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.
Here’s a look at the table of contents so you can get an idea of what to find in this book.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are a couple of the close ups of the blocks on the above quilt, with embroidery, beads, and buttons added.
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.
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.
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!