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Reading List

Each month, we highlight the books we’re reading in the office. We’re all sick of winter weather, so are looking for books that scream spring! From spring appliqué and fabric flowers to bright colors and floral motifs, these books will have you dreaming of warmer temps and pretty blooms.

 

 

Teach Me to Applique: Fusible Applique That’s Soft and Simple

By Pat Sloan for Martingale

The cover quilt alone is enough to make us want it for spring! Learn to machine-applique pretty projects (many with beautiful flowers) in designer Pat’s signature fresh and cheery style! Plus, learn her tips to make the projects soft and drapey–and so easy! From wall hangings to bed quilts to fun banners, this book will have you experimenting with new designs and fun techniques all season!

Buy this book here. (available March 17)

 

 

Backyard Birds: 12 Quilt Blocks to Applique

By Piece O’ Cake Designs for C&T Publishing

We want to make all 12 of these whimsical blocks featuring robins, cardinals, orioles, nuthatches, and other favorite feathered friends from the back yard! These blocks are bursting with fresh colors and are easy enough to be fun for stitchers of all levels. Use the blocks to perk up quilts, pillows, tote bags, or apparel or sew them together in one of two quilt options.

Buy this book here.

 

Fabric Blooms

By Megan Hunt for Lark Crafts

Flowers are a favorite among quilters—especially when they’re quick to create, and made with felt, pretty fabrics, and eye-catching stitched embellishments. These 42 floral projects include everything from a simple stemmed marigold to an embroidered bouquet. Get tips for adding them to your projects, such as wreaths, headbands, or purses.

Buy this book here.

 

My Enchanted Garden: Applique Quilts in Cotton and Wool

By Gretchen Gibbons for Martingale

Bask in these beautiful garden-inspired designs! Stitch the breathtaking main quilt or use the nine appliqué blocks in stand-alone projects that mix cotton and wool for amazing texture and depth. Embellishments include beautiful embroidery and beading, which you keep you happily stitching all spring!

Buy this book here.

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Perfect Your Skills: Squaring Up Blocks

 

It is essential that all quilt blocks be squared up before they’re assembled into a quilt top. If you piece together your quilt top with some blocks that are too large and ease in the excess fabric, you’ll end up with a quilt that has waves. If you piece your quilt with some blocks that are too small and try stretching the fabric to fit, you’ll have a quilt that isn’t square at the corners and pulls in, creating drag lines across the surface.

 

Measure each block to be certain they are all the same size. Check to be sure they have 1/4″ seam allowances on all edges and that the corners are square. Use a large, acrylic square ruler atop the block to check your work. If you have cut accurately and used 1/4″ seams throughout the piecing process, the blocks will be the correct size.

 

If you are squaring up a block to a dimension that is not easily visible on the ruler, use pieces of narrow masking tape on the underside of the ruler to create a guide, like in picture above. Place the inside edge of the tape on your measurement line, so you can see at a glance if a block is too small.

 

 

What can you do if some blocks are too small?

• Discard blocks that don’t measure up and make replacements using accurate 1/4″ seam allowances.

• Restitch blocks, making sure to use accurate 1/4″ seam allowances.

• Add borders to blocks to bring them to a uniform size. Borders may be added around the entire block or just to one or two sides.

 

What can you do if some blocks are too large?

• Discard blocks that don’t measure up and make replacements using accurate 1/4″ seam allowances.

• Restitch blocks, making sure to use accurate 1/4″ seam allowances.

• If the margin the block is off is minimal (1/8″ to 1/16″), you may trim it. Recognize that you may be trimming into the seam allowance, thus cutting off points of angled pieces or visually altering the finished look of a block relative to the other blocks in the quilt.


Make It Tonight: Tissue Pack Covers

Fabrics: Bunny Tales collection by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman Fabrics

 

Survive seasonal colds and allergies with cute and colorful tissue-pack covers! This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, howtosew.com. Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.

 

 

Materials:

  • 3–3-1/2×5-1/2″ rectangles of fabric
  • 3×5″ tissue packet

 

Finished tissue cover: 3×5″

 

 

 

Assemble the Tissue Cover:

 

1. Fold one long edge of a fabric rectangle under 1-1/2″; press. Repeat with a second rectangle.

 

2. Lay your remaining rectangle right side up on your work surface. Position the two folded rectangles on top, with right sides facing down and folded edges overlapping.

 

3. Pin in place.

 

4. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew the rectangles together. Clip corners just outside the seam line. Turn right side out and insert a tissue packet through the opening.

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Take 5 Fat Quarters Blog Hop

Today is the final day of the blog hop for Kathy Brown’s latest book (her 6th for Martingale).

I’ve known Kathy for several years. I think we first “met” when the Take 5 die she designed for AccuQuilt was featured in the Favorite Finds column of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine in 2008. Her energy and joyful spirit are showcased in quilts in her latest book Take 5 Fat Quarters: 15 Easy Quilts from Martingale.

This collection of quilts includes designs that are terrific, no matter if your taste in fabric is modern, Civil War-inspired, solids, or batiks. There is something for everyone.

As I thumbed through the book, I enjoyed reading Kathy’s inspiration for each of the quilts. I find the back-story and the behind-the-scenes info of how a quilt came to be fascinating.

 

I decided to make Crisscross Applesauce, above. Plus sign-inspired quilts are very popular right now and this pattern, with 6″ blocks, was just the right size.

 

I have been collecting blue and white prints from designers Polly Minick & Laurie Simpson for Moda Fabrics. I thought this pattern would make a very striking two-color quilt. I used more than five fat quarters. What can I say? I love scrappy and I know Kathy would understand my need for more fabric!

 

I can’t decide how to set blocks together. Alternate light and dark blocks, set them on point, or group darks and lights in groups of four.

 

I also have my next quilt picked out, Farmhouse Favorite, above. I love Log Cabin variations and I think I’ll use some Kim Diehl fabrics for Henry Glass & Co I have in my fabric stash.

 

All images from Kathy’s book are courtesy of Martingale and photographer Brent Kane.

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Blogs We <3 This Month

Once a month, we highlight blogs our staff is reading right now!

 

Life Under Quilts

Jessica Alexandrakis of Life Under Quilts is a master of English paper-piecing and working with scraps! Be prepared to be inspired by her current sewing projects and learn great tips for quilting on the go.

Read her blog here.

 

Ivory Spring

Designer Wendy Sheppard loves antique quilts, China, and needlework, and regularly features these beautiful heirlooms on her blog. She also sometimes throws in a fun free pattern and machine quilting tips!

Read her blog here.

 

Persimon Dreams

Designer Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams has such a fun quilting style and loves exploring and learning. She hosts a yearly Quilt Along to teach new skills and help readers discover more about your own quilting style!

Read her blog here.

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