Saturday, January 24, 2009

Simple Strategies for Block-Swap Quilts by Lynn Roddy Brown

Published 2009

It's hard to resist a block swap! If you've ever wondered what to dowith all those blocks you've collected in guild swaps, online trades, orat antique shops, this book has the answers. you'll find plenty of options - including cutting lists for making individual quilts if you don't have a collection of blocks.

Find step-by-step instructions for creating 15 scrap quilts

Get tips for starting a successful block swap, including suggested block sizes, fabric choices and more

Increase your creating options with the alternate layout suggestion in each project

Sunbonnet Sue and Scottie at Play: Designs in Redwork and Applique by Suzanne Zaruba Cirillo

Published 2009

Sunbonnet Sue is back! An enduring image in quiltmaking, Sunbonnet Sue has charmed quilters for more than a century. Now she ventures forth in dungaree overalls and her trademark bonnet for some old-fashioned play. You'll find her playing marbles, ice skating, riding a tricycle, and more--with her lovable dog, Scottie, at her side.

  • Journey down memory lane with delightful redwork embroidery and appliqué
  • Create nostalgic pieces inspired by typical childhood activities of the 1940s and 1950s

Quilts from the Heart II by Karin Renaud

Published 2009

Brighten someone’s day with a beautiful quilt! This fresh assortment of heartwarming designs is perfect for giving to friends, family, or those in need. For these new quilts, Karin Renaud uses the same bright color palette that attracted so many quilters to her previous book, Quilts from the Heart: Quick Projects for Generous Giving.

  • Packed with projects—18 in all—this book offers great value
  • Contains easy, traditional quilts suitable for quilters of all skill levels, along with a few that provide more challenge
  • Encourages quilting as a way to capture memories and connect with recipients

Mother Earth's Quilt Sampler: Applique Patterns Inspired by Mother Earth and Her Children by Sieglinde Schoen Smith

Published 2009

Four delightful quilts—one each for spring, summer, fall, and winter—celebrate the changing of the seasons. With each quilt featuring little children enjoying the pleasures of the season, this unique combination of appliqué and embroidery is showcased in each pattern with colorful, close-up photography, so that they can be seen in amazing detail. Step-by-step instructions accompany each quilt, and extensive introductory chapters examine the artist’s thoughts on technique. A template pack, shrink-wrapped with the book, is included as are full-size patterns for each quilt, which can be directly transferred to fabric.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Quilting by Sonja Hakala

Published 2009

Quilting is an old but still very popular art. From Amish country to cutting-edge, quilts of various styles appeal to crafters of all different backgrounds. Quilting VISUAL Quick Tips is an excellent resource for beginners as well as experienced quilters, providing step-by-step instructions for a wide variety of quiltmaking techniques. Perfect to throw in a tote bag and take along to a quilting bee, this book's photo-intensive format makes complex tasks seem easy to accomplish.