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Title/Author(s)/Classification(s) Date Introduced
Quilt by Association - A Harriet Truman/Loose Threads Mystery - #4 in Series - Sachitano, Arlene, Fiction

Thanks to this donation from Christy Detweiler, we can find out what kind of trouble Harriet can get into next.  Be sure to read this series in order.  (HINT:  Find lists of Fiction Authors and thei order in which to read their novels taped to the end of the rolling cart!)

Apr 16, 2015
1718 Coverlet, The - Briscoe, Susan, History

This book was inspired by the 1718 Silk Patchwork Coverlet, which is the oldest known dated piece of patchwork in the British Isles.  It consists of 182 blocks from 69 diffrerent patterns, which are included in this book. Instructions are given for making the blocks with the original method or the modern way. Learn about how the coverlet was acquired and how and why it was replicated.  An alphabet is included.

Apr 16, 2015
Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule - Chiaverini, Jennifer, Fiction

This is the fourth in a series of historical novels about the Civil War.  Although technically not a quilting book, these books by Jennifer are extremely popular with our members.  I have learned more about the Civil War in these novels than I ever did in school.  This story concentrates on the life of Julia Dent Grant, our eighteenth president's wife, and her dear friend (and slave) "Jule."  Once again, Jennifer challenges us to THINK -- the questions in our history (and present!)  have no easy answers. I recommend reading this series in order as people from previous books are mentioned.

Apr 2, 2015
Modern Quilts and More - Einmo, Kimberlyl, Modern

Here I quote the author from the introduction of this book: "I honestly think this introduction was the most difficult part of the book for me to write.  Why?  Because as far as modern quilting goes, how can anyone truly define let alone capture the concept in words?  Research on the Internet always ended in my spending countless hours online reading various definitions from a vast number of sources, each claiming to be the true definition of what modern quilting really is all about.  While I think there are some similarities and good points made by each of these sources, I don't think there is any one, all-encompassing, objective definition of modern quilts today."  And I totally agree with the author!  With that, the author has taken basic, traditional blocks and set them together using fast and easy construction techniques in her take on "modern."  Many of the quilts feature "thoughts from the quilter," which I found interestingl.  Some of the patterns show bonus quilts made from the leftovers. 

Apr 2, 2015
More Twist-and-Turn Bargello Quilts - Wright, Eileen, Bargello

With the popularity of our March 2015 speaker, Merrill Lee West, on the subject of Bargello quilts, Phyllis Gallaway suggested this book for our library.  These very complicated-looking patterns are very do-able when the "recipes" are followed.  The hardest part about making these Bargellos is choosing the fabrics, and information is included here on how to make life easier. 

Apr 2, 2015
Block - Winter - Volume 2 - Issue 1 - Doan, Jenny - Missouri Star Quilt Co., Scraps

This is the magazine that looks like a book, and therefore is filed under "Scraps."  Patterns include: Disappearing Hourglass, Hearts, Stars, Flying Geese Log Cabin, Strings, plus many more "original" blocks.  These patterns are perfect for "pre-cuts," or fabrics from your collection.  The color combinations suggest "modern," but translate those ideas into your own desires.  Our thanks to Jan Andrews for this donation.

Apr 2, 2015
AQS Guide to Quilt Care, The - 3rd Edition - AQS Certified Quilt Appraisers Bobbie A. Aug, Carol Butzke, Linda Horsberger, and Gerald Roy, Basics

This tiny book is full of information.  It has been written by American Quilt Society's Certified Quilt Appraisers.  Read their opinions on quilt preservation, conservation, and restoration; basic quilt care; restoration/repair; displaying quilts, shipping quilts; insuring quilts; and the importance of quilt appraisals.

Apr 2, 2015
Stitch Dissolve Distort with Machine Embroidery - Campbell-Harding, Valerie and Maggie Grey, Embellishing

Learn about the fabrics and materials that can be dissolved, melted, punched, slashed, distorted to create unique textiles.  As long as you don't burn down the house, you can't go wrong! A nice donation for our library

Apr 2, 2015
Magic Vine Quilt, The - Quilt in a Day - Burns, Eleanor, Burns, Eleanor

Applique a variety of flowers and leaves and then place them in one of three settings.  As with all of Eleanor's books, the "recipes" are very easy to understand.  Many tips are included for different methods of applique.  The charming flower patterns were adopted from the fictitious Nancy Page newspaper column back in 1930.  Instructions included for various sizes of quilts, pillow sham, and wallhanging.  Learn about wave and scallop edges.  Flowers include:  evening primrose, arrowhead, phlox, trillium, blue eyed grass, milkwort, downy gentian, false beech drop, bouncing bet, morning glory, wild rose, shooting star, poppy, tulip, cosmos, bluebell, zinnia, pansy, tiger lily, forget-me-knot, nasturtium, and buttercup.  Autographed by Eleanor, from the library of Donna Marvin.

Apr 2, 2015
Hands All Around - Quilts from Many Nations - Bishop, Robert, Karey P. Bresenhan, and Bonnie Leman, History

Published in 1987, this is a collection of innovative quilts from many nations from Australia to West Germany, including the United States. In studying these quilts, the ideas are still fresh.  What I do find drastically different today is the quilting.  A nice donation for our library

Apr 2, 2015
Peanuts Quilted Celebrations - Shea, Kathleen (foreword by Jean (Mrs. Charles) Schulz), Christmas/Holidays

Applique with your favorite method Peanuts comic strip characters - Lucy, Woodstock, Sally, Franklin, Linus,  Charlie Brown, and of course, Snoopy.  Holidays represented include:  Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Autumn, Halloween, and Christmas.  Patterns for quilts, pillows, table runners, placemats, wall quilts.  TOOOOO cute!

Mar 19, 2015
Quilted Lilies - #6 in the Series - Hazelwood, Ann, Fiction

This is the sixth (6th) in The Colebridge Community Series -- you absolutely MUST read these novels in order.  Find out what Anne Brown, owner of the flower shop is up to.  Don't look for any hints on the back cover, just jump right in.  Light reading.

Mar 19, 2015
Easy Grid Quilts - Fisher, Karen, G.,

Sorry, I cannot properly explain here about the grid concepts in this book, but I certainly understood how the quilts can be made with grids when I read the book, so just check out the book!  For Sudoku lovers, there is even a grid (and double grid) featuring this puzzle.  There is really a LOT of good information in this book, including insturctions for spinning borders, puffy appliques, ideas for embellishments,  and creating tucked (pleated) fabrics.  Our thanks to Judy Dieter for requesting this book. 

Mar 19, 2015
Bargello Quilts in Motion - Berry, Ruth Ann, Bargello

We have many books on Bargello quilts in our library, but this just may be my favorite!  At first glance the book could scare one to death, but I promise that if you read it like a novel, start at the beginning, and use it like a recipe card, one line at a time, it is VERY do-able, and the results will be spectacular!  Try one of the author's "recipes" or use her directions in the last chapter to design your very own Bargello quilt.  We have Georgianne Morrissey to thank for requesting this book for us.

Mar 5, 2015
Unconventional and Unexpected - American Quilts Below the Radar - 1950-2000 - Kiracofe, Roderick, History

The photos of the 150 quilts are interesting, and the more I looked at them, the more I saw in them.  I was tempted to skip the essays, but I am glad I didn't.  Each essay's author comes from a different background, and each of the essays is very unique as they see the quilts with unique eyes, and prompted me to look at the quilts from their point of view.  As I was mentally comparing many of the quilts to those made in Gee's Bend, Alabama, I was particularly interested in the ideas written by a curator Ulysses Grant Dietz.  Hexie (hexagon) makers, don't miss pages 112 and 181.  For the yo yo quilt to beat them all, see page 114.  As I love making "string" quilts, I was excited to see the many examples included in this book.  Hey -- there is not enough room or time to mention all that I like about this book -- you will just have to check it out for yourself!  Our thanks to Linda Morand for recommending this book for our library.

Mar 5, 2015
Dare to Dance - an Art Quilt Challenge - Kerr, Mary, Contemporary

Quoting from the back of the book: "In every life, there are moments of pain, struggle, and joy, and each of these quilts share the artists' own personal, unique story." Fiber artists from all over the United States were challenged to express their own personal stories in 18 x 30" quilts reflecting the theme "Dare to Dance: An Artist's Interpretation of Joy." Sixty quilts are included in this book.   One of the artists, Linda Schmidt, has spoken at our SRQG.  Like our guild's annual challenges, it is exciting to see how many different ways quilters interpret their thoughts with fabric.

Mar 5, 2015
Dollhouse Quilts - Gravatt, Tina M., Miniatures

If you are ready to challenge yourself to working with pieces one-inch and smaller, you will definitely want to study this book.  Learn many tricks for making miniature quilts.  Patterns include:  Flying Geese, One-Patch Scrap,  Nine-Patch, Chinese Coins,  Victorian Crazy, a hexagon quilt, a yo yo, Grandmother's Fans, as well as appliqued oak leaves, Hawaiian-style,  and a Princess Feather. Some imbroidery stitches are  illustrated, and many suggestions for quilting.  This might just be what we need for take-along projects while waiting for doctors and planes. 

Mar 5, 2015
Curves without Piecing - Ornelas, Annette, Curves

Learn dimensional piecing of layering and inserting folded fabric pieces into the seams of a pieced block.  When the bias edge of a folded square is turned back and stitched down, a curve appears!  Thanks, Judy Dieter, for requesting this book for our library.

Mar 5, 2015
Mod Block - The Color Issue - Doan, Jenny - Missouri Star Quilt Co., Modern

This is a magazine, but looks like a book to me, so it will be filed with the MODERN books.  Learn what "modern" means in quilting terms.  This issue concentrates on color.  Patterns include:  Broken Bars, a Log Cabin variation, a chevron-type of braid, a hexi, triangles placed so that they look like envelopes, a double Friendship Star,  a tote bag, and more.  As with all of Jenny Doan's magazines, these patterns can use pre-cuts such as jelly rolls, charm packs, or layer cakes (or raid your own stash and make up your own combinations).  Thanks to Jan Andrews for this nice donation to our collection.

Mar 5, 2015
Yvonne Porcella A Memoir - Defining Why - Porcella, Yvonne, Contemporary

Phyllis Gallaway had Yvonne autograph this book for our library while at the big quilt show in Houston.  From this book you will be reminded that the author founded the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) while reading entertaining stories about her inspirations for her prize-winning quilts and enjoying her brighter-than-crayon colors quilts with that signature punch of black and white.  I was lucky enough to see Yvonne's quilts at the traveling Smithsonian exhibit in San Jose a few years back.  You can watch Yvonne on one of our library's Alex and Ricky DVDs.    A special note:  my friend, Cathie Hoover, who lives near Yvonne in Modesto, CA, was the photographer for the images on pages 134-137! 

Feb 19, 2015
Crazy Quilting - Dabbs, Christine, Embellishing

How very lucky we are to have this book donated to our library.  This book has it all.  In the history section several exquisite vintage crazy quilts are examined.  Many different methods of piecing blocks are demonstrated.  And what is a Victorian crazy quilt without embroidery? Numerous designs are illustrated, as well as the best tutorial for creating motifs that I have run across. 

Feb 19, 2015
Double Wedding Ring Quilts - Wolfe, Victoria Findlay, Double Wedding Ring

There is not enough room for all of the gushing I could do about this book.  I saw the author on the Alex and Ricky DVD that our guild has in its library, and knew that we needed this book.  It exceeded all of my expectations.  I was amazed how it read like a novel.  Her thoughts really touched me.  And then there are her prize-winning quilts!  Makes me want to work on another quilt series and document the whys and what ifs.  Here I quote Victoria:  "I have a fine art degree.  I was trained as a painter, and the difference between how I paint and how I quilt is that I was painting the sadness in my life - my emotions were always on my sleeve when I worked in paint.  My art had something to tell.  But when I quilt, I am totally focused on the joy.  A quilt is about being hugged, warmed, and comforted.  I love that usefulness that a quilt can provide.  It is also how I keep my traditional quilting roots connected to my past.  I need to make, to be useful - a trait I learned growing up on that farm in Minnesota.  You make, you create, you grow,you reap, you preserve, you cook, and you eat.  So I make, I sew, I cut, I keep warm, and I give comfort.  All these things lead to joy."  She mixes the traditional with the modern, the paintbrush with the needle, finding the best of all worlds.

Feb 19, 2015
Tangle Stitches for Quilters and Fabric Artists - Monk, Jane, Quilting

I had to make a choice where to file this book.  I decided on Quilting, but it could have also been placed under Modern, Contemporary, or Embellishing.  I saw a demonstration of "tangles" on one of our library's DVDs and decided to purchase the book ZENSPIRATIONS DANGLE DESIGNS by Joanne Fink for myself.  This book has given me permission to doodle, and I believed that these drawings could be translated into quilting designs, and sure enough, now there are books on just this technique!  To quote the back of the book: " 'Tangling' has become a popular art form and relaxation technique."  Here you will learn about tangling and stitching.  Use the technique on paper or turn it into such projects included in the book as a "biscornu" (French for quirky or skewed) pincushion (I have made a bunch of these!), bag tags, Artist Trading Cards, journal covers, jar covers, table runner, and, of course, quilts.  Be a kid - DOODLE, but as an adult artist, call it TANGLE!

Feb 19, 2015
Quilting Just a Little Bit Crazy - A Marriage of Traditional and Crazy Quilting - Aller, Allie and Valerie Bothell , Embellishing

We have many terrific books in our library covering Victorian Crazy Quilts, but today if you had to choose just one book, this might be the one.  Why?  It has a little of everything about crazy quilts, including some history, several different methods of creating the blocks, discussion of the importance of interfacing, many valuable tips for designing, sewing and finishihg, lots of embroidery stitches, plus silk ribbon techniques, AND it brings in the ideas of  combining the traditional with "modern." Study one of the best-known crazy quilts MY CRAXY DREAM on page 106, then read on the see how the two authors interpreted a section of that famous quilt. 

Feb 19, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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