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Title/Author(s)/Classification(s) Date Introduced
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

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, Sisters, Oregon

Disk 1, 1302: Mickey Depre - Hexies - English paper piecing, The Charleston Tea Plantation

Disk 1, 1303: Grace Errea 

Disk 2, 1304: Wendy Butler Berns, Sue Spargo

Disk 2, 1305: Mickey Lawler (Skydyes), Gwen Marston (skinny finishes)

Disk 2, 1306: Sheila Frampton Cooper, Anglea Walters

Disk 2, 1307: Alex 

Disk 3, 1308: Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

Disk 3, 1309: Susan Else

Disk 3, 1310: Rose Sheifer

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 

Disk 4, 1312: Amanda Murphy

Disk 4, 1313: Michael James (The Quilt Show 2013 Legend)

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 - Hazelwood, Ann, Fiction

Ann Hazelwood's novels MUST be read in order (THE BASEMENT QUILT, THE POTTING SHED QUILT, then THE FUNERAL PARLOR QUILT).  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
Contemporary Folk - Spargo, Sue, Folk Art

Lori Platt not only requested this book, but did the leg-work to locate where I might be able to purchase it, which turned out to be the author's website.  Sue was kind enough to sign the books I purchased.  When you start reading this book you may do exactly what I did and think this is a mistake as it is in written in French and say "darn, I should have studied harder in school." But don't worry as each page is also translated into English.  Start out with an introduction to the artist in her studio, then find many projects from full-size quilts to pillows, a pin keeper, a duffle bag, needle roll, a table rug (a.k.a. table runner), purses, totes, and even three-dimensional birds (that don't talk back) that keep track of scissors, or just amuse you. Sue specializes in wool (and velvet) applique, but do not be scared off -- the patterns are also inspiration for cotton applique using your favorite method.  Find pattern designs for houses, imaginative flowers, trees, a horse, dog, elephant, and the cutest giraffe, and lots, lots more.  Mix or match to your heart's content -- then embellish with embroidery stitches (be sure to check out her CREATIVE STITCHING book!).  Also see Sue on an Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims DVD, which you may check out from our library.  Can't wait to see what Lori comes up with!

Apr 17, 2014
Creative Stitching - Spargo, Sue, Embellishing

Why tax my brain with a description of this book when I can quote the front and back covers?!?! "How to create vivid, lively textures using 50 of my favorite stitches."  "How to enjoy Creative Stitching: Carry this small book wherever you plan to stitch.  Enjoy the easy access provided by a book that stays open.  Pick a stitch that creates the effect you want by choosing from the categories at the front of the book.  Refer to the alphabetical index at the back to find a stitch for which you have the name.  Learn each stitch quickly from the clear illustrations.  Add to your understanding with the help of the concise, written instructions.  Refer to the photo examples showing how each stitch has been used in my work.  Expand the range of your stitchery from the dazzling array of colorful notions illustrated in the secion on 'Needles and Threads.' "  See the author on an Alex and Ricky DVD in our library, and check out the five books by Sue in our Folk Art section.

Apr 17, 2014
Where Women Create - Quilters - Their Quilts - Their Studios - Their Stories - Packham, Jo, Sewing Spaces

Aren't we all curious about other quilters' studios?  Here you can have not only a tour of over twenty atliers, but also meet the artists, view some of their quilts, and read about what inspires them to create.  A few who are included are Judith Content, Liza Prior Lucy and Kaffe Fassett, Katie Pasquini Masopust, Tula Pink, and Amy Butler and her husband David Butler.  As a bonus, the artists' have created blocks with instructions that may be seen at   Definitely a very "modern" flair.  Sorry -- gotta go sort buttons by color . . . 

Apr 3, 2014
App is for Applique - Hire, Dianne S., Applique

I really like not only the way Dianne Hire creates quilts, but also her style of writing as it is fun and creative.  We do have all of her books in our library.   I was rather surprised having known and enjoyed her previous books that she had turned to the more traditional technique of applique for this book.  But let me tell you -- there is really nothing traditional about her applique designs -- and yet there is.  Confused?  Check out the book and see for yourself!   It all started when Dianne stopped by a friend's home and met up with Jeana Kimball and learned her form of back-basting applique.  Jeana is the author of the book that our member Dorothy Ingham found her patterns for Friendship Blocks that were turned into our guild's 2014 Opportunity Quilt!  And, yes, we do have that book in our library also!  Dianne designed fourteen floral motifs, then asked friends to each take a design and "do something."  Each chose their own favorite way of appliqueing, which are discussed in the book, and chose their own color combinations.  Make one block, make a bunch for a larger project, make them all, and/or combine two patterns or more for something unique.  I thought of our own Diana Roberts' beautiful wool applique and wonder if she will find inspiration here.

Apr 3, 2014