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Title/Author(s)/Classification(s) Date Introduced
Peanuts Quilted Celebrations - Shea, Kathleen (foreword by Jean (Mrs. Charles) Schulz), Christmas/Holidays

Applique with your favorite method Peanuts comic strip characters - Lucy, Woodstock, Sally, Franklin, Linus,  Charlie Brown, and of course, Snoopy.  Holidays represented include:  Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Autumn, Halloween, and Christmas.  Patterns for quilts, pillows, table runners, placemats, wall quilts.  TOOOOO cute!

Mar 19, 2015
Quilted Lilies - #6 in the Series - Hazelwood, Ann, Fiction

This is the sixth (6th) in The Colebridge Community Series -- you absolutely MUST read these novels in order.  Find out what Anne Brown, owner of the flower shop is up to.  Don't look for any hints on the back cover, just jump right in.  Light reading.

Mar 19, 2015
Easy Grid Quilts - Fisher, Karen, G.,

Sorry, I cannot properly explain here about the grid concepts in this book, but I certainly understood how the quilts can be made with grids when I read the book, so just check out the book!  For Sudoku lovers, there is even a grid (and double grid) featuring this puzzle.  There is really a LOT of good information in this book, including insturctions for spinning borders, puffy appliques, ideas for embellishments,  and creating tucked (pleated) fabrics.  Our thanks to Judy Dieter for requesting this book. 

Mar 19, 2015
Bargello Quilts in Motion - Berry, Ruth Ann, Bargello

We have many books on Bargello quilts in our library, but this just may be my favorite!  At first glance the book could scare one to death, but I promise that if you read it like a novel, start at the beginning, and use it like a recipe card, one line at a time, it is VERY do-able, and the results will be spectacular!  Try one of the author's "recipes" or use her directions in the last chapter to design your very own Bargello quilt.  We have Georgianne Morrissey to thank for requesting this book for us.

Mar 5, 2015
Unconventional and Unexpected - American Quilts Below the Radar - 1950-2000 - Kiracofe, Roderick, History

The photos of the 150 quilts are interesting, and the more I looked at them, the more I saw in them.  I was tempted to skip the essays, but I am glad I didn't.  Each essay's author comes from a different background, and each of the essays is very unique as they see the quilts with unique eyes, and prompted me to look at the quilts from their point of view.  As I was mentally comparing many of the quilts to those made in Gee's Bend, Alabama, I was particularly interested in the ideas written by a curator Ulysses Grant Dietz.  Hexie (hexagon) makers, don't miss pages 112 and 181.  For the yo yo quilt to beat them all, see page 114.  As I love making "string" quilts, I was excited to see the many examples included in this book.  Hey -- there is not enough room or time to mention all that I like about this book -- you will just have to check it out for yourself!  Our thanks to Linda Morand for recommending this book for our library.

Mar 5, 2015
Dare to Dance - an Art Quilt Challenge - Kerr, Mary, Contemporary

Quoting from the back of the book: "In every life, there are moments of pain, struggle, and joy, and each of these quilts share the artists' own personal, unique story." Fiber artists from all over the United States were challenged to express their own personal stories in 18 x 30" quilts reflecting the theme "Dare to Dance: An Artist's Interpretation of Joy." Sixty quilts are included in this book.   One of the artists, Linda Schmidt, has spoken at our SRQG.  Like our guild's annual challenges, it is exciting to see how many different ways quilters interpret their thoughts with fabric.

Mar 5, 2015
Dollhouse Quilts - Gravatt, Tina M., Miniatures

If you are ready to challenge yourself to working with pieces one-inch and smaller, you will definitely want to study this book.  Learn many tricks for making miniature quilts.  Patterns include:  Flying Geese, One-Patch Scrap,  Nine-Patch, Chinese Coins,  Victorian Crazy, a hexagon quilt, a yo yo, Grandmother's Fans, as well as appliqued oak leaves, Hawaiian-style,  and a Princess Feather. Some imbroidery stitches are  illustrated, and many suggestions for quilting.  This might just be what we need for take-along projects while waiting for doctors and planes. 

Mar 5, 2015
Curves without Piecing - Ornelas, Annette, Curves

Learn dimensional piecing of layering and inserting folded fabric pieces into the seams of a pieced block.  When the bias edge of a folded square is turned back and stitched down, a curve appears!  Thanks, Judy Dieter, for requesting this book for our library.

Mar 5, 2015
Mod Block - The Color Issue - Doan, Jenny - Missouri Star Quilt Co., Modern

This is a magazine, but looks like a book to me, so it will be filed with the MODERN books.  Learn what "modern" means in quilting terms.  This issue concentrates on color.  Patterns include:  Broken Bars, a Log Cabin variation, a chevron-type of braid, a hexi, triangles placed so that they look like envelopes, a double Friendship Star,  a tote bag, and more.  As with all of Jenny Doan's magazines, these patterns can use pre-cuts such as jelly rolls, charm packs, or layer cakes (or raid your own stash and make up your own combinations).  Thanks to Jan Andrews for this nice donation to our collection.

Mar 5, 2015
Yvonne Porcella A Memoir - Defining Why - Porcella, Yvonne, Contemporary

Phyllis Gallaway had Yvonne autograph this book for our library while at the big quilt show in Houston.  From this book you will be reminded that the author founded the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) while reading entertaining stories about her inspirations for her prize-winning quilts and enjoying her brighter-than-crayon colors quilts with that signature punch of black and white.  I was lucky enough to see Yvonne's quilts at the traveling Smithsonian exhibit in San Jose a few years back.  You can watch Yvonne on one of our library's Alex and Ricky DVDs.    A special note:  my friend, Cathie Hoover, who lives near Yvonne in Modesto, CA, was the photographer for the images on pages 134-137! 

Feb 19, 2015
Crazy Quilting - Dabbs, Christine, Embellishing

How very lucky we are to have this book donated to our library.  This book has it all.  In the history section several exquisite vintage crazy quilts are examined.  Many different methods of piecing blocks are demonstrated.  And what is a Victorian crazy quilt without embroidery? Numerous designs are illustrated, as well as the best tutorial for creating motifs that I have run across. 

Feb 19, 2015
Double Wedding Ring Quilts - Wolfe, Victoria Findlay, Double Wedding Ring

There is not enough room for all of the gushing I could do about this book.  I saw the author on the Alex and Ricky DVD that our guild has in its library, and knew that we needed this book.  It exceeded all of my expectations.  I was amazed how it read like a novel.  Her thoughts really touched me.  And then there are her prize-winning quilts!  Makes me want to work on another quilt series and document the whys and what ifs.  Here I quote Victoria:  "I have a fine art degree.  I was trained as a painter, and the difference between how I paint and how I quilt is that I was painting the sadness in my life - my emotions were always on my sleeve when I worked in paint.  My art had something to tell.  But when I quilt, I am totally focused on the joy.  A quilt is about being hugged, warmed, and comforted.  I love that usefulness that a quilt can provide.  It is also how I keep my traditional quilting roots connected to my past.  I need to make, to be useful - a trait I learned growing up on that farm in Minnesota.  You make, you create, you grow,you reap, you preserve, you cook, and you eat.  So I make, I sew, I cut, I keep warm, and I give comfort.  All these things lead to joy."  She mixes the traditional with the modern, the paintbrush with the needle, finding the best of all worlds.

Feb 19, 2015
Tangle Stitches for Quilters and Fabric Artists - Monk, Jane, Quilting

I had to make a choice where to file this book.  I decided on Quilting, but it could have also been placed under Modern, Contemporary, or Embellishing.  I saw a demonstration of "tangles" on one of our library's DVDs and decided to purchase the book ZENSPIRATIONS DANGLE DESIGNS by Joanne Fink for myself.  This book has given me permission to doodle, and I believed that these drawings could be translated into quilting designs, and sure enough, now there are books on just this technique!  To quote the back of the book: " 'Tangling' has become a popular art form and relaxation technique."  Here you will learn about tangling and stitching.  Use the technique on paper or turn it into such projects included in the book as a "biscornu" (French for quirky or skewed) pincushion (I have made a bunch of these!), bag tags, Artist Trading Cards, journal covers, jar covers, table runner, and, of course, quilts.  Be a kid - DOODLE, but as an adult artist, call it TANGLE!

Feb 19, 2015
Emporia Rose Applique Quilts - New Projects, Historical Vignettes, Classid Designs - Brackman, Barbara and Karla Menaugh, Applique

Emporia is a town located in eastern Kansas. Learn about why this town became famous for its quilts and quiltmakers in the years from 1925-1945.  The quilts inspired Barbara Brackman to design the EMPORIA ROSE SAMPLER and several related quilts and needlework projects, such as a table runner, pillow, and pincushions.  She encourages readers to re-create her designs, or mix her patterns and create your own versions.  On page 13 find a mention of historian Joyce Gross, who was one of our Founding (Charter) SRQG members!  Page 57 talks about using 'Wash-Away Applique Sheets" by C&T Publishing instead of freezer paper.  The extra expense has tons of advantages. 

Feb 19, 2015
Quilting Just a Little Bit Crazy - A Marriage of Traditional and Crazy Quilting - Aller, Allie and Valerie Bothell , Embellishing

We have many terrific books in our library covering Victorian Crazy Quilts, but today if you had to choose just one book, this might be the one.  Why?  It has a little of everything about crazy quilts, including some history, several different methods of creating the blocks, discussion of the importance of interfacing, many valuable tips for designing, sewing and finishihg, lots of embroidery stitches, plus silk ribbon techniques, AND it brings in the ideas of  combining the traditional with "modern." Study one of the best-known crazy quilts MY CRAXY DREAM on page 106, then read on the see how the two authors interpreted a section of that famous quilt. 

Feb 19, 2015
Log Cabin Restructured - Kuroha, Shizuko, Log Cabins

Log Cabin blocks need not be just squares.  Learn to draft and make Log Cabins in the shapes of diamonds, triangles, hexagons, and curves. Instructions not only for machine stitching blocks, but also for hand stitching, making this a really good take-along project.  Also directions for paper piecing.   Many different kinds of Log Cabins, including Courthouse Step and Double-Sided.  Turn  blocks into pincushions, potholders, pouches, drawstring cube bags, totes,  pillows, wallhangings, and full-size quilts with the excellent instructions included.  A nice bonus are the step-by-step photos for binding a quilt with piping. 

Feb 5, 2015
Graffiti Quilting - A Simple Guide to Complex Designs - Porter, Karlee, Quilting

The quilting designs look complex, but start with building blocks of simple shapes.  By layering, combining, shifting, and filling the shapes you will come up with an endless supply of options for quilting!  Thanks to Jan Andrews for requesting this book.

Jan 15, 2015
Shape by Shape - Free-Motion Quilting - Walters, Angela, Quilting

Step-by-step illustrations to create more than 70 free-motion quilting designs to use in specific shapes, negative space, and borders. 

Jan 15, 2015
Necktie Quilts Reinvented - Copernhaven, Christine, Ties

Give neckties new life with lap quilts, wallhangings, runners, table topper, and pillow patterns.  Learn to clean ties, cut them the way (no template) way, and tame slippery fabrics. ( Note from Sharon 'the Librarian' Fry:  no matter what anyone says ALWAYS WASH TIES BEFORE USING.  If they fall apart in the wash, it is better to know then, and not after the project is finished!)

Jan 15, 2015
Japanese Quilt Inspirations - Briscoe, Susan, Japanese

Ideas for using Japanese (or ANY) fabrics.  Tips for fat quarters, jello rolls, panels, and silks.  Patterns for quilts, wallhangings, pillows, drawstring bag, tote bag,  floor cushion, table runner, One of my favorites is a Kimono block.  A nice donation to our library.

Jan 15, 2015
Quilt National 2013 - The Dairy Barn, Contemporary

Three judges had a very tough job to find 85 of the best contemporary and innovative qilts from over 850 entries from all over the world.  Every other year since the 1980s The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio, has sponsored this contest, and we have all of the books in our library.

The original book, introduced November 7, 2013, totally disappeared.  Replacement introduced to guild December 4, 2014.

Dec 4, 2014
Pictorial Art Quilt - Guidebook - Secrets to Capturing Your Photos in Fabric - Wiener, Leni Levenson, Contemporary

This book is worth its weight in gold as there is not only tons of great information included, but the quilts are very interesting to study and enjoy.  Watch Leni demonstrate her techniques from this book on Alex and Ricky's THE QUILT SHOW DVD (Season 14, Disk 4).  Start with a photo, tweak it with a computer program, print to the size of the finished project, make a freezer paper pattern, choose fabrics, put it all together like a puzzle.  Sound simple?  Her book really does explain it all.  She stresses the VALUE OF VALUE.  We have her other books in our library also.

Dec 4, 2014
Remarkable Rectangles - Deceptively Simple Strip-Pieced Quilts - DeCarli, Robert, Rotary Cutting

With this book you can make a quilt (EASILY) that resembles the look of a very intricate woven coverlet.  Even though the designs are "curvy" there are only straight cuts, and not even a helf-square triangle, diamond, or rhombus to be found.  The author has done all of the work for us -- just follow the recipes and put a new blade in the ol' rotary cutter, make strip-sets, and sew!

Dec 4, 2014
Half Log Cabin Quilts - Craig, Sharyn, Log Cabins

Quoting from the back cover of the book: "Sharyn loves to take a traditional block and see how many totally different quilts she can make using it.  At the same time, her analytical mind is always tring to find easier and more efficient methods for piecing traditional blocks.  It's the combinations of her creative variations and her organized sewing systems that she brings to this new Half Log Cabin book."  You will marvel at the speed and accuracy for making these blocks.  "Recipes" for using 1-1/2", 2", and 2-1/2" strips, quilts in various sizes, and lots of different settings.  A skinny little book filled with good information and ideas.  We have most, if not all, of Sharyn's books in our library.  She is definitely the "What if. . .? quilter!

Dec 4, 2014
Applique Mastery - Naylor, Philippa, Applique

When Nancy McDermott saw this book at the Houston show she knew it was going to be a requirement for our guild library.  As with the author's other book, this is truly a gem.  She shows many ways of doing applique (including a rick rack trimmed applique!), stating that there is no right or wrong way, just the way you are comfortable with.  Besides expert tips, there is a full-scale pattern of her original "Bird by Bird" quilt, accompanied by a 12-month program of instruction.  

Dec 4, 2014
Machine Embroidered Flowers, Woodlands and Landscapes - Holt, Alison, Embellishing

With just two simple stitches (straight and zigzag) you can learn to create absolutely gorgeous "paintings" with thread.  Instructions for composition, color, perspective, light and shade, as well as silk painting and stitching techniques with free-motion embroidery.  Do be careful as you will be stitching without the use of a presser foot!  

Nov 20, 2014
Machine Embroidered Seascapes - Holt, Alison, Embellishing

Going beyond techniques in her first book, MACHINE EMBROIDERED FLOWERS, WOODLANDS AND LANDSCAPES, here you will learn about adding paper for texture in creating beautiful seascapes in free-motion machine embroidery.  Step-by-step photos assure success, even if you think you are not an artist.

Nov 20, 2014
Quilt Show, The - Series Thirteen- 13 episodes - 4 disks) - Anderson, Alex and Ricky Tims, DVD

Disk 1,  1301: Jean Wells (we have all of her books in our library) started the outdoor quilt show in Sisters, Oregon, where she has her quilt shop, The Stitchin' Post. Jean started out as a traditional quilter, but is constantly trying new types of quilting so that she never gets bored.  She was recently named to the Quilters Hall of Fame.  She is currently obsessed with LINE (in piecing and quilting).  She carries a camera everywhere and journals to record inspirations.  She now likes to work intuitively or she loses her creativity.  Don't forget to use dull fabrics as they make the other colors sing.  Value is more important than color.  When you get stuck with a problem, don't go to the refrigerator, refer to a list she has written that is in her newest book.  A tour of her new dream home, which is "green" and filled with favorite art and lots of texture.  Stay for the After Set.  

Disk 1, 1302: Mickey Depre - from her book on Hexies, which is in our library - EXCELLENT demonstration on English paper piecing (she says making hexies is as addicitive as potato chips, but without the calories!). Learn the difference between a hexagon and an octagon.  BIG tip - she uses silk thread to sew the hexies together.  Find a free star-of-the-month pattern on her blog 

Disk 1, 1303: Alex Anderson's son and daughter-in-law (from Israel) have made her a grandmother for the first time, and she is known as BUBBY, meaning most beloved grandma.  Alex shows how to make quick, cute, and easy receiving blankets, which she calls "the fourth trimester" as they make the baby feel its is wrapped up and back in the womb.  Quilts would be too bulky for this wrapping of the baby, so she uses flannel, a cotton voile (like a silk), and no batting.  Her method can be translater into a king-size quilt.  Grace Errea, who was born in England, lived in Argentina, learned to speak her parents' Polish language, now lives in San Diego.  She was transferred to California when she was an IBM executive.  Learn her concept of value, which she uses in her applique art quilts that are of a watercolor/Impressionist style.  TIP: she mixes her favorite special fabric glue with water to "baste." Learn more in her book, which we have in our library.  Don't forget the After Set.

Disk 2, 1304: Wendy Butler Berns shows an easy whacky pieced scrappy border - shows a quilt that has borders on only two of the four sides - also demonstrates Texture Magic from Superior Threads -stitch fabric on top of the product then steam to shrink down about 30% for a puckery look;  Sue Spargo demonstrates hand embroidery stitches (we have her books in our library!)

Disk 2, 1305: Mickey Lawler (Skydyes) we have her books in our library - shows fabric painting, demonstrates a landscape; Gwen Marston (her books are in our library) skinny finishes and Amish-style bindings; don't forget the after set (there is more after the credits) - Mickey mentions she was inspired by a series of mystery books about Venice, Italy,  by Donna Leon - Jan Andrews, Phyllis Gallaway, and I all thoroughly enjoy these novels!!!!!)

Disk 2, 1306: Anglea Walters - free-motion quilting.  Great website:  Sheila Frampton Cooper - first saw an article about her in "American Quilter" magazine (which we have in our library), and I was so intrigued.  She only started quilting in January 2009 when she volunteered for a Martin Luther King Day quilting event at Project Linus.  At that time she did not even know where a fabric shop was, but she had been an artist all her life, so quickly found her way around.  She has been accepted at Road to California, Houston, and Paducah.  Her favorite color blue is highlighted in her hair!  Learn how she does her improvisational patchwork.  She uses MonoPoly by Superior in her bobbin!  Her quilting is really exciting.  Since she spray-bastes her quilts with 505 Basting Spray, she loves Superior's titanium needles, which do not get gunky.  Visit her website 

Disk 2, 1307: Alex shares ideas for scrap quilts (value, color, choosing the right block).  Learn how to make a fast, easy Bow Tie block. Followed by a film of a documentary being made in Cariro, Egypt, about the art of the tent makers.  I noticed Bonnie Browning from "American Quilter" in the film! 

Disk 3, 1308: Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry at her Bryer Patch Studio/shop/home in Paducah, Kentucky - super hint: clamps from ceiling to support quilt while quilting to keep from getting tired - shows how she designs - demonstrates appli-piecing - her friend of twenty years,  Hollis Chatelain, stops by to chat - after her first husband passed away she turned the page in her book and moved forward by learning to ballroom dance as a hobby (as sewing is her "job")

Disk 3, 1309: Alex demonstrates fast-and-fun "hot flash" fan quilt with paper piecing; Susan Else - three-dimensional quilt sculptures - demonstrates collaged leaves, couched over thin, fabric-covered flora wire - uses a metal darning foot as she wears out the plastic ones really fast - has arthritis in hand, so worked with a hand therapist who taught her to modify her tools, such as her stuffing tool and rotary cutter - uses spring-loaded scissors - uses very thin, curved beading needles - demonstrates a diorama - the after set tours her small camper trailer studio 

Disk 3, 1310: Ricky shows a landscape technique using "confetti" fabrics and oversized random stippling stitches that anyone can create; Rose Sheifer - vintage textiles turned into quilts - after set tours her garage turned into studio

Disk 4, 1311: Lyric Kinard (2011 International Teacher of the Year)  explains the five fundamentals of good design (tecture, shape, line, color, value) - talks about thermal fax screen printing - gives hints for using beads  - we have her book ART + QUILT 

Disk 4, 1312: Amanda Murphy - blends traditional with contemporary - demonstrates making continuous bias binding - micron permanent marker to draw lines on back of binding material (will be cut on the line so won't show!) - applies binding on inny and outty angles - on the innys, clip just the binding, not the quilt top; demonstrates a really simple Christmas tree block and a snowflake block; shows how to sew pom pom trim on a Christmas stocking with a special #38 Bernina foot (don't stretch the trim when appllying) - a historical  tour of Charleston, South Carolina

Disk 4, 1313: Michael James (The Quilt Show 2013 Legend) demonstrates enhancing a wholecloth cloth with inset pieces, gives a tour of his home and studio - filmed at University of Nebraska, Lincoln - The Quilt Study Center  (a green building) - great website with a data base showing their quilt collection - college is the only one that offers a masters degree in quilt studies - he is digitally printing his own fabric designs -  "Quiltmakers through history have been the first  to adopt the latest technology"

Nov 20, 2014
Modern Quilt Perspectives - Knauer, Thomas, Contemporary (Modern)

Quoting the author: "Each quilt I make has a story, some of which are easier to tell and discover than others.  But the story is the whole reason I make quilts."  Learn his thought processes with a dozen quilt patterns, and what he thinks makes quilt "modern."  

Nov 6, 2014
Kaffe Fassett's Quilts in Morocco - Fassett, Kaffe, Fassett, Kaffe

Visit colorful Morocco without having to leave home.  And quilt patterns are a bonus.  

Nov 6, 2014
Quilt for Christmas, A - Dallas, Sandra, Fiction

Do NOT read the flyleaf and spoil any surprises of this book.  After you enjoy this historical quilting novel you will want to check out from our library the author's other books, including THE PERSIAN PICKLE CLUB, ALICE'S TULIPS, and PRAYERS FOR SALE, which need not be read in any particular order.  Sandra can be seen on our Alex and Ricky's DVDs.   

Nov 6, 2014
Quilts and Totes for Little Folks - Thurlby, Diane, Babies/Kids

Bunnies, butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs, sailboats, alphabet, Projects: quilts and diaper totes.  A Donation.

Nov 6, 2014
Creative Image Transfer - Riley, Lesley, Embellishing

I had been wondering what "TAP" was, and now I know tht it stands for "Transfer Artist Paper." This is a product the author developed for iron-on transfers to fabric and just about any other flat surface.  C&T published the book and markets the packages of TAP. The ideas are endless. My thanks to Judy Dieter for requesting this book for our library.  

Oct 16, 2014
Art Techniques for Quilt Design - Bloomston, Carrie, DVD

Quoting the artist on the back of the DVD: "My goal is to help people sew simple, artful stuff. My whole life I have heard people say, 'My aunt was an artist, but I can't even draw a stick figure,' and the like.  Phooey, I say.  Think of me as your inner-artist enabler!"  Our thanks to Judy Dieter for requesting this DVD for our library.

Oct 16, 2014
Handfuls of Scraps - Sitar, Edyta, Scraps

The English paper-pieced Grandmother's Flower Garden variation on the cover jumped right out and said, "This needs to be in our library!"  Scraps are the stars of this book, and we are encouraged to use them rather than keep them hidden away.  A gallery of antique quilts are the inspiration that gives us permission to play.  Patterns include medallions, stars, Monkey Wrench, baskets, one of the most interesting Snails' Trails I have encountered, Wild Goose Chase, and samplers, and more.  

Oct 2, 2014
Pieced Drawing - Exercises in Pieced Block Design in EQ7 - Anderson, Patti R., Computers

Jim Jensen suggested this book for all of our guild members who have the Electric Quilt 7 computer program.  Learn to draw pieced blocks that can be turned into contemporary designs making this a book for all styles of quilt artists.  Quoting from the book:  "The exercises in this book assume that you have watched the Help videos in the software and worked through the EQ Lessons available in the Help menu.  If you have done at least this, you should be somewhat familiar with the basics of EQ7.  If you have not worked through tese lessons, I highly encourage you to do so before proceeding with the exercises in this book.  In other words, you will have a lot more fun with this book if you are familiar with the basics of EQ7!"  I include the quote not to scare you off, but to prepare yourself BEFORE you check out this book so that others who are ready for the book may borrow it first.  I will be monitoring the check-out card to ascertain which of you will be able to help me design blocks in the future!!!

Oct 2, 2014
Becolourful Quilt Collection, The - deJonge, Jacqueline,

This quilter, from Delft in the Netherlands, designs and creates quilts bases on traditional designs but constructed with contemporary and colorful twists.  Fifty-four quilts included, and very few words.  I am so curious about the size of the quilts, the inspiration behind them, etc., but . . . 

Oct 2, 2014
Critters Quilt, The - Brandywine Design, Babies/Kids

Here I quote from the back of the book: "The CRITTERS QUILT is an original design by Linda Hohag, based upon the song, "A Place in the Choir."  Full size drawings include patterns for more than 35 different animals, birds, butterflies and flowers, and coordinating labels for the back of your quilt.  Instructions included for more than two dozen projects plus ideas for many more!"  Included: bear, parrot, owl, aligator, duck, raccoon, dog, cat, donkey, horse, squirrel, fox, grasshopper, cow, frog, hedgehog, hippo, turtle, beaver, bumblebee, fox -- all very whimsical.  A Donation

Sep 18, 2014
Sew Serendipity Bags - Whitt, Kay, Wearables

A bag for every skill level, every occasion, every style.  Twelve bags with variations, such as handbag, backpack, lunch bag, shopping bags, diaper bag, foldable shopping bags, cross-body purses, duffle bag, laptop messenger bag, etc.  Very stylish.  Super good instructions.  LOTS of illustrations so that even inserting a zipper does not look intimidating.  Full-size patterns are included in an envelope attached to the inside back cover.  I hate to let this book out of my sight!  A Donation.

Sep 18, 2014
Big 'n Easy - Supersized Quilts for Queen Beds - Hopkins, Judy,

As beds have gotten bigger with thicker mattresses, there is a need for larger quilts.  The author likes to make her quilts without a pillow tuck, therefore instructions for accessories such as pillow cases and pillow shams are included.  Patterns include Bergoyne Surrounded, Double Nine Patch, stars, log cabin variation, and more. A donation.

Sep 4, 2014
Take 5 - Quilts from Just 5 Fabrics - Brown, Kathy,

Choose a focus fabric and four coordinating fabrics; stack them, cut them simultaneously, and sew! The fifteen patterns are all very easy, and yet look difficult.  Designs include a Maple Leaf, Pinwheel, Log Cabin, Snowball, Square-in-Square, Rail Fence, Stars, and more.  A Donation. Signed book

Sep 4, 2014
Stretching for Quilters - Cook, Randall, DVD

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EVERYONE needs to check this DVD out.  Your quilting will benefit from taking care of YOURSELF, and it is as easy to do as S-T-R-E-T-C-H-I-N-G.  Randall is a fitness professional who also happens to be a quilter.  Check out his website to learn what famous quilters he hangs out with and see his quilts!  A super donation for our library

Aug 21, 2014
Scrappy Bits Applique - Brinkley, Shannon, Scraps

Your scraps can easily be turned into works of art with this very simple collage technique that employs raw-edge applique.  Learn how to have a "modern" look with vintage fabrics.  Patterns include baby quilts, wall hangings, and pillows.  My very favorite is the world map!

Aug 21, 2014
Feedsacks - Beautiful Quilts from Humble Beginnings - McGinnis, Edie, History

I did not know that feedsacks were often called "chicken linen."  This is a very easy-to-read and enjoyable history about feedsacks.  The book contains such patterns as:  pyramids; lots of different stars; appliqued tulip wreath, rose,  and darling Scottie dog; an easy nine-patch; a seven sisters table topper; flower pot basket; and more.  Also included are projects: handtowels, needlepunch, a crocheted doily, and more.  It goes without saying that any fabric may be used for these projects, not just feedsacks.  A Donation.

Aug 7, 2014
Sneaky Piecing - Ferrier, Beth, Basics

After Pat Schabel read our library's copy of MORE! HAND APPLIQUE BY MACHINE she asked if there were other books by Beth.  You will recognize Beth from Alex Anderson's SIMPLY QUILTS show, as well as Alex and Ricky's THE QUILT LIFE.  Her humor and down-to-earth tips and techniques on TV are reiterated in her writing.  I am filing this with the other BASICS books, but by no means is this only meant to be read by new quilters.  There are definitely many ideas for quilters at all levels of expertise.  

Jul 17, 2014
Simple Graces - Diehl, Kim,

The colors on the cover jumped out at me, and then when I looked more closely I noticed a quilt with yo-yos used in a different manner.  Lightbulb!  Stay tuned for my interpretation of that yo-yo quilt.  As a bonus, this book also includes ideas for wool appliques.  Each of the eight quilt patterns is accompanied by at least one additional companion project, such as a lampshade, tea towel, pincushion, pillowcase, mug rugs, throw pillow, door hanger, and sunglasses sleeves.  I am having a hard time giving this book up!

Jul 3, 2014
Wild Blooms and Colorful Creatures - Williams, Wendy, Folk Art

Whimsical, bright, happy folkart-style flowers, leaves, birds, owls, bumblebees, dragonflies, butterflies, trees, fish, donkies, horses, zebras, camels, giraffes, hippos, elephants, flamingoes, sheep, lions, and houses.  Patterns for quilts of various sizes, pillows, sewing kit, needle case, and bags. Use combinations of wool, cotton, and/or linen.  Enhance with hand embroidery stitches, thirteen, of which are illustrated.  

Jul 3, 2014
More Adventures with Leaders and Enders - Hunter, Bonnie K., Scraps

To quote from the back cover of the book: "Imagine making more than one quilt at a time while watching your stash dwindle.  Sounds too good to be true, but it's not!  Join Bonnie K. Hunter as she shows you how to get your scraps organized into usable sizes - at the same time, you're saving money, fabric, thread and time."  Or you can jump right in and start from scratch and make any of the dozen terrific quilts without working on other quilts at the same time -- lots of options -- just enjoy!  Patterns include bowties, spools,  stars, crosses, appliqued baskets, and lots of squares and triangles.

Jul 3, 2014
Dynamic Quilts with Easy Curves - Alexander, Karla, Stack 'n Whack

Take Karla's Stack the Deck technique and learn the easy way to make blocks with curves.  If you are not confident with cutting curves freehand, use on of the rulers Karla has designed. Patterns include hearts, diamonds, rails and fences, circles, and more -- all very do-able while only looking complicated.  

Jul 3, 2014
Critter Halloween - Brandywine Design, Christmas and Holidays

I just could not help myself ~~ those adorable bears, hedgehogs, owls,dogs, cats, pigs, etc., in their Halloween costumes just crack me up.  Make all of the characters, or choose one for a small wall quilt, pillow, or Trick or Treat bag.  Too yummy, and no calories!

Jul 3, 2014
Critter Christmas, A - Brandywine Design, Christmas and Holidays

Since it is never too early to start making Holiday items, check out these super cute penguins, bears, cats, reindeer, mice, hedgehogs, owls, birds, sheep, turtles, squirrels dressed in hats, scarves, mittens, and coats.  Use them all in a quilt, with the addition of a tree,  ornaments, gift boxes, hearts, snowflake and stars blocks; or add them to a stocking, gift bag, small quilt, or a label.  Toooooo cute!

Jul 3, 2014
Quilter's Applique Workshop, The - Kosbab, Kevin, Appli

Applique need not be limited to traditional quilts.  Here the author thoroughly teaches three methods of applique (raw-edge, prepared-edge, and needle-turn), and illustrates with the "modern" look.  We are encouraged to have fun with our quilting with ideas for bed quilts, wall quilts, table runners/toppers, and pillows.  Some projects are quick and easy, some, such as the fruit sampler, more time consuming.  Judy Dieter requested this book for our library.  

Jun 19, 2014
Pieced Hexies - A New Tradition in English Paper Piecing - Depre, Mickey, Shapes

English paper-piecing is an old technique, but Mickey has devised endless ways to update these little hexagons we associate with "Grandmother's Flower Garden" quilts.  When you finish reading this book and want to see more, let me know and I will purchase her sequel.  

Jun 5, 2014