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Title/Author(s)/Classification(s) Date Introduced
Fusing/Fabric Painting Technique - Crawford, Lenore (SRQG speaker May 19, 2016), CD

Our May 19, 2016, Santa Rosa Quilt Guild Speaker, Lenore Crawford, generously donated this CD for our guild library.  This is a quote from Lenore's website: This CD describes my fusing technique in photos and text, so you can create your own art quilt with this technique.  Supplies needed, and helpful hints I have learned over the years, are also included.  You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this presentation, which can be downloaded for free over the Internet if necessary. This is not a DVD.

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
Make Quilts Not War - #6 - A Harriet Truman/Loose Threads Mystery Novel - Sachitano, Arlene, Fiction

Many of us will be reminded of the 1960's bell bottoms, war protests, and the use of polyester in quilts when reading this book. Here is #6 in the series of Harriet Truman/Loose Threads Mystery novels -- and you must read them in order.

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
Block - Winter - Volume 3, Issue 1 - Doan, Jenny - Missouri Star Quilt Co., Blocks

Jenny has a knack for borrowing traditional block patterns and presenting them in a fresh new light with lots of tips for easier construction.  Logging onto her website takes you to even more help with each quilt.  This is actually a magazine subscription that Jan Andrews generously shares with all of us, but they look like books, so look for all of the issues filed on our library shelves under the category of "Blocks."  Some of the patterns included here are: Irish Chain, Pinwheels, Snowball, Floating Squares, Double Star, Lotus Leaves, and Flying Geese

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
Fast and the Fancy, The -o Feathers for Freehand Quilters - Nemesh, Bethanne, Quilting

Lots of ideas for quilting freehand feathers, from fastest to fanciest.  Be sure to check out the other four books by Bethanne in our library.  Our thanks to Betty Upchurch for bringing me the name of this author.  Autographed.

May 5, 2016
Sampler Quilt Smackdown -o Secondary Quilting Designs for All Block Quilts - Nemesh, Bethanne, Quilting

 Do not be scared off by the word "sampler" in the title.  Here are Five block quilts featuring fifty-plus quilting design plans, and thirty borner options for mid-custom quilting.  On page 4 "mid-custom" is explained as we learn more about the professional machine quilting business (but this book is not just for professional quilters).  Check out all of Bethanne's books in our library, and thank Betty Upchurch for introducing this author to us.  Autographed.

May 5, 2016
Quilt Before the Storm, The - #5 - A Harriet Truman/Loose Threads Mystery - Sachitano, Arlene, Fiction

During a rain storm with high winds Harriet and her quilting buddies not only quilt by candlelight but learn about people living in the local woods.  Be sure to read this series in order.  Book lists are taped to the end of the rolling cart.

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
Victory Quilts - Burns, Eleanor, Burns, Eleanor

Here is another book that could be filed under many different categories in our library, such as "Blocks," "Stars," "Samplers," and "History," but it will be under "Burns, Eleanor."  As with all of Eleanor's books, this is filled with excellent directions and with "recipes" for various sizes of each block pattern.  Each block is accompanied by photos and very readable histories from the 1940's, including  a Scotty block called "Fala," President Franklin Roosevelt's beloved dog.  Her directions for making swags and ribbons to dress up borders of quilts are super easy.  Can't wait to make her recipe for "Sugarless Cake."  Two sheets of full-size patterns are inserted in the back flap of the book.  A terrific donation for our library. 

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
Fat Quarter Fun - Snyder, Karen, Fat Quarters

Here are lots more ideas to use fat quarters (or any fabric from our collections).  The patterns are all easy to construct.  Projects include quilts plus a table runners.  A good donation for our Fat Quarter section of the library.

Apr 7, 2016
Scraps and Stash Quilting - Vagts, Carolyn S., editor, Scraps

Traditional as well as modern projects.  Patterns for a giraffe, antelope, a map of Africa, flying angel, a simple Santa, butterfly, houses, a bear, stars, maple leaf, log cabin, pinwheels, tons of triangles, even yo yos.  Projects include quilts, candle mat, backpack, bottle and cup holders, pillow, table runner, bed runner, place mats, napkin rings, hot pads, table mats, greeting cards, card keeper, clutch, pincushion.  This book will keep us busy for ages.  A nice donation for our Scraps section.

Apr 7, 2016
Fat Quarter Cut-Ups - Henning, Brenda, Fat Quarters

Recipes for making the most of fat quarter cuts (or just fabric from the stash) for crazy four-patch, zany nine patch, windmill, X-block, outside the box, Hunter Star.  Flange binding instructions. A nice donation for our Fat Quarter section.

Apr 7, 2016
From Here to Home - Bostwick, Marie, Fiction

Read FROM HEAVEN TO TEXAS first to become acquainted with quilter Mary Dell Templeton and her son Howard.  Mary Dell is also mentioned in Marie's Cobblestone Quilt Shop series.  Hated to put this down, and hated for it to end.  Marie is a good story-teller. 

Apr 7, 2016
Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters, The - Wood, Sherri Lynn, Modern

Even if you have mastered all of the quilting skills and have no intention of breaking any of the rules, you will still want to read this book from cover to cover (again and again).  I learned so many things that can be applied to traditional quilting, as well as being given permission to branch out and have more fun.  This one book could be taken to a desert island (where there is plenty of fabric, of course), even if you forget to take along a ruler, as it will continue to inspire new ideas.  This is a book for both beginners and advanced quilters.  Our thanks to Diana Roberts for recommending this book for our library. 

Mar 17, 2016
ABCD Quilting - Fauth, Kim Schrader,

The author will be our SRQG speaker on April 21, 2016.  Quoting from page 6 of her book:  "The general concept of the ABCD technique is to make complicated looking blocks using simple methods.  No paper piecing is required.  No templates are made.  The only thing that really matters is being consistent as you sew.  Blocks will be made that end up having triangles, trapezoids, and parallelograms!  Sorry, I couldn't resist throwing in some fancy terminology.  Don't worry - all that's needed is the ability to follow directions, sew a straight seam, and think creatively."  Check out her website for tons of examples of quilts made with her method.

Mar 3, 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
Backyard Bird Quilts - Davis, Jodie, Animals

Debby Bainbridge's request for bird Friendship Blocks prompted Pam Brown to find this book and suggest it for our library, and what a nice addition it is.  Foundation pieced (a.k.a. paper piecing) bird patterns include:  robin, cardinal, towhee, wren, hummingbird, bluebird, goldfinch, Canada goose, kingfisher, blue jay, woodpecker, and chickadee.  Projects include: placemats, table runners, pillows, chair pads, and of course, quilts!

Mar 3, 2016
Snow Happy - Whimsical Embroidery Designs - Kingsley, Robin of Bird Brain Designs, Redwork

The author lives in Kelseyville where her designs can be seen at Bird Brain Designs in a 1937 dime store on Main Street.  On the Acknowledgments page she thanks Wilma Taylor (Betty Upchurch's sister) for patchwork ideas and pointers.  One of Robin's secrets to her exquisite embroidery ("redwork," although in this book the stitching is all done in blue) is her use of pearl cotton rather than embroidery floss.  Using the correct size and type of needle, and the proper hoop make for beautiful stitches.  Countless whimsical designs for snowpeople adorn bookmarks, book weights, pincushions, a needle book, a stitching tote, a pillow, a quilt (made with "snowball" blocks, of course!), wall hanging, tea towels, mug mats, table runner, and ornaments.  Our thanks to Betty Upchurch for obtaining this autographed book for our library!

Mar 3, 2016
Irish Chain Quilts - Corry, Melissa, Irish Chain

Quoting from the back of the book: "Discover a fresh take on the traditional Irish Chain - known for its wonderful diagonal movement, easy piecing, and beautiful collaboration of color."  Here you will find 15 patterns using a variety of techqniques, including traditional and improvisational piecing, plus applique.  Some of the designs are even "wonky."  Our thanks to Jana Ulmer for requesting this book for our library. 

Mar 3, 2016
Simply Stunning Seamless Quilts - Faustino, Anna,

The author calls them "outline" designs, but to me they look like stained glass windows. Trace her patterns, or learn to make your very own.  Grab a craft knife (a.k.a. X-ACTO knife) and fusibles and create a seamless quilt with no piecing!  Several different finishes are suggested, plus ideas for embellishments. 

Mar 3, 2016
There's More Than One Way to Bind a Quilt - Simon, Jeri, editor, Borders/Bindings

This skinny little books is full of pictures and hints for finishing quilts, such as: continuous binding, single-fold, machine-stitched, self-binding, inside out (pillowcase), two-sided (double-sided), flange,  and irregular edges. 

Mar 3, 2016
101 Quilt Blocks for Hand Piecing ... Or Machine PIecing - Causee, Linda, Blocks

Please do not let the title of this book scare you off -- these blocks can be made either by hand or machine.  Yes, many do have curves, and some are quite complicated, but do-able with patience.  Template patterns include: flowers, hearts, bow tie, drunkard's path, stars, pinwheels, orange peel, fans, a house, and tons more.  A nice donation for our library.

Mar 3, 2016
Fat Quarter Baby - Its Sew Emma, Babies and Kids

The recipes for these twenty crib quilts are made super easy with the use of fat quarters (or whatever you have on hand).  Patterns include:  baby rattles, heart-shape posies, butterflies, bows, strawberries (that could be hearts if the stems were left off), a puzzle block, whales, duckies, airplanes, guitars, tumbling blocks, a teddy bear, plus several traditional blocks that can look modern with the choice of fabrics.   The "boy" and "girl" quilt patterns can be easily switched with the "appropriate" colors.   Make more blocks, or add more borders to easily enlarge the size.  A very versatile book.

Feb 4, 2016
New Ways with Jelly Rolls - 12 Reversible Modern Jelly Roll Quilts - Lintott, Pam and Nicky, Pre-cuts

REVERSIBLE, modern quilts from jelly rolls.  The backs are as great as the fronts!

Jelly rolls are a roll of forty fabrics cut in 2-1/2 inch wide strips across the width of the fabric.  Purchase a jelly roll, or create your own from your collection of fabrics. 

The photography makes it easy to see the "modern" quilting stitches. 

Thanks, Jan Westerman, for calling this book to my attention!

Jan 21, 2016
Tula Pink's City Sampler 100 Modern Quilt Blocks - Pink, Tula, Modern

To quote Tula Pink, the author: "You will notice in the following pages that the blocks are not named but simply numbered.  This is intentional.  I may have designed the blocks and given you the instructions on what to cut and where to stitch, but I have not infused the blocks with any meaning.  This is your quilt.  The fabrics you choose, the colors that you use and why you are making it are what will give the quilt a purpose."  This is definitely a "modern" attitude, and as Diana Roberts, our Chairperson for this year's Block-of-the-Month program, has chosen "modern" as the theme, she thought we might all benefit from having this book in our library.  These blocks finish at six inches square.  Besides the block patterns, there are also ideas for "modern" quilts.

Jan 7, 2016
Vintage Tablecloth Quilts - Kitchen Kitsch to Bedroom Chic - Sheifer, Rose and Liz Aneloski,

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
Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks - Volume 12 - Winter 2015 - Quiltmaker magazine, Blocks

Pieced, appliqued, or foundation pieced -- easy to complicated -- traditional, modern -- something for everyone.  Yes, this is a magazine, but it is being filed on the library shelves in the BLOCKS category.  Our thanks to Jan Andrews for so generously donating these magazines for all of us to enjoy.

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
Step-by-Step Free-Motion Quilting - Cameli, Christina, Quilting

Turn nine simple shapes (circles, curving lines, loop, drop, spiral, leaf, the "s" curve, arc, and grass) into more than 80 quilting designs. Use with longarm or domestic machines.  Improve your free-motion skills, one shape at a time.  Our thanks to Judy Dieter for requesting this book for our library.

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
Add-a-Line Extreme Quilting Patterns - Donaldson, Janie, Quilting

Elizabeth Marrs has been generous in donting this third book in a series (yes, we do have the first two!) containing 112 quilting patterns for domestic and longarm machines.  If you are new to machine quilting, by all means, start with the first in the series and work up to these more challenging designs. 

Dec 1, 2015
America's Quilted Garden Blocks - Labanaris, Faye, Flowers

Phyllis Gallaway spied this book at the Houston show and thought it should be purchased for our library.  She even had the author sign the front cover for us! All fifty states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa, are represented here by their flowers. Quoting from the back cover of the book: "Each 20-24" original design flower block can be made as a wallhanging or combine several into a heritage project showing where your family members live.  Mix and match the basic applique and ribbon work techniques to suit your own taste and home decor.  The pattern CD includes a wonderful bonus - information on each state or territory such as its nickname, motto, state bird, state tree, and more."

Nov 19, 2015
Fat-Quarter Quickies - Brown, Kathy, Fat Quarters

Recipes for efficiently cutting fat quarters into smaller units, with or without the author's Fat Quarter Cutter ruler.  Ideas for using precuts (2-1/2" strips, 5" strips, 5" squares, and more). Eleven patterns for table runners to bed-size quilts. All very easy to construct. Good ideas for Community Quilts! Our thanks to Judy Dieter for requesting this book. 

Nov 19, 2015
Becoming a Confident Quilter -It's Hip to be Square - Caffrey, Debbie, Basics

The author, Debbie Caffrey, spoke for the second time at our SRQG meeting on August 20, 2015, and presented a workshop the next day. My very favorite part of this book are the author's "Mythbusters."  With these special notes she explains such basics as why we need to learn to be accurate when cutting and stitching -- it DOES matter!  Focus is on square blocks that are cut into various pieces.  Our thanks to Rhonda Denny for donating this book for our library.

Nov 19, 2015
Primitive Quilts and Projects - Spring 2015 - A Magazine, Magazines

I do not usually include magazines on the new library book area of our SRQG website, but this is a brand new-to-me magazine that I thought you would like to know about.  Sue Gragg has been kind enough to share this with all of us.

Nov 19, 2015
All Things Quilting with Alex Anderson - Anderson, Alex, Basics

If you would like just one book to refer to about the basics of quilting, this is it!  This would be a fine addition to your personal library, and a great gift idea for your quilting friends, and future quilters in your life.  Over the years, Alex has written over a dozen "little" books, that have collectively sold over a million copies, each about a specific quilting skill, and here she pulls together all of those ideas, plus more to make this a valuable resource for us.  We have Janet Shore to thank for recommending this book for our library.

Nov 5, 2015
Farm Girl Vintage - Holt, Lori, Blocks

Georgiann Morrissey returned from a trip very excited about a book she had spied that she knew would be a cherished addition to our library.  The author's sense of color is very refreshing.  She has included instructions for such projects as quilts made from all 45 of the blocks or just a few of them (you choose which blocks to use), or pick your favorite block for an individual piece of "kitchen art," a.k.a. "potholder." The "recipes" are for 6 or 12 inches blocks. Blocks include: stars, milk can, house, basket, cherries, American flag, tea kettle, canning jars, a pumpkin, pears, barn, mixing bowls and wooden spoon, Mother Hen, chick and heart, sheep, strawberry, spools, and lots of traditional blocks. 

Nov 5, 2015
Adding Layers - Color, Design and Imagination - Doughty, Kathy,

Quoting the inside cover: "Quilts, in their essence, are layers of color, pattern, and imagination, all working together to form an effective design." In this book you will find a mixture of styles from modern to traditional, graphic, some very busy, some simple.  If you ever wanted to make a "hexie" quilt, take a look at this one -- this block finishes 5" on a side and looks great with large prints. 

Nov 5, 2015
Quilty Fun - Holt, Lori, Sew-A-Row

Just because the photo on the cover shows a "row" quilt, it does not mean that you have to only use these cute blocks in rows.  Use one block over and over again for a top and bottom border, or all four borders; combine two different blocks in various colors to make a table runner; try a medallion style with rows surrounding a center piece - the ideas are endless.  Some of the block patterns include:  a bumble bee, tulip, apple (and an apple core), house, spool of thread, tea/coffee mug, basket, butterfly, mitten (and a snowball), stars, a very simple leaf, a flower, a tree, and even an easy fence border.  Her choice of colors (ocean and sky aquas, leaf and apple greens, tomato and cherry reds, mild chocolate browns, silver and pewter grays, butter and squash yellows, and rosy pinks look so refreshing together.  For more ideas be sure to check out Lori's other two books in our library!

Nov 5, 2015
Kaleidoscope Paper Piecing - Mahoney, Nancy, Foundation Piecing

I love making Kaleidoscope quilts. This book takes that simple design to the next level with the assistance of paper piecing.  These complex-looking quilts are totally do-able with the author's excellent instructions.

Nov 5, 2015
Free Range Triangle Quilts - Marston, Gwen and Cathy Jones, Shapes

The back of the book says it best, so I quote: "This is a new look for a seasoned shape with parameters that provide structue, clear direction, and focus for the projects.The projects get back to basics with lessons learned at 'Granny's Knee.' Traditional methods and styles provide a springboard to updated quilt patterns. Quilt projects and patterns encourage taking risks to create your own piece of art. View quilts already made using the free range concept of the triangle. This book speaks to both traditional and contemporary quiltmakers.

Nov 5, 2015
Half-Scrap Quilts - Take and Make Them Yours - Depre, Mickey, Scraps

 If you know the name "Mickey Depre" you will instantly think "art quilter" and "hexagons."  This author has come full-circle back to traditional quilts. Blocks include: Hourglass, Chain and Knot, Pineapple, a woven argyle, and stars, plus new blocks that look old-fashioned. Instructions for various techniques include: flying geese, foundation piecing, and half-square triangles. Get inspired to dig into your scrap bag - in a controlled fashion, that is. 

Nov 5, 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