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Title/Author(s)/Classification(s) Date Introduced
Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting, The - Seward, Linda, Embellishing

You don't have to be an art quilter to appreciate this book.  With more than 1,000 step-by-step illustrations there are ideas to keep any type of fabric artist busy for the rest of their life.  Chapters include information on basics, surface design (dyeing, cyanotype, transfers, stamping, and tons more), patchwork, applique, quilting, embellishments and 3-D, and finishing.  The instructions are interspersed with a gallery of quilts.  Read from front to back, or open any page at random.  This is a really good book for any level of quilter.  

Oct 20, 2016
Cozy Quilted Christmas, A - Schaefer, Kim, Christmas/Holidays

Quilts of various sizes adorned with poinsettias, wrapped packages, holly, trees, angels, snowpeople, gingerpeople, stars, candycanes, mistletoe, bell, stocking, and ornaments. Projects include mini tree skirts; holiday coasters; sport towels featuring Santas ready to play tennis, hockey, soccer, football, baseball, and golf;and button tree topiaries.  A nice donation for our library.

Oct 20, 2016
Double Vision Quilts - Smith, Louisa L., Curves

Quoting the back of the book: "Louisa's 'double vision' concept is elegantly simple and easy to execute, yet produces fabric art of stunning variety and brilliance.  Manipulating the layers of color makes planning and laying out your work sheer fun, and you are often astonished by the results.  Once planned and cut, the sewing is easy, and the resulting quilt is full of wonderful life." No curved piecing. Louisa has spoken to our SRQG. 

Oct 6, 2016
180 Doodle Quilting Designs - Free Motion Ideas for Blocks, Borders, and Beyond - Burns, Karen M., Quilting

If you can doodle (and who can't?!?!) -- you can doodle quilt!  Fill shapes on quilts with lines, squiggles, curves, pebbles, swirls, feathers, florals, spools of thread, peas in a pod, holly, snowflakes, hearts,  and more. Continuous-line quilting motifs adapt to blocks, triangles, and borders.  Long-arm and home machine quilters will both benefit from these designs.  Our thanks to Jana Ulmer for requesting this book for our library.

Sep 15, 2016
Block - Summer, Volume 3, Issue 3 - Doan, Jenny - Missouri Star Quilt Company, Blocks

Patterns include: Dresden Plate, Bug Jar, Cubes, Rail Fence, Friendship Star, Stars, Hexagons, and more. Our thanks to Jan Andrews for sharing these magazines (which we file with the books in BLOCKS).  

Sep 15, 2016
Block - Holiday - Volume 3, Issue 4 - Doan, Jenny - Missouri Star Quilt Company, Blocks

Patterns include: Half-hexy Snowman Table Runner, wreath, stars, tree skirt, Pinwheels, Courthouse Steps, Pieced Triangles, Sashed Tumbler, Four-Patch Lattice, bowls made from rope, and more.  Our thanks to Jan Andrews for donating these magazines, which are treated like books, and filed under BLOCKS. 

Sep 15, 2016
Build-A-Barn - No Pattern Construction - Sefton, Julie, Houses

As quoted from the book: "Free Piecing - My Definition: Open-ended, original, and personal. Joyfully dependent upon individual interpretation. Deliberate yet spontaneous.  Sometimes Whimsical. Sometimes serious. Always engaging."  Use this process to design a barn (or house, or building, or just about anything). Lots of ideas for quilting.  Visit Julie's blog to see other quilter's interpretation of her process ~~

Sep 1, 2016
Terrific T-Shirt Quilts - Burns, Karen M., T-Shirt Quilts

T-shirt quilts just keep getting more popular, and here is another book to add to our library collection with some new ideas on how to tackle those projects.  The secret to taming those stretchy knit fabrics is a fusible interfacing stabilizer -- a must -- do not skimp with the budget when making a T-shirt quilt -- this will pay you back ten-fold.  A large square ruler is terrific to have on hand.  If you do not have one, check one out of our library's collection of rulers/templates/stencils located in the guild storage room, or email me (Sharon 'the Librarian') and I will loan you mine.  Lots of different quilt designs included by various contributors -- something for everyone.  

Sep 1, 2016
Trendy Table, The - Peterson, Heather, Table Runners

These designs do not have to just be used as a table-topper, but will also look very nice draped on a sofa, at the foot of a bed, or as a wall hanging.  The patterns have a "modern" look, but with your choice of favorite fabrics could be traditional as well.  Pre-cuts are a good place to start, but don't be scared off -- of course, you can pull from your own collection.   Our thanks to Joanie Bellinghausen for suggesting this little book filled with interesting designs.

Sep 1, 2016
Shape by Shape - Collection 2 - Free-Motion Quilting - Walters, Angela, Quilting

Whether you use a longarm, a midarm, or a domestic sewing machine, this book, recommended by Diana Roberts, shows how to fill squares, rectangles, triangles, circles, diamonds,and  hexagons, plus gives designs for background fillers and borders.  You will wonder why you never thought of these ideas on your own!

Aug 4, 2016
Disappearing Nine Patch - #9 - Harriet Truman/Loose Threads Mystery - Sachitano, Arlene, Fiction

This is number nine in the mystery series about Harriet Truman and her friends in the Loose Threads quilting group.  Be sure to read them in order.  A list of the book titles appears on a highly technical piece of paper scotch taped to the end of the rolling cart.  

Aug 4, 2016
Quilting the Garden - Adams, Barb, Alma Allen, and Ricki Creamer, Flowers

Applique an individual block, or combine many for a quilt.  Designs include fanciful flowers, leaves, vines, hearts, stars ~~ all arranged in baskets ~~ plus an enchanting cottage.  Patterns also include seasonal purses (pumpkin, an American flag motifs), pillows, and even a hooked rug and needlepunch arrangement.  For the Holiday Season the Peppermint & Holly is adorable wall quilt with an ivy inner border and a super (easy) candycane border!  A very nice donation.

Aug 4, 2016
Simple Sewing For Baby - Jansdotter, Lotta, Babies/Kids

When I first glanced at this book I did not think it was "quilty" enough for our library, but then I spied a "tag blankie" and that sold me.  This little quilt may be the easiest we might ever construct, and maybe the most used by a baby.  Here I quote her: "It is a rather brilliant item, since it seems that babies love to suck on shiny ribbon tags."  Make the blankie any size and add lots of various ribbons along the edges before turning pillowcase-style. The author, who as a new mother found many baby items in the shops too expensive, or just not cute enough, decided to make her own for her child. Also included are patterns for bloomers, bib kerchief, simple dress, simple pants, soft hat and scarf, soft rattle (toooooooo cute!), "buddy," snuggler, bib, play quilt with pocket, washcloths, crib bumper, diaper bag, decorated tees and bodysuits, soft letters, soft book, bookends, nursing pillow, towel hoodie, changing mat, velcro pouches, and burp rags ~~ all easy ~~ all with charming photos and little stores. A nice donation for our library.

Aug 4, 2016
Fons and Porter Presents Quilts from The Henry Ford - Fons, Marianne and Liz Porter, History

Here I quote the back cover of the book: "In this 208-page book find history, timeline, stories, and artistry of original quilts that represent the ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation of American quiltmakers.  The 24 featured projects are inspired by antique quilts from the archives of The Henry Ford and indlude easy to follow instructions and full-size patterns from Fons & Porter for making replicas of historic quilts.  You'll also find a special section devoted to the impressive quilt collection of internationalloy-known nineteenth-century quilting genius Susan McCord." If you ever find yourself in the Detroit, Michigan, area, be sure to make time to visit The Henry Ford, which includes a museum, Greenfield Village (a favorite of mine), and more.  A very nice donation for our History section.  

Aug 4, 2016
Two-Color Quilts - Better Homes and Gardens, Two-color Quilts

We now have TWO different books in our library with the same title about two-color quits, thanks to a nice donation.  Learn the history of two-color quilts, which we first think of as red and white, but there was also a period where blue and white was popular, then any favorite color plus white!  Some of the patterns included are: Robbing Peter to Pay Paul, Delectable Mountains, Redwork,  Pinwheel, Wild-goose Chase, various stars, Bow Tie, Tree of Life, Birds in the Air, Double Irish Chain, Dolley Madison's Star, Fleur-de-lis, and Hearts and Gizzards and many more.   Along with the quilts are patterns for a valance and pillows.

Aug 4, 2016
101 Fun-to-Quilt Pot Holders - Boerens, Trice, Blocks

Knowing all of the time that goes into making a block, there is no way that I would want to use (abuse) that little piece of art as an actual pot holder, but I do like the designs in this book ~~ so if you promise to use the patterns for quilt ideas and not at the kitchen stove, I will place this donation with other books on our "Blocks" shelves in our library.  This book reminds me of decades ago as the guild's brand new librarian when a member asked if I would purchase a pot holder book.  I cringed (for the above reasons stated), plus I had such a small budget that I hated to "waste" money on that kind of book.  Well, proving I knew less than nothing, that book became one of the most popularly checked out books in our library for the next couple of years.  I do need all the help I can get!!!

Aug 4, 2016
Quilter's Academy - Volume 5 - Masters Year - Hargrave, Harriet and Carrie Hargrave-Jones, Basics

A skill-building course in quiltmaking.

Jul 21, 2016
One Wonderful Curve - Pedigo, Jenny and Helen Robinson, Curves

In order to create the dozen quilts in this book, a "Quick Curve Ruler" is required.  Does anyone have one they would like to donate to the guild to pair up with this book?  Even if you do not have this special ruler available,the  Drunkards Path blocks may still be created with the help of other books in our library while utilizing the modern design ideas here.  Mary Anne Hayre requested this book for our library.  

Jul 7, 2016
Kanzashi in Bloom - Fold-and-Sew Projects - Gilleland, Diane, Embellishing

Kanzashi tsumani is the Japanese art of folding squares into three-dimensional flower petals.  Learn the history, how to make various flowers, plus see ideas for adornments of necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets, brooches,  hair clips, headbands, flip-flop sandal adornments, scarf, skirt, belt buckle, tote, handbag, ornaments, bouquets, wall hanging, gift topper, jar toppers, drawer knobs, zipper pull, and  tea cozy. Our thanks to Mary Anne Hayre for requesting this book for our library.  Can't wait to see how these will be used to embellish quilts!

Jul 7, 2016
Twist-and-Turn Bargello Quilts - Wright, Eileen, Bargello

Georgiann Morrissey has been delighting us at "Sew-and-Tell" with her gorgeous Bargello quilts.  She keeps telling us that they are easier to construct than they look (and I believe her because I have even made them!). Not sure if you are ready to make a bed-size Bargello? Then try the wall hanging, placemats, and/or table runner included. Georgianne has been very generous in donating this book for our library.  If it is checked out and you just can't wait to get started, look on our library shelves in the "Bargello" section for other books with this technique.

Jul 7, 2016
Going West! Quilts and Community - Smithsonian, History

This book was produced in conjuction with an exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery.  Study more than fifty quilts that were brought by wagons or made in Nebraska in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and read about the makers.  The quilts marked "anonymous" remind us how important it is to sign and date our work.  Roderick Kiracofe writes an insightful introduction to the project that Sandi Fox headed up.  For those who love "hexies," be sure to check out the silk child's quilt on page 39.  Our thanks to Pam McVey for donating this beautiful book to our library. 

Jul 7, 2016
Simple Blessings - Diehl, Kim, Miscellaneous

The author has such a pleasing way of combining colors on her  traditional quilts that are pieced, appliqued, or a combination of both. There is something for every level of sewer, from simple squares to a complex Colonial Cockscomb, and everything in between including log cabins, baskets of flowers, houses, American flags trees, Churn Dash, stars.  Also check out Kim's SIMPLE TRADITIONS for more of her delightful quilts.  A very nice donation for our library.

Jul 7, 2016
Simple Traditions - Diehl, Kim, Miscellaneous

This book picks up where her SIMPLE BLESSINGS left off.  Here are more charming traditional quilts that may be pieced, appliqued, or a combination of the two.  Patterns include: Shoofly, pinwheels, flying geese, baskets, squares in squares, feathered stars, nine patches, log cabins, rail fences.  Add the intricate borders, mix and match, or leave plain.  A nice donation for our library.

Jul 7, 2016
Scrap Quilt Sensation - Guerrier, Katherine, Scraps

Excellent advice on color choices to make scrap quilts really exciting.  Everything from a simple four-patch to a more advanced "Cropped Pinwheels."  Directions for using the rotary cutting or templates for each pattern.  Patterns also include: Jacob's Ladder, Snail's Trail,  lots of different triangles, lots of different stars, plus a sampler, and a contemporary wall quilt. A great donation for our library.

Jul 7, 2016
Amazingly Simple Star Quilts - Stauffer, Jeanne and Sandra L. Hatch, Stars

Lots of different stars -- lots of different techniques (including rotary cut, templates, and foundation pieced). Every skill level.  Every style. Be sure to check out the Kaleidoscope Stars which are printed on fabric with an ink-jet printer!  Yo-yo instructions, too! A nice donation for our library shelves.

Jul 7, 2016
Inspired by the National Parks - DeSoto, Donna Marcinkowski, Miscellaneous

2016 marks the 100th birthday of our National Parks Service.  The author reached out not only to quilters to make quilts representing the 59 U. S. National Parks' landscapes, flora, and/or fauna, but also requested employees at each of those parks to share some of their favorite thoughts.  A quote from John Muir begins each park, along with the location, size, date established, and unique facts about the park. Being quilters we might think we would focus on just the quilts and the quilters' stories, but each and every part of this book is a treasure.  I have been in contact with Donna via email and she has an invitation to visit me (and attend our guild meetings), and it would not surprise me at all if we have the opportunity to meet her in person and escort her to Armstrong Redwoods.  Enjoy your visit to these phenomenal parks in your jammies as you add to your bucket list of parks you want to visit (and then make your own quilts to capture your favorite memories).  Our thanks to Elizabeth McDonnell who requested this lovely book months before it was even printed.

Jun 16, 2016
Applique Delights from Piece O'Cake - Goldsmith, Becky and Linda Jenkins, Applique

100 - five-inch blocks (with the "magic numbers" for enlarging blocks up to 20" on a copier), plus eight quilt projects. Complete instructions for fusible-web and hand applique, embroidery, piecing, and finishing.  Designs for flowers, leaves, trees,  fruit, birds, bugs, teapots, cup and saucer, coffee pot,  baskets, apron, alarm clock, telephone, heart and hand, parasol, hat on a hat stand, lamp, chair, purse, ladies' shoe, houses, butterfly, dragonfly, Sunbonnet Sue, chicks, chicken, rooster, moon, birdhouse, jack-o-lantern, cat, teddy bear, star, snowflake, sun, New York Beauty, sailboat, and even a piece o-cake.  Autographed by Becky. A donation.

Jun 2, 2016
40 Bright and Bold Paper-Pieced Blocks - Doak, Carol, Foundation Piecing

Excellent instructions for paper/foundation piecing 12-inch blocks. Included are illustrations showing how multiples of the same block would look when placed side-by-side, plus black and white diagrams that could be copied and colored to test different combinations.   Eight projects. Lots of stars and flowers, plus a house. A donation.

Jun 2, 2016
Red, White, and Sometimes Blue - McCall's Quilting, Two-color Quilts

Do not be scared off by the title -- remember that these patterns are just guidelines for two- (or three) color quilts, and if red and white; or blue and white; or even red, white, and blue are not to your liking - change the colors! And when I say red  (or blue) and white, I do not mean just one red (or blue) fabric , but scrappy can also apply.  Patterns as simple as as checkerboards are included, as well as, stars, medallions, hearts. The patriotic red/white/blue quilts are winners.  Applique additions and borders can make these quilts even more special. A donation.

Jun 2, 2016
Sweet Baby - Mumm, Debbie, Babies and Kids

Patterns include adorable baby crib quilts, a wall quilt,  a giraffe growth chart, window coverings, pillow, crib canopy, and more.  Designs for elephant, alligator, monkey, lion, monkey, horse, turtle, moon, and stars -- all just toooooooo cute!  A donation.

Jun 2, 2016
Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks - Volume 13 - Summer 2016 - Quiltmaker magazine, Blocks

Patterns include: an adorable fox, American star, compass rose, butterflies, ladybug,sailboat, stars, skunk, turkey, turtle, bunny, flowers, umbrella, strawberry, leaf, jack-o-lantern, heart, pinwheels, and tons more. Applique and pieced. Magazine, but filed with books under the classification of BLOCKS. Donated by Jan Andrews.

Jun 2, 2016
Wonderful 1 Fabric Quilts - Nickols, Kay, Miscellaneous

Start with one border-striped fabric. Create blocks, borders, and bindings all from that one fabric. Easy. Especially helplful for those who are timid about choosing fabrics that coordinate. Donation.

Jun 2, 2016
Sewing in Circles - Easy Machine Applique Quilts - Horras, Pennie, Circles

Piece background blocks then machine fusible applique pieces on top -- easy! Use objects from around the house to make templates (such as a pizza pan).  Four basic patterns using ovals and circles create endless designs. Centers are a vehicle for fussy cutting and/or redwork.  Embellish with embroidery (hand or machine).  Black and white planning sheets may be copied then colored in. A donation.

Jun 2, 2016
Ladies' Day Out with Bonnet Girls - Scott, Helen R., Sunbonnet Sue

This is a sequel to BONNET GIRLS.  If you loved playing with paper dolls as a child, this is going to excite you.  There are 35 doll patterns, and the sewer gets to choose the fabrics for the dresses, bonnets, hair, etc.  There are  also 20 "prop" patterns provided (lanterns, shopping bags, mittens, shawls, candles, parasols, and more) to add to the scenes you create.  Make one lady, or combine many or all in a quilt.  Mix and match.  Play to your heart's content. A donation from Dorothy Ingham.

Jun 2, 2016
Charmed - A Fresh Twist on Charm Quilts - Crowell, Jodi, Charm Quilts

Here I quote from the book: "Traditionally, charm quilts were made using just one pattern piece (such as a hexagon) and cutting each patch from a different fabric."  You have permission to use fabrics more than once in these designs.  If you are a newer fabric collector, thre are hints in this book for organizing a charm swap.  Patterns include stars, simple squares, interlocing squares, hearts and flowers, and color in layers. Mostly pieced, applique accents added to some. Pieced and special scalloped borders. A donatiaon.

Jun 2, 2016
Crafted Applique - New Possibilities - Buccella, Lara, Applique

MOD PODGE!  Who knew that this product would make its way into the quilting world.  Not only does the application of Mod Podge have many virtues for applying appliques, but it can also be mixed with powered white tempera paint and applied to the back of light colored fabrics so the background fabric does not show through! One of the many hints I learned is that Harriet Hargrave has come up with a matte finish invisible thread for YLI. Not only are there several patterns for quilts, but also a unique sewing machine needle case, an insulated picnic bag, and a darling sewing machine cover. A bonus is the author's sense of humor.

May 19, 2016
Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting, Long-Arm and Sit-Down - Walters, Angela and Christa Watson, Quilting

Learn when, where, why, and how to finish your quilts.  Two authors ~~ one specializes in quilting on sit-down machines, the other uses stand-up long-arm quilting.  Tons of tips, plus ten quilt patterns. Our thanks to Jan Andrews for spotting this book.

May 5, 2016
Nemeshing - A Freehand Feather Flourish - Nemesh, Bethanne, Quilting

Betty Upchurch introduced me to this author, but I personally think that Betty could have written the books herself!  Bethanne has won numerous national quilting awards and generously shares her knowledge with students, and now in her five books (and yes, we have all of them in our library, thanks to Bethanne's emails helping me to order at the best price -- and she has signed all of the books for us!).  "Nemeshing," named by one of her students, is a way of filling quilts with quilting without marking. Start by learning to make spinless feathers, then continue on to be introduced to the numerous ways they may be filled and embellished.  Bethanne shares the name of her favorite So Fine thread by Superior, as well as her preferences of batting. 

May 5, 2016
If You Can Feather You can Freehand! - Nemesh, Bethanne, Quilting

Quoting from the book: "A handbook of freehand quilting designs to customize your quilts using the fabric to create a theme." Start with a feather and add such items as acorns, strawberries, cherries, blackberries, flowers, butterflies, seashells, paisleys, pinecones, grapes, birds, leaves, and even baseballs, footballs, wedding bells and baby rattles. Learn to fill blocks with "wreaths" as well as borders (and turning those pesky corners). We have all five of Bethanne's books thanks to the recommendation of Betty Upchurch.  Autographed.

May 5, 2016
The Devil is in the Details - The Art of Fine Finishing Touches - Nemesh, Bethanne, Borders/Bindings

Quoting the author: "The details in this book aren't just for the few folks who want to show their quilts.  They are for anyone who wants to elevate their next quilt project to another level.  None of them are particularly hard, but all of them are definitely time-consuming. But as another classic saying goes, 'Nothing good ever comes for free.' In the competitive world of show quilting, the best advice I have ever heard was, 'Always do the hard thing.' Show quilts have reached an outstanding level of skill and craftsmanship on the national and international level.  It isn't enough to be a great designer, or talented quilter, to make a show quilt stand out. It needs attention to detail." And with that, here you can learn such techniques as classic and beaded piping; simple, swag, and ruffle flanges; scallop tongue edge with beaded piping; covered corded edges with beaded pipings; and LOTS more!  My thanks to Betty Upchurch for turning me on to Bethanne Nemesh.  Autographed.

May 5, 2016
Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Sew Triangles - Sloan, Pat, Shapes

This book will be filed under "Shapes" on our library shelves, but it could also have found a home in "Modern" and "Basics."  How many ways have you tried to make a half-square triange?  Here are four different methods.  Method 3 makes four at a time, but with the caution that the bias edges will be on the outside.  Valuable information such as this is sprinkled heavily throughout the book.  Also included are methods for constructing quarter-square triangles, flying geese, sew-and-flip corners, square-in-a square units, equilateral triangles, plus recipes for setting triangles. For quick reference two pages of "Triangle Tricks Cheat Sheet" are worth the price of the book.  The quilt patterns are easy to follow.  Each project features details on choosing appropriate quilting designs. 

Apr 21, 2016
Making Waves ... Adventures of a Surf Quilter - Appell, Rob, Landscapes

Our very energetic and entertaining speaker on February 18, 2016, Rob Appell, signed and donated this book for our library.  It may seem strange for me to file this book under "Landscapes," but we don't have a category on our library shelves marked "Seascapes," so please bear with me and think of these quilts as landscapes of the sea.  This book is an autobiography of Rob along with instructions for creating your own under-the-water quilts.  He makes the quilts seem easy to create. 

Apr 7, 2016
Animal Parade - Adorable Applique Quilt Patterns for Babies, Babies and Kids

Our thanks to Cecile Clabaugh for requesting such a cute book (and also its sequel).  The quilts start with a traditional pieced background, then critters are appliqued on top.  Full-size patterns are included for: frogs, dragonfly, ducks, butterflies, monkeys, owls, foxes, flowers, hummingbirds, penguins, snowpeople, snowflakes, fish, turtles, seahorses, jellyfish, crab, koalas, giraffe, and sheep.

Mar 3, 2016
Animal Parade 2 - Charming Applique Quilts for Babies - Leffler, Cheri, Babies and Kids

Start with a pieced background, then add the cutest critters ever with your favorite type of applique.  Full-size patterns include:  elephants, hedgehogs (one of my favorites), flowers, raccoons, pandas, turtles, butterflies, birds, pigs ("pigs in a blanket"), deer (oh deer!"), lions, bunny rabbits.  Thanks, Cecile Clabaugh, for requesting this book, plus ANIMAL PARADE for our library. 

Mar 3, 2016
Vintage Tablecloth Quilts - Kitchen Kitsch to Bedroom Chic - Sheifer, Rose and Liz Aneloski, Miscellaneous

Quoting from the back of the book:  "Use this unique quiltmaking approach to preserve personal memories or create new family heirlooms.  Customize your quilt design to get the most out of any antique or reproduction tablecloth.  Parcel out a single tablecloth for multiple projects, or combine pieces of different cloths into one quilt."  Our thanks to Mary Ann Hayre for requesting this book for our library. 

Jan 7, 2016
Outstanding Owls to Applique - Ashton, Darcy, Animals

This skinny book is filled to overflowing with the cutest owls ever!  Ideas not only for quilts of many sizes, but also a tote bag and a needle keeper.  Neat use of selvages to make fabric. Mix and match.  Halloween and Christmas "costumes."  Owls holding tiny quilts.  WHO knew owls could be such a HOOT!  Thanks, Phyllis Gallaway, for finding this treasure for our library in Houston!!!

Dec 1, 2015
Stitches to Savor - Spargo, Sue, Embellishing

Here I quote from the back cover of the book: "Experience the rich texture of extraordinary quilts by acclaimed folk-artist Sue Spargo as you explore a treasury of her indulgently detailed handwork." This is a "picture" book with very few words. When you see the bouillon knots on her sheep you will want to pet the photo as it really does look three-dimensional and soft!  Then you are going to want to make those bouillon knots yourself. Embroidery instructions are NOT included in this book, but don't fret ~~ we have all of Sue's marvelous books in our library collection!  I love "Coffee Cups"  and "My tree of life" -- and "Magnolia" -- and "Circle Play 2" -- and Earth 'n' Twig" -- and "Leaf Play 1" -- etc., etc., etc. --  OK -- you get the picture -- I LOVE THEM ALL!

Dec 1, 2015
Building Blocks Quilt Pattern - Day, Leah, Quilting

In this book learn to piece 12 blocks using many traditional and non-traditional skills, then quilt it using the full-size quilting guides for all 42 blocks. This book is specially designed for quilting on the home sewing machine.  Each block is quilted seprately keeping the project small and easy to move.  At the end you will learn to connect the blocks using an innovative quilt-as-you-go technique, resulting in a 48 x 56 quilt.  When I received this in the mail it was just 93 loose pages.  Oh dear.  How on earth would I be able to "control" this publication as a library book to be shared by many.  I whined about this problem while introducing library books and the responses from the guild members were so helpful. Not only did Cathy Rapp come up with a solution, but she adopted the book and had it professionally bound as a gift to our guild!  It DOES take a village!

Dec 1, 2015
The New Hexagon - 52 Blocks to English Paper Piece - Marek, Katja, Shapes

Inside the hexagon shape is endless potential for new shapes/patterns.  Here are 52-6" blocks that Katja has designed to get us started.  Projects range from a mug rug and candle at to a bed-size quilt.  Learn her glue-basting method to prepare for piecing, and why the author likes spray basting rather than basting the quilt layers together. Here are lots of new techniques for an age-old, cherished block. If Modern quilts are your favorites these days, check out the nursery quilt.  Also included are hints for fussy cutting, calculating your own desired hexagon height, block setting ideas, and various finishes.  Might as well make all of the blocks because it would be too hard to choose just one or two favorites (yup - my favorite is "Hexalicious Wall Quilt on page 74 - ohhhh those colors are so yummy!). My thanks to Jim Jensen for requeeting this book for our library.

Nov 5, 2015
Millefiori Quilts 2 - Hammerstein, Willyne, Shapes

I definitely want to know what the drug of choice is for this quilter, and I want the same!  I was overwhelmed by her first book about Hexagon quilts, and cannot believe tht she has put together enough quilts to write a second book, even after breaking her elbow.  Maybe it has to do with living in the Netherlands.  She listens to classical music (so do I, but my quilts don't look like these!).  Maybe it has something to do with retiring from a 42-year judicial career.  Her quilts are traditional, but there is nothing traditional about them -- doesn't make sense -- so check out the book and see for yourselves!  If English is not your preferred language, this book also contains French.  Or if you don't like reading, the recipes and diagrams are more than sufficient -- and the pictures of the quilts are magnificent!  Our thanks to Jan Andrews for obtaining this book for our library while on her travels. 

Oct 15, 2015