Jo Morton’s Style – all in one place

This is the third in a series of miniature quilts that were previously only available to club members. What does that mean for you? You get all of the patterns in one place – and know that they have been thoroughly tested and approved  by quilters all over the world!

Jo Morton is a legend in our industry and her books reflect that. I didn’t reduce the size of any of these pics because the photography is what draws me to her designs. I don’t just want the quilts – I want the furniture, the knickknacks, the log cabin…..

The book – which is due to arrive next month – includes sixteen mini projects. It is already in the top 50 books so order now so you won’t have to wait!

Quilts of Iceland

In this inspirational, full-color book, Gudrun Erla of GE Designs pays homage to her homeland. She has taken several quilters on tours of Iceland and shared the beauty and hospitality of this country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now she is sharing that experience with you! Gudrun is also an amazing photographer. As she toured the country with fellow quilters, she photographed her favorite places and the quilts that inspired them. The pictures literally jump off of the page! Here is just a sampling of a few of the eighteen projects created for this book:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of the projects are created with her time-saving techniques and the Creative Grids® Stripology ruler.

But this is not just a quilt book. Gudrun also shares some of the rich history of this nation as well as beloved recipes from family and friends. Pre-order the book now. Who knows! Santa may be inspired to leave a trip under your tree in 2018!

 

Embroidered Mandalas

I love that embroidery is coming back in so many different ways. Mandalas to Embroider by Carina Envholdsen-Harris offers twelve large and twelve small patterns using just ten stitches!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a wonderful way to learn – or teach – embroidery and the repetition in each mandala guarantees that you will actually LEARN the stitches. Can’t you picture an entire wall display of these delights?  The book is due to arrive in February – just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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!