I LOVE Quilting

by Kara

I am an amateur quilter. I dream of quilting on a long-arm quilting maching but usually just experiment using the sewing machines I inherited from my Mom and Gram. I follow a couple quilters on Instagram and like to file away ideas about quilts I would love to sew. I really enjoy the Library's quilting book collection and I get inspired when I look at the photos. Sewing is relaxing for me - especially if I am listening to music or a book from the Library's eAudio collection. This is a list of NEW quilting books from the Library's collection that I'm excited to dig into.

Simple patchwork projects : 20 animal-themed projects to sew & quilt

Hayley Smith

746.46 /Smith

Transform fat quarters and fabric scraps into adorable projects for your home. Use templates of your favorite animals to piece shapes in tessellating designs, so the shapes fit together without gaps. There is no stressing over the math--it's all done for you--and easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions with accompanying photographs ensure success.

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I love the patterns in this book. They are fun and projects can be adapted depending on the animal pattern selected. I especially like the cats, dogs and owls. -Kara

Utility-style : quilts for everyday living

Sharon Holland

746.46 /Holland

This book includes tweleve well illustrated projects, ranging from table runners to a queen-sized quilts. Each fast-pieced project is great for beginners, with skill-building design tips and suggestions throughout. These lovely patterns are a reason to dig into your stash and make a quilt that will be used and loved for years to come.

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The quilts I typically piece together are for every day living. I like the simple lines in the patterns in this book and the helpful hints for cutting and piecing. -Kara

FreeSpirit block party : 40 quilt blocks, 5 samplers, 20 modern designers

746.46 /Free

"Modern quilting meets traditional thanks to FreeSpirit designers. Tula Pink, Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, Anna Maria Horner, Denyse Schmidt, Kathy Doughty, and more, rose to the occasion when presented with the challenge to put a modern spin on classic blocks. You won't believe what they made! With 40 inspiring quilt blocks from 20 designers working in their own fabrics, this mix-and-match block collection comes with 5 sampler-quilt projects. Sew patchwork, appliqué, and paper-pieced blocks" -- Amazon.com.

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I would like to complete a 2019 block challenge - make a quilt block once a week. This book offers a lot of great ideas as well as techniques that I am not familiar with. -Kara

The handmade quilt : a skill-building sampler

Carolyn Forster

746.46 /Forster

Skill-building: The handmade quilt features a 21-block sampler that starts with the easiest techniques and progresses to more challenging skills--with no need for a sewing machine! Comprehensive: the book is a complete learning experience for a new quilter and a stunning sampler project for experienced stitchers. Unique: no other book available today covers the how-to of hand-stitching blocks in such a thorough manner. Portable: you can hand-stitch anywhere! Carolyn even shows you color options and how to re-arrange blocks to make the quilt your own. [The book includes]: 21 block designs; templates for every block; how-to finish the sampler from beginning to binding; learn to stitch set-in seams and curves; step-by-step photographs and illustrations; gallery of block color options.

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This book offers 21 block designs as well as instructions for curves in patterns. I like the step-by-step instructions and helpful hints. -Kara

Small art quilts : explorations in paint & stitch

Deborah O'Hare

746.46 /O'Hare

"Using colour and an intriguing mix of surface techniques, layers, piecing and simple stitching, Deborah O'Hare's beautiful small art quilts capture the magic of her themes and subjects. In her unusual, whimsical interpretations of nature and the landscape, she builds up torn and cut layers of coloured cloth with stitch to create beautiful works of textile art. With her fresh, innovative approach, Deborah provides inspiration and step-by-step instruction on all the techniques she uses and shows the reader how to create moonlit scenes, seas, flowers, meadows, mountains, moors, animals and birds. Using up fabric scraps and threads is an important aspect of the author's work, and throughout the book there are tips on incorporating treasures from your stash into your pieces. From an original idea through to finishing and embellishing - this book will offer a rich source of ideas for experienced art quilters as well as those setting out on their creative journey who are inspired to start small."--Publisher's description.

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This book introduces many techniques I am not familiar with. One chapter addresses adapting photos into quilt designs. I am excited to give it a try. -Kara

Quick & easy quilts : 20 machine quilting projects

Lynne Goldsworthy

746.46 /Goldsworthy

"Quick & Easy Quilts is a collection of 20 simple and colorful quilt projects perfect for beginners or quilters who want to start and finish a project in a weekend. The 20 projects include 12 quilts and 8 smaller projects, all featuring straightforward designs focused on time- and money-saving techniques, including working with bundles and precuts, strip piecing, and quilt as you go."--

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This book shares ideas for machine quilting projects. I like the bright patterns and information about supplies needed. -Kara

The art of mixing textiles in quilts : 14 projects using wool, silk, cotton & home decor fabrics

Lynn Schmitt

746.46 /Schmitt

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The patterns in this book are really complex. I'm not sure if I'm up for tackling these projects but it is fun to look at the photos! -Kara