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Title/Author(s)/Classification(s) Date Introduced
New Adventures of Sue and Billy, The - Kato, Reiko, Sunbonnet Sue

When I first saw the cover quilt of this darling book in a magazine I got out a magnifying glass to study the details of the most charming Sunbonnet Sues (and Billys) I have ever encountered. I Googled and found the price of the book quite high (and in Eruos - way too complicated for me to deal with!), and did not pursue the purchase. When Jackie Pitts asked about the book I knew I had to make it happen. The very next day Quiltmania emailed me a Valentine's Day coupon, plus allowed me to order it in US dollars, and that clinched it. I placed the order on Friday and it was on my doorstep on Monday!  How do they do that?! The timing of its arrival was perfect for me to sit on the front porch, enjoy the sun between many days of rain, and read the book from cover to cover, and then went back and looked at it all again. This is going to be a hard book for me to give up, but knowing that Jackie, and a very long list of other SRQG members are going to love it, too, makes it easier. The book is printed in both French and English, and before long readers will look at the French words for such thing as rickrack and forget they are reading in another language -- sewists can communicate in any language! If the entire cover quilt is beyond us, do not fear -  there are also directions for purses and smaller quilts. I look forward to visiting Sue and Billy on many Sew-and-Tell projects to come! 

Feb 16, 2017
Rulers, Templates, Stencils - ,

YES, our library has a growing collection of rulers, templates, and stencils for its members to borrow.  NO, the list is not located on the library page.  Instead, it is located on the guild's website:  On the left side of our Home Page click on "Download Forms."  Then scroll down to RULERS, TEMPLATES, AND STENCILS for a list that Carole Behlke has put together.  I am sorry to report that the list is not always up-to-date as new items are constantly being donated, but this will give you an idea of what might be available. The items are checked out by writing a description of the item, your name, and date in a red three-ring binder that is located in the ruler/template/stencil box (which is located at the very far end of the guild's storage room, just below elbow-level.  Use the items at your leisure, but remembering that others may wish to also borrow the items, please return (and check them back in) as soon as you can.  If anyone has suggestions about perfecting this system, or would like to up-date the list, please give me a holler -- "it takes a village" and we can use all of the help we can get!  Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to this collection! -- Sharon 'the Librarian' Fry

Feb 13, 2017
Quilting is My Therapy - Walters, Angela, Quilting

Quoting from the introduction: "Quilting provides a specific function - holding the layers together - but it is so much more than that. It ehnhances the quilt top by adding another layer of art to the quilt. Quilting can bring out secondary patterns, tell a story, or add a pop of color. Most of the time, quilting plays off of the quilt top. But sometimes, like in this book, it can take center stage." Besides enjoying the colorful modern quilts with their free-motion quilting, learn how Angela got to where is she is with her profession - indeed an inspiration.

Feb 2, 2017
Go! Baby Accuquilt Cutting Machine - Accuquilt, Go! Baby

Many, many thanks to Mary Reder for donating this Go! Baby by Accuquilt magical cutting machine to our guild, along with a few dies. This new "toy" has opened up a world of fun for our members. This machine will cut fabric 90% faster than using rotary cutters or scissors, and is absolutely accurate.  It can cut up to six layers of cotton, satin, or silk at one time.  It will cut up to four layers of cotton with fusible ironed to it.  Cut two layers of wool at a time. Cut one to two layers at a time of flannel, fleece, batting, or felt.  Cut one layer of leather or denim at a time.  One-quarter inch seam allowance is included in geometric shapes.  Dog-eared corners are already cut.  8.5 pounds.  This little machine does not work with the 10 x 10" or 10 x 24" dies, but there are a few guild members (including Patti Bassignani and Karen Lavender - email them ahead of time to see if it is convenient for them to bring in a machine) who have the larger machines -- so I recommend cultivating their friendships and offering to wash windows for them in exhange for their schlepping their machines in to guild meetings for you to use the larger dies (including the alphabet that the guild owns).  Hint: to conserve fabric, cover only the shape you want to cut, not the entire die (such as particular letters, or a certain flower).  Hint: for asymmetrical shapes, such as a cat facing a certain way, place fabric-pattern-side-up if you want the shape to look exactly like the shape of the die.  To face the cat in the opposite direction, place the fabric pattern-side-down for the shape to be cut as a mirror image. The machine is very easy to use, but you must be given a short lesson before checking it out.  Our Go! Baby experts are Jan Westerman, Caroline Pope, Patti Bassignani, and Karen Lavender.  If you are also an Accuquilt expert and would like to be listed here, please let Sharon 'the Librarian' Fry know.  We have many dies in our library.  If you own dies and would like to be on a list to loan your dies to fellow guild members, please inform Sharon Fry.  If you see a die that you would like for our library to own, please give all information to Sharon Fry.  The machine may be used at the meetings or reserved to take home. Hint: have your fabric cut and pressed before arrival.  Another Hint: if you are cutting irregular shapes that you are going to "applique" onto your surface, you might want to press a fusible to the back of the fabric before arriving at a meeting to cut (for instance: alphabet, cat, dog, flowers, snowflakes).   The machine and/or dies may be checked out of the library and absolutely MUST be returned to the very next meeting.  If you break or lose the machine or dies, you are responsible for reimbursing the library for the item(s).  Jan Westerman has put together a binder of hints and instructions that should be read.  Also, Jan W. has printed out an entire binder of patterns to be checked out with the 8" Cube set.  When on our Guild's website, on the Library page, type in the Search box the word Go! and find a list of Go! Baby dies we own, or are borrowing from members.  Looking forward to seeing your Go! Baby projects!  Welcome to the 21st Century!  Check out for more information.

Jan 22, 2017
Alphabet (A-M) die - Accuquilt, Go! Baby

Alphabet A-M, Accuquilt #55092.  NOTE:  This alphabet dies can NOT be used with our little Go! Baby Accuquilt cutter. Make friends with members Patti Bassignani or Karen Lavender and maybe they can be persuaded to carry their cutting machine in to a guild meeting so you can use it there. Email one of them ahead of time to see if it is convenient for them to carry a machine in on the day you are thinking about. A tip: you might want to press a fusible to the back of your fabric before arriving at the meeting in case you want to have your letters ready to be ironed onto your project once they have been cut!  The second die in the set contains the second half of the alphabet (N-Z). To learn about the rest of the Go! Baby dies our guild owns, in the SEARCH box at the top of the Library Home Page, type in Go!  Letters are 3" tall, and the widest is 4-1/2" wide.

Jan 21, 2017
Alphabet (N-Z) die - Accuquilt, Go! Baby

Alphabet (N-Z) Accuquilt #55092 - in two die set.  This die will NOT fit in our guild's Go! Baby as it needs a larger machine.  Email Patti Bassignani or Karen Lavender to ask if it is convenient for one of them to carry in their machine on the day you need to use it. Hint: iron fusible to back of fabric before cutting out letters! The letters are 3" tall, and the widest is 4-1/2" wide.

Jan 21, 2017
Dog die - Accuquilt, Go! Baby

Gingham Dog Go! Baby Accuquilt die #55064. 4-1/2" wide x 3-7/8" High, plus a separate piece for the ear.  On loan from Jan Westerman.  

Jan 20, 2017
Clamshell die - Accuquilt, Go! Baby

Clamshell Go! Baby Accuquilt die #55435.  4" Finished. Donated by Mary Reder.

Jan 20, 2017
Cat die - Accuquilt, Go! Baby

Cats Go! Baby Accuquilt die #55065.  4-1/2" tall, 3-3/16" wide (unfinished).  Hints: press fusible web onto fabric before putting through the cutter so that the cat is ready to press onto your project. Textured fabrics, such as suade, flannel, corduroy, velvet, felt, and minky make great cats! Place the fabric wrong-side-up on the die to reverse the cat so the tail is on the opposite side. 

Jan 20, 2017
Holiday Medley (Christmas Tree, Snowflake, Holly Leaf and Berries) die - Accuquilt, Go! Baby

Holiday Medley Go! Baby Accuquilt dies #55043.  Christmas Tree, Snowflake, Holly Leaf and Berries. Hint: the snowflake would make a wonderful flower.  A donation.

Jan 20, 2017
Critters (Dragonfly, Bee, and Butterfly) die - Accuquilt, Go! Baby

Critters for Go! Baby Accuquilt die #55030.  Dragonfly, bee, and butterfly.  On loan from Jan Westerman.

Jan 20, 2017
Hearts die - Accuquilt, Go! Baby

Hearts Go! Baby Accuquilt die #55029.  2", 3", 4" hearts.  On loan from Jan Westerman

Jan 20, 2017
Pumpkins die - Accuquilt, Go! Baby

Pumpkins Go! Baby Accuquilt die #55323. Wide, short, and tall pumpkins.  On loan from Jan Westerman.

Jan 20, 2017
Funky Flowers die - Accuquilt, Go! Baby

Funky Flowers Go! Baby Accuquilt die #55042. 2 flowers, 3 centers.  On loan from Jan Westerman.

Jan 20, 2017
Fun Flower die - Accuquilt, Go! Baby

Fun Flower Go! Baby Accuquilt die #55334.  On loan from Jan Westerman.

Jan 20, 2017
8-inch Block Cube dies - Accuquilt, Go! Baby

8" Block Cube Go! Baby Accuquilt dies #55776. This box contains dies to make many different 8" blocks, plus instruction DVD and booklet.  Be sure to also check out the large binder that Jan Westerman has printed out for us that is full of instructions patterns, and hints.  Included in the Cube:  2 x 4" finished rectangles, 4" finished quarter-square triangles, 4" finished half-square triangles,  2-3/4" finished squares on point, a 45 degree parallelogram, 4" finished square, 2" finished square.

Jan 20, 2017
Flying Geese die - Accuquilt, Go! Baby

Flying Geese Accuquilt die #55456.  3.5 x 6.5" unfinished, 3 x 6" finished. 

Jan 20, 2017
Orange Peel die - Accuquilt, Go! Baby

Orange Peel Go! Baby Accuquilt die #55455. 4.5 x 4.5" unfinished

Jan 20, 2017
Strip die 2.5 inches - Accuquilt, Go! Baby

2.5" Strip Go! Baby Accuquilt die #55014

Jan 20, 2017
Hexagons, die - Accuquilt, Go! Baby

#55011 - three different sizes of hexagons (2" wide, 1-3/4" high, 1" sides), (3" wide, 2-5/8" high, 1-1/2" sides), and  (5" wide, 4-3/8" high, 2-1/2" sides). Quoting from Accuquilt's website: "Traditional hexagon quilts like Grandmother's Flower Garden are absolutely beautiful, but it takes a whole lot of hexagons to make one quilt and just thinking about cutting all those shapes out can make your wrists ache. The AccuQuilt GO! Hexagon die cuts perfect shapes quickly, every time."  HINT: The die not only cuts up to eight layers of cotton fabric at a time, but cuts papers for foundation piecing, also! 

Jan 20, 2017
Circles - 2", 3", and 5" die - Accuquilt, Go! Baby

Circles - 2", 3", and 5" for Go! Baby Accuquilt die - #55012

Jan 20, 2017
Circles 1-1/2", 1-3/4", 2-1/4", 2-1/2" die - Accuquilt, Go! Baby

Circles - 1-1/2", 1-3/4", 2-1/4", 2-1/2" for Go! Baby Accuquilt die #55155

Jan 20, 2017
Local Color by Bill Kerr die - Accuquilt, Go! Baby

Local Color by Bill Kerr die - #55452 - get accurate curved cuts fast and the notches on the die make the curves easy to piece with minimal pinning. Choose fabric colors that blend where the circles meet to create a transparency effect.

GO! Local Color Quilt by Bill Kerr

Jan 20, 2017
Queen of Hearts die - Accuquilt, Go! Baby

Hearts die for Go! Baby cutter - #55325

Jan 20, 2017
All My Thanks and Love to Quilts - Goke, Keiko, Contemporary

Even though this book was published in 2009 the ideas and techniques are as fresh as the morning dew.  The artist uses her beloved traditional blocks in new and modern ways. Her patterns for a pieced alphabet are creative and are do-able by anyone. Instructions for making dandelion heads are unique and easy. Hearts, log cabins, circles, houses, and more.

Jan 19, 2017
Change of Seasons, A - Folk-Art Quilts and Cozy Home Accessories - Sullivan, Bonnie, Christmas/Holidays

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

Jan 5, 2017
Creative Strength Training - Prompts, Exercises and Personal Stories for Encouraging Artistic Genius - Dunnewold, Jane, Basics

Explore ten exercises for making art that stands apart as uniquely yours while overcoming resistance to "the Committee" (your group of inner critics).  Even if you are not interested in the words, enjoy the photos of the projects!  A recommendation by Diana Roberts

Jan 5, 2017
Promenade in a Dutch Garden - Prins, Petra and An Moonen, History

Recently deceased SRQG member Linda Gilbert very kindly lent me this book that she bought in The Netherlands, and now we will remember Linda fondly as all enjoy this beautiful history of quiltmaking in Holland from her library. Linda even created a block pattern called "Dutch Rose" for my "Roses of Sharon" Friendship Block quilt.   Not only do we learn that quiltmaking started in the land of wooden shoes with the arrival of the Romans, but enjoy seeing quilts photographed in the area.  And then there are quilt patterns, too!  Don't miss the "Hexenkring" quilt (see even if you can't speak Dutch, you can figure this name out).  

Jan 5, 2017
Twisted - Modern Quilts with a Vintage Twist - Kerr, Mary W., Modern

Quoting the back cover of the book: "These 22 quilts give contemporary quilters fresh ideas for injecting their works with energy from repurposed antique textiles, abandoned blocks, and vintage fragments." "For each quilt's starting inspiration, a fragment of unfinished vintage quilting was incorporated into a modern quilt aesthetic.  The newly designed 'past-combined-with-present' quilt tops were then shipped to 22 contemporary quilt artists, each among today's best longarm quilters. The new, innovative quilts serve as a bridge between the vintage past and the modern present."

Jan 5, 2017
Modern Twist, A - Create Quilts with a Colorful Spin - Barnes, Natalie with Angela Walters, Modern

Quoting the back of the book: "Twist and turn simple blocks to create impressive, random-looking modern designs. Learn to trust unusual color combinations and choose fabrics with confidence. 13 enticing patterns: quilts, table runners, wall hangings, place mats, and quilted storage boxes." Longarm quilting expert Angela Walters adds valuable comments about finishing the quilts. Pattern for a fabric color wheel included, plus a picnic tote, a utensil roll.  Triangles, squares, circles, oh my!

Jan 5, 2017
Twisted Classics - Amazing Block Combinations for Unique Quilts - Stauffer, Jeanne and Sandra L. Hatch, editors, Miscellaneous

Quoting the back cover of the book: "When two or more quilt blocks are combined, the end result is a third design that is unlike any other. Manipulating a quilt block by stretching or compacting it also results in a distinctive pattern.  This book features 34 such unique quilts and quilted projects." Some of the pieced block patterns included are: Carrie Nation, Nine Patch, Roman Stripe, Bow Tie, Drunkard's Path, Leaf, lots of different stars, Bear Paw, Puss in the Corner, Prairie Flower, Mosaic, Night and Day, Maple Leaf Cluster, Fox and Geese, Churn Dash, Lady of the Lake, and Dogtooth Violet. This will inspire many who are thinking of doing Carole Behlke's Challenge for 2017! A nice donation for our library.

Jan 5, 2017
Traditional Quilts with a Twist - Exciting New Looks for Your Favorite Patterns - Ball, Maggie, Miscellaneous

Learn to choose the right colors, fabrics, value placements, and settings to bring a spotlight-grabbing twist to traditional blocks. Some of the patterns included are: Trip Around the World, Ohio Star, Bow Tie, Pinwheel, and Bear's Paw - all with lots of variations.  Projects include tote bags, pillows, table runner, and of course, quilts.  A nice donation to our library.

Jan 5, 2017
100 Good Wishes . . . Honoring an Ancient Chinese Tradition - Sharpton, Traci and Elaina Fiedler, Scraps

Quoting from the back cover of the book:  "An honored tradition from Asia, Bai Jia Bei - the 100 Good Wishes quilt - offers the opportunity for a circle of friends to use the art of quilt-making to . . . Welcome a new child to the family, Honor a student, Celebrate a long and successful marriage, Remember one who has passed away, Comfort a friend battling an illness, Mark the beginning of a marriage, Commemorate a pastor's anniversary, Celebrate the joys of friendship."  The six quilt patterns each use 100 squares of fabric, but I can see possibilities for jumping off from these ideas and doing what you darn well please! Motifs included: houses, trees, the cutest turtles around, hearts, and kites. Our thanks to Jan Andrews for sharing this book with all of us who love "I Spy" quilts.  

Jan 5, 2017
Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks - Volume 14 - Quiltmaker magazine, Blocks

Applique, pieced, foundation-pieced; a cupcake, poinsettia, snowperson, bikini, American Eagle, gorgeous colorwheel, heart, and many, many more designs; some easy, some complex - something for everyone.  These magazines are filed with our books under "Blocks."  Our many, many thanks to Jan Andrews for supplying us with this collection.

Jan 5, 2017
Block - Early Winter - Volume 3, Issue 6 - Doan, Jenny - Missouri Star Quilt Company, Blocks

Finally -- we learn about how Jenny met her husband!  Oh, and now back to quilting -- once again, lots of quilts to inspire all of us -- some easy, some easier. The new, fun technique used in "Desert Sunset" starts out with 2-1/2 inch strips sewn together, cut into squrares, then - get this - place two right sides together, with the stripes going in opposite directions, sew the two blocks together all the way around the perimeter, then cut it twice diagonally to create four new blocks! There are tons of things that can be done with these blocks. Also included: heart table runner, a freestyle (modern) Churn Dash, and "Sweet Petunia" (which when I look at it one way looks like a flock of flying birds, and then I blink and see boxes . . .).  As a bonus - a page of blocks to copy and color!  Thanks, Jan Andrews, for sharing this subscription with all of the SRQG members!  Look for the complete set filed under "Blocks" with our quilting books.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nov 3, 2016
Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting, The - Seward, Linda, Embellishing

You don't have to be an art quilter to appreciate this book.  With more than 1,000 step-by-step illustrations there are ideas to keep any type of fabric artist busy for the rest of their life.  Chapters include information on basics, surface design (dyeing, cyanotype, transfers, stamping, and tons more), patchwork, applique, quilting, embellishments and 3-D, and finishing.  The instructions are interspersed with a gallery of quilts.  Read from front to back, or open any page at random.  This is a really good book for any level of quilter.  

Oct 20, 2016
Cozy Quilted Christmas, A - Schaefer, Kim, Christmas/Holidays

Quilts of various sizes adorned with poinsettias, wrapped packages, holly, trees, angels, snowpeople, gingerpeople, stars, candycanes, mistletoe, bell, stocking, and ornaments. Projects include mini tree skirts; holiday coasters; sport towels featuring Santas ready to play tennis, hockey, soccer, football, baseball, and golf;and button tree topiaries.  A nice donation for our library.

Oct 20, 2016
Double Vision Quilts - Smith, Louisa L., Curves

Quoting the back of the book: "Louisa's 'double vision' concept is elegantly simple and easy to execute, yet produces fabric art of stunning variety and brilliance.  Manipulating the layers of color makes planning and laying out your work sheer fun, and you are often astonished by the results.  Once planned and cut, the sewing is easy, and the resulting quilt is full of wonderful life." No curved piecing. Louisa has spoken to our SRQG. 

Oct 6, 2016
180 Doodle Quilting Designs - Free Motion Ideas for Blocks, Borders, and Beyond - Burns, Karen M., Quilting

If you can doodle (and who can't?!?!) -- you can doodle quilt!  Fill shapes on quilts with lines, squiggles, curves, pebbles, swirls, feathers, florals, spools of thread, peas in a pod, holly, snowflakes, hearts,  and more. Continuous-line quilting motifs adapt to blocks, triangles, and borders.  Long-arm and home machine quilters will both benefit from these designs.  Our thanks to Jana Ulmer for requesting this book for our library.

Sep 15, 2016
Build-A-Barn - No Pattern Construction - Sefton, Julie, Houses

As quoted from the book: "Free Piecing - My Definition: Open-ended, original, and personal. Joyfully dependent upon individual interpretation. Deliberate yet spontaneous.  Sometimes Whimsical. Sometimes serious. Always engaging."  Use this process to design a barn (or house, or building, or just about anything). Lots of ideas for quilting.  Visit Julie's blog to see other quilter's interpretation of her process ~~

Sep 1, 2016
Terrific T-Shirt Quilts - Burns, Karen M., T-Shirt Quilts

T-shirt quilts just keep getting more popular, and here is another book to add to our library collection with some new ideas on how to tackle those projects.  The secret to taming those stretchy knit fabrics is a fusible interfacing stabilizer -- a must -- do not skimp with the budget when making a T-shirt quilt -- this will pay you back ten-fold.  A large square ruler is terrific to have on hand.  If you do not have one, check one out of our library's collection of rulers/templates/stencils located in the guild storage room, or email me (Sharon 'the Librarian') and I will loan you mine.  Lots of different quilt designs included by various contributors -- something for everyone.  

Sep 1, 2016
Trendy Table, The - Peterson, Heather, Table Runners

These designs do not have to just be used as a table-topper, but will also look very nice draped on a sofa, at the foot of a bed, or as a wall hanging.  The patterns have a "modern" look, but with your choice of favorite fabrics could be traditional as well.  Pre-cuts are a good place to start, but don't be scared off -- of course, you can pull from your own collection.   Our thanks to Joanie Bellinghausen for suggesting this little book filled with interesting designs.

Sep 1, 2016
Shape by Shape - Collection 2 - Free-Motion Quilting - Walters, Angela, Quilting

Whether you use a longarm, a midarm, or a domestic sewing machine, this book, recommended by Diana Roberts, shows how to fill squares, rectangles, triangles, circles, diamonds,and  hexagons, plus gives designs for background fillers and borders.  You will wonder why you never thought of these ideas on your own!

Aug 4, 2016
Disappearing Nine Patch - #9 - Harriet Truman/Loose Threads Mystery - Sachitano, Arlene, Fiction

This is number nine in the mystery series about Harriet Truman and her friends in the Loose Threads quilting group.  Be sure to read them in order.  A list of the book titles appears on a highly technical piece of paper scotch taped to the end of the rolling cart.  

Aug 4, 2016
Quilter's Academy - Volume 5 - Masters Year - Hargrave, Harriet and Carrie Hargrave-Jones, Basics

A skill-building course in quiltmaking.

Jul 21, 2016
One Wonderful Curve - Pedigo, Jenny and Helen Robinson, Curves

In order to create the dozen quilts in this book, a "Quick Curve Ruler" is required.  Does anyone have one they would like to donate to the guild to pair up with this book?  Even if you do not have this special ruler available,the  Drunkards Path blocks may still be created with the help of other books in our library while utilizing the modern design ideas here.  Mary Anne Hayre requested this book for our library.  

Jul 7, 2016
Simple Traditions - Diehl, Kim, Miscellaneous

This book picks up where her SIMPLE BLESSINGS left off.  Here are more charming traditional quilts that may be pieced, appliqued, or a combination of the two.  Patterns include: Shoofly, pinwheels, flying geese, baskets, squares in squares, feathered stars, nine patches, log cabins, rail fences.  Add the intricate borders, mix and match, or leave plain.  A nice donation for our library.

Jul 7, 2016
Inspired by the National Parks - DeSoto, Donna Marcinkowski, Miscellaneous

2016 marks the 100th birthday of our National Parks Service.  The author reached out not only to quilters to make quilts representing the 59 U. S. National Parks' landscapes, flora, and/or fauna, but also requested employees at each of those parks to share some of their favorite thoughts.  A quote from John Muir begins each park, along with the location, size, date established, and unique facts about the park. Being quilters we might think we would focus on just the quilts and the quilters' stories, but each and every part of this book is a treasure.  I have been in contact with Donna via email and she has an invitation to visit me (and attend our guild meetings), and it would not surprise me at all if we have the opportunity to meet her in person and escort her to Armstrong Redwoods.  Enjoy your visit to these phenomenal parks in your jammies as you add to your bucket list of parks you want to visit (and then make your own quilts to capture your favorite memories).  Our thanks to Elizabeth McDonnell who requested this lovely book months before it was even printed.

Jun 16, 2016
Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting, Long-Arm and Sit-Down - Walters, Angela and Christa Watson, Quilting

Learn when, where, why, and how to finish your quilts.  Two authors ~~ one specializes in quilting on sit-down machines, the other uses stand-up long-arm quilting.  Tons of tips, plus ten quilt patterns. Our thanks to Jan Andrews for spotting this book.

May 5, 2016
Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Sew Triangles - Sloan, Pat, Shapes

This book will be filed under "Shapes" on our library shelves, but it could also have found a home in "Modern" and "Basics."  How many ways have you tried to make a half-square triange?  Here are four different methods.  Method 3 makes four at a time, but with the caution that the bias edges will be on the outside.  Valuable information such as this is sprinkled heavily throughout the book.  Also included are methods for constructing quarter-square triangles, flying geese, sew-and-flip corners, square-in-a square units, equilateral triangles, plus recipes for setting triangles. For quick reference two pages of "Triangle Tricks Cheat Sheet" are worth the price of the book.  The quilt patterns are easy to follow.  Each project features details on choosing appropriate quilting designs. 

Apr 21, 2016
Making Waves ... Adventures of a Surf Quilter - Appell, Rob, Landscapes

Our very energetic and entertaining speaker on February 18, 2016, Rob Appell, signed and donated this book for our library.  It may seem strange for me to file this book under "Landscapes," but we don't have a category on our library shelves marked "Seascapes," so please bear with me and think of these quilts as landscapes of the sea.  This book is an autobiography of Rob along with instructions for creating your own under-the-water quilts.  He makes the quilts seem easy to create. 

Apr 7, 2016
Animal Parade - Adorable Applique Quilt Patterns for Babies, Babies and Kids

Our thanks to Cecile Clabaugh for requesting such a cute book (and also its sequel).  The quilts start with a traditional pieced background, then critters are appliqued on top.  Full-size patterns are included for: frogs, dragonfly, ducks, butterflies, monkeys, owls, foxes, flowers, hummingbirds, penguins, snowpeople, snowflakes, fish, turtles, seahorses, jellyfish, crab, koalas, giraffe, and sheep.

Mar 3, 2016
Animal Parade 2 - Charming Applique Quilts for Babies - Leffler, Cheri, Babies and Kids

Start with a pieced background, then add the cutest critters ever with your favorite type of applique.  Full-size patterns include:  elephants, hedgehogs (one of my favorites), flowers, raccoons, pandas, turtles, butterflies, birds, pigs ("pigs in a blanket"), deer (oh deer!"), lions, bunny rabbits.  Thanks, Cecile Clabaugh, for requesting this book, plus ANIMAL PARADE for our library. 

Mar 3, 2016
Outstanding Owls to Applique - Ashton, Darcy, Animals

This skinny book is filled to overflowing with the cutest owls ever!  Ideas not only for quilts of many sizes, but also a tote bag and a needle keeper.  Neat use of selvages to make fabric. Mix and match.  Halloween and Christmas "costumes."  Owls holding tiny quilts.  WHO knew owls could be such a HOOT!  Thanks, Phyllis Gallaway, for finding this treasure for our library in Houston!!!

Dec 1, 2015
Stitches to Savor - Spargo, Sue, Embellishing

Here I quote from the back cover of the book: "Experience the rich texture of extraordinary quilts by acclaimed folk-artist Sue Spargo as you explore a treasury of her indulgently detailed handwork." This is a "picture" book with very few words. When you see the bouillon knots on her sheep you will want to pet the photo as it really does look three-dimensional and soft!  Then you are going to want to make those bouillon knots yourself. Embroidery instructions are NOT included in this book, but don't fret ~~ we have all of Sue's marvelous books in our library collection!  I love "Coffee Cups"  and "My tree of life" -- and "Magnolia" -- and "Circle Play 2" -- and Earth 'n' Twig" -- and "Leaf Play 1" -- etc., etc., etc. --  OK -- you get the picture -- I LOVE THEM ALL!

Dec 1, 2015
Building Blocks Quilt Pattern - Day, Leah, Quilting

In this book learn to piece 12 blocks using many traditional and non-traditional skills, then quilt it using the full-size quilting guides for all 42 blocks. This book is specially designed for quilting on the home sewing machine.  Each block is quilted seprately keeping the project small and easy to move.  At the end you will learn to connect the blocks using an innovative quilt-as-you-go technique, resulting in a 48 x 56 quilt.  When I received this in the mail it was just 93 loose pages.  Oh dear.  How on earth would I be able to "control" this publication as a library book to be shared by many.  I whined about this problem while introducing library books and the responses from the guild members were so helpful. Not only did Cathy Rapp come up with a solution, but she adopted the book and had it professionally bound as a gift to our guild!  It DOES take a village!

Dec 1, 2015
The New Hexagon - 52 Blocks to English Paper Piece - Marek, Katja, Shapes

Inside the hexagon shape is endless potential for new shapes/patterns.  Here are 52-6" blocks that Katja has designed to get us started.  Projects range from a mug rug and candle at to a bed-size quilt.  Learn her glue-basting method to prepare for piecing, and why the author likes spray basting rather than basting the quilt layers together. Here are lots of new techniques for an age-old, cherished block. If Modern quilts are your favorites these days, check out the nursery quilt.  Also included are hints for fussy cutting, calculating your own desired hexagon height, block setting ideas, and various finishes.  Might as well make all of the blocks because it would be too hard to choose just one or two favorites (yup - my favorite is "Hexalicious Wall Quilt on page 74 - ohhhh those colors are so yummy!). My thanks to Jim Jensen for requeeting this book for our library.

Nov 5, 2015
Millefiori Quilts 2 - Hammerstein, Willyne, Shapes

I definitely want to know what the drug of choice is for this quilter, and I want the same!  I was overwhelmed by her first book about Hexagon quilts, and cannot believe tht she has put together enough quilts to write a second book, even after breaking her elbow.  Maybe it has to do with living in the Netherlands.  She listens to classical music (so do I, but my quilts don't look like these!).  Maybe it has something to do with retiring from a 42-year judicial career.  Her quilts are traditional, but there is nothing traditional about them -- doesn't make sense -- so check out the book and see for yourselves!  If English is not your preferred language, this book also contains French.  Or if you don't like reading, the recipes and diagrams are more than sufficient -- and the pictures of the quilts are magnificent!  Our thanks to Jan Andrews for obtaining this book for our library while on her travels. 

Oct 15, 2015