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!
There are several new books which have just hit the shelves or that will be arriving soon that I can’t wait to get my hands on. For instance, who doesn’t love anything by Kathy Schmitz? Her new book of stitching designs is simply charming and celebrates my favorite time of year.
Carol Hopkins and Linda Koenig have joined forces to create 182 four x five-inch blocks – all you need to create an heirloom quality quilt with style. These rectangular blocks use a variety of techniques and would be a great class for those Dear Jane fans. Why not invite friends on this journey? They have included tips to help you set up your own block exchange or club. This book has 208 pages – a rarety these days – so be prepared to be inspired!
And then there is this coffee table book that is soon to be released by Martingale. American Quilt Treasures includes 65 stunning quilts from the permanent collection of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. These historic quilts are simply breathtaking. This is scheduled for a Fall release so it would be the perfect holiday gift!
Kim Diehl and Pat Wys are both Martingale authors who are best known for their distinctive country styles so this book is a pleasant departure. Their unique sense of proportion and color combine to create a unique setting for any nursery. This books brings the entire package – quilts and darling gifts that would be the perfect shower gifts.
Any of these projects would be adorable in Kim’s new baby fabric line – Ric Rac Paddywack Flannels.