In their own words: Kokeshi dolls are a traditional wooden doll, originating in the north-eastern region of Japan, and are the main source of inspiration for Megumi Mizuno’s book published with Quiltmania Editions. Alongside the well-known Daruma, another traditional Japanese figure representing a Buddhist monk, and a symbol of good luck and perseverance, Megumi has crafted an entire series of projects around these two iconic figures. A spectacular quilt plays the key role while a variety of smaller quilts and projects embellish an already magnificent centerpiece.
I immediately thought this was in a similar style as Yoko Saito – and there is a reason for that. Megumi Mizuno has been a student of Yoko Saito for over 20 years. She loves appliqué and the traditional Japanese universe that she interprets in her own, never-before-seen style. Megumi’s love of handwork can be seen throughout her work, not only through her detailed appliqué work, but through her embroidery and quilting, all of which are notable for their refinement.
This book is simply stunning! The quality of the paper and photography are reminiscent of a coffee table book. But, please make some of the projects! They are all translated into English as well – and give measurements in inches as well as metric.
Her eye for detail will have you looking at every pattern in a whole different way! She takes individual elements of a pattern and showcases it as an embellishment on a smaller project so the possibilities are endless. Even the zipper pulls are exquisite!
All of you who follow Yoko Saito will love and want this book!
Defined as: Boro (Japanese: ??) are a class of Japanese textiles that have been mended or patched together. The term is derived from Japanese boroboro, meaning something tattered or repaired. Boro textiles could be stitched or re-woven together, with many layers often added for warmth.
I had never heard the term Boro but it is the perfect description of this technique! Combined with Sashiko, “mending” has become its own art form! The book is due to be released by C & T in December. Wouldn’t it be a great gift???
Doesn’t it remind you of crazy quilting – but the shapes are squares and rectangles? What a great way to learn traditional sashiko stitches! I remember my grandmother having patches in her sewing kit to repair the knees in our jeans. Keep a supply of these on hand to not only mend but to add a decorative touch to your next purse; clothing project; or quilt. Wouldn’t these be great borders on a quilt label???
The Handy Pocket Guide to Sashiko is the perfect companion to this book. It is selling so fast that it is hard to keep in stock but don’t worry – more are on order.
We also carry a wide variety of thread, flosses, kits and needles. Your customers who love redwork, will love this!
I love everything Kim Diehl has ever done and the latest – Simple Sampler – is no exception. But it is anything but “simple”!
In her own words, Kim says this stunning quilt combines two of her loves – stars and fusible wool appliqué. With an invitation to slow down and enjoy hand stitching the wool appliqué blocks, Kim makes this decadent quilt simple with full-size appliqué patterns, detailed instructions, and scads of tips for success.
And true to her more-is-more philosophy, Kim has cooked up a batch of five additional projects inspired by the blocks in the sampler quilt. You won’t be able to stitch just one!
Her designs are so unique that you can take any block or element from her quilts and expand it into a whole new project. This book is due to arrive the beginning of August so place your orders now!
Honeybee’s Garden combines exquisite embroidery with stunning pieced borders and English paper-pieced flower garden blocks. Meg, of Crabapple Hill says: Buzzing bees are the heartbeat of every garden. These happy little bees have the perfect home, lots of beautiful flowers, and messages that show them the love every day.
Quilt finishes 38 1/2″ x 38 1/2″
A summery little dish towel is just what the doctor ordered right now! The perfect little project to fill a summer afternoon, it’s great for beginners and just plain juicy!! There’s also a great little recipe for the yummiest Strawberry Shortcake imaginable!
Embroidered block measures 7″ x 7″
Sweet, fragrant flowers adorn this 8″ x 5″ needlebook, with a little reminder of what it’s used for stitched right on the front too. The embroidered charm closure adds just a little bit more floral charm!
Don’t you just love handwork in summer? The patterns are due to arrive in the warehouse the first week in July so place your orders now.
But, here is a sneak peak at what is coming this Fall! Meg has written a book with Martingale!
You can order it now – because you know you are going to love it! I can’t wait to see all of the projects hidden inside…..
I LOVE this! Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting has teamed up with Its Sew Emma to create a compendium of ten darling baby quilts – all created with one, two or three charm packs.
All of the designs are simple enough for beginners but stylish enough to appeal to everyone. These are the types of quilts that you can make in a day so your favorite little one is free to actually use and love their blankie!
My plan? Give the book to an expecting mother and let her pick out her own quilt. Go out to lunch and stop by your favorite quilt shop so she can pick out the fabrics as well. And, if she wants to learn to sew? These quilts would be the perfect beginning project! Why not make a party – or series of parties – out of it? It doesn’t get any easier than this!
Did you know that Krista Moser, the designer of the Creative Grids 60 Degree Diamond (CGR60DIA) and Mini Diamond Tools is also an expert in machine quilting. She has been machine quilting for over 20 years! So when Landauer was looking for someone to write the batting book for their popular pocket guide series, they knew who to call!
This pocket guide is available in July and includes everything you need to know about cotton, silk, fusibles – you name it! Since so many customers are finishing projects, now is the perfect time to offer a lecture on how to prep a quilt for machine quilting, how to choose a back and batting, and how to bind the finished project!
In her free time, Krista also designed some new patterns using her diamond rulers:
Two scoops has yardage requirements for two sizes – baby and throw an is a great class since it showcases several different techniques. This quilt features the Min Diamond but can be made with the original Diamond as well. It is just easier to manipulate the mini!
Biggie the Bee uses the original diaond ruler and goes together sooooo fast! Need a baby quilt? We’ve got you covered! Both of these patterns are due to arrive next month.
Vintage Pinwheels is in stock now – and is the PERFECT beginner quilt! I did a test block and could not believe how easy it goes together. The pressing instructions are excellent! All of the seams nest and there are no Y-seams.
I am teaching this next month! It is fast, easy and fun!
Nobody knows how to add that awe factor to any holiday like Nancy Halvorsen! And she is back with her latest fabric line with Benartex – Better Not Pout. Of course, there is a book with 20 projects to support the line as well!
Houses are everywhere this season – including in the companion fabric line, available in a white or navy background:
She also included some stocking panels which are so cute, you will want to make some just to fill with gifts instead of wrapping paper. There are two different panels to choose from and she even remembered the cat and dog!
Each panel is approximately 2/3 of a yard.
Her tea towels are so popular that she is now offering them in packages or on bolts!
Everything is due to arrive the end of May so place your orders now!
The folks at Country Threads have put together my favorite kind of book. They have combined wonderful reproduction style quilts with stories of unsung heroines of the Civil War.
A little eye candy….
These stunning quilts are the icing on the cake of some great stories! Reach back in time and visit 14 heroines of the Civil War. Then, create an array of beautiful quilts inspired by the stories of these courageous women. From a simple string quilt to spectacular scrap quilts bursting with hundreds of fabrics, each project captures the look of antique quilts from the era. Authentic photos and true accounts of Civil War history will draw you right in!