Kaffe Fassett’s Ireland

Western Ireland is the inspiration for Kaffe’s new book – Quilts in Ireland.  And was he inspired!  This book includes twenty projects in his famous colorways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In their words:  West Ireland, with its streets of colorful painted houses and ancient stone walls, provides the perfect inspiration for the richly varied quilt designs in Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in Ireland. Renowned for his use of color, Kaffe creates color palettes of brilliant hot pinks and reds; deep blues, purples, and greens; and soft blues and whites from his journey to Ireland, showcased in striking quilt designs that are as unpredictable as the landscape of Ireland.

Who can top that???  You know his books are as much about a study in color as they are about the projects. This book is due to arrive next month – and you already know who will want it so order them now!

A Little Fabric History and Some Amazing Quilts

True Blue Quilts by Annette Plog is the type of book that every quilter loves. There are fifteen quilt patterns all based on historic blue quilts. But along the way, she explains the history of blues – from the first indigo fabrics to the development of synthetic dyes in the late 1800’s.

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Reproduce these historic quilts or modernize them with the fabrics of today – or why not both? Can you imagine some of these quilts in grunge fabric?  Talk about a new take on an old quilt!

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Join Annette as she takes you on an amazing journey while you visit the invention of the sewing machine and learn about the fabrics created during the Civil War and beyond.

 

World War II Quilts

We owe an incredible part of our quilting history to Sue Reich.  I have her first book – World War II Quilts.  It is sooo well done!  She shares the quilts and stories of the quilts that represent a generation.  Many of these quilts are just surfacing.  As Sue says, when they returned from the war, these quilts were placed in cedar chests – and in many cases forgotten.  Thanks to Sue, they are now receiving center stage.

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In Sue’s own words:

“Since this book was released, Many American women made warm and attractive quilts to honor and benefit US soldiers during the period 1940-1945, either as outright gifts or as raffle items to raise money for the war effort. This book reflects extensive original research of newspaper and magazine articles of the era, and authenticates the patterns and designs available to quilt makers, anchoring the quilts historically in time. Color photos and descriptive text identify many colorful and patriotic quilts made for donation to the Red Cross and organizations such as Bundles for Britain. When possible,original patterns and designs that inspired the quilts are included. The quilts can now be interpreted from factual and objective perspectives, enhancing their historic and emotional importance.”

This book is due out in May.  What a great gift!

Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites

I love everything by Carrie Nelson.  She is one of the queens of scrap quilts.  I told you about this book a few weeks ago – sight unseen – but now I have photos.  My personal rule of thumb?  If I see four quilts in a book that I want to make, it is worth it – and in this case, I want to make them ALL!  The book includes a collection of twelve of her favorite patterns.

Start with the cover quilt!  What a great setting for nine-patches!

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Combining nine patches and churn dashes?  And houses and flying geese trees?  Pure Genius!

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Who doesn’t love stars?  And half stars – combined with log cabin blocks?  Even better!

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Place your order today so you will be one of the first to get this treasure!  Our buyers need to know so they can order enough to meet your needs!

Simple Friendships – Jo Morton and Kim Diehl

I blogged about this book – sight unseen because I knew it was going to be a top seller.  And now that photos are available, I am SURE it is going to be number one when it is released in February. Simple Friendships #B1351T.

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This book includes 14 different patterns designed by two of the top creative geniuses in our field!  What is not to love?  You can see the influence of each designer in these quilts.

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I love the combination of piecing and applique and instantly loved the idea of showcasing a single applique block in a wall hanging surrounded by miniature pieced quarter-square triangles.  The scrappy look is so appealing!  Use these quilts as a launchpad for your own designs.

The Ultimate Book of Table Toppers

As soon as I saw this book, the wheels started turning.  It includes 56 different projects from a variety of top designers.  Why not make it required reading in a series of classes?  Choose 12 different projects that each teach a variety of concepts and techniques – or let your students decide!

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Just look at the variety!  Choosing just twelve will be the hardest part!  All of these are easy to kit and can be completed in an afternoon class.  Why not offer a demo with a class afterward for those who buy the kit and the book?  Then, in that class, show the project for the next class.  If they buy the kit, it reserves their space in the class the following month.  If they don’t, that chair is open for whoever buys the kit!  I did this and offered an afternoon, an evening, and a Saturday class.  ALL of them were full for the entire year!  This book is due out the first of the year so start planning your schedule today!

What is Red and White and Embroidered All Over?

Natalie Bird has created a variety of whimsical designs that add a whole new twist to Cottage Chic!  Combining embroidery with simple piecing creates nostalgic projects that are sure to make you smile!

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Every project has that awe factor.  Whether it is putting a new take on a traditional penny rug; adding wide rickrack to a tote; creating the perfect shape on a pin cushion to accent the design to its best advantage; or adding tiny touches of embroidery to a framed miniature to add texture and detail, this book has it all.

This book is expected to arrive the first week of January – just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Inspirational International Quilts

Quiltmania is not just a popular magazine.  They also publish books featuring some of your favorite international designers.  Inspiration from these quilts can bring a fresh new look to your next project!

Irene Blanck’s Focus on Applique includes 16 different applique designs that are featured in her quilts – or can be the foundation of your next creation.

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Primarily Quilts by Di Ford – another Australian designer features medallion quilts – her favorite style.  They remind me of the Baltimore Album era quilts.

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I love the muted tones Chosen by Reiko Kato for The Newest Adventures of Sue and Billy.

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Norma Whaley includes traditional pieced blocks with a twist – as well as beautiful applique blocks.

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Check out all of the Quiltmania magazines and books on our website!  Let the inspiration begin!

Creating Mini’s with Proven Techniques

I love everything by Lynne Hagmeier.  Fall is my favorite season and her color pallette sings to this Midwest gal!  Her latest books feature these tones – but would translate into your favorite color tones as well.

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All of these minis are made with 2 1/2″ squares.  This book should be included with any pre-cut display.  Whether you buy pre-cuts or use your scraps, it is a great way to play with color.  Choose any of the seven miniature quilts and three bonus projects.

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Lynne incorporates her signature techniques that make working in miniature a breeze!  Why not use this book as a series of classes to introduce everyone to these methods???

Bees ‘n Blooms includes several smaller projects as well as some larger quilts.

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In this wall hanging, she pieces the background and adds applique that looks like it came directly from a collection of pressed flowers.  The combination gives this quilt a very eclectic feel!

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This charm quilt looks like a mosaic or cobblestone path.  The occasional light fabric makes the quilt sing!

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Many of the embellishments in this book were created with her Melon Template (Item #KT99906 Retail $9.95)

Hexies are still hot!

Combine hexies and 60 degree triangles to create true works of art.

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Katja Marek created 52 paper-pieced 6 inch blocks.  Anyone can create these 60 degree kaleidoscope works of art.  Simply amazing!  In this case, a picture is worth a thousand hexies….

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This is a great modern quilt – or would add interest to any backing!

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Solids with black are always a winning combination and show off these designs beautifully…

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Don’t you love the prairie points on the topper?

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This is not your grandmother’s version!

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Or, make a twin size quilt.

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A perpetual calendar is due out in July – just in time for Shop Hop season.  (Item #C147, Retail $23.99).  Order it now so you get it as soon as it arrives!