Table Toppers

Just in time for the season of giving, this book includes quick and easy projects, perfect for gift-giving.  Projects are from Fons & Porter’s “Love of Quilting” magazine and include patterns from Terry Albers, Debbie Beaves, Jodie Davis, Marianne Fons, Sandy Gervais, Sue Marsh, Kelly Mueller, Debbie Mumm, Wendy Sheppard, Edyta Sitar, Betsy Smith, and Karen Witt.  I found the projects to be colorful and cute with clear written instructions  for foundation piecing, machine appliqué, wool appliqué, etc.  Being a machine quilter, I also really liked that this book has suggestions for quilting after you have stitched the table topper together.

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Just in time for Halloween and Thanksgiving…

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Cute for Christmas…

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Springtime…

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Or just because…

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There is something for everyone in this book.  Check it out at Martingale’s site here.

Nap and Nod

Nap and Nod – 12 Adorable Baby Quilts by Myra Harder

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Myra teaches you how to do plush applique, curved seams, and monogrammed lettering in her book, Nap and Nod.  Although you will find hexagons and seemingly complicated patterns in her book, they really are simple and easy to make.  The one below would make a great baby gift; you can put either the length and weight of the baby or you can incorporate the birth date.

 

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I like how she uses monogramming in her quilts.  It gives them a more personalized touch, in my opinion.

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For all you modern quilt lovers, this next one will “allow” you to play with your quilting to make it unique.  I love how she uses the chevrons for water around the cute duck.

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For more on this book, go to Martingale’s website here.   Many thanks to Martingale and their photographer, Brent Kane for providing the book and the photos!

 

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).

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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?

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This reminded me of birds on a cloudy day.

Martingale - Beyond Neutral (Print version + eBook bundle)

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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. 

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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.

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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!

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!

 

Kitchen Stitches

Last week I reviewed Martingale’s Cute Quilts for Kids.  This week I will be showing you some of Kitchen Stitches, which was compiled by Karen M. Burns.

I don’t know about you, but where I live the quilters here get together to sew and socialize a lot, and it seems to revolve around food.  So, when Martingale asked me to review this book, I thought this would be a good book for all of us to have in our own libraries.

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The cover shows the French Farmhouse Chef patterns to carry bread, a pattern to wrap your bread to keep it warm after you’ve cut it, and an apron that resembles a feed sack.  Take all that to this bistro table (below) with the cute tablecloth and matching fork napkins and you’ve got yourself an Italian Dinner.  Mouth watering yet?

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This tea cozy with matching place mats would be so cute when you’re all gathered around the kitchen, taking a break from quilting, don’t you think?

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And, look at this coupon keeper.  It looks like you could also get ideas for making your own purse with this pattern.  An added bonus with this book…

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As I looked through this book, my eyes widened with oohs and ahhs and the satisfaction that somebody finally thought of this!  Not only did I find cute pot holders, pan handle holders, place mats, napkins, and coasters,  I also found cozies for tea, casseroles and a crock pot.  Aside from the apron on the cover, there is one made from an up-cycled shirt – cool!  And, there are kitchen decor items to spice up your kitchen.  I’m so glad it is part of my library now!

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You can get your own copy of Kitchen Stitches at Martingale’s website here or at for your Kindle at Amazon.

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.