilting techniques.

Complete Guide to Quilting: More Than 750 Step-by-Step Color Photographs Includes Every Method and Technique

Published 2003

Covers all aspects of quilting from designing quilt blocks and appliquéing to binding and finishing, giving quilters the tools to tackle any project with confidence.

This comprehensive how-to book focuses on instructing quilters in the fine art of quilting; it contains no patterns.

Valuable tips and expert trouble-shooting advice make projects easier and more enjoyable.

Crazy Quilting in a Weekend by Flora Roberts

Published 2008

It's creative madness with the oldest style of American patchwork-crazy quilts! Crazy Quilting in a Weekend revives the best of this tradition with a series of 25 beautiful, contemporary projects. Create lively designs that work as practical pieces for special gifts, personal accessories, or home accents. Projects are fully illustrated with over 295 step-by-step illustrations throughout. The comprehensive "Techniques" section offers a start-to-finish quilting course, with a focus on stitching and creating embellishments and embroideries. Also included is a master class on choosing and using the best fabrics, tips on budgeting and re-using expensive fabrics, and ideas on how to create effects that are eclectic yet stylish.

Amazingly Simple Star Quilts by by Jeanne Stauffer (Editor), Sandra L. Hatch (Editor)

Published 2006

This book features 40 exciting star quilt designs. In addition to large bed quilts, there are table runners, wall quilts, throws, place mats, table covers and pillows. Quilters will love these unique never-published before star patterns.Most of the projects are pieced, but some applique quilt projects are included. Step-by-step instructions make it easy to create these sparkeling stars.

90 Minute Quilt by Meryl Ann Butler

Published 2006

If you have always wanted to try quilting but didn't think you had the time, or if you've been quilting for years and want a fun break from complex projects, then 90-Minute Quilts is just the book for you! Through easy-to-follow timesaving techniques and the use of tested tools, author Meryl Ann Butler shows you how to stitch up everything from four-patch pillows and wall hangings to crib-size baby quilts and larger snuggle/lap quilts. In the time it takes to watch a feature film, you can now create a lovely keepsake to give as a gift or cherish in your own home. Now that's 90 minutes of pure entertainment!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts by Ranae Merrill

Published 2008

Learn to create six foundation-pieced spiral-based quilts-with no math! This one-of-a-kind technique for spiral quilt design allows you to create fascinating and beautiful art quilts. The bonus CD includes the basic shapes for the spiral patterns and the pattern insert helps you set up the perimeter shape, or draw free-hand irregular shapes without a template.

Choose your technique from any of three methods:

  • By hand, completely freehand, using only a straight
  • By hand, precisely, using a ruler to measure increments in each spoke
  • On the computer - Electric Quilt works great for all types of spirals
No matter the technique, the results will be simply amazing!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Bargello Blockbuster Quilts by Maggie Ball

Published 2008

If you love traditional Bargello quilts with their illusion of curves and flowing waves, but are wary of tedious cutting and the complexity of creating free-form patterns, this new 16-piece Bargello block technique allows you to have fun playing with a collection of blocks to create endless possibilities-the more blocks and colors, the more possibilities.
With the newly created block method, Bargello Quilts with a Twist allows you to create the look of Bargello with ease. Strips are cut and pieced in sets of four, counter-cut, and joined to complete the blocks. Using this versatile pattern, there are an amazing number of ways to arrange as few as 16 blocks to create exciting and unique patterns. Includes 16 quilt patterns using this new block.

Stack-n-Whackipedia by Bethany S. Reynolds

Published 2008

Paula Nadelstern's Kaleidoscope Quilts by Paula Nadelstern

Published 2008

Paula Nadelstern’s Kaleidoscope Quilts offers an inspiring retrospective of the great art quilter’s work, including a lavish 62-page gallery. Full diagrams for nineteen amazing quilts and a workbook on making kaleidoscope blocks are included, along with detailed instructions and insights on Nadelstern’s design strategies and construction methods. It’s like having Paula Nadelstern work right by your side, explaining as you create your own stunning kaleidoscope quilt.