Sunday, September 26, 2010

Orphan Block Quilts: Making a Home for Antique, Vintage, Collectible and Leftover Quilt Blocks [Paperback]

Published 2010

Make a home for your orphaned blocks!

Orphaned blocks can find their way into any quilter’s life. Whether they are leftover from an unfinished project, collectible blocks found at a garage sale, or even antique blocks discovered in your great-aunt’s attic, Tricia Lynn Maloney will teach you how to care for your orphan blocks, and make a home for them.

Orphan Block Quilts includes:

*14 projects, with 11 variations. From full-size bed quilts to table runners, these projects incorporate blocks from the 1880s to the 1950s.

*Instructions on caring for your orphan blocks. Find out about the common problems you might encounter with your orphans, and how to work with them.

*Advice on designing a setting. Not only does Tricia provide guidance on creating companions blocks and finding companion fabric, she also offers insight on how she overcame the design challenges of each project.

*The story behind each quilt. In addition to historical information about various fabrics and blocks, Tricia shares the stories of two of the blockmakers, providing a precious glimpse of the lives sewn into the seams of the blocks.

If you don’t have any orphan blocks, Tricia gives you advice on locating potential sources, whether from your own family or online. And it’s easy to substitute brand-new blocks, and make a new quilt from the ground up. Check out the 11 variations in the book, where Tricia did just that!

Whether your orphan blocks are antique, vintage, collectible or simply leftover from a recent project, you can sew the perfect setting that will let the blocks shine!

Quilting: 200 Q&A: Questions Answered on Everything from Popular Blocks to Finishing Touches [Hardcover]

Published 2010

Both new and experienced quilters will find a wealth of information on their chosen craft in this book. An introductory section discusses different types of quilts and presents a short history of quilting. Readers are enlightened with descriptions of Amish quilts, Baltimore Album quilts, Hawaiian quilts, crazy quilts, medallion quilts, and many others. Sections that follow describe the different kinds and shapes of blocks used to construct a quilt, as well as the patterns and tools required for quilting, color schemes, fabrics, cutting tools, machine piecing, quilting with triangular shapes, paper and hand piecing, appliqu?, creating borders, quilt backing, hand quilting, machine quilting, binding, and adding extra decorative touches to a finished quilt. The book's final section advises readers on ways to improve quilting skills. Suggestions include taking quilting courses, keeping a journal, connecting with other quilters, and using the Internet. A grand total of 200 quilting questions and answers are complemented with approximately 100 color illustrations.

From the Inside Flap
(back cover)
Got a quilting problem you can?t solve? Curious to know more
about a specific technique? Want to know how to achieve a range of decorative effects? Quilting 200 Q&A will come to your rescue, answering 200 questions on a vast range of quilting topics.
Questions designed for beginners and experienced quilters
Helpful advice from a leading expert on all aspects of quilting
Clear, detailed illustrations help explain specific techniques and effects
Chapters cover popular blocks, designing your own quilts, color schemes, hand quilting, machine quilting, and much more

Men and the Art of Quiltmaking [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Published 2010

What are they thinking?! The first professional quilters were men, participants in every aspect involving the production of textiles. Once quilting became a 19th century hobby and artistic pursuit, women became the predominant enthusiasts. Now there is a steadily growing collection of male quilt artists. What are they thinking? What are they creating? Is it different from what women quilters do? This is the only book addressing not just this corner of quilt history, but also the design sense of 30 men quilters via 10 exclusive patterns or processes for quilts ranging from traditional to contemporary. Interviews conducted by author and lecturer Joe Cunningham (famous for his musical quilt show, 'Joe the Quilter') are accompanied by more than 100 photos, including full or detail views of two or three quilts typical of each man's work. To date the only easily accessible records of men's quilts and quilting in the modern era have been exhibit catalogs and magazine articles. Men and the Art of Quiltmaking will enlighten you and spark your creativity.

Material Obsession 2: More Modern Quilts with Traditional Roots [Paperback]

Published 2010

By nature, quilters are fascinated by fabric, color, and pattern. And Sarah Fielke and Kathy Doughty have been feeding that fascination ever since the publication of their first book, Material Obsession (STC Craft, 2009). In Material Obsession 2, the popular team presents more than 20 new quilts in their trademark style, combining fresh, modern fabrics with traditional designs. The quilts were created in pairs: that is, the two quilters started with the same concept, then worked independently, producing completely different, equally beautiful results. Patterns range from easy to advanced, with a comprehensive technique section so quilters of all levels can join the fun.

Dual Image Appliqué [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Published 2010

Get two designs from each pattern! One fused pattern produces two blocks in this positive/negative machine appliqué method. It's simple, economical, fun, fast, and stunning! A single project yields a double return. Trace the design, cut out from fused fabric, and you'll get both your original design and the reverse of it in the background. Fuse both to other fabrics and there you have it-two quilts for the work of one. Machine appliqué and quilt the designs at the same time. There are mini-projects to practice with and 10 complete projects with patterns and step-by-step instructions. Projects suitable for all skill levels range from home dec and accessory items such as a tote, pillow, bell pull, wallhanging, and table runner to full-size quilts. Each project introduces new skills or techniques. An extensive gallery demonstrates just how versatile reverse appliqué can be. The variations in color, technique, and style of the quilts will inspire your own creativity.

1.6 Million African American Quilters: Survey, Sites, and a Half-Dozen Art Quilt Blocks [Paperback]

Published 2010

1.6 Million African American Quilters is a handy, eye-opening booklet about today's Black quilt makers: Latest quilt industry figures, including number of Black quilters nationally; most comprehensive resource of websites, blogs, and YouTube videos featuring African American quilters and guilds. Also included in the more than 270 references are selected textile artists, doll makers, fabric designers, and quilters from the African diaspora; six afro-centrically designed art quilt blocks by Washington, D.C. artist Francine Haskins; and bibliographic references, many annotated, for selected books, articles, exhibit catalogs, dissertations, papers, and films about Black quilters.

The Art Quilt Collection: Designs & Inspiration from Around the World [Hardcover]

Published 2010

Using the well-established methods and styles of the centuries-old handicraft, art quilts combine fabrics and other materials to create innovative, stunning, and contemporary results. Art Quilt Collection profiles several artists in the field-many of them award-winning-along with their creations, showing readers the step-by-step process by which scraps of fabric become vibrant works of art. Readers will be inspired to experiment with quilting techniques and create their own unique pieces.

Simplify with Camille Roskelley: Quilts for the Modern Home (Stash Books) [Paperback]

Published 2010

Use pre-cut jelly rolls, fat quarters, and more to add fresh, new style to your home. Enjoy the simple things in life-with colors and patterns that your whole family will love.

Picture This!: Capture the Essence of a Photograph in Your Pictorial Quilt [Paperback]

Published 2010

What photo ops do you want to commemorate in fabric? Your vacation, your family, the natural beauty around you? Learn inspirational techniques for composing a great shot, creating a master pattern from your photo, selecting the right fabrics, and designing a quilt that keeps your memory alive.

Hari Walner's Continuous-Line Quilting Designs: 80 Patterns for Blocks, Borders, Corners, & Backgrounds [Paperback]

Published 2010

Best-selling author Hari Walner is back with brand new quilting patterns, as well as some variations on old favorites. This book has something for everyone, from sophisticated motifs to sweet animal faces. Directional diagrams make it easy to smoothly stitch your design from start to finish in one continuous line.