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Title/Author(s)/Classification(s) Date Introduced
Log Cabin Restructured - Kuroha, Shizuko, Log Cabins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 15, 2015
Modern Holiday - Murphy, Amanda, Christmas

When I saw the author on our guild's Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims' DVD THE QUILT SHOW I knew we should have her book, even though this holiday season is officially over.  Think of this as getting an early start!  Amanda is definitely a modern girl and introduces un-traditional color schemes.  Patterns for quilts, wallhangings (including an Advent Calendar with yo-yos for bows on top of packages!), three-dimensional trees, table runner, Christmas stockings, Christmas tree skirt, pillows, and coasters. 

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

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

Jan 15, 2015
Jane Austen Quilt Club, The - Number 4 in the Series - Hazelwood, Ann, Fiction

This novel is number four in the series.  Read in order:  The Basement Quilt, The Potting Shed Quilt, The Funeral Parlor Quilt.

Dec 11, 2014
Quilt National 2013 - The Dairy Barn, Contemporary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec 4, 2014
Wild and Wonderful 3-D Quilts - Vaneecke, Mary, Contemporary

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While at the Houston show Phyllis Gallaway spotted this book and had the author sign it for our guild's library.  

Quoting from the Introduction by the author: "I am an art quilter, and chaos is an ongoing theme in my work.  As I developed this theme over the years, I kept asking myself how I could make the chaos more real and surprise the viewer.  One way, I thought, was to take a two-dimensional quilt and make it peel off the wall:  Bring it into three dimensions; break it out of the ordinary."  Here you will find out just how she cleverly does that.  Lots of fun can be had using her methods.

Dec 4, 2014
Block - Late Summer - Volume 1, #4 - Doan, Jenny - Missouri Star Quilt Co., Scraps

While devouring these magazines I have encountered several "goofs."  I contacted Jenny Doan's website and asked if there was a list of corrections.  I received back a very kind email that included the following link.  Before starting any project in this book be sure to check for corrections. (corrections-you will have to scroll to the bottom of the page)

This technically is a magazine, but it will be filed with the books in the SCRAPS section of our library as there are so many ways of using pre-cut packages (Layer Cakes, Jelly Rolls, Charms, etc), or for using the fabrics you have on hand.  Patterns include: Hourglass, Maple Leaves, Spiderweb, Snowballs, and more.  Projects include:  Chicken Pincushion and a  Mug Rug/Tabletopper. Special technique: Self-binding baby blanket (and make sure you check the corrections page on the website, listed in the above paragraph, as I sure couldn't make the blanket as it was in the book, but with the help of the corrections, piece of cake).  

Dec 4, 2014
Block - Winter - Volume 1, #1 - Doan, Jenny - Missouri Star Quilt Co., Scraps

BEFORE STARTING ANY PROJECTS IN THIS BOOK, BE SURE TO GO TO THEIR WEBSITE AND SEARCH FOR CORRECTIONS (corrections-you will have to scroll to the bottom of the page)

This is a magazine, but will be filed with books under SCRAPS in our library as there are so many patterns that use pre-cut strips, such as Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, and Charm Packs (or make up your own from your stash).  Patterns include:  stars, pinwheels, Churn Dash, Jacob's Ladder, and more, plus a FAST way to use a Jelly Roll.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nov 20, 2014
Block - Spring, Volume 1, Issue 2 - Doan, Jenny - Missouri Star Quilt Co., Scraps


This is a magazine that is subscribed to, but looks more like a book, so that is where I am going to file these -- with the books -- in the SCRAPS section.  Read the essays before each project and get to know Jenny, the mother of seven, who loves life and uses every holiday as an excuse to celebrate.  The projects call for pre-cut fabrics such as Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, and Charm Packs, but you may of course make up your own combinations from your stash. Included are patterns for a "rag" quilt made with a twist, a tumbler table runner, the history of the zipper and a quilt reminiscent of a zipper, a different kind of square-in-a-square that is fun to make, a Dresden "coin" along with a pattern for a bag and two different pillows,  a bow tie block that can be twisted and turned into many different configurations, and more.  If a recipe for very yummy looking Apple Nut Cake is not a bonus enough, check out the serial murder mystery on the back pages that star Jenny Doan!  Jan Andrews has been very generous in donating these for our library.

Nov 20, 2014
Block - Summer - Volume 1, Issue 3 - Doan, Jenny - Missouri Star Quilt Co., Scraps

BEFORE ATTEMPTING ANY PROJECT IN THIS BOOK, BE SURE TO LOOK ON THEIR WEBSITE FOR ANY CORRECTIONS (corrections-you will have to scroll to the bottom of the page)

This is the magazine that looks like a book, so search for it with our books, filed under SCRAPS.  Pre-cut fabric packs are an easy way to tackle these projects, or choose from your existing collection of fabrics.  Besides lots of patterns for quilts and wall hangings, find a purse, and an embellished apron made from a tea towel.  Our thanks for Jan Andrews for this "book."

Nov 20, 2014
Journey to Jericho - England, Kaye, Blocks

The blocks in this book were chosen for their Christian symbolism, and their stories are included. Patterns for pieced blocks include:  David and Goliath, King David's Crown, Jacob's Ladder, Crown of Thorns, Tree of Life, Joseph's Coat, Bethlehem Star, World Without End, Lily of the Field, Storm at Sea, Job's Tears, and Hosanna.  Bonus applique blocks include:  Iris, Fig, Myrrh, Pomegranate, Frankinsense, Amaryllis, Dove, Butterfly, Indiana Rose, Rose of Sharon, Leaves, and Almond.  A gallery of quilts using different color combinations, sizes, and configurations is included.  An oldie-but-goodie donation.

Nov 20, 2014
Uncoverings 2014 - Volume 35 of the Research Papers - American Quilt Study Group, History

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We are sent these books of in-depth essays with our dues to this organization.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Our thanks to Marilyn Altenbach, a Quilt Show Member, for helping to acquire these DVDs for our library.  There is something interesting to see and learn in every segment!

Disk 1, 1401: Janet Stone - "A-Z for Ewe and Me" - tips on Flying Geese and Half-Square Triangles - machine appliqued letters.  Ricky demonstrates bindings with scallop details.

Disk 1, 1402: Linda Pumphrey, sales manager of AcuQuilt, Omaha, Nebraska, headquarters 

Disk 1, 1403: Gyleen Fitzgerald - her second time at The Quilt Show -  (we have several of her books in our library) - Connie Flanders, director of education and training for Bernina demonstrates piecing with a serger

Disk 2, 1404: Victoria Findlay Wolfe (we have her first book in our library, and the second one is on order) winner of Best of Show at QuiltCon 2013 - use fifteen minute segments to create - scraps, orphan blocks, and bits and pieces can result in fantastic quilts - community service projects. Tour of Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

Disk 2, 1405: Karen Gloeggler  (talks about novelist Jane Austen, we have the book in our library) - Incorporates vintage fabrics, handkerchiefs, and doilies.   Janet Finley (amasssed world's largest collection of 19th- and early 20th-century photos of people with quilts.  We have her book in our library)

Disk 2, 1406: Tula Pink (what a hoot! - we have her book in our library) - gives traditional patterns a contemporary twist with current fabrics - has a great concept for choosing colors - demonstrates fussy cutting; Karen Marchetti (machine quilting)

Disk 2, 1407: Kim Diehl (wish she would speak for us! we have one of her books in our library) - lots of time-saving machine-applique techniques, demonstrates "big stitch quilting" complementing machine quilting; Christine Barnes (color, book in library)

Disk 3, 1408: Ricky Tims (many of his books and DVDs in our library) - Northern Lights quilt; Sherri Ruwe and Karen Ruwe (no relation!, discuss their collaborations)

Disk 3, 1409: Ricky demonstrates an easy sailboat block with tips for stitching half-square triangles;  Linda Beach (art quilter, artist-in-residence at several National parks, "jig-saw puzzle/freezer paper piecing - similar to Cynthia England's methods - we have England's book in our library)

Disk 3, 1410: Bonnie K. Hunter (scraps - "if it is still ugly you just didn't cut it small enough" -  be organized! - cut leftovers in strips of 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, and 3.5 inches - uses phone book paper for foundation piecing using 1.5 stitch length - string piecing - books in our library - -  "low volume areas," a term used by Modern quilters meaning a neutral area - leaders and enders a.k.a, sew bunnies, sew betweens, spiders) - Shelly Burge (embellishes with copper and brass, .005 thickness 36 gage-, use craft scissors and a scrapbook crimper to corregate for texture - can change color on a stove's electric burner - hints on how to attach to quilt -  collection of over 300 toy sewing machines)

Disk 4, 1411: Alex and Ricky give tips for ironing/pressing.  Carolyn Konig  (CONE-egg)- Australian - recreates 18th century quilts  - takes a year to complete each quilt - shows how she drafts her complicated medallions - demonstrates hand piecing (Must Be Precise!) - shows how she  hand appliques (uses dissolvable Floriani Stitch and Wash pattern material rather than freezer paper) - appliques with silk thread - designs eight blocks-of-the-month a year for her shop 

Disk 4, 1412:  Filmed in the Texas Hill Country - Cynthia England (has spoken at our guild, we have her book - very intricate pieced quilts that look like applique)  - this is her second time on The Quilt Show - here she shows "doable" quilts - new book uses traditional blocks that encourage substituting other  blocks -  shows how to piece a rose with her picture piecing technique - her paper piecing method sews NEXT to paper! - uses Strip Stick (a quilter's pressing ham) for perfectly flat seams - great tips for those "little itty bitty evil pieces" - LOVES Karen Kay Buckley serated scissors - a very forgiving method -  shows how to apply a sleeve to smallish quilts without any hand work! -  encourages getting mammograms!!!   Wendy Mamattah, from Ghana, Africa - art quilter - "let it shout!" - There is an "After Set" at the end of this segment, after the credits.

Disk 4, 1413: Lenni Levenson Wiener (WINE-er) from New York City (we have her new book), human  figures in unexpected fabrics collages inspired  from her casual snapshots - explains the value of value - searches shops for "clean beige" fabrics - tracing paper template, freezer paper pattern, tiny dots of glue, clear thread and a free-motion machine zigzag with Libby Lehman's Bottom Line from Superior Threads in the bobbin and a clear filament on top, doesn't use batting anymore, artist canvas for the backing, displays pieces on canvas stretchers rather than binding them - does on-line art quilt voice coaching-    Jennifer Sampou (Sam-POOH) (we have her book, she has spoken at our guild, and will again in October 2015) - has designed over 3,000  fabric prints - worked at Laura Ashley in Wales when she was 19 at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City  (where my niece goes to school!) - married Todd Hensley, son of Carol Hensley of C&T Publishing, has three sons,  grabbed her family and went off to live in Mexico for a while - works for Robert Kaufman fabrics, loves Pinterest, doesn't design on the computer (paints fabric designs) - designer and artist first, then quilter 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nov 6, 2014
Ghostly Quilts on Main, The - Number 5 in the Series - Hazelwood, Ann, Fiction

Ann Hazelwood's novels MUST be read in order (THE BASEMENT QUILT, THE POTTING SHED QUILT,  THE FUNERAL PARLOR QUILT, THE JANE AUSTEN QUILT CLUB).  These books are quick reads.  

Nov 6, 2014
Santa's Coming - Art to Heart - Halvorsen, Nancy, Christmas and Holidays

Cute, quirky cartoon-like characters to applique (Santas, reindeer, angel, stockings, candy canes, sleigh, poinsettias.  Projects include:  wall quilts, banners, pillows, tea towels, table runner, hot mitts, place mats, totes, advent calendar, napkin and napkin ring.  A Donation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 2, 2014
100 Any-Size Christmas Blocks - Weiss, Rita and Linda Causee, Christmas and Holidays

The attached CD makes it easy to make blocks in many sizes.  Patterns for foundation piecing, applique, and piecing.  Motifs include:  trees, angels, snowpeople, candles, stars, presents, reindeer, snowflake, stocking, Santas, gingerbread people, ornaments, nativity, holly, poinsettia, candy cane, Christmas cactus, church, house, wreath, Christmas lilies, and more. Also ideas for using the blocks.  

Oct 2, 2014
100 Any-Size Flower Blocks - Weiss, Rita and Linda Causee, Flowers

Use the attached CD to help you print flower patterns in sizes from four to 16 inches. Techniques include foundation piecing, applique, and piecing.  Patterns include: cosmos, daisy, tiger lily, bird of paradise, daffodil, poinsettia, tulips, pansy, sunflower, calla lily, violet, aster, roses, crocus, water lily, iris, Jack-in-the-pulpit, lotus, sweet pea, hibiscus, peony, petunias, flower basket, flower wreaths, buds, and more. Also ideas for using blocks.  

Oct 2, 2014
50 Any-Size Travel Blocks - Weiss, Rita and Linda Causee, Landscapes

Attached CD prints out patterns in four sizes (5, 6, 7, or 8 inches).  Patterns included: Basket Building, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, The Capitol, Eifel Tower, Empire State Building, Fallingwater, Guggenheim Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral, One World Trade Center, Pantheon, Space Needle, St. Paul's Cathedral, Statue of Liberty, Sydney Opera House, Taj Mahal, Transamerica Pyramid, Washington Monument, The White House, and many more.Document in fabric places you have visited (in person, or in your dreams!). Ideas for block uses included.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 17, 2014
Simple Graces - Diehl, Kim,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 19, 2014
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
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
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