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Title/Author(s)/Classification(s) Date Introduced
Change of Seasons, A - Folk-Art Quilts and Cozy Home Accessories - Sullivan, Bonnie, Christmas/Holidays

These folk art designs for quilts and wall hangings are prime for making with felted wool, or of course, cotton quilting fabrics.  Patterns feature: Spring bunny, flowers, and bird in a compote; daffodils, birds' nests, a three dimensional chick;  Summer beehive and sunflowers; watermelon, birds; a watermelon banner; a three-dimensional sunflower bouquet; Autumn pumpkin, acorns, leaves; three-dimensional crow;  Winter snowperson, mittens, cardinal, holly leaves, snowflakes, stars, hearts, a variety of designs for stockings, and a three-dimensional snowperson. Our thanks to Jan Westerman and Carole Behlke for requesting this book for our library.

Jan 5, 2017
Artful Improv - Grisdela, Cindy, Contemporary

Quoting from the back of the book:  "Permission to play? Granted. Embrace your creative spirit! Practice improv quilting using five easy blocks, circles, and strip sets. Design with negative space, color, recipes, and even irregular edges. Finish quilts with free-motion texture and sleeve-free wall-hanging techniques."  I instantly knew the author could be a good friend when I saw the photo of her on page 7 with her black cat that looks just mine, PLUS her studio was pristine, but "controlled chaos."

Dec 1, 2016
Creative Quilt Challenges - Pease, Pat and Wendy Hill, Modern

Quoting from the back of the book:  "Explore your creativity! 7 quilt challenges help you design your own quilts, with 2 unique perspectives on each challenge.  Tools, tricks, and techniques, including quilting-as-you-sew that really looks good and facing finishes with smooth corners." 

Dec 1, 2016
Textile Collage - Pattullo, Mandy, Contemporary

Quoting from the back of the book: "Discover a new way to reuse old fabrics and textiles to creatie beautiful collages - including quilts, clothes, portraits and books."  As the author is from England I had to look up a lot of words, and have added a page of notes to the inside cover :)  Our thanks to Rhonda Denny for requesting this book for our library.

Dec 1, 2016
Art Quilt Collage - Boschert, Deborah, Contemporary

Quoting from the back of the book: "How to get from 'start' to 'art.' Tap into your creative muse! Art quilt inspiration, techniques, and checklists presented in 8 easy-to-use design guides. Uncomplicated visual guide to fabric collage with practice pieces to help you gain experience. Tell your own artistic story with colors, materials, and beloved symbols."  Instructions for mounting pieces on canvas.

Dec 1, 2016
Victorian Display Alphabets - 100 Complete Fonts - Solo, Dan X. (Dover Books), Alphabets

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When I saw this oldie-but-goodie donation I knew it had a place in our library.  Leaf through 100 different fonts to give you ideas for lettering on your quilts.  Yes, you can do this on your computer, but this is just another way.  It is easy to enlarge or reduce the size of these letters with the help of a computer to achieve the exact size you wish.

Dec 1, 2016
New York Beauty - New Quilts Rrom an Old Favorite - Tetrev, Kimberly Holland and Caitlin Ridings - American Quilter's Society, New York Beauties

Quoting from the back of the book: "The New York Beauty block is taken to new heights in 18 unique designs! The intent of The National Quilt Museum's annual New Quilts From An Old Favorite Contest is to engage quiltmakers' creativity and ingenuity."  "Aside from learning the personal stories of each quiltmaker, there is an in-depth look into their creative porcess. This includes original sketches, design problems and solutions, and specific techniques utilized in the construction process.  This companion volume to the contest also explores the history of the New York Beauty block."  We have the entire series in our library (approximately 22 books), and more contests are scheduled for the future.  

Nov 17, 2016
Block - Fall - Volume, 3, Issue 5 - Doan, Jenny - Missouri Star Quilt Company, Blocks

Patterns included: Churn Dash, Quartered Stripes, Flying Geese Diamonds, Sixteen-Patches, Diamonds Squared, Disappearing Pinwheel Whirlygig, and many more.  Lots of ideas for the scrap stash.  Our thanks to Jan Andrews for this donation.  

Nov 17, 2016
Uncoverings - Volume 37 (2016) - American Quilt Study Group, History

With our SRQG's dues to the American Quilt Study Group we receive a complimentary issue of their annual research papers. Indepth studies include: "Migrant Quilts of Southern Arizona," "Funeral Ribbon Quilts," "Why Ernest Haight Made Quilts," "The Godey Quilt," "Protofeminist Thought in Mid-Twentieth Century Magazine Articles," and "Mary Catherine Lamb: Lady of Perpetual Garage Sales."  We have the entire collection filed under "History" in our library. 

Nov 17, 2016
Addicted to Scraps - Hunter, Bonnie K., Scraps

If you use Bonnie's system of cutting and storing your fabrics into specific sizes you will be a step ahead in creating her quilts, but don't worry if you don't -- you can still make up her patterns. Bonnie has invented a special ruler, "The Essential Triangle Tool," for making half-square triangles, quarter-square triangles, and flying geese units, all cut from easy strip widths, but you do not have to purchase this particular ruler to construct her blocks.  

Nov 3, 2016
Preserving History - Patchwork Patterns Inspired by Antique Quilts - Hendricksen, Julie, History

If you ever have the opportunity to explore Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, (near Madison), be sure to stop in at the author's JJ Stitches quilt shop.  It is one of the very first quilt shops I ever visited, and I was totally charmed.  Nearby is Frank Lloyd Wright's home, Taliesen and The House on the Rock. Back to the book ~~ Julie has a passion for collecting old quilts and reproducing their patterns. Here are not only directions to make the quilts, but also the stories behind the quilts. Quilting motifs are discussed. Patterns include: Sawtooth Star, Capital T, 1930s Checkerboard (will you be tempted to make the version with 289 1" tiny squares in each block, or opt out for the block with only 100 little squares?), two variations on Flying Geese, Triangles, Nine Patch (2,024 blocks!), two variations on Snowball, a Chain, two different Baskets, an X-Block, Windmills, and Sugarloaf (pyramid triangles).

Nov 3, 2016
Tree of Life Quilts - Price, Trisch, Contemporary

Begin with a history of the traditional Tree of Life design and see it grows and branches out with today's quilting techniques. When studying her "Treetop" quilt with fussy cut images of birds and animals I thought about printing family photos to add to the tree instead! For those who have been making Kaleidoscope blocks, "Web of Life" (which uses selveges in the blocks in this quilt) could be an idea for setting them. "Street Trees" could be a fun group/Friendship Block quilt to make with everyone contributing different "leaves" for their "lollipop"-shaped trees.  And then there is "City Park" - oh, the variations . . . from something as simple as changing the leaf colors on each edge of the quilt, to adding family photos to the center border. Let your imagination go crazy with these quilts -- I can see a "Challenge" here! 

Nov 3, 2016
Beyond Hawaiian Florals - Michell, Stacy and Toshiko Hashimoto, Hawaiian

Hawaiian-style applique using folded-and-layered cutting techniques, similar to the method used to cut a paper snowflake -- appliqued by machine!  Designs include: Hula Flower, Sunflower, Stargazer Lily, Rose, Butterflies, Miami Memories, Pennsylvania Dutch Tulips, Morning Glory, Flower Child, Heirloom Azalea, Pansy, and Tivoli Tulip.  Projects include: Nine-Patch Amish Quilt, wall quilts, and "two for one wall quilts."  A donation.

Nov 3, 2016
Peek-A-Boo Pals - Oates, Cindy Taylor, Babies/Kids

An oldie-but-goodie donation with some darling, simple designs for dogs, cats, cows, rabbits, a boy, a girl, Teddy bear, frog, and panda.

Nov 3, 2016
Little Traditional Quilts - Turner, Jayne, Miniatures

Miniature quilts made with modern rotary cutting techniques, some with templates, some with foundation piecing. Patterns include:  Burgoyne Surrounded, Sunflower, Lone Star and other stars, Bear's Claw, nine patches, Road to Oklahoma, Corn and Beans, flying geese, Birds in the Air, Rosebuds, and lots of scrappy ideas. A nice donation to our library.

Nov 3, 2016
Baskets and Bumblebees - Brandeburg, Barbara, Brandeburg, Barbara

Folk Art patterns for houses, flowers, baskets, bee and bee skep, trees, stars and cats. A donation.

Nov 3, 2016
Hometown USA - Quilter's Guild of Dallas., Inc., The, Houses

A pattern pack containing full-size patterns for 30 original 12" house blocks done in appliqued piecing.  Makes an 85 x 99" quilt (or whatever you wish, of course!).  A donation.

Nov 3, 2016
100 Paper Pieced Quilt Blocks - Causee, Linda, Foundation Piecing

CD in front cover to make 100 blocks in seven different sizes (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8" - and if you want larger blocks, instructions for enlarging them are included on page 3).  Patterns include: Log Cabin, Cake Stand, Pineapple, Snail's Trail, canoe, helicopter, yacht, motor scooter, train, car, jetliner, pick-up truck, bicycle, scooter, hot air balloon, sailboat, curved pinwheel, Pickle Dish, snowflake, hearts, leprechaun hat, Easter egg, shirt and tie, beach sandals (flip flops), Jack-o-lantern, angels, leaf and acorn, lots of stars, Christmas tree, candle, candy cane, gifts, ornaments, wreath, sleigh, Santa, stocking, Christmas lights, flowers, butterfly, watering can, ladybug frog, snail, bee and hive, hummingbird, and lots more. A good donation.

Nov 3, 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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