Graphic Quilts from Everyday Images by Heather Scrimsher leans toward the modern eye by using photos of ordinary objects to create 15 new projects.
Can you see how the following quilt was inspired by the punched steel in the upper left of the above picture?
I love the bold colors in this quilt that was made to look like strings of beads. The quilting is pretty cool, too.
This one is “Shaken or Stirred.”
Masonry on the corners of buildings…
And, for all you hexie lovers, there’s “Inlay.”
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.
Think Big – Quilts, Runners, and Pillows from 18″ Blocks by Amy Ellis is full of modern and contemporary projects to nurture the modern soul.
The 10 large blocks included in this book make it easy to put together a quilt in a short amount of time. You will learn how to conquer your fear of rounded corners with the following block.
The following quilt looks like it would be rather complex, but it is actually simple to put together.
Even if you are not a fan of modern quilts, these patterns can be combined with any kind of fabric for a quick, weekend project or gift.
If you are interested in finding out more about this book, head on over to Martingale’s website here.
Many thanks to Martingale and their photographer, Brent Kane, for providing this book and the pictures for me to share with you!
Sew and Play by Farah Wolfe is full of games and toys you can make yourself for the little ones in your life.
This book is full of easy-to-follow patterns and directions to make 11 different games/projects as well as instructions for how to play each game. Farah also has directions for how to make storage bags, etc. for these games.
No need for batteries with these toys. They are gender neutral, safe, washable, and great for travel. Game rules provide age-appropriate play options for toddlers, preschoolers, and schoolkids; there is something for everyone.
If you are interested in finding out more information about this book, head on over to Martingale’s website here.
Many thanks to Martingale and their photographer Brent Kane for providing the books and pictures for this review.
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.
This would be cute hanging in your kitchen or near a doorway.
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?
I thought this was cute, too.
The author has a larger one, too.
How about this sitting on your kitchen table or coffee bar?
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.
I loved the quilts in this book by Amber Johnson. They have the traditional look, but the colors are fresh and up-to-date. She starts out the book by talking about fabric, fabric sizes, and how to build your fabric stash… great for beginners and others as well. At the end of the book she gives you quilting basics, and in between the beginning and the end is filled with wonderful quilts and projects to make.
I think you will find something you like from the 14 patterns in this book. If you’d like to find out more about this book, you can visit Martingale’s website here. Many thanks to them for providing the book for this review and also to their photographer, Brent Kane, for providing the pictures!
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.
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.
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.
She moves on to circles.
And geometric designs…
Paisleys, which look nice on this bag…
And swirly designs…
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!
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.
And, last, but not least, a quilting caddy for hauling your quilting tools on outings…
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!
Urban and Amish; Classic Quilts and Modern Updates is written by Myra Harder.
Myra takes Amish quilts and shows you how to make them and than also offers a different, more modern approach to making the same kinds of blocks for each Amish block. For example, she starts with the traditional “Pineapple” Block in traditional Amish colors.
Then she offers its more modern counterpart in large scale prints and lighter colored backgrounds to give it a totally new look.
“Lone Star” as the Amish quilt…
And “Urban Ohio” as its modern counterpart…
“Trip Around the World” as the Amish quilt…
And, “Trip to New York” as its modern counterpart. “Trip Around the World” is made by cutting strips and sewing them back together. “Trip to New York” is made the same way (with strips), but in this quilt you see a more “urban” and modern quilt.
All in all, I found this to be a very interesting book and enjoyed it very much. It is well thought out and the instructions are clear-cut and easy to follow. I think if you look into this book, it will spark your creativity in surprising ways. To find out more about this book, go to Martingale’s website here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another simple design…
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.
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.
Written by Katja Marek, “The New Hexagon” was just released through Martingale Press. Katja Marek takes hexagons, which have been all the rave, a step farther by breaking them down into individual designs within each hexagon block.
One thing I want you to notice in this Table of Contents is that, although there may be a lot of different blocks, Katja has devoted the first 20 pages, or so, to instructions and information all about English Paper Piecing from which kind of paper to use to stitching the pieces together.
Each of the blocks includes a finished hexagon block and a full-size pattern to make your own.
You can go simple and put just a few hexagons into a quilt.
Or you can make a lot of blocks and make them into a larger quilt. Notice in the following quilt the secondary design element created with the 6-pointed stars between the hexagons.
Many thanks to Martingale Press for providing this book for review.
If you think you might be interested in more information on this book, check out Martingale’s website here.