Cups and Saucers

Cups and Saucers by Maaike Bakker is back by popular demand, updated this time with samples of the projects done in 2 colorways.  The patterns for these projects are paper pieced, too, for those who’d rather piece than applique.

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This would be cute hanging in your kitchen or near a doorway.

Martingale - Cups and Saucers (Print version + eBook bundle)

I think my favorite project in this book was the placemats with 4 different designs.  Pink may not go with the colors in your dining room, but wouldn’t these be cute sitting at your table?

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I thought this was cute, too.

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The author has a larger one, too.

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How about this sitting on your kitchen table or coffee bar?

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If you are interested in any of these projects, Martingale has it available at their website here.

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

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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…

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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!

A Flair for Fabric

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I was excited to do this book review, because the very talented Linda Lum DeBono is the one who compiled the projects from 15 different fabric designers with Henry Glass Fabrics that are in this book.  If you know of any of these designers, you will want to get your hands on this book: Leanne Anderson; Dana Brooks; Linda Lum DeBono; Kim Diehl; Anni Downs; Jill Finley; Amy Hamberlin; Liz Hawkins and Beth Hawkins of Lizzie B Cre8ive; Margot Languedoc; Janet Nesbitt and Pam Soliday of Buggy Barn; Vicki Oehlke; Heather Mulder Peterson; Jacquelynne Steves; and Mary Ellen Von Holt, Alice Berg, and Sylvia Johnson of Little Quilts.  Not only do they share their secrets for designing fabric lines, but they also show you how to mix and match your leftover fabrics with secondary fabrics for other projects.  An added bonus, if you choose to buy this book, is that the designers are donating the royalties from the sale of this book to the Red Cross; a notable good cause.

So, let’s take a looks inside at some of the information and projects.

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Martingale - A Flair for Fabric (Print version + eBook bundle)

Martingale - A Flair for Fabric (Print version + eBook bundle)

Martingale - A Flair for Fabric (Print version + eBook bundle)

Martingale - A Flair for Fabric (Print version + eBook bundle)

Martingale - A Flair for Fabric (Print version + eBook bundle)

And, last, but not least, a quilting caddy for hauling your quilting tools on outings…

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As you can see, there is a lot of variety in this book; variety of styles and projects.  It would make a great gift for yourself or for a fellow quilter!

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

Take 5 Fat Quarters

This book review is for all of those quilters who collect Fat Quarters and other Pre-Cuts.  “Take 5 Fat Quarters” is written by Kathy Brown.  Gather up your scraps and get ready to “roll” your rotary cutters.

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The above quilt on the book cover is a larger quilt using 2 sets of 5 fat quarters plus background fabric, so don’t be afraid that all the quilts in this book are small.  Also included in this book are detailed instructions on quilt making for the newer quilter, so this would be a good book for a newbie or a gift to a newbie quilter.

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This next quilt would make a great starter quilt for a newbie, but I’m not a newbie quilter and I love it for its simplicity and cheerful colors.

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Here’s a table runner that looks like it has log cabin blocks, but the author shows you a time-saving short-cut for creating this look.

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Another simple design…

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But, I think this next one is my favorite. Given the name of the quilt pattern (T-Ball), I believe it’s supposed to look like T-shirts but my imagination says it also looks like kimonos.  Either way, it’s cute.

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The patterns in this book use 5 fat quarters for quick and easy quilts, but many of them can also be made with Jelly Roll strips, so it’s a pretty handy book to have.  You can find out more about this book at Martingale’s website.

Scrappy Fat Quarter Quilts

Who doesn’t have a stack of fat quarters or at least a few of them laying around, if used for nothing else other than decorations?  If you don’t have fat quarters, this would be a good book for using up some of your scraps.

Scrappy Fat Quarter Quilts is a compilation of “Favorite Projects from Fons & Porter” with quilts designed by Lynn Roddy Brown, Elizabeth Hartman, Nancy Mahoney, Ashley Newcomb, Jean Nolte, Liz Porter, Edyta Sitar, Jean Wells, and Evelyn Young.  You may have seen some of them in the Fons & Porter’s “Love of Quilting” magazine. In this book, you will find quilts of all sizes and projects for every skill level.

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Cute pinwheels in fun colors on the cover of the book; could be used for a child’s quilt or an adult’s.  The quilt below would be good for the quilter with a taste for modern or neutral fabrics.

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I’ve seen the following quilt in several places.  It reminds me of an afghan thrown on the back of a couch.  I like the scrappy half-square triangles set in an interesting pattern.

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I love the blues in the following quilt, but you could use any fabric.  This one just reminds me of indigo and Japanese fabric, very soothing.

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You can find more information at Martingale’s website here.

Four Books for your Perusing Pleasure

Once again, I have a few books to review for Martingale (8 to be exact), so I will post about a few of them tonight and then follow up later with the others.  First off, since my blog is mostly about machine quilting, I’d like to tell you a bit about “You Can Quilt It!  Stunning Free Motion Quilting Designs Made Easy by Deborah M. Poole.   She quilts for Kim Diehl.  I hate to admit this, but I kind of figure I know a lot about quilting already, so I wasn’t sure what I’d learn from this book… but I was very pleasantly surprised.

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Here’s a look at the table of contents so you can get an idea of what to find in this book.

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Not only does she tell you what you will need as far as essential tools, but she also tells her secrets for using those tools to achieve perfect looking quilting.   In the “Feathers” section of the book, she gives you many different kinds of feathers to quilt, more than I’ve seen in any other quilting book.  This book is not just for longarm quilters, but also for domestic machine quilters as well.  It will have a prominent place in my library.

Another quilting book that I think is worth your time if you are a quilter is 501 Quilting Motifs from the editors of Quiltmaker Magazine.

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As you can see, the book has a variety of motifs from which to choose, and shows you different ways to adapt and use then and to transfer them onto your quilt top.  I love the different motifs for children’s quilts and some of the fun styles this book shares.

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To keep with the “stitching” theme of this post, let’s take a look at My Enchanted Garden: Applique Quilts in Cotton and Wool by Gretchen Gibbons.

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Don’t you just love the colors on the cover?  Wait ’til you see the inside!  There are lots of different projects in this book, each as colorful as the cover.  The author combines wool and cotton in her applique and shows you how to embellish with embroidery (directions for embroidery stitches are included), beads, etc.  Clear cut directions are given for the applique.  I think you will find lots of eye candy to drool over in this book.

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Here are a couple of the close ups of the blocks on the above quilt, with embroidery, beads, and buttons added.

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Martingale - My Enchanted Garden (Print version + eBook bundle)

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Yummy, yummy!  Even if I never make any of these projects, I will enjoy looking at them forever!

Finally, let’s take a look at 25 Patchwork Quilt Blocks, Volume 2 by Katy Jones.

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This is a great book for beginning or intermediate quilt makers or those who want to expand their horizons a bit.  Katy takes traditional and contemporary quilt blocks and throws a couple of news ones in there and combines them with fun and funky fabrics for a fresh look.

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Techniques and strategies for making each of the blocks are given in easy-to-understand format.

I hope somewhere in these 4 books, you found one you’d like to look into further.  You can order these books from the Martingale website  or from Amazon.com.  Many thanks to Martingale Publishers and  their photographer, Brent Kane, for providing these books for me to review and the many pictures for you to enjoy!

 

Cute Quilts for Kids

Martingale has asked me to review a few books for them, so I will be doing a series of book reviews in the near future.  This first review is for a book by Kristin Roylance called Cute Quilts for Kids.

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I don’t have any little kids at home anymore and no grandkids to make these for, but as a former teacher, I can tell you that this book of kids quilts will tickle your fingers.  Kristin not only does a good job of spelling out simple directions for beginning quilt makers, but she also adds cute 3-D touchy-feely things to the quilts that little kids will love.  But, not to worry… the added embellishments are sewn down very well OR they are meant to be removed and reattached with Velcro.  Check out this butterfly quilt with the ruffled butterfly wings.  Can’t you imagine a little girl sucking her fingers on one hand and the other hand fiddling with the ruffled wings while she sleepy-eyed cuddles with this quilt?

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Or this quilt…  I can even imagine it sitting on a table or used for a picnic.

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Check this one out for little boys… too cute!

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For a list of quilts inside, the table of contents will give you a clue.

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And, check out more of the quilts on the back cover.

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If you’ve ever wondered how to make Prairie Points, she shows you how in the dinosaur quilt.  Personally, I think the sailboat quilt is my favorite.  I love the rick rack and the chenille fabric (for waves) she used around the borders and the 3-D flags on the boats.

Many thanks to Martingale and their photographer, Brent Kane, for the pictures above and the book to review – LOTS of fun in this book!  You can buy this book directly from Martingale here  or you can get an autographed copy of her Kristin’s book at her website here.