We know it’s only October, but we’re of the mind that it’s never too early to start a holiday wish list! If you agree, jump-start your own wish list–and get gift-making ideas ideas for guys and kids–from our Favorite Finds gift guide in the December 2010 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting (pages 12–14).
In fact, you’ll find that this entire issue is packed with gift ideas. In addition to Laura Boehnke’s regular color options, we’ve also provided bonus gift color options–made by staff members–for each pattern in the magazine! Since we’re in the holiday spirit, we thought it’d be fun to share some items that we’re wishing for. After all, we’re all about enabling others!
Maria Charbonneaux, staff writer
We’ve gotten a couple books in the office that I’m just dying to add to my own bookshelf. On the top of my list is Kay Whitt’s new book, Sew Serendipity: Fresh + Pretty Designs to Make and Wear (Krause Publications, 2010, $27.99). If you love Anthropologie or Boden, you’ll love the tailored-yet-feminine style of Sew Serendipity fashions. Garment sewing can be a little intimidating for some (including me), but I think the tips for custom fitting and the sewing techniques make this book an excellent resource to have on hand for future reference. Sew Serendipity includes patterns and instructions for skirts, tunics/dresses, and jackets, including a general construction method for each type of garment featured and individualized instructions to customize them. The book also includes some of Whitt’s original sketches for the designs–it’s fun to see how the look evolved from her original plan.
I also think Alabama Studio Style: More Projects, Recipes & Stories Celebrating Sustainable Fashion & Living by Natalie Chanin (STC Craft, 2010, $35) would make a wonderful addition to my library. Chanin is the founder and creative director of the fashion/lifestyle company Alabama Chanin, and this book features 20 of her clothing and home decor projects made using stitching, stenciling, and beading techniques. She primarily works with cotton-jersey yardage or recycled T-shirts, and I’m itching to experiment with this type of material. As an added bonus, the book also includes some of the author’s favorite southern-inspired recipes, including pickled okra and cheese grits casserole.
Lisa Schumacher, interactive editor
The book I really want to add to my collection of quilt books is The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns by Jinny Beyer (Breckling Press, 2010, $49.95). It’s a 496-page reference book that contains more than 4,000 quilt blocks–I could flip through it for hours.
A giant stack of fat quarters from the Happy Holidays collection by Monica Solorio-Snow from Lecien is also on my must-have list. I don’t have any plans to use the fabric yet, but I can’t pass up the chance to own these super cute prints.
Elizabeth Tisinger Beese, senior editor
I’d love to get a bottle of Roxanne Glue-Baste-It by Colonial Needle ($7.50) by in my stocking. The accordion-style “EZ-Squeezie” bottle and the syringe make it easy to apply tiny dots of glue when basting fabric. It’s one of my go-to products when hand appliquéing.
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