Sew in Love with Edyta

Edyta Sitar’s of Laundry Basket Quilts has just released her latest book from It’s Sew Emma. Reds and creams have never been lovelier.

The book features a gorgeous quilt that includes her signature appliques as well as a pieced version. Choose your favorite techniques and begin your journey.

The book also includes several smaller projects and quilts based on the blocks in the signature quilt. In this case, pictures are worth a thousand words…

There are thread sets, stencils, and appliques as well. Visit our website to see all of the companions. The books are now in stock. Order now and choose your first love!

French Farmhouse

French Farmhouse reminds me why I love reproduction fabrics.

For once I am at a loss for words so I will let the publishers tell it:

Blend the beauty of antique quilts with the simplicity of primitive stitchery and what do you get? The new French farmhouse! The French have a way of combining fabric prints, colors, and textures to create their signature country-farmhouse look. Now quilters can capture this old-fashioned, comfy quality in their quilts too. Ten projects range from classic Nine Patch and medallion designs to quilts featuring tiny houses and stunning stars. As they sew along, quilters will learn how to get that perfectly aged look with simple patchwork, fusible applique, and easy embroidery. Gorgeous photos provide display ideas, transporting readers to the farmhouse of their dreams. Illustrated instructions make it easy to achieve the sought-after look.

Don’t you love these??? The muted colors give the quilts a timeworn look. They look like they came right out of Grandma’s attic! The book is in stock so order it now!

Carrie Nelson’s Pin Pals

This book is not due out until November, but I don’t care! I am a huge Carrie Nelson fan and immediately saw this book’s potential!

What a fun holiday display! As soon as the book arrives, have each member of your staff make a sample. With 40 to choose from, they are sure to find one they love! If you don’t have a big staff, ask your favorite customers to come in and help you make samples – you provide the fabric for two. They keep one and give you one to display.

Then have little bundles of fabric stacked under a tree so you can add your own personal touch. Don’t forget to have plenty of ground walnut shells on hand for stuffing.

The book, a bundle of fabric, and some walnut shells would be a great gift. But making the pincushions would be wonderful as well!

Why not start a pin cushion club? You can teach a different technique – or two – each month and actually go home with a finished project! Put on your thinking cap because the possibilities are endless! What about the classiest Corn Hole bags ever?????

 

Edyta Sitar in Time for the Holidays

Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts is continuing her “Patches” series with Patches of Scraps. This compilation of 17 quilts is due out the first of November – just in time for the holiday season!

 

 

Each quilt features dozens of fabrics. The beautiful photography showcases the quilts beautifully and is a study in color. This volume is packed with breathtaking scrap quilts, each featuring dozens of fabrics. Edyta also shares pics of some of her favorite antique scrap quilts which served as her inspiration.

That’s all I know but we ALL know it will be spectacular so order it now!

A Novel Idea for a Book Club

Carol Dean Jones has written a series of books covering all of our favorite topics: quilts; friendships; and even a love interest. Sixty-eight year old Sarah Miller moves into a retirement community and finds herself in the midst of crimes to solve.

I have listed the books in order of publication:

These books are due to arrive the end of the summer and would be a great Christmas gift! Or why not start a book club at your shop and explore the quilt patterns and techniques in each book each month???

A Flock of Flying Geese

The Creative Grids Ultimate Flying Geese ruler is one of our top selling tools. This little beauty, designed by Deb Heatherly, creates flying geese in eight different sizes. Deb has used it in a multitude of ways to create thirteen different patterns in her new book – The Ultimate Flying Geese book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you find the flying geese units in these quilts???

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The design possibilities are endless!

Oh Scrap!

When the name of the book is “Oh Scrap”, you know you are going to love it!  Lissa Alexander has been working with scraps for three decades and brings that expertise to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is one of those books where you need to read the text – and not just skip to the projects! Learn how to combine fabrics to produce stunning quilts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn which fabric combinations work and why others don’t. This book includes a dozen patterns ranging in size from baby to bed size. Lissa removes the intimidation factor many feel when choosing their own fabrics!

Stash Busters with a Modern Twist

This is a book whose time has come! Scrap quilts with a more modern twist!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After all, modern quilters have stashes too – and look what Kelly Young has done with them! This is a case of a picture is worth a thousand words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love them all….. and they are all created with a new technique referred to as “improv piecing”. This is how they describe it:

Welcome to structured improvisation, where there’s a plan in place but still plenty of room to play! Structured improvisation is perfect for using fabric scraps quilters have on hand–everything works and anything goes. Learn three methods for sewing rectangles, squares, strips, and even oddly shaped fabric pieces together; then use the resulting blocks or panels in a dozen dazzling step-by-step quilt patterns. Start by working with just one color at a time to get the hang of improv piecing; then progress to mixing colors and prints in beautiful, colorful quilts that will give a home to every scrap that quilters have ever saved. Efficient use of fabric scraps; even tiny scraps can be sewn into bigger blocks. Close-up, step-by-step photos illustrate how to master 3 approaches to improv piecing.

This book is due to arrive next month. Don’t you want to give it a try?