Sunday, December 20, 2009
Friendship Triangles: 15 Beautiful Quilting Projects, Triangle Exchange Ideas, Easy, Step-By-Step Technique by Edyta Sitar
Jump on the wagon! Fabric designer and quilter Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts introduces you to the fun, beauty and ease of creating Half-Square Triangle Block Quilts through Triangle Block Exchange Programs. Quilts wall hangings, table toppers, a tote and more are among the 15 projects provided. Complete project instructions and illustrations. Beautiful full-color photography throughout. Step-by-step photos.
A Passion for Piecing : Breathtaking Quilts from Easy Paper-Pieced Units: 16 Projects + Award-Winning Quilts by Claudia Clark Myers
Claudia Clark Myers helps you create a masterwork by making a few easy changes in the way you think about quilt settings and combining blocks and colors. Bring your style to life with precision piecing, paper piecing, and Claudia's Magic 3-Pin method for sewing perfect curves.
More! Hand Applique by Machine: 9 Quilt Projects, Updated Techniques, Needle-Turn Results Without Handwork by Beth Ferrier
If you hate hand sewing, or can't sew by hand, or you simply like to do everything the fastest, easiest way, this clever new applique method is just what you've been waiting for. Beth Ferrier's breezy style makes learning fun.
Kaffe Fassett's Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts by Kaffe Fassett, Liza Prior Lucy, Debbie Patterson (Photographer)
More and more people are rediscovering quilting, and these newcomers want a youthful, fresh, and fashionable approach to the craft. Here it is: a comprehensive introduction to quilting with a thoroughly modern attitude, plus creative ideas and timesaving tips. Now available in paperback, it presents all the basic tools and techniques, and 20 spectacular projects—from small wall hangings to large blankets—reveal the amazing versatility of today’s quilting. Everything’s created with the beginner in mind…and each quilt is fabulous!
Pretty Little + Mini Quilts = ONE BIG SUCCESS!
Right from the start, crafters embraced Lark's Pretty Little series—and they’ll love this exciting new entry, too. Acknowledging the widespread popularity of quilting today, Pretty Little Mini Quilts focuses specifically on this hot trend in stitchery.
Mini quilts are no larger than three feet in length or height, making them perfect for quilters in the mood for a smaller, quicker project. These wonderful, modern designs—suitable for beginners and intermediates—are the creations of 25 leading artists, many of whom have a prominent online presence.
The featured techniques, all explained in the Basics section, include machine and hand quilting, piecing, embroidery, fusing, embellishing with beads and other materials, and trapunto.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Providing quilters, researchers, and design enthusiasts with a comprehensive tool for finding, identifying, and drafting more than 4,000 unique patterns, this encyclopedia of quilt block designs presents a method of categorizing designs that eliminates duplication and allows quilters to understand exactly how each one is constructed. Each design is analyzed in terms of the grid on which it is drawn, making it easy recreate the pattern in any size or color scheme desired. Each block is thoroughly researched and listed according the original name and date of publication. Double names and duplicates are cross-referenced for easy use. Packed with information and inspiration, this also contains photographs of full quilts, as well as a detailed bibliography and indexes.
Once upon a time, there was a quiltmaker whose quilts told wonderful stories. News of her talents spread far and wide, and she began sharing her secrets with others. Soon people asked her to write down her quiltmaking secrets, so she wrote books that became treasures. With this one in your hands, now you hold the secrets to making story quilts!
You'll discover a treasure trove of ideas, exercises, tips, and techniques for unlocking your creativity. You'll also learn the importance of mood, composition, and drama in story quilts. So start making quilts that tell your own colorful stories-and live happily ever after!
Images of Jan Krentz's fabulous diamond, star, and landscape quilts make these playing cards irresistible to fabric lovers. Priced for impulse buys, the cards make great small gifts. Display at your register with Ricky Tims' Playing Cards and watch them fly out the door! Also available in single decks.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Master just four simple blocks and you're on your way to an endless variety of quilt designs! Use one or a combination of blocks to make these 16 charming quilts, culminating in the stunning Cabins in the Stars quilt using all four blocks. It's never been easier! Just seven simple square and rectangular shapes make up the four basic blocks. You see triangles, but there aren't any to cut or sew! Complete yardage and cutting instructions are given for multiple sizes for the 17 different quilts along with easy-to-follow, step-by-step illustrations. Want to design your own block? Kathleen provides a conversion chart and worksheet so figuring your own yardage is a snap.
The flowing style and organic motifs of Vicky's original designs hark back to a time when traditional and contemporary tastes were combining for a new (nouveau) look. Use any of the 10 blocks in any of the seven projects to complement or become the basis for a unique style. Designed as hand appliqué work that is easily portable, these patterns can also be fused for quicker results. Projects include fun ideas such as a sachet cover, bolster, and tote, as well as the original bed-size quilt and miniature version, a wallhanging, and table runner. Beginners will learn the basics of appliqué; experienced sewers will appreciate the clear patterns and directions.
Quilt A Gift is a precious collection of beautiful quilted gifts for every occasion including birthdays, Mother's Day, weddings and Christmas. You will be able to create elegant home accents using pieced patchwork and appliqué, all featuring the author's stylish country charm. The complexity of each project reflects the amount of time required to stitch the piece, meaning gifts for a dinner party's hostess are quick-to-stitch and presents for a newborn baby are more heirloom.
Jelly Roll Challenge offers twelve brand new practical quilt projects to satisfy every Jelly Roll addict. Alongside the winning entries, every quilt has been recreated by the author, ensuring absolute accuracy and providing you with an alternative color variation. Each design comes with a full color styled photograph, comprehensive instructions and complete diagrams. Plus, each quilt requires one Jelly Roll and additional background fabric, making all of the projects quick, inexpensive and fun.
The Quiltmakers offers a unique opportunity for quilters to learn from the masters of their cherished craft. Drawn from around the world, top names such as Lynette Jenson, Jan Bolton and Joanna Figueroa have come together to share their expertise in this practical guide to a range of quilt patterns and techniques. Each of the chapters begins with a guide to the quilter's work and inspiration, followed by a practical project and valuable insight which is sure to be a treasured reference for quilters everywhere.
Sweet Nursery Chic combines cozy textures and playful prints, whimsical motifs, embroidered details and charming embellishments for a distinctive three-dimensional look to quilts, wall hangings, pillows and more. Simple block-pattern designs characterize each collection, which are perfect for anyone who wants to learn basic piecing, wool felt and fusible web appliqué, basic embroidery and quilting techniques. Each of the 10 themes capture the sweetness of childhood including Frog Pond, Blossom Bunny, Princess Lily, Butterfly Garden, Jungle Chic and more. In addition, hints on decorating, fun variations and baby shower gift suggestions offer you even more sweet ideas.
Book of quilting designs for hand and machine applique in three categories: art deco, flora, and japanese crests, plus more!
You're sure to find projects you'll love making in this collection that combines clever takes on favorite blocks and applique motifs with fresh, contemporary fabrics.
Creative Two-Block Quilts by Trice Boerens: Book Cover * Creative Two-Block Quilts: Original Blocks: 20 Quilt Designs: Unlimited Combinations by Tri
You've never seen pieced blocks quite like these original creations from award-winning designer Trice Boerens. Use them to make any of Trice's 20 two-block quilt designs, or combine them in your own favorite ways. The possibilities are endless!
Modern doesn't have to be hard-edged. Make a soft statement with statement with these irresistibly cozy, contemporary quilts built from simple squares and rectangles.
The project quilt has sixteen 12 blocks. It will include an 8-page color booklet that will include Applique basics and quilt project instructions. There will also be full-size applique patterns for the 16 blocks. Includes 8 page color booklet with 9 pull-outs.
Terrific Table Toppers with Patrick Lose: Decorate Your Home with Fast Fusible Applique: 10 Quilt Projects by Patrick Lose
Dress up any decor with 10 fast, fused applique table toppers. Colorful designs for everyday, holidays, and celebrations.
The Book of Painted Quilts: Hand Painted Quilts and Other Home Accessories: Hand Painted Quilts and Other Home Accessories by Decorative Arts Collecti
When fabric goes under the brush of talented decorative artists, the results are simply stunning. The painted quilts (and quilted items such as table runners, wall hangings, and pillows), along with companion pieces on nonfabric surfaces create a visual feast! You can see the talent on display—every stroke of the brush and every stitch combine perfectly to convey an overall cohesive feeling to each piece.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Quilter's Academy Vol. 1--: Freshman Year, a Skill-Building Course in Quiltmaking by Harriet Hargrave, Carrie Guerphan Hargrave
This must-have course guides you step by step through the basics of quiltmaking, from setting up your sewing space to binding and finishing your first quilt. Classroom-tested lessons draw on best-selling author Harriet Hargrave's many years of teaching experience.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Featuring Debbie Field's unique Northwoods designs these 12 flannel projects include full-size quilts, throws, table runners, wall hangs, and more. Helpful hints, full-size appliqué patterns, complete step-by-step instructions, full-color photos and illustrations.
You are going to love this book! There are only five easy techniques to learn for making 20 different quilts. Four different quilt designs are presented for each technique. Easily make whatever size finished quilt you want; charts include yardages for seven sizes of each quilt. The possibilities are endless! Rotary-cutting instructions, clear graphics, hints on pressing, and alternate color suggestions are included. Use the doodle pages to try out your own favorite color combinations.
Part global quilting travelogue, part cultural history, this artful, useful guide gives quilters all they need to create a variety of foundation piece quilt blocks featuring symbols from across the world. The designs range from the Asian om and Australian rainbow spirit to the American Indian turtle and African ankh. Each chapter features inspiring examples of how to incorporate the symbols into finished quilts, while tip boxes throughout share interesting information about their meanings and cross-cultural uses.
Quilting expert Eleanor Burns introduces two classic quilt patterns that are combined to make this beautiful Orion's Star Quilt. The Evening Star centers are flawlessly made using the Quilt in a Day unique Flying Geese method. Then they are surrounded by two complementary colors using easy strip piecing to form "logs". Yardage charts are written for all quilt sizes, wall hangings through king.
Wool is warm, thick, comforting…and one of the hottest new trends with quilters! Not only does quilting with wool add additional coziness to any project, it’s great for embellishments. These 25 projects include wearables, accessories, and home items. Find gorgeous versions of quilted bags and pillows; unexpected objects such as a hot water bottle cozy, a jaunty capelet, a honeycomb-inspired table runner, and a laptop case. (Of course, there’s also a few traditional snuggly quilts.) A variety of techniques are covered, including appliqué, patchwork, and ideas for charming embellishments.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Quilting for Peace: Make the World a Better Place One Stitch at a Time by Katherine Bell, Thayer Allyson Gowdy (Photographer)
As crafters of all ages take to their sewing machines in unprecedented numbers, many of them join a movement to distribute hope and warmth to those in need through quilting. These are volunteers who have inherited a tradition of comfort and protest, and a belief that they can make the world a better place one stitich at a time. Quilting for Peace, the follow-up to STC’s Knitting for Peace, profiles these quilters in more than 25 essays about individuals and organizations devoted to making quilts and other necessities for the needy. The efforts range from Newborns in Need, a group that makes clothing for premature babies at nearby hospitals; to Quilts of Valor, which makes quilts to honor wounded soldiers; to the Sleeping Bag Project, which distributes 100,000 homemade sleeping bags to the homeless every year. This timely book also includes 15 projects and guidelines for quilters who want to contribute to an existing effort or establish a new one.
Taking a journey back in time, Kaffe Fassett presents 20 glorious new quilts that feature all the romance of a time gone by. The eleventh in the series of best-selling quilt-pattern collections, Kaffe Fassett's Quilt Romance is a study in pastels and tradition set against the dramatic Italianate architecture of a tiny Welsh village. 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, Robert Horton, and introducing Kim McClean, an Australian quilt designer and teacher. The stunning photos by Debbie Patterson are just the start: complete instructions for creating each museum-quality quilt are included along with tips and techniques that Fassett has gathered in his more than 30 years of experience. Every quilter will treasure this next book in the series from an international favorite.
Quilting Art: Inspiration, Ideas & Innovative Works from 20 Contemporary Quilters by Spike Gillespie
20 remarkable quilters describe their inspiration and methods, show us examples of their best work, and offer advice.
Be Inspired by the Stories
In 1922, The Farmer's Wife magazine posed this question to their readers: "If you had a daughter of marriageable age, would you, in light of your own experience, have her marry a farmer?" The magazine at that time had 750,000 subscribers, and received over 7,000 letters. The best answers to this question are included in this book, along with the traditional quilt blocks they inspired.
Laurie Aaron Hird provides everything you need to be inspired and create your own sampler quilt:
- 111 six-inch quilt blocks, with construction diagrams for piecing the blocks and template cutting directions
- Complete instruction for making a sampler quilt in any traditional size: lap, twin, queen or king
- CD with easy-to-print, full-sized templates for all 111 blocks, and printable quilt construction diagrams
- 42 letters from the 1922 Farmer's Wife contest to give you a priceless glimpse into our country's past
Super Simple Quilts #4 with Alex Anderson & Liz Aneloski: 9 Applique Projects to Sew With or Without a Machine by Alex Anderson, Liz Aneloski
Whether you're a new quilter about to make your first quilt, or an expert looking for a quick charity quilt design, you'll love these super-easy applique quilts.
These glowing quilts bring together two of quilting's best-loved traditions: Japanese Sashiko and colorful applique. A large quilt gallery will inspire you to design your own Sashiko/applique creations.
Next Steps in Altered Photo Artistry: New Ways to Transform Images for Fabric & Quilt Art by Beth Wheeler
You've learned to print photos on fabric-now you're ready to explore the full artistic potential of altering images to create quilt art. Learn to transform ordinary photos in a dozen exciting ways with photo editing software. Bonus CD with Beth's original photos and graphics add-ons helps you alter photographs as never before!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Experienced quilters who want to share sewing and quilting ideas with tweens and teens will love these fresh ideas for accessories, home dec items, and quilts. A total of 17 projects include styles for boys or girls, young children or older, traditional or trendy colors, and bed or wall-size quilts. Projects such as the quilted laptop cover and the message board will appeal to quilters of any age. Several of the projects combine traditional art forms of collage, rubbings, and mosaic patterning, along with the techniques of piecing, appliqué, and embroidery. Both hand and machine techniques are included throughout. Because beginners and especially children are visual learners, every project is laid out with good basic quiltmaking instruction in easy to follow step-by-step photos.
11 mouth-watering new pieced quilts with matching dessert recipes create luscious color effects from basic blocks every quilter knows.
Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Applique: 2000 Traditional and Modern Designs, Updated History of Applique, Five New Quilt Projects! by Barbara Bra
Treasure trove of 19th- and 20th-century applique patterns, newly updated, includes 2000 applique designs and 5 quilt projects.
Beginning to intermediate level quilters will love this rich collection of runner designs with concise instructions that guide them through each exciting project. Several of the provided patterns are reversible, adding an extra layer of functionality to the finished product. Directions for adjusting patterns to fit a specific table, dresser, or trunk are included—ideal for displaying projects in almost any room of the home. As a special bonus, patterns are provided for matching napkins and rings.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Award-winning artist Malka Dubrawksy presents a bold, modern take on dyeing, geared especially to quilters and fiber artists. She’s whipped up a variety of easy patterning techniques—including resist, discharge, and overdyeing—for creating one-of-a-kind fabrics, as well as more than a dozen simple projects that use the vibrant cloth. How-to photos accompany the text, which focuses on sources of inspiration, tools and materials, dyeing recipes, and the surface design techniques themselves. Stunning images from the author’s sketchbook and photos of her workspace provide quilters with additional motivation.