Graphic Quilts from Everyday Images

Graphic Quilts from Everyday Images by Heather Scrimsher  leans toward the modern eye by using photos of ordinary objects to create 15 new projects.

Martingale - Graphic Quilts from Everyday Images (Print version + eBook bundle)

Martingale - Graphic Quilts from Everyday Images (Print version + eBook bundle)

Can you see how the following quilt was inspired by the punched steel in the upper left of the above picture?

Martingale - Graphic Quilts from Everyday Images (Print version + eBook bundle)

I love the bold colors in this quilt that was made to look like strings of beads.  The quilting is pretty cool, too.

Martingale - Graphic Quilts from Everyday Images (Print version + eBook bundle)

Martingale - Graphic Quilts from Everyday Images (Print version + eBook bundle)

This one is “Shaken or Stirred.”

Martingale - Graphic Quilts from Everyday Images (Print version + eBook bundle)

Martingale - Graphic Quilts from Everyday Images (Print version + eBook bundle)

Masonry on the corners of buildings…

Martingale - Graphic Quilts from Everyday Images (Print version + eBook bundle)

And, for all you hexie lovers, there’s “Inlay.”

Martingale - Graphic Quilts from Everyday Images (Print version + eBook bundle)

I think you will find plenty here to stir your imagination and get those creative designs flowing.  If you are interested in finding out more about this book, go to Martingale’s website here.

Many thanks to Martingale and their photographer, Brent Kane, for providing the book and pictures for this review.

Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners – And Those Who Think They Can’t

Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners – And Those Who Think They Can’t by Molly Hanson is a great book for those of you who are still afraid you can’t quilt, because you can!  You just have to believe in yourself.  It takes practice, and you won’t be as good as you’d like when you start, but the more you do it, the better you will be.

Martingale - Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners  (Print version + eBook bundle)

One of the things suggested to give you practice is to do some sketching.  It helps develop the muscles that will also do the quilting.

Martingale - Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners  (Print version + eBook bundle) In this book, Molly starts you out with basic meander and then some writing.  You will also find patterns for the projects she uses for the quilting in this book.

Martingale - Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners  (Print version + eBook bundle) She moves on to circles.

Martingale - Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners  (Print version + eBook bundle) And geometric designs…

Martingale - Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners  (Print version + eBook bundle)

Paisleys, which look nice on this bag…

Martingale - Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners  (Print version + eBook bundle)

Wood grain…

Martingale - Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners  (Print version + eBook bundle) And swirly designs…

Martingale - Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners  (Print version + eBook bundle)

I like that the author has so many different quilting designs in this book – there’s something for every quilting style.   So, what do you think?  Are you ready to give quilting a try?  You can do it, with the help of this book!

*Note: Many thanks to Martingale Press and their photographer, Brent Kane, for providing the book and the pictures for this review!

May’s Book Reviews… 5 of them… in June

I can’t seem to keep up with all the new quilting books that have been coming out.  Lots of great ones to peruse!  Since my business is longarm quilting, I will start with a book on machine quilting called…

Feathers That Fly by Lee Cleland

 

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This is a GREAT book for a beginning machine quilter!  Lee gives you 14 projects from which to choose that will have you making a quilt top and then quilting feathers all over as you follow along with her detailed pictures and instructions.  She starts with a basic design and explains it in layman’s terms (think of hearts when you stitch feathers).

Martingale - Feathers That Fly (Print version + eBook bundle)  Martingale - Feathers That Fly (Print version + eBook bundle)

Her designs go from simple to complex.  You can’t imagine my surprise when I found the Intertwining Double Feather Repeat Design – as a professional quilter, I have not yet done this so I did not know how to quilt it.   It looks much like the picture below, with the curved “cables” intertwining with the feathers (don’t want to scare you off!).  It’s pretty cool!

Martingale - Feathers That Fly (Print version + eBook bundle)

 

Book #2

 

Patchwork Loves Embroidery by Gail Pan

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I think embroidery is coming back into vogue, and this book provides the cutest whimsical patterns by Australian designer Gail Pan.  I have found the most amazing embroiderers to be from Australia, Japan, and Europe.  We need someone from the USA now to take the lead!  😉  There are 15 patchwork and hand-embroidery projects, all of them small enough to take with you for hand-work.  I found all of the projects could be made as nice gifts for others (or yourself!).  In this book, Gail shows you the basic stitches that are used in her patterns.  Check out these projects and see for yourself if you’d like to take up hand embroidery.

Martingale - Patchwork Loves Embroidery (Print version + eBook bundle)

See how you could easily take a checkerboard quilt and add embroidery to make it something extra special?Martingale - Patchwork Loves Embroidery (Print version + eBook bundle)

Look at the adorable bird in this redwork bag!

Martingale - Patchwork Loves Embroidery (Print version + eBook bundle)

This is a little folder for your embroidery supplies.Martingale - Patchwork Loves Embroidery (Print version + eBook bundle)

 

Book #3

Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles, and More – Skill-Building Techniques for 60-Degree Patchwork by Kelly Ashton

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Funny, Kelly was just visiting our guild meeting this morning  with this book! She has got to be a math genius, because she has provided about 80 designs in this book  and has done all the calculations and measurements for us. Now we can just cut out our fabric and start stitching.  No more measuring and cutting wrong, re-measuring and cutting right we hope, and then stitching.  There are 9 pages of templates.  If you’d rather have thick, commercial templates, she gives suggestions for which ones to purchase.  This is a great reference tool that will help you for years to come.

 

One of four Patchwork Cutting Guide pages…

 

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In this section (above and below) she breaks it into chunks of information with visuals so you can see for yourself how the shapes in the blocks break into smaller chunks.  For example, she shows you a tumbling block within a 6-sided star.  Part of this section shows how to values make up and show off the different shapes for a stunning quilt.  If you look at the table topper below, the Y-Seams might intimidate you, but Kelly shows you how to do them, step-by-step.

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Book #4

Beyond Neutral – Quilts Inspired by Nature’s Elements by John Adams

Martingale - Beyond Neutral (Print version + eBook bundle)

In this book, John (obviously from the title) uses colors from nature to create quilts, but he goes one step further and takes objects from nature to use as the shapes in his quilts.  The book is broken up into sections that incorporate wind, water, earth, leaf, sky, grass, lava, coral, and stone as they apply to nature.  As I looked through this book, I felt comforted by the serene backdrops and the soothing feel of being surrounded by nature and wrapped with love in one of these quilts.

Martingale - Beyond Neutral (Print version + eBook bundle)

When I look at the quilt below, I can see the sandy beach and the waves of water.  If you turn the quilt the other way, the sandy beach can become a sunset.  Do you see it?

Martingale - Beyond Neutral (Print version + eBook bundle)

This reminded me of birds on a cloudy day.

Martingale - Beyond Neutral (Print version + eBook bundle)

Martingale - Beyond Neutral (Print version + eBook bundle)

John used some interesting colors for his background fabrics, moving beyond neutral-colored background fabrics that we have come to expect in traditional quilts.

Book #5

English Paper Piecing II by Vicki Bellino

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This is a  follow-up to her best-selling book English Paper Piecing and includes 11 projects, from a tote bag, table runners, sewing machine cover,  and quilts.   One thing I noticed about this book is that it seemed to move beyond traditional paper piecing and incorporated the same techniques for applique; sort of like paper piecing with a twist. 

Martingale - English Paper Piecing II (Print version + eBook bundle)Martingale - English Paper Piecing II (Print version + eBook bundle)

Here’s the tote bag.  I’d love to have a Grandma’s Flower Garden quilt, but to be honest, the thought of paper piecing that many small  hexagons together scares the bejeezus out of me.  I think I can  manage to have a taste of Grandma’s Flower Garden with a tote bag, though.

Martingale - English Paper Piecing II (Print version + eBook bundle)Martingale - English Paper Piecing II (Print version + eBook bundle)

Many thanks to Martingale and their photographer Brent Kane for providing these books and the wonderful pictures!  You can find out more about any of the above books and can order them from the Martingale website here.  Happy shopping!  😉

That’s it for now. Stay tuned for June’s book reviews sometime in this life time.  Just kidding!

Book Review a deux

I am in between customer quilts that I cannot show you for “raffle” reasons, so I thought I’d try to get caught up on some book reviews.  I’ve got 7 books to share with you; I think I will break them up into 2 posts.

Book #1…  Uncommonly Corduroy; Quilt Patterns, Bag Patterns, and More by Stephanie Dunphy

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I was pleasantly surprised as I opened and perused this book. The pictures reminded me that my mother used to make utilitarian quilts with scraps of corduroy, denim, and broadcloth.  As I got further into the book, I felt it sucking me in as I noticed the texture and richness of the corduroy in the quilts and how the quilting popped against the corduroy. And, of course! Why didn’t I think of putting corduroy on my bags to make them stronger? There are several cute bag patterns that will suit almost any taste. She also has several quilt patterns, some of them mixing flannel and corduroy and some including embellishments for further texture.  I see corduroy in future quilting projects of mine.

Martingale - Uncommonly Corduroy (Print version + eBook bundle)

The above picture makes me think of all the leftover corduroy clothing that could re recycled into a bag (like the one above or the one below) or something else; it makes me smile.

Martingale - Uncommonly Corduroy (Print version + eBook bundle)

Cute purse and matching scarf!

Martingale - Uncommonly Corduroy (Print version + eBook bundle)

For whatever reason, I love the black corduroy in this quilt and the colors that pop against it.  It would make a great quilt to drag around the house (for me!).

Martingale - Uncommonly Corduroy (Print version + eBook bundle)

 

Book #2…  Sweet and Simple Sewing by Jessi Jung, Carrie Jung, and Lauren Jung

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This book is full of cute projects with a more modern touch.  It has luggage tags, a hand-bound journal, pleated clutch, makeup bag among other patterns in it.  A lot of these can be made with less than one yard of fabric in a short amount of time and as gifts.   Take a look at the table of contents.

Martingale - Sweet and Simple Sewing (Print version + eBook bundle)

Isn’t this a cute quilt?  I haven’t seen this design before.

Martingale - Sweet and Simple Sewing (Print version + eBook bundle)

Here is the curling iron “cozy” – great for taking on trips!

Martingale - Sweet and Simple Sewing (Print version + eBook bundle)

I love the quilt pattern below.  Who would have through to make a fan block into something so cute?

Martingale - Sweet and Simple Sewing (Print version + eBook bundle)

Another great bag for traveling…

Martingale - Sweet and Simple Sewing (Print version + eBook bundle)

And a cute purse for those special occasions…

Martingale - Sweet and Simple Sewing (Print version + eBook bundle)

 

Book #3… Sew Practical by various authors of Martingale

Martingale - Sew Practical (Print version + eBook bundle)

I especially liked this book because of the variety of projects, but I guess that is what you get when you have so many designer authors; Pippa Eccles Armbrester, Cassie Barden, Linda Lum DeBono, Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson, Adrienne Smitke, and Janis Stob and Margaret Linderman for Fig Tree & Co.   In the midst of the variety of designers, they will provide you with a variety of sewing techniques from which to learn.  I’ll let you take a look at the table of contents.

Martingale - Sew Practical (Print version + eBook bundle)

I can see the knitting case below being adapted for someone doing embroidery or hand sewing, and, of course, crocheting also.

Martingale - Sew Practical (Print version + eBook bundle)

I hadn’t really thought of making a cover for my sewing machine (I use it too much) until I saw this.  Martingale - Sew Practical (Print version + eBook bundle)

E-readers seem to be everywhere now.  Wouldn’t this make a nice gift?Martingale - Sew Practical (Print version + eBook bundle)

I love this work apron.  I wear a gardener’s apron when I quilt, but this apron tempts me to make a prettier one than what I currently have.Martingale - Sew Practical (Print version + eBook bundle)

I thought these place mats were interesting, because of the “woven” design element.  I can see them as mug rugs also.Martingale - Sew Practical (Print version + eBook bundle)

 

And finally…

Book #4…  Simple Appeal by Kim Diehl

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Kim Diehl is one of my favorite designers, so of course I would love this book.  It is full of scrappy quilts.  Some of them are pieced and some are appliqued.  She will show you how to do invisible machine appliqué as well as wool appliqué on cotton backgrounds .  I don’t have a picture of the table of contents on this book, but you can get an idea of the 14 projects inside this book with the following pictures.

The 9-patch inside the log-cabin block is interesting to me.  Couple it with the appliqued border and you have a win-win quilt.

Martingale - Simple Appeal (Print version + eBook bundle)

Kim must have used scraps for the background on this one (creative!).  I like how this one looks so natural in its setting, yet it is scrappy.Martingale - Simple Appeal (Print version + eBook bundle)

Something small to make for yourself or as a gift.  The thought of mug rug came into my mind, but I think I would be afraid to get it dirty.  Maybe bright colors on a black background for a mug rug?

Wait!  Is that embroidery I see?  🙂

Martingale - Simple Appeal (Print version + eBook bundle)

Who would have thought to make a primitive pincushi0n using an old jar lid?  Only Kim…Martingale - Simple Appeal (Print version + eBook bundle)

And, finally, I thought these quilts hanging like this, if nothing else, make a great statement and a nice decoration for homey homes.  Brent Kane really knows how to set up the quilts for photography!

Martingale - Simple Appeal (Print version + eBook bundle)

Many thanks to Martingale for providing the books and their photographer, Brent Kane, for these wonderful pictures!  You can buy these books from Amazon or go to Martingale’s website here.