Saturday, April 25, 2009
A black-and-white approach to easy paper-piecing—with a splash of color.
If you love the crisp, precise results of paper-piecing but stress over all the ripping and stitching, this book's for you! Black & White and Pieced All Over shows you how to use foundation piecing to stitch perfect quilts every time. Even if you've never tried this breakthrough technique, you'll pick it up right away following full-color photos and numbered steps that detail every stitch.
Open this guide and see for yourself. It's got everything you need to create an array of gorgeous quilts, including:
16 step-by-step quilting projects ranging from "easiest" to "not hard"
Clear patterns that take the guesswork out of color combinations and matching fabrics
A full-color "Getting Started" section that covers everything from choosing materials and tracing designs to stitching and finishing blocks
A CD containing printable templates for every project
Best of all, there are NO MISTAKES! A special "Opportunities" section at the end of the book shows you how to take an "oops"—like when you might have cut a strip too narrow—and transform it into a creative success. It's really that simple!
Black & White and Pieced All Over is the fun and easy approach to quilting you've been looking for. Put foundation piecing to work for you, and see how great (and stress-free) your quilts can become.
Take your French braid quilts in dramatic new directions with bold new shapes and sizes, techniques, and colors. 8 projects.
Make 12 stunning contemporary quilts from 6 different variations on the traditional Dragonfly block.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Get scrap happy with 18 projects designed for 2 1/2" strips! You can cut strips from your stash or use convenient precut Jelly Rolls. The projects feature easy triangle-free piecing in a variety of fabrics, from batiks and reproduction prints to florals and folk-art designs.
- Contains projects for quilters of all skill levels, including beginners
- Inspires creativity with a wide variety of designs
- Covers all the basics, from choosing fabrics to sorting strips to cutting and piecing
Nothing conveys a feeling of warmth and comfort like the traditional art of patchwork. This book brings patchwork into the twenty-first century with a treasury of projects you can make that are bold, bright, and innovative—yet just as homey and warm as traditional patchwork. The thirty-four projects presented in this book explore the techniques of patchwork sewing, appliqué, and machine quilting and include pouches and handbags, quilts and pillow cases, tissue cases and pot holders, all with a distinctive Scandinavian flair. The projects’ minimalist style, attention to detail, and simple aesthetic speak to our desire to create a warm and authentic life at home.Each project is presented through stunning photographs that exemplify the creative, calming, and enriching qualities of the craft. Detailed diagrams and instructions make each project easy enough to follow for even the beginning sewer.
Homecomings is a project, decorating, and entertaining book focusing on those occasions when families come together for special celebrations. The book is divided into five chapters: Easter Events, Independence Day Celebrations, Halloween Happenings, Harvest Gatherings, and Christmas Traditions.
Penny Haren's Pieced Applique: More Blocks & Projects: Introducing Innovative Techniques for Creating Perfect Blocks for Successful Projects by Penny
Innovative Techniques for Creating Perfect Blocks
Penny Haren continues her quest to take the stress out of creating perfect blocks with her Pieced Appliqué techniques. In her second book, she shows you how to build 25 additional blocks with the basic foundation blocks and techniques you have already mastered. While these blocks appear more difficult they are simple enough that a beginning quilter will achieve immediate success.
- 25 gorgeous blocks with full-size templates
- More than 500 full color photos, diagrams, and illustrations
- Color and fabric options
- No inset seams
Collaborative Quilters Take on Tradition: Classic Designs Get a Freewheeling Twist from Gwen Marston & Freddy Moran by Freddy Moran, Gwen Marston
Award-winning authors Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston reunite for a follow-up to their successful Collaborative Quilting. This time the duo uses historical quilts for inspiration and collectively gives them their own modern interpretations. Separately, Gwen offers unique insights about historical formats, while Freddy imparts her extensive knowledge about color and pattern. Then the two join forces, often using well-recognized historical quilts as inspiration for new, bold, and modern interpretations. Each author shares 20 of her own creations, along with an additional 30 collaborative quilts—and every project comes complete with patterns for shapes, pieces and blocks.
Easy Japanese Quilt Style is the perfect book for quilters who want to introduce Japanese style into their homes with ingenious quick-to-stitch projects. If you love beautiful Japanese fabrics, then this book will give you plenty of excuses to indulge, with 10 step-by-step projects ranging from bags to wall hangings plus variations for additional inspiration. The projects evoke the simplicity of traditional Japanese décor by using well-known pieced patterns, such as fan blocks and strip quilts, together with charming appliqué. Easy-to-follow instructions and diagrams offer a variety of ways to use panels and large-scale patterns, plus the authors include helpful advice on fabric choices.
Appliquéd Blocks & Projects
Established fabric designer and quilter, Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts, guides you on a journey that will fill your world with color as she shares her techniques for selecting and combining fabrics. Don't hesitate, just Hop To It! and you will be able to enjoy creating a beautiful appliquéd album quilt along with 8 charming projects that you are sure to cherish.
- 12 beautiful appliquéd blocks in the From My Garden Album Quilt
- 8 inspiring projects including: table toppers and runners, wallhangings and a stunning scrappy-star quilt
- Hundreds of full-color photos and illustrations, full-size patterns
- Step-by-step appliqué techniques - fusible, machine and hand
- Color and fabric selection guide using Edyta's "Rule of Five" system
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Create your own authentic version of the bridal sampler quilt made for Sylvia Compson in the best-selling novel The Master Quilter.
Take the traditional Storm at Sea block in bold new directions with innovative design and construction techniques. 6 quilt projects.
Fearless Design for Every Quilter: Traditional & Contemporary 10 Lessons Creativity & Critique by Lorraine Torrence, Jean B. Mills
Stock up your creative toolbox with 10 lessons in designing with fabrics. Follow 8 real-life quilters on their artistic journey.
Every Quilter's Foundation Piecing Refer: Easy-to-Use, Step-by-Step Basics Adapt Any Block for Foundation Piecing Techniques, Tips & Tricks Bonus 73 B
Plan, cut, and sew 73 classic foundation-pieced blocks, with easy-to-follow instructions and overview of foundation piecing basics.
Modern, innovative, and exciting: if you’ve never associated these words with baby quilts before, you will now! Here’s a collection of fresh designs that aren’t fussy, cutesy, or old-fashioned, but that still have that “aww” factor. Best of all, every one is easy to make, and most take only a weekend to complete. Try a round “Peekaboo” blankie with fanciful creatures hidden under fabric flaps, the clever two-in-one “Good Morning/Good Night” quilt, and a funny “Monkey Monkey” block quilt. Plus, there’s helpful information on choosing baby-friendly and safe materials.