Urban and Amish

Urban and Amish; Classic Quilts and Modern Updates is written by Myra Harder.

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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.

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Then she offers its more modern counterpart in large scale prints  and lighter colored backgrounds to give it a totally new look.

Martingale - Urban and Amish (Print version + eBook bundle)

“Lone Star” as the Amish quilt…

Martingale - Urban and Amish (Print version + eBook bundle)

And “Urban Ohio” as its modern counterpart…

Martingale - Urban and Amish (Print version + eBook bundle)

“Trip Around the World” as the Amish quilt…

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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.

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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.

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!