Saturday, March 27, 2010

Geometric Gems: Quilts from Diamonds, Circles and Squares by Cathy Wierzbicki

Published 2010

Rich with color and design, every quilt in this book is a treasure!
Now quilters everywhere-from confident beginners to the most seasoned experts-can create seven dazzling designs using easy cutting and strip-piecing techniques. By making clever use of angles, popular author Cathy Wierzbicki presents intriguing projects that look far more complex than they really are. The book includes eye-popping photos and special sections on techniques and resources.

A Baker's Dozen: 13 Quilts from Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, and More by Patchwork Place (Manufactured by)

Published 2010

As the publisher of America's Best-Loved Quilt Books®, we just had to get in on the fun of quilting with precut fabrics! The stitching experts on our own staff designed and made 13 fabulous quilts-plus a bonus project. Now you can indulge your craving for fat quarters, Jelly Rolls, 5" charm squares, and 10" Layer Cakes!

* Find just what you're looking for in our bakery case-from sweet and pink like frosting to savory like herb bread
* Create lap quilts, wall hangings, and bed quilts in a wide range of styles for all skill levels
* Check out the color-splashed quilts-we're eager to share our quilting enthusiasm with you

Easy Quilt Projects: Favorites from the Editors of American Patchwork and Quilting by Better Homes & Gardens

Published 2010

37 quilt projects that are stylish, appealing, and approachable for the newer quilter

Every quilt is quilter tested

Beautiful full color photographs of every project

Full-size patterns for all projects offered in a tear-out pattern pack quilters can use again and again.

Each project includes a quilt diagram, assembly instructions, and schematic illustrations to ease completion

Ideas and inspiration for making beautiful throws and bed-sized quilts, plus an array of wall hangings, bags, pincushions, and gifts.

A comprehensive guide to quilting basics helps beginners get started.

Whip up Mini Quilts: Patterns and How-To for 26 Contemporary Small Quilts by Kathreen Ricketson, Chronicle Books Staff

Published 2010

Kathreen Ricketson, founder of the internationally popular Web site, presents 20 contemporary quilts from across the globe in this charming, easy-to-follow guide. From the lovely English Garden Quilt to the playful Road Transport Pillow, the projects collected in Whip Up Mini Quilts cover all sorts of themes and looks. With plenty of step-by-step instructions and helpful how-to illustrations, this book showcases an artful approach to design basics while outlining the fundamentals of quilting techniques. Best of all, it all comes in a user-friendly format with lay-flat binding and pattern sheets tucked into the front pocket.

The Quilt: A History and Celebration of an American Art Form by Elise Schebler Roberts, Helen Kelley (Contribution by), Jean Ray Laury (Contribution

Published 2010

The largest, most comprehensive history of American quilts ever published, The Quilt investigates the evolution of quilting in America. Author Elise Schebler Roberts traces the path of the quilt’s history, from colonial whole cloth to pioneer bed coverings, Civil War quilts to Victorian Crazies, and Depression-era patchwork to quilts of the present day, relating the stories behind these treasures and the people who stitched them together.

The Quilt is gloriously illustrated with more than 200 full-color photographs of classic collectible quilts, black-and-white historical photos of quilters, and vintage quilting memorabilia including pattern booklets, advertisements, posters, postcards, and more. Contributors include accomplished quilters and authors Alex Anderson, Patricia Cox, Sandra Dallas, Helen Kelley, Jean Ray Laury, and Ami Simms. The Quilt is the one book no quilter will want to be without.

One-Block Wonders Cubed!: Dramatic Designs, New Techniques, 10 Quilt Projects by Maxine Rosenthal

Published 2010

From the best-selling authors of the One-Block Wonders books. New techniques and design strategies using simple geometric shapes give you dramatic quilt imagery that seems to defy logic! Take the ordinary and turn it into something extraordinary with this book.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

More Favorite Traditional Quilts Made Easy by Jo Parrott

Published 2010

Jo Parrott gives quilters what they love: old-time favorites! Her no-template solution makes traditional quilt designs a snap.

* Choose from seven impressive projects plus two bonus projects; designs include A Storm at Sea, Broken Star, Geese in Flight, and more
* Find rotary-cutting and piecing shortcuts you can't live without
* Create the appeal of established patterns at the speed of modern techniques

Another Season of Beautiful Blooms: Appliqued Quilts and Cushions by Susan Taylor Propst

Published 2010

Patchwork Comforters, Throws & Quilts by Jeanne Stauffer (Editor), Sandra L. Hatch (Editor)

Published 2010

Focusing on patchwork style, this handy how-to presents 42 fun quilting projects for every occasion, from baby blankets, artistic quilts, and comforter shawls to foot warmers, throws, and bedspreads. Through step-by-step instructions, clear diagrams, and vivid photographs, the guide shows both beginners and experienced quilters how to create traditional designs with a modern twist. Starting off with a super easy project, each of the chapters—including Simple Comforts, Rolls & Squares, and Uncommon Quilts—caters to busy quilters looking to create quality pieces in minimal time. Mindful of both time and available resources, the instructional largely utilizes today's popular fabric cuts: 1.5-inch rolls, 2.5-inch rolls, 5-inch charms, and 10-inch squares. With several intermediate- and advanced-level designs, some of which feature both standard and 3-D appliqué, this lively tutorial is ideal for crafters seeking contemporary takes on classic quilts.

Rule-Breaking Quilts by Kathryn Schmidt

Published 2010

This one is for my friend Nan, who loves to break (bend, stretch, ignore, disregard) the rules...

Step away from the world of traditional quiltmaking! Learn how to create quilts that are truly your own, relying on your love of color and fabric to guide you. Kathy's techniques are quick and easy to master, all starting with just six fat quarters. No pins, no patterns! Easy enough for new quilters and fascinating for experienced quilters. The expectation throughout is for guaranteed success. There are no mistakes-- - only alternate design choices. Beginners can expand their technique skills and more experienced quilters will find new ways to tap into their creativity. Each of the projects is small enough to be completed quickly, yet each can easily be expanded into a larger project.

Tile Quilt Revival: Reinventing a Forgotten Form by Carol Jones, Bobbi Finley

Published 2010

These folksy quilts inspired by nineteenth-century tile quilts are easy to make and work beautifully with today's colorful, contemporary fabrics, but they retain that old-time style that makes them so much fun to sew and show off.

Fabric to Dye For: Create 72 Hand-Dyed Colors for Your Stash: 5 Fused Quilt Projects by Frieda Anderson

Published 2010

Tired of going to the fabric store only to discover the colors you need aren't in stock? Always wanted to try hand dyeing your own fabric but found it too intimidating? Now you can put those worries aside and create beautiful colors to fit your every whim. And the best part is there are no confusing, complicated formulas to follow.

Quilted Devotions: 24 Biblical Blocks by Lisa Cogar

Published 2010

Another one by Martingale with no description, but the title says it all.

Better Together: Two-Block Designs for Dynamic Quilts by Karen Sievert

Published 2010

There was no description of this book, but it sounds very interesting to me. I like the idea of only 2 blocks.

Quilting Party: Group Quilting for Celebration, Commemoration & Charity by Linda Chang Teufel

Published 2010

Presented in full color, this guide presents ideas and techniques to inspire quilting parties for a variety of occasions, including birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, fundraisers, and just for fun. Starting with a photo cut into squares, these squares are passed out at the party, enlarged, and then copied onto fabric. Once completed, the finished blocks are assembled into a fun and funky quilt. These versatile parties can be held in one day or over a period of months, with examples of projects completed both ways provided here. The guide is organized into two color-coded sections—one with instructions for the director of the party and one with instructions for the participants. Also included are step-by-step instructions for organizing a group, gathering supplies, techniques, and easy finishing methods.

Quilting in the Limelight: The Life, Art & Techniques of an Award-Winning Quilter by Philippa Naylor

Published 2010

Detailing her extraordinary career as a quilt artist and teacher, this memoir of internationally-known, award-winning quilter Philippa Naylor both recounts her development as a quilt artist and serves to further inspire her many fans around the world. Filled with the same meticulous detail as her intricately designed quilts, her story travels from a child in England fascinated with sewing clothes for dolls to the high-pressure world of fashion design to a world-renowned quilter. Along the way she also shares her techniques, secrets, and the most important elements of her quilts—drama, contrast, movement, balance, depth, and layering.

Redwork from The WORKBASKET: 100 Designs for Machine and Hand Embroidery by Rebecca Kemp Brent (Editor)

Published 2010

Get the highly sought-after vintage embroidery look in the 21st century with Redwork from The WORKBASKET, 100 authentic WORKBASKET designs presented in multiple digitized formats for machine embroidery. These vintage designs are available in JPEG format as well so even hand-embroiderers can create their own transfers. Discover how to make these designs with 12 projects that include dishtowels, an apron, a foldable tote bag, framed sentiments, a bed quilt and more. Instructions, templates, tips on thread and fabric selection and a visual index of patterns complete this great package!

Secrets of Digital Quilting--From Camera to Quilt: 8 Projects: 25 Techniques: Embellish with Paints, Inks & More by Lura Schwarz Smith

Published 2010

Next step in photo quilting—use a digital camera to create fabulous, one-of-a-kind printed fabric. 8 projects, 25 techniques.

Quick Diamond Quilts & Beyond: 12 Sparkling Projects: Beginner-Friendly Techniques by Jan Krentz

Published 2010

Have you ever stared at a beautiful diamond quilt and thought, I wish I could make that? Well now you can! Thanks to Jan's clever techniques and new designs, you can create these gems with ease. Using the fast2cutr rulers makes it even easier! Twelve new diamond quilt patterns-without inset seams!

Kim Schaefer's Calendar Quilts: 12 Months of Fun, Fusible Projects by Kim Schaefer

Published 2010

Start a family tradition that you'll enjoy all year 'round by making these adorable wall quilts. Hang a new one in your home each month! Smile with your cheery snowman in the winter, laugh at the mischievous ants crawling through your summer picnic, and get your apple ready for the teacher in the fall.

Design Art Deco Quilts: Mix & Match Simple Geometric Shapes by Don Linn

Published 2010

Make a bold artistic statement with your own one-of-a-kind Art Deco quilt. Mr. Quilt shows you how to create a masterpiece, from choosing the right fabrics for an authentic Art Deco look to estimating yardage, cutting fabric and planning your piecing.

Follow-The-Line Quilting Designs IV: Full-Size Patterns for Blocks and Borders by Mary M. Covey

Published 2010

Quilters can't get enough of Mary Covey's quilting designs! Now she adds to her best-selling series with this collection of all-new continuous-line motifs.

* Twenty pattern sets include a coordinating border, block, and setting-triangle design in each grouping
* Enclosed instruction booklet and full-sized pattern sheets make these designs super easy to use
* Quilting options include long-arm machines, traditional sewing machines, and quilting by hand

Beginner-Friendly Quilts by Leisure Arts

Published 2010

Whether your customers are just learning to quilt or they are experienced quilters who prefer easy patterns, Beginner-Friendly Quilts has their perfect quilt design! Each of these 14 quilts features rotary cutting and quick piecing techniques along with easy-to-follow instructions and full-color diagrams. The quilt patterns include Double Nine Patch, Butterfly at the Crossroads, Patriotic Gem, Four-Patch, Ohio Chain, Nine Patch Chain, Old Maid's Puzzle, Friendship Album, Burgoyne Surrounded, Crown of Thorns, Chinese Coins, Roman Stripe, and two baby quilts-just for fun!

Kaffe Fassett's Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts by Kaffe Fassett, Liza Prior Lucy, Debbie Patterson (Photographer)

Published 2010

In Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts, world-renowned quilter Kaffe Fassett demonstrates how basic geometric forms—squares, rectangles, triangles, diamonds, circles, and quarter-circles—found in natural and manmade environments inspire his quilt designs. Twenty-three of his magnificent, inventive quilts—ranging from the relatively simple Tilt, ideal for beginners, to the more complex Circle of Stars, for more advanced stitchers—are showcased in the book, along with step-by-step instructions for making each one.

Along the way, Fassett also offers over a hundred photos of geometric inspiration from around the world—everything from triangular watermelon slices, to rectangular sheets of metal on African scrap dwellings, to lollipop-shaped topiary trees in Japan. In the accompanying text, Fassett reveals how he experiences the colors and basic shapes around him, how we can train our own eyes to see this rewarding source of creativity, and how we can, just as he does, combine striking fabrics with simple shapes to create our own spectacular quilt designs.