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Title/Author(s)/Classification(s) Date Introduced
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
Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks - Collector's Edition, Volume 9 - Quiltmaker magazine, Blocks

Jan Andrews has generously donated this magazine for our library.  I am treating this collection of magazines as books and filing them in the BLOCK section. All types of blocks are included, such as a foundation-pieced stapler, hummingbird, and butterfly; appliqued vintage prom dress and a queen of a cat; pieced stars; even a redwork embroidered snowperson; and so many more.

Jul 3, 2014
Masterful Machine Pieced Quilts - Biddick, Jean, Mariner's Compass

The mosaic floors of the Truro Cathedral in England were the inspiration for the freezer-paper pieced patterns.  Yes, these gorgeous designs look very complicated, but they are indeed do-able with the precise instructions.  With this method perfect points are assured.   A CD is included containing master patterns.  Our thanks to Nancy Parmelee for donating this book to our library.  

Jul 3, 2014
Fabric Art Workshop - Stein, Susan, Embellishing

Here are 27 techniques for decorating/manipulating fabrics, including burning of silk, rusting cottons, and distressing felt. Shaving cream marbling looks like it would be fun.  And aren't you curious about "lasagna dyeing"? Learn about angelina fibers, foiling, painting, printing, and more.  A gallery of objects includes not only quilts, but journals and a meditation screen. A nice donation for our "Embellishing" section.

Jul 3, 2014
Gone to Texas - Quilts from a Pioneer Woman's Journal - Chutchian, Betsay, History

More than 150 years ago a pioneer family left a sign on their Kentucky door reading "Gone to Texas."  Lizzie Carpenter (the author's great-great grandmother) began keeping a journal in their newly built home.  From 1857 to 1882 she chronicled her life with such information as the usual cooking, cleaning, gardening, and family life, plus her sewing.  At the end of each year she posted a tally of her projects, such as "I have made in 1876 120 garments - peaced 3 quilts -quilted 3  - spun 15 cuts of stocking yarn - Also knit 16 pairs of stocking and socks - and done an abundance of mending."  NOTE:  Lizzie's spelling and grammar has been left intact.   Patterns are included for quilts that Lizzie may have worked on in her day, such as Triple Irish Chain, Baskets, Half Star (which are two Lemoyne Stars split in half and set in a square design), Hexagons, Ocean Wave, and of course a (Texas) Lone Star, and more.  A nice donation for our History section.

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
Another Season of Beautiful Blooms - Propst, Susan Taylor, Flowers

The petunias on the cover grabbed me, and the poinsettias sold me on this book.  Here are nine floral designs, each for a wall quilt and a pillow, in two different colorways.  I also love the patterns for the tulips, lilies, black-eyed Susans, cherry blossoms, bougainvillea, clematis, and a rhododendron.  These are flowers we don't have to water!

Jun 19, 2014
Karen Kay Buckley's Border Design Workshop - Buckley, Karen Kay, DVD

Award-winning quilter Karen Kay Buckley shares her tips and tricks for border designs on two and a half hour  DVD.  She lists the supplies needed (such as chiropractic paper); supplies that are nice to have (such as a tool for pressing cording perfectly and great binding holder clips); explains the five types of borders; how to make perfect flanges and cording; how to measure for a flat quilt; binding options; and so much more.  Don't forget that if you need to take a note, pause and/or reverse the tape.  Watch it from start to finish, or choose a particular chapter.  Thank you Vicki David for requesting this excellent DVD for our library.

Jun 19, 2014
Contain It! English Paper-Pieced Style Accessories - Chaney, Linda and Laura Chaney Gerth,

Linda Gilbert was enjoying a visit to Britex fabric shop in San Francisco when she made the acquaintance with Linda Chaney, co-author of this new book.  Linda Gilbert alerted me and I immediately purchased this for our library.  Linda, the author,  a retired research scientist, was visiting her daughter, co-author Laura Chaney Gerth, an educator, who lives in San Francisco. With the backgrounds of these two they have come up with a very different way of making English paper-piecing into objects beyond quilts (vases, dishes, boxes, and more).  I am sure that Linda Gilbert will keep in touch with Linda Chaney and invite her to visit our quilt guild when she is in our area.  By then I hope that many of us will have "show and tells" to share from this book.  

Jun 5, 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
Apart at the Seams - A Cobbled Court Quilts Novel - Bostwick, Marie, Fiction

Marie Bostwick is one of those fiction authors whose books I find very difficult to put down, and this book is no exception.  You COULD read this her novels as stand-alone books, but I strongly recommend that you read them in order to get to know the characters.  You will find a list of her books in the order written taped to the side of the rolling library cart.  I don't want to give anything away about the story, so this is the end of my report!

Jun 5, 2014
Fast Flying Geese Quilts - Hellaby, Karin, Flying Geese

If you only have room for one book in your library about Flying Geese, this might be just that one.  Who would have known that there are at least 25 different goose (geese) techniques, from traditional to contemporary, and many are dimensional.    

Jun 5, 2014
Sew Simple Pinwheels - Hellaby, Karin, Stars

These pinwheels start with half-square triangles, and are very easy to make.  The quilt patterns are very conducive to charm squares, and "layer cakes," or just plain ol' scraps already in the closet.  With a little tweak the pinwheel blades can be formed into curves.  For dimension, add a "Suffolk Puff" (that is what the English call our "yo-yos").  This skinny little book has lots of ideas.  I am filing this book under "Stars" because the pinwheels remind me of simple stars.

Jun 5, 2014
Sew Simple Attic Windows - Hellaby, Karin, Attic Windows

An Attic Window without a mitered corner?  Yipeeeee!!!  How can this be?  Learn the secret in this book.  I have made many Attic Windows and love how they give a three-dimensional look. If you have some fabric that is begging to be fussy-cut and put into a scene, give this technique a try. There is even an instruction for a curved window!  Another skinny book that is full of ideas.  

Jun 5, 2014
Minimal Quiltmaking - Marston, Gwen, Contemporary (Modern)

Quoting from the book:  "In the 1700s, long before the term "minimal art" made its debut, American women were turning out wholecloth quilts using unprinted fabrics with no piecing or applique."  "If you apply the definition of minimalism, 'any design or style in which the simplest and fewest elements are used to create the maximum effect,' it seems these quilts might surely be considered 'minimal."  

When I think of "modern" quilts I think of the simple Amish designs, and I am reminded that there is nothing new under the sun.  But -- do check out this book as it might just inspire you to try Gwen's intuitive techniques.  

Jun 5, 2014
Back-Basting Applique Step by Step by Hand or Machine - Eikmeier, Barbara J., Applique

Judy Dieter has requested this book.  Back-basting applique can be done totally by hand, by hand and machine, or totally by machine.  The author addresses questions about layering pieces, plus explains why she prefers a regular No. 2 pencil as a marker, why she likes certain types of threads and needles, and why we should all have a light box.  Seven projects, including table toppers, wall hangings, and a banner are included to give us practice with this technique.  

Jun 5, 2014
10-Minute Blocks 2 - McNeill, Suzanne, Blocks

These arge blocks go together quickly and have dimension added to them.  Make multiples of one block for a quilt, or try each of the designs in the book and combine them into a sampler. These blocks would make great Community Quilts!  

Jun 5, 2014
Stack, Shuffle, and Slide - A New Technique for Stack the Deck Quilts - Alexander, Karla, Stack 'n Whack

Here are brand new designs, and many in the "Modern" look, for the really fun technique of "stacking the deck."  We have all of Karla's books, but even if you have never tried her method before, all of the essential are right her in this book.  This technique really can be accomplished by beginners with the results of very complicated quilts.  A winning hand for all!

May 15, 2014
El Camino Real - Quilts Inspired by Early California History - Rink, Nancy and Oliver, History

Driving between Sonoma and San Francisco, Wendy Mouille and I have noticed the bells along side the road.  Have you also wondered about their significance?  Not only will you find the explanation in this book, but also a pattern for a quilt signifying the mission bells.  Combine a husband who is a history progessor with a wife who is a quilter and the great-great-great-great granddaughter of Juan Francisco Reyes, a soldier with Father Junipero Serra, and you have the makings for a book about the expeditions starting in 1769 from Baja California, up the coast to Sonoma, building missions along the way.  Both applique and pieced patterns are included along with the stories of our state's early history.  Our thanks to Jim Jensen for requesting this book.

May 15, 2014
Carolina Lily - New Quilts from an Old Favorite - Lasco, Linda Baxter, editor, New Quilts from an Old Favorite


For approximately two decades American Quilters Society has put out a challenge to quilters to make a quilt from a particular traditional pattern.  Each year the top winners have their quilts published in a book along with their biographies, insights to their inspiration, and tips.  In my estimation EVERY quilt in these books deserves a gold star!  Go poking around our library's shelves in the NEW QUILTS FROM AN OLD FAVORITE section to see the entire collection of books.  

May 15, 2014
Orange Peel - New Quilts from an Old Favorite - Lasco, Linda Baxter, editor, New Quilts from an Old Favorite


This is the 18th challenge American Quilters Society has put out to the world of quilters -- take the selected traditional pattern and re-create it.  Each of the eighteen quilts chosen for this book are first-place winners in my estimation.  Read about the quilters, get inside their heads, and pick up some tips for designing and sewing.  For more titles, visit our NEW QUILTS FROM AN OLD FAVORITE section on our library shelves.  

May 15, 2014
Go! Scrapping with AccuQuilt - AccuQuilt, Scraps

You do not have to own or have access to an AccuQuilt  fabric cutting machine to make the quilts in this book.  I have never played with an AccuQuilt machine, but have seen it demonstrated and appreciate the speed and accuracy it affords quilters.  Hey -- if you don't have one of these fancy cutting machines (yet) just find a fellow guild member who does and barter with her/him for the services rendered.  Who knew that a Sunbonnet Sue quilt could be cut with this system?!!?! Also, cute ice cream cones, applecores, and alphabet blocks.

May 1, 2014
Contemporary Folk - Spargo, Sue, Folk Art

Lori Platt not only requested this book, but did the leg-work to locate where I might be able to purchase it, which turned out to be the author's website.  Sue was kind enough to sign the books I purchased.  When you start reading this book you may do exactly what I did and think this is a mistake as it is in written in French and say "darn, I should have studied harder in school." But don't worry as each page is also translated into English.  Start out with an introduction to the artist in her studio, then find many projects from full-size quilts to pillows, a pin keeper, a duffle bag, needle roll, a table rug (a.k.a. table runner), purses, totes, and even three-dimensional birds (that don't talk back) that keep track of scissors, or just amuse you. Sue specializes in wool (and velvet) applique, but do not be scared off -- the patterns are also inspiration for cotton applique using your favorite method.  Find pattern designs for houses, imaginative flowers, trees, a horse, dog, elephant, and the cutest giraffe, and lots, lots more.  Mix or match to your heart's content -- then embellish with embroidery stitches (be sure to check out her CREATIVE STITCHING book!).  Also see Sue on an Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims DVD, which you may check out from our library.  Can't wait to see what Lori comes up with!

Apr 17, 2014
Liberty Love (Liberty of London) - Abegg, Alexia Marcelle ,

Carmen Black very kindly donated this book for our library.  Learn about Liberty of London fabrics, especially Liberty Tana Lawn, and get ideas on how to use them (or any other fabrics). Not only quilt patterns are included, but also a pincushion, how to miter corners on a napkin, a pet collar, "device" cases, tote bag, zippered bag, sew-and-go organizer, purse, and even wearables.  Thank you, "Carm," for a trip down memory lane and my own visit to Liberty of London's store in London (and I still have the souvenir fabric that I purchased!).  

Apr 17, 2014
Creative Stitching - Spargo, Sue, Embellishing

Why tax my brain with a description of this book when I can quote the front and back covers?!?! "How to create vivid, lively textures using 50 of my favorite stitches."  "How to enjoy Creative Stitching: Carry this small book wherever you plan to stitch.  Enjoy the easy access provided by a book that stays open.  Pick a stitch that creates the effect you want by choosing from the categories at the front of the book.  Refer to the alphabetical index at the back to find a stitch for which you have the name.  Learn each stitch quickly from the clear illustrations.  Add to your understanding with the help of the concise, written instructions.  Refer to the photo examples showing how each stitch has been used in my work.  Expand the range of your stitchery from the dazzling array of colorful notions illustrated in the secion on 'Needles and Threads.' "  See the author on an Alex and Ricky DVD in our library, and check out the five books by Sue in our Folk Art section.

Apr 17, 2014
Earth n' Twig - Spargo, Sue, Folk Art

Barcelon, Spain, was the inspiration for this quilt filled with fanciflul, colorful  flowers, birds, and animals.  Even though author Sue Spargo specializes in wools (and velvets), these designs can also be used with cotton using your favorite application of applique.  Be sure to check out her "Creataive Stitching" book from our Embellishing section in our library to further enhance your own creations.  Also see Sue on an Alex and Ricky DVD in our library.  

Apr 17, 2014
Imperial Blooms - Spargo, Sue, Folk Art

Inspiration for this book came from the floral images in the Suzani textiles creatd in Central Asia.  As it turns out, Suzani is decrived from the Persian word suzan which means needle. Read more about the history of this quilt in this book of nine floral designs.  Be sure to see Sue on our Alex and Ricky DVD, and check out her CREATIVE STITCHING book in our Embellishing section and other books in our Folk Art category.The style of the flowers reminds me of quilter Jane Sassaman!

Apr 17, 2014
Where Women Create - Quilters - Their Quilts - Their Studios - Their Stories - Packham, Jo, Sewing Spaces

Aren't we all curious about other quilters' studios?  Here you can have not only a tour of over twenty atliers, but also meet the artists, view some of their quilts, and read about what inspires them to create.  A few who are included are Judith Content, Liza Prior Lucy and Kaffe Fassett, Katie Pasquini Masopust, Tula Pink, and Amy Butler and her husband David Butler.  As a bonus, the artists' have created blocks with instructions that may be seen at   Definitely a very "modern" flair.  Sorry -- gotta go sort buttons by color . . . 

Apr 3, 2014
App is for Applique - Hire, Dianne S., Applique

I really like not only the way Dianne Hire creates quilts, but also her style of writing as it is fun and creative.  We do have all of her books in our library.   I was rather surprised having known and enjoyed her previous books that she had turned to the more traditional technique of applique for this book.  But let me tell you -- there is really nothing traditional about her applique designs -- and yet there is.  Confused?  Check out the book and see for yourself!   It all started when Dianne stopped by a friend's home and met up with Jeana Kimball and learned her form of back-basting applique.  Jeana is the author of the book that our member Dorothy Ingham found her patterns for Friendship Blocks that were turned into our guild's 2014 Opportunity Quilt!  And, yes, we do have that book in our library also!  Dianne designed fourteen floral motifs, then asked friends to each take a design and "do something."  Each chose their own favorite way of appliqueing, which are discussed in the book, and chose their own color combinations.  Make one block, make a bunch for a larger project, make them all, and/or combine two patterns or more for something unique.  I thought of our own Diana Roberts' beautiful wool applique and wonder if she will find inspiration here.

Apr 3, 2014
New Classic Patchwork - Saito, Yoko, Japanese

Even if youi did not think the color taupe was your favorite, be sure to check out this book filled with 78 original blocks designs and projects ~~ and replace the colors with your favorites!  Find uinique patterns for a basket, totes, purses, and a clutch.

Mar 20, 2014
Bodacious Quilts from Just One Block - Granger, Colleen, Blocks

Our guest speaker on February 20, 2014, Colleen Granger, very kindly donated and autographed this book for our library.  Here she explains how to make a very simple block that even beginners need not be afraid to try, then gives recipes for a variety of sizes, plus illustrates many ways to twist and turn the blocks into designs that look way more complicated than they really are.

Mar 20, 2014
Visual Guide to Working in a Series - Barton, Elizabeth, Contemporary

Linda Morand recommended this author's second book for our library.  And yes, we also have her INSPIRED TO DESIGN in our library, also.  Deepen your quilt artistry by creating quilts in a series.  Learn to choose a theme, explore that theme, develop the series -- all explored in depth with the help of many photographs.  

Mar 6, 2014
Housewarming Patachwork - Saito, Yoko, Japanese

Diana Roberts thought, and rightly so, that this would be a nice addition for our library, and I thank her, and all others, who watch out for good books for our shelves.  Find original block designs for cats, dogs, rabbit, butterfly, dragonfly, beetle, crab, fish, robot,  teapot, teacup, sugar bowl, gift, mitten, harvest basket, clover, thistle, flower basket, Nantucket basket, oval basket, watering can, birdhouse, church, houses, trees, pinwheel, shamrock, cockscomb, primrose, scissors, sewing machine spools, compasses, star flower, plus all the letters of the alphabet, and more.  Use her blocks, or your own, to create projects, including business card holder, water bottle tote, table pocket, shoulder bag, purses, boxes, and pouches. 

Feb 20, 2014
50 Little Paper-Pieced Blocks - Doak, Carol, Foundation Piecing

I am so pleased that Pam Brown spied this book for our library.  These are patterns for 3" blocks, but remember that you can tell your printer to make them any size you want!  Find Carol's excellent instructions for paper (foundation) piecing, as well as patterns for hearts, stars, flowers, a birthday cake, trees, shamrock. umbrella, bluebird, pinwheel, sunrise, hot air balloon, airplane, mailbox, house, crayons, maple leaf, apple, heart/ribbon, dreidel, six-pointed star, candle, tree ornament, gift, and perhaps my favorite ~ a tiny heart in an American flag.  

Feb 20, 2014
Mrs. Lincoln's Rival - Chiaverini, Jennifer, Fiction

Kate Chase Sprague was a a real person in the Civil War era.  Jennifer Chiaverini has thoroughly researched her life.  This book is fiction inspired by history.  If you enjoy this story I would recommend Jennifer's MRS. LINCOLN'S DRESSMAKER and THE SPYMISTRESS, also in our guild library.  They do not have to be read in any particular order, but if I had my druthers I would read Dressmaker first, Spymistress second, and Rival third.  These three books are not quilt-related, but as we have ALL of Jennifer's books in our library, and they are very popular, it has been requested that I purchase these for all of us to share.  These books are great ways to learn more about President and Mrs. Lincoln and the times of the Civil War.  

Feb 6, 2014
Paper-Pieced Garden, A - Bakker, Maaike and Francoise Maarse, Foundation Piecing

Tera requested this book to challenge her with new foundation pieced blocks.  Mix and match patterns that include:  a squirrel, pinecone, rose, daffodil, Dutch tulip, amaryllis, poinsettia, plus other flowers, leaves, mushrooms, a basket, a vase, strawberries, cherries, and birds. There are also applique patterns for leaves  Suggestions for settings include wreaths, a garden path, a fairy ring, and a sampler.   

Feb 6, 2014
Extraordinary Log Cabin Quilts - Martin, Judy, Log Cabins

Here I quote the author: "I aim to make memorable quilts."  "I do not have time to make quilts that do not speak to me."  "I don't have time for anything less than an extraordinary quilt.  It may seem counter-intuitive to suggest that you have time to make a time-consuming quilt but not a less complex one.  However, if you are going to spend X amount of time making quilts, wouldn't you rather make one extraordinary quilt than two or three ordinary quilts?"  "The quilts in Extraordinary Log Cabin Quilts are not only unique and memorable; they are also within your grasp.  These quilts are made principally, if not entirely, from rectangles." And many are made from scraps.   Not only are Judy's quilts extraordinary, but so are her books.  She really puts a lot of valuable information into them, including such items as why strips should be cut from lengthwise strips.  I always appreciate when quilts are shown in other color combinations, and here she also illustrates various settings for each of the blocks.  The Heart quilt might be my favorite in this book.  Please don't be scared off -- these blocks are not really difficult with her explanations.  

Feb 6, 2014
Batch of Quilt Soup, A - Jones, Barbara J., Applique

Jan Robinson suggested this book for our library.  Included are tips for needle-turn applique (but remember patterns can also be machine appliqued, or fused).  Need to learn to make a "quilter's knot"?  Here you will find good written instructions along with photos.  Patterns include houses, hearts, flowers, vases, and even exclamation points speaking to the way we write emails and blogs these days.  The quilts shown have the feel of "modern" yet with softer colors -- but you get to choose your colors to make them any style you wish!

Feb 6, 2014
Painted Applique A New Approach - Poole, Linda M., Applique

Quoting from the back cover:  "Comprehensive instructions for using fabric paints and inks, making bias or braided trims, and designing circle and oval backgrounds are included.  Two applique techniques are discussed in detail."  Mix and match techniques of painting and applique.  Included are  patterns for such things as a bird and a bird's nest, flowers (poppies, daisies, etc.), vases, pincushion, spools of thread, bulmblebee, butterfly, dragonfly, a wreath, and a fancy heart.  

Jan 16, 2014
Carol Doak's Simply Sensational 9-Patch Stars - Doak, Carol, Foundation Piecing

This book is great for beginners, and yet will wonderfully satisfy an advanced quilter as there are very detailed instructions on how to foundation piece very complex looking blocks.  Carol Doak, the Queen of Foundation Piecing, has designed fifty star blocks, and named them for our states.  Charts demonstrate how the units can be mixed to create even more stars.  A CD tucked into an envelope in the back of the book called the "Foundation Factory" allows printing of foundations from your computer printer.  If you do not have a computer and/or printer, there are patterns in the back of the book that may be hand traced.  The last page of the book advertises the special foundation paper that Carol invented and is manufactured by C&T Publishing.  I have purchased this special paper at Beverly's with their 40% off coupon, and I think it is the best foundation paper I have ever encountered.  

Jan 2, 2014
Reasons for Quilts - Sitar, Edyta, Scraps

Quoted from the book:  "Every quilt is a piece of art - but the true art lies among its layers. Deep beneath the colors and patterns are meanings that embrace the fabric of our lives. Through cutting, assembling, and painstaking stitching, we dream of our quilts in their finished form.  Yet the true beauty lies in the making of quilts.  In the hundreds of pieces that teach us patience; in mistakes that make us a bit more humble; and through setbacks that spur even greater resolve, quilting both reflects and shapes our being."  Enjoy the 82 quilts and their stories.  A bonus CD is included with nine patterns (Cross Roads, Western Star, Medallion, Bon Voyage, 9-11, Tropical Turnover, Kaleidoscope, and Sunset).  See Edyta on Alex and Ricky's THE QUILT SHOW DVD in our library.

Dec 5, 2013
Crazy-Quilted Memories - Haggard, Brian, Embellishing

Yes, we do have many books in our library about Victorian Crazy Quilts, but when I saw Brian Haggard on Alex and Ricky's THE QUILT SHOW DVD I knew this was something different and special that needed to be shared with our quilt guild members.  He works in a neutral palette that really shows off his stitching.   Brian says "measusrements don't matter" and "design as you go." Gather your old photographs, buttons, threads, and fabrics and make your own memory quilt.  

Dec 5, 2013
Fabric Embellishing - The Basics and Beyond - Chandler, Ruth, Liz Kettle, Heather Thomas, and Lauren Vleck, Embellishing

More than 50 embellishing techniques are discussed, including fabric manipulations, soft embellishment, and hard embellishment.  Each technique is accompanied by a full-page photo of a finished project for inspiration.  This book was discussed on Alex and Ricky's THE QUILT SHOW DVD, which we have in our library.

Dec 5, 2013
Quilting Modern - Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts - Gering, Jacquie and Katie Pedersen, Contemporary (Modern)

Jackie Gering is a relatively new quilter, but her performance on Alex and Ricky's THE QUILT SHOW DVD makes me wish we could obtain her as a speaker for our quilt guild.  In the meantime, we have the book to help us get into this new phase of quilting.  Seven core techniques are explored (free yourself,  log cabin makeover, slice and dice, strip tease, "to the point," going crazy, and embracing your curves).  The "modern" colors are discussed, as well as fabrics and quilting patterns that make these quilts different.  

Dec 5, 2013
Save the Selvages - Thompson, Sandy, Scraps

Foundation piece the selvages from yardage into new, colorful, interesting fabric, then make into a tote, eReader pouch, tablet pouch, steno notebook cover, zipper purse, armrest pincushion, teabag/card holder, thread catcher, needle organizer, tissue holder, pincushion, purse, paperback book cover, coffee cup holder, and/or bookmark. Don't have enough selvages saved up yet?  Do what I did -- just use scraps of fabric!  A warning:  I could not find magnets small enough, yet strong enough, for the bookmark.  I emailed the publisher and had a response back from the author within a couple of hours!  Sandy was VERY nice and made some suggestions, but so far, I have not found the perfect magnets.  If anyone can give me a clue, please do!  As a "librarian" I could use lots of bookmarks!

Dec 5, 2013
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.

Nov 7, 2013