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Title/Author(s)/Classification(s) Date Introduced
Nine Patch - New Quilts from an Old Favorite - American Quilter's Society - edited by Linda Baxter Lasco, Nine Patch

For the past 22 years American Quilter's Society (AQS) has put out a challenge ~~ turn the specifically chosen traditional block for that year into something new and exciting.  Learn about the Nine Patch block, then admire the winners' and finalists' quilts.  Each quilt has a biography of the maker(s), the inspiration, and/or tips, techniques, or patterns.  Our library has the entire set of 22 books (including such blocks as Sunflower, Baskets, and Carolina Lily). 


Sep 3, 2015
Ancient Art of Applique, The - Patterns from the Tentmakers of Cairo - Browning, Bonnie K., Applique

From the back of the book, I quote: "Based on ancient Egyptian art and architecture from buildings, tombs, and scrolls, these 18 designs will enhance traditional or modern applique quilts.  The story of how this obscure traditional work came to the attention of AQS is complemented by on-the-scene reporting from the tentmakers' street in Cairo.  Photos of the 17 tentmakers add a human touch and connect the reader to a people, a place, and an ancient artistic heritage from halfway around the world."  AQS = American Quilter's Society.  Our thanks to Jim Jensen for requesting this book for our library.


Aug 20, 2015
Strip Delight - Jelly Roll - 2-1/2" Strips - McNeill, Suzanne, Pre-cuts

These patterns are designed especially for Jelly Rolls (those 2-1/2 inch pre-cut strips), but remember that you can make your very own Jelly Rolls from your existing stash as fabric requirements are also listed.  The quilts in this book can each be made from just one Jelly Roll, plus the addition of borders.  These patterns are excellent for beginners -- and think "Community Quilts!"  Our thanks to Anne Dondero for donating this book to our library.


Aug 20, 2015
Block - Summer - Volume 2 - Issue 3 - Doan, Jenny - Missouri Star Quilt Co., Blocks

These magazines are so book-like that I am filing them with our books.  You will find them (when not checked out, which is infrequent!) in our "Block" section in our wonderful Storage Room.  A variety of patterns, from easy to fussy, are illustrated with photos and Jenny's charming stories of her large, beloved family. Included:  American flag, Dresden Sunburst, an unusual Star, a frenzied 4-patch, a holiday table runner, Dresden Christmas Tree, a design that appears to be woven (easy!), super-simple pine trees, a Disappearing Pinwheel, and a traditional Star.  Our thanks to Jan Andrews for sharing her subscription with all of us! 


Aug 20, 2015
Earthly Delights - The Perfect Finish - Buckley, Karen Kay,

There are so many subjects covered in this book that I cannot decide where to file it, so look for it on the cart! Here you will learn about Karen, follow her thoughts as she creates her prize-winning quilts, find out about her top ten tips for piecing and applique (such as making perfect circles to applique).  She also discusses the pros and cons of bias and straight grain bindings, binding with a mitered corner, scalloped borders, swags, flanges, piping, and so much more.  A wonderful donation for our library. Autographed.


Aug 16, 2015
Colebridge Quilted Christmas, A - Hazelwood, Ann, Fiction

This is the seventh and final installment in this fictional series.  Easy, quick reads.  MUST read in order. 


Aug 6, 2015
All Points Patchwork - English Paper Piecing Beyond the Hexagon - Gilleland, Diane, Shapes

If you are considering exploring English Paper Piecing (EPP) you are going to want to own this book for your reference library!  Even though there are tons of photos of projects, these are only for inspiration as the patterns are not included.  What is included are more instructions, photos, references, tips and hints about EPP not only for hexagons but also for octagons, diamonds, "jewels," triangles, tumblers, pentagons,clamshells, "Dresdens," and curves than you will find in any other volume.  We have Jan Andrews to thank SEW very much for suggesting this book for our library. 


Jul 16, 2015
Merry Christmas with Kim Schaefer, A - Schaeffer, Kim, Christmas/Holidays

Christmas in July!  Quilters know that we can never start too early as those holidays creep up on us so quickly.  Patterns included:  three different tree skirts, numerous place mats, table toppers, table runners, quilts, wreaths, banners, coaster, gift tags, pillows, and even a unique ornament tree.  Designs included: a whacky snowperson, and even whackier reindeer and Santa, a cuddly Santa face, snowflake, bird, holly, and a Rudolph face that makes me want one of my very own. 


Jul 16, 2015
3 Times the Charm - Book Two - Groves, Barbara and Mary Jacobson (Me and My Sister Designs), Pre-cuts

Grab a charm pack, or cut 5" x 5" squares from your collection, and whip up one of the seven easy designs.  Each pattern is illustrated in three different color combinations. 


Jul 16, 2015
Japanese Flowers in Applique - Campbell, Eileen, Japanese

The best way to solve a bidding war on the Silent Auction Table?  Add the item to the library so all can share it!  What a lovely donation this is for all of us.  Beautiful patterns for Iris, Camellia, Hydrangeas, Waterlilies, Chrysanthemums, Wisteria, Roses, Peonies, and "blossoms" (maybe Cherry blossoms?), and even instructions for three-dimensional butterflies.  Make one block, or combine many or all into a beautiful sampler. 


Jul 16, 2015
Sashiko Designs - A Collection of 200 Motifs - Pippen, Sylvia, Japanese

Our June 18, 2015, speaker, Sylvia Pippen, very generously donated this autographed copy for our library.  Here is a brief history of Sashiko (Japanese for "little stabs"), easy instructions, and patterns (such as cranes, family crests, butterflies, fans, flowers, ocean waves, knots, foilage, geometrics, and more).  These designs need not be limited to Sashiko -- try them for quilting!


Jul 2, 2015
Fabulous Finishes - Knapp, Susan Brubaker, DVD

DVD -  finishing, hanging, and binding techniques, including mitered corners, satin stitch edging, pillowcase-turn method, facing, framing in a shadow box, hanging sleeve, and more.  Susan is one of the most well-prepared, well-spoken DVD teachers that I have encountered.    Requested by Judy Dieter.


Jul 2, 2015
Creative Cloth - Mayer, Anita Luvera, DVD

2-DVDs in the box filled with ideas for wearables -- but the ideas can easily be transferred to other projects.  Great beading tips.  Journal ideas.  Wrapped (carbone) rings.  CROCHET your own braid! Painting and dyeing.  Don't forget -- there are PAUSE and REWIND buttons that you can use if she speaks too fast or you wish to go back to examine something!  My question is:  what keeps this woman, who was 79 years old in 2012 when these DVDs were made, so YOUNG!    Our thanks to Norma Viglienzone for this donation to our library. 


Jul 2, 2015
500 Traditional Quilts - Bresenhan, Karey Patterson, Juror,

Juried by Karen Patterson Bresenhan, the woman who started International Quilt Market (and more!), this collection of quilts represents work of national and international artists.  A little of everything, with many Baltimore quilts and lots of hexagons.  Be sure to check out page 53 to see the quilt created by former guild member Jan Head!  Something for everyone in this book.  A huge complaint from me -- why was this book not printed in a larger format!!!  Should be on coffee tables!!!


Jul 2, 2015
Sun-Kisssed Quilts and Crafts - Baker, Barbara K. and Jeri Boe, Dyeing and Painting

This book could not have been donated to our library at a better time.  Sylvia Pippen mentioned "sun printing" in her lecture on June 18, 2015, and there was so much interest that Phyllis Gallaway immediately started putting together a special workshop,.  Learn this very simple technique, with lots of variations, and use the results in quilts or in other projects listed in this book, such as pillows, a table runner, lingerie bag, a director's chair, lampshade, greeting cards, gift bags, baby clothes, aprons.  This is a fun project for kids, too!


Jul 2, 2015
Art Quilt Design with Hand-Carved Printing Blocks - St. Charles, Cynthia, DVD

Start out by painting and/or piecing a background fabric, then learn to easily cut your very own designs on blocks and print them onto the fabric.  Our thanks to Judy Dieter for requesting this DVD for our library.


Jul 2, 2015
Robert's Rule of Order - Newly Revised - In Brief - Roberts,

Our Santa Rosa Quilt Guild's "Policies, Procedures, and Reference Manual" (PPRM) states that our Guild supply our President, Vice President, Parliamentarian, and Library with copies of a ROBERT'S RULES that we may refer to if we need assistance in clarifying how to run a meeting.  One copy will be kept in the Librarian's tote bag for use at guild and board meetings, and the other Library copy will be on the cart and may be checked out by any Member.  Dianne Cheli, our Parliamentarian, researched and found this version the easiest to use, and found the best price at amazon.com  for us. We thank her for her efforts! 


Jul 2, 2015
Quilter's Practical Guide to Color, The - Goldsmith, Becky, Color

Here I quote the introduction to the book that Diana Roberts has requested for our library: "Knowing why color scares you is half the battle.  What comes next is figuring out how to move forward.  This book is designed to help you do just that.  It is a 'practical' guide to color, with information that will benefit both beginning and experienced quilters alike."  Lots of very helpful examples.  Projects include easy to more complicated applique patterns.  Make the quilts traditional or modern with the flick of color and fabric choices. 


Jun 18, 2015
By the Block - Rogers, Siobhan, Modern

Here I quote the back cover of the book:  "Today's quilters have many demands on their time but still want to create beautiful quilts.  'By the Block' shows the time-poor quilter how to make sophisticated, complex-looking quilts that are based on easy-to-assemble quilt blocks.  The 18 quilts in the book feature modern fabric choices and clever design, but all use standard quilting techniques that are in virtually every quilter's skill set." 


Jun 18, 2015
3-Fabric Quilts - Wiener, Leni Levenson, Basics

Good basic instructions for new, as well as experienced, sewers. Excellent advide on how to choose just three fabrics to make a quilt.  As some of the color and fabric choices may not be to your liking, I advise visualizing each of the quilts as you might if you had copied them with a black and white printer; study the design, and then choose your own colors and fabrics.  These quilts would be great for donating to Community Quilts while practicing your skills.  This book could be filed under "Modern," but I have chosen to keep it with "Basics" instead. 


Jun 18, 2015
Block - Spring - Volume 2, Issue 2 - Doan, Jenny - Missouri Star Quilt Co., Scraps

Valuable tips for using the fabric "Cuddle."  Patterns for sailboats, skateboards, crazy birds, pennant flags, a planned scrappy four-patch, quick strips quilt (good use for large prints you hate to cut into), a 14-patch scrap block, a different kind of bears' paws, curvy Orange Peel, quick squares and triangles.  And all accompanied with Jenny's charming stories of her large family.  Another nice donation from Jan Andrews.  (Note:  These magazines are filed with the books under "Scraps.")


Jun 18, 2015
Big Book of Scrap Quilts - Owens, L. Amanda and Patricia Wilens, Scraps

This one book of patterns could keep any quilter busy for a lifetime.  Patterns include something for everyone, and all levels of quilters:  appliqued Scotties, cups and saucers, super easy Rail Fence, Queen's Jewels, Dizzy Geese (used for a SRQG Opportunity Quilt!), tons of different stars, Double T, Birds in the Air, Tree of Life, Winding Ways, Basket of Flowers, Summer Baskets, and a couple of other basket blocks,  Fantasy Fish, Crossroads to Jericho, appliqued wildflowers, Spider Web, Honeybee, Spools, Devil on the Run, Irish Chain, Courthouse Steps, African King, Feathered Stars, Maple Leaf, Corn and Beans, Bow Tie, Shoo-fly, Wild Goose Chase, Prairie Queen, Double Wedding Ring, String Squares (one of my all-time favorites to make), Dresden Plate, Kaleidoscope, Freddy Moran's Funky Chicken, Pine Burr, Bear's Paw, houses, Churn Dash, and lots more -- plus basic sewing and quilting instructions.  This might be the book to take to an island!  A wonderful donation.


Jun 18, 2015
Machine Embroidery Makes the Quilt - Albin, Patty, Computers

Inspiration for using machine embroidery in quilt projects.  An introduction to computer software programs. Thoughts on quilt labels.  Discussion of needles.  Advice on using specialty threads.  Includes CD with designs for the six projects (a simple Irish Chain with embroidered filler blocks, a different kind of crazy quilt, pansies, redwork, an embroidered Double Wedding Ring, and a miniature Baltimore Album).  A nice donation for our library. 


Jun 18, 2015
Learning EQStitch - Menear, Yvonne, Computers

An introductory guide for basic machine embroidery, applique, and quilting for EQStitch, a plug-in program to Electric Quilt 7.  Quoting from the back of the book:  "Yvonne's straight-forward style makes learning the tools of the Stitching worktable in EQStitch clear and accurate.  Discover how to export files for your sewing machine in minutes!"  The author suggest learning EQ7 before tackling EQStitch.  Our thanks to Jan Andrews for this book. 


Jun 18, 2015
Cute as a Button Quilts - Pike, Joni, Embellishing

Quoting from the back of the book:  "Lickety-split fusible applique quilts and accessories anyone can make; It's embellishment playtime! Accent your projects with easy embroidery, buttons, rickrack, and more; Bright, happy quilts for kids, seasonal decor, or 'just because;' Fun lessons on how to choose and use buttons, plus a resource guide; Create a coordinated set: table-top suites, pillows and accent quilts will perk up your decor; Quick - make a gift this weekend."  Some motifs included are:  kitty angels, whacky houses, frosty snowpeople and penguins, bistro patterns, and crazy hearts. Besides quilts, find patterns for tote bag, pillow, and even a lamp shade.    A fun donation for our library.


Jun 18, 2015
Take-along Totes - Bilyeu, Marilynn, Wearables

Easy-to-make, take anywhere totes hold everything needed for favorite hobbies or activities.  One easy pattern with six variations for quilters, scrapbookers, knitters, teachers, and children.  Mix and match handy holders and pockets for pens, books, tools, CDs, DVDs, and other small items.  Makes great gifts for all ages!  Even includes patterns for a pincushion and needle case.  An idea for Boutique?!?!?   A very nice donation for our library.


Jun 18, 2015
Cutting-Edge Art Quilts - Kerr, Mary W., Contemporary

Fifty-one art quilters (including Mickey Depre, Carla Guilati, Gloria Hansen, and Linda Schmidt) present insights on their design processes, including color, alternative fibers, threadwork, and embellishments. 


Jun 14, 2015
Modern Machine Quilting - Redford, Catherine, DVD

I have been machine quilting on a regular ol' home machine since before 1987, have read many books and articles about the process, and was therefore shocked to learn so many new things in this DVD.  Phyllis Gallaway suggested this DVD for our library as Catherine will be speaking at our guild on July 16, 2015.  If someone out there doesn't already know ~~ a walking foot for your machine is the best investment you may ever make.  Learn tricks for stitching parallel straight lines, dense matchsticks, curves, spirals, serpentines, grids, and more.  Catherine, an English lady, is easy to understand and well organized in her teaching.   This one-hour DVD flew by!  Great information for every quilter!!! 


Jun 4, 2015
Simple Shape Quilts - Russi, Katheryn and Rose Schutte, Modern

Start with simple squares, rectangles, triangles, and even circles.  Combine with contemporary colors and up-to-date quilting for the modern look. 


May 21, 2015
Of Cloth and Thread - Pieces of the Past - England, Kaye, History

Enjoy seeing Kaye's collection of quilts photographed in lovely settings.  Patters included:  stars, pinwheels, churndash medallion, a unique sampler, various baskets.  Published by Quiltmania, so brush up on your French (English included -- don't worry!).  Autographed.  Requested by Joy Lee. 


May 21, 2015
Modern Sashiko - Bosbach, Silke, Japanese

Quoting from the introduction: "Sashiko is a beautiful sewing and embroidery technique that originated in rural Northern Japan many centuries ago.  The simple technique consists of basic running stitches and was originally developed for economical purposes to breathe new life into old and repaired fabrics. Traditionally, sashiko used white running stitches sewn onto dyed indigo fabrics.  Today, modern sashiko combines historic designs with contemporary materials (e.g., multicolour threads and felt) and it is no longer necessary for fabrics to be dyed indigo."  Learn basic sashiko here and see unique ways to use the technique. Requested by Rhonda Denny.


May 21, 2015
Quick'n Easy 3-Yard Quilts - Robertson, Donna, Basics

Each of the eight patterns uses just three yards of fabric to make the top, borders, and binding!  Pam Brown thought this book would be super incentive for Community Quilts makers.  Patterns include: Friendship Star, Spools, Pinwheels, Rail Fence, and more.  I especially like seeing the alternative color choices for each pattern.  This is a skinny little book that is filled with good ideas.  I spoke with the author by telephone and she was delightful.  She not only signed the book for our library, but also discounted it and waived the shipping charges, so of course, I just had to purchase her second book 3-YARD QUILT FAVORITES!


May 21, 2015
3-Yard Quilt Favorites - Robertson, Donna, Basics

Eight quilt designs, including Hopscotch (a plaid!), a four-patch, a nine-patch, Pinwheels, Flying Geese, and more. Make lap-size top, including borders and binding, with just three yards of fabric.  Recipes included for enlarging the designs to Queen/King-sizes.  Pam Brown suggested this book as the quick, easy methods might be good for making Community Quilts.  When I telephoned the author, she was so kind as to offer a discount and waived the shipping cost, plus she signed the books.  When you have made all of the patterns in this book, check out her second book QUICK'N EASY 3-YARD QUILTS.


May 21, 2015
Millefiori Quilts - Hammerstein, Willyne, Shapes

The author is from the Netherlands, the print is in both French and English, and the hexagon quilts are magnificent!  The twenty projects range from almost-beginner to way past difficult, but still do-able with the well-written instructions. These are definitely not your usual Grandmother's Flower Garden quilts! Learn the basics of making a hexagon and the results can be endless.  My thanks to Jan Andrews for helping me obtain this extraordinary book for our library. 


May 7, 2015
Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 Video Training - Simon Sez IT, DVD

When you check out this video, PLEASE make sure that you have at least an hour a day to devote to the 15-hours of lessons (plus exercises) and return it to the very next meeting so that others on the very long reserve list may check it out.  There is a TON of information on this DVD to help you learn Adobe Photoshop Elements. My head is still swimming . . .  


May 7, 2015
Innovative Fabric Imagery for Quilts - Rymer, Cyndy Lyle with Lynn Koolish, Computers

If you have Photoshop Elements but need some really good hints on how to utilize it, be sure to check out this book.  Start at the end of the book to view more than 40 quilts  that have been created by such artists as Althea Ballard, Joyce R. Becker, Sandi Cummings, Gloria Hansen, Therese May, Lesley Riley, Lonni Rossi, Lura Schwarz, and Beth Wheeler. Then go back to the beginning to find out how to manipulate your own designs.  Don't know the difference between pixels, resoluiton, and dpi?  This just may be just the book to make it clear.  I might just have to purchase a copy of this book for my personal library!


May 7, 2015
Next Steps in Altered Photo Artistry - Wheeler, Beth, Computers

If you are stumped by Photoshop Elements, be sure to check out this book to learn to tweak images.  This is one of the books recommended by recent SRQG speaker Jennifer Rapacki.  It is hard for me to give this book up.  You may find that you need a copy of your very own. 


May 7, 2015
Quilt by Association - A Harriet Truman/Loose Threads Mystery - #4 in Series - Sachitano, Arlene, Fiction

Thanks to this donation from Christy Detweiler, we can find out what kind of trouble Harriet can get into next.  Be sure to read this series in order.  (HINT:  Find lists of Fiction Authors and thei order in which to read their novels taped to the end of the rolling cart!)


Apr 16, 2015
Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule - Chiaverini, Jennifer, Fiction

This is the fourth in a series of historical novels about the Civil War.  Although technically not a quilting book, these books by Jennifer are extremely popular with our members.  I have learned more about the Civil War in these novels than I ever did in school.  This story concentrates on the life of Julia Dent Grant, our eighteenth president's wife, and her dear friend (and slave) "Jule."  Once again, Jennifer challenges us to THINK -- the questions in our history (and present!)  have no easy answers. I recommend reading this series in order as people from previous books are mentioned.


Apr 2, 2015
Modern Quilts and More - Einmo, Kimberlyl, Modern

Here I quote the author from the introduction of this book: "I honestly think this introduction was the most difficult part of the book for me to write.  Why?  Because as far as modern quilting goes, how can anyone truly define let alone capture the concept in words?  Research on the Internet always ended in my spending countless hours online reading various definitions from a vast number of sources, each claiming to be the true definition of what modern quilting really is all about.  While I think there are some similarities and good points made by each of these sources, I don't think there is any one, all-encompassing, objective definition of modern quilts today."  And I totally agree with the author!  With that, the author has taken basic, traditional blocks and set them together using fast and easy construction techniques in her take on "modern."  Many of the quilts feature "thoughts from the quilter," which I found interestingl.  Some of the patterns show bonus quilts made from the leftovers. 


Apr 2, 2015
More Twist-and-Turn Bargello Quilts - Wright, Eileen, Bargello

With the popularity of our March 2015 speaker, Merrill Lee West, on the subject of Bargello quilts, Phyllis Gallaway suggested this book for our library.  These very complicated-looking patterns are very do-able when the "recipes" are followed.  The hardest part about making these Bargellos is choosing the fabrics, and information is included here on how to make life easier. 


Apr 2, 2015
AQS Guide to Quilt Care, The - 3rd Edition - AQS Certified Quilt Appraisers Bobbie A. Aug, Carol Butzke, Linda Horsberger, and Gerald Roy, Basics

This tiny book is full of information.  It has been written by American Quilt Society's Certified Quilt Appraisers.  Read their opinions on quilt preservation, conservation, and restoration; basic quilt care; restoration/repair; displaying quilts, shipping quilts; insuring quilts; and the importance of quilt appraisals.


Apr 2, 2015
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
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
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