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Crafts

Visual guide to patchwork & quilting : fabric selection to finishing techniques & beyond. book cover

Visual guide to patchwork & quilting : fabric selection to finishing techniques & beyond.

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Crafts

"Absorb the knowledge of more than 20 quilt experts in one place! With hundreds of photographs and illustrations to help you plan your quilting projects, this comprehensive guide answers all of your quiltmaking questions. Included in this reference guide: fabric 101; piecing and appliqué by hand and machine; understanding color, value, and quilt design; start-to-finish quilt construction; quilting motifs, tips, and tricks; beyond the basics; plus a handy index. It's a must-have for any quilter!" --Amazon.com.

Beth's picture

This book would be great for anyone -from those who are curious about quilting to longtime quilters. StashBooks has combined chapters by 20 well known artists from the who's who of the quilting world to come up with a great book about quilting. Quilt artists like Alex Anderson (alexandersonquilts.com), Angela Walters (quiltingismytherapy.com and The Midnight Quilt Show), Carrie and Harriet Hargrave (quiltersacademy.com) walk you through quilting -starting with what supplies you'll need through a variety different types of quilting - from applique to paper piecing. A really great book for anyone who is or wants to be a quilter. -Beth

Visual guide to Crazy Quilting Design: simple Stitches, Stunning Results book cover

Visual guide to Crazy Quilting Design: simple Stitches, Stunning Results

Sharon Boggon

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Crafts

Tell a unique story with fabric! Embrace crazy quilting with 35 must-know stitches and endless variations, shown in clear, step-by-step photographs for both right- and left-handed stitchers. Learn design fundamentals to guide you in your process, so you can sew thoughtful, visually appealing blocks. Study the theory and process behind this fascinating art - how to choose fabrics, piece stitch-and-flip blocks, and embellish using a variety of materials.

Beth's picture

There are no hard and fast rules to follow when making a crazy quilt. You can just start putting things together using your favorite embroidery stitches and see what you get, or you can think things through a bit before you start. Sharon Boggon shows how with a bit of planning, taking into consideration some basics of design and color theory you can create a piece with movement and flow, creating a true piece of art -Beth

Quilt as-you-go made vintage : 51 blocks, 9 projects, 3 joining methods book cover

Quilt as-you-go made vintage : 51 blocks, 9 projects, 3 joining methods

Jera Brandvig

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Crafts

Skip the longarmer and finish quilts on your home machine! Best-selling author Jera Brandvig shares a romantic take on her easy quilting designs. Sew 9 quilt-as-you-go projects, including an elegant sampler with 51 interchangeable blocks. Choose one of three QAYG finishing methods (or stick with traditional quilting), including a new reversible-quilt method that renders a secondary patchwork design on your quilt back! No matter how busy your schedule, these timeless blocks create endless possibilities.

Beth's picture

Not quite what I was expecting for quilt as you go. Is it really quilt as you go if you have to attach the backing after you're done piecing it all together? But I did like the quilts in the book - may make a couple of them the "old fashioned way". -Beth

Feminist icon cross-stitch book cover

Feminist icon cross-stitch

Anna Fleiss

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Crafts

30 daring cross stitch designs to celebrate strong women

Shawna's picture

I first discovered this book on the shelves of the Bookmobile. I ended up making two of the patterns as Christmas gifts for family members. There is a nice mix of text and image patterns and many that are great for beginners! -Shawna

Really cross stitch : for when you just want to stab something a lot book cover

Really cross stitch : for when you just want to stab something a lot

Rayna Fahey

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Nonfiction, Crafts

"Inspired by the banners and signs at recent marches around the world, Really Cross Stitch takes all of that anger, outrage, and protest and puts it inside a decorative border ... along with some snarky commentary and general annoyance. Stitching for public protest is not new. First-wave feminists in the US and in Britain used needlework in their demonstrations and public protest lectures during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Needlework and other handcrafts, however, declined throughout the twentieth century. But in the 21st century, there has been a steep resurgence and many are turning to crafting, especially needlework, as an activist strategy. In Knitting for Good, feminist Betsy Greer makes this point strongly when she proclaims, "I think every act of making is an act of revolution." Featuring more than 40 truly original cross stitch designs, the book also contains instructions on techniques for new stitchers."-- Amazon.com.

Melody's picture

Find patterns for inspiring phrases like “nevertheless, she persisted” and “fight like a girl.” You don’t have to be a crafter to find this book entertaining. We all need a little comic relief every now and then. -Melody