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Reading List

Each month, we highlight the books we’re reading in the office. This month, we’re all about spring style! Whether it’s flower applique, fresh colors, or trendy bags, these books will make this season full of sewing!



Playful Petals: Learn Simple, Fusible Applique

By Corey Yoder for Stash Books

Whether you’re new to applique or want some fast and fun projects, this book is perfect for all skill levels!  Using one simple petal shape, you’ll be able to make 18 super cute appliqué projects in no time! The nine pillows and nine quilts were designed for precuts, so you can pull from your stash or use your fave fat-quarter bundle. And don’t worry about reverse templates, seam allowances, or complicated construction methods; all these projects use basic piecing techniques.

 Buy this book here.



The Best-Ever Applique Sampler from Piece O’ Cake Designs

By Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins for C&T Publishing

Learn everything you need to know about hand appliqué with this comprehensive guide from the applique masters of Piece O’ Cake Designs! Use the nine applique blocks to make mini quilts, mix-and-match samplers–and practice your skills! And five quilt patterns include full-size applique patterns and color instructions. As an extra bonus, the basic stitch instructions are shown for both left and right handers.

Buy this book here.

Big-City Bags

By Sara Lawson for Martingale

Ready to move beyond basic bags and totes? Create sophisticated handbags and totes with a stylish look. Learn a variety of techniques–from installing zippers and magnetic snaps to creating adjustable straps–and find detailed info on selecting the right interfacing, stabilizer, or batting for any project. Choose from 12 bags with color options for extra inspiration. Or make them all so you have a new bag for every outfit!

 Buy this book here.

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