Each month, we highlight the books we’re reading in the office. This month, we’re showcasing authors from our most recent issues of American Patchwork & Quilting June 2014 (see featured quilts here) and Quilts and More Spring 2014 (see featured projects here). We love that all our designers are so talented (and busy!).
From American Patchwork & Quilting June 2014
S is for Stitch: 52 Embroidered Alphabet Designs + Charming Projects for Little Ones
Embroider lots of adorable projects from A to Z for all the little ones in your life…to decorate their rooms, help them learn the alphabet, or just to make them smile. Kristyne’s designs are detailed and easy and include both a boy-theme and a girl-theme set of embroidery patterns. Projects include quilts, pillows, soft blocks, and wall art!
A Baker’s Dozen: 13 Kitchen Quilts from American Jane
If you’ve got quilts in every room of the house, it’s time to start on the kitchen! Sandy Klop of American Jane presents 13 designs — a Baker’s Dozen — to use throughout your kitchen: on the walls, and as tablerunners too. Many feature Sandy’s signature appliqué designs — several are pieced patterns. All are cheery, bright and just right for this favorite gathering place of every home.
Fresh Family Traditions: 18 Heirloom Quilts for a New Generation
This collection of 18 charming quilts and home accessories from Sherri McConnell brings together the best of the old and the new in quilting. Sherri’s new designs update traditional blocks (many handed down from her grandmothers) with fresh colors and fabrics from some of today’s top designers. You’ll also visit Sherri’s quilting room and learn her methods for finding inspiration as a quilter.
From Quilts and More Spring 2014
Quilty Fun: Lessons in Scrappy Patchwork
This book includes complete instructions for her incredibly popular Bee in My Bonnet Row Along quilt, along with 10 brand-new coordinating projects! This book is packed with over 100 pages of projects, tips, and inspiration to use all around your home!
Modern Bee: 13 Quilts to Make with Friends
Create. Grow. Connect. This how-to book features 13 projects for a virtual one-year quilting bee. Crafted with a modern aesthetic, the patterns are inspired by traditional quilt blocks. As you quilt along with this book from month to month, you’ll master sewing techniques of increasing difficulty—from easy to advanced. Each project includes instructions for assembling the block and for finishing a full-size quilt. You’ll also find a section on organizing your own virtual bee.
The Big Little Book of Fabric Die Cutting Tips
By Ebony Love for Love Bug Studios
This book contains almost everything you’ve ever wanted to know about how to die cut fabric successfully! Written especially for the quilter and sewist who love to die cut or want to try, you’ll refer to this book again and again as you learn the secrets of die-cutting fabric.
Get Addicted to Free-Motion Quilting: Go From Simple to Sensational
Give your quilts the fancy finish they deserve with more than 60 lively continuous-line quilting designs from quilting pro Sheila Sinclair Snyder. Learn to stitch free-form spirals, feathers, flowers, bubbles, leaves, cables, and much more. Sheila shows you how to combine individual motifs into fluid designs for quilting blocks, borders, sashing, and all over the quilt. All designs work equally well on home sewing machines, mid-arm, and long-arm quilting machines, or for hand quilting.