If there’s something we’re obsessed with in the office, it’s the word “mini.” Mini quilts, mini print, mini projects–we love them all! There’s just something so cute about seeing something we’re used to being a normal size look tiny (that’s why everyone steals those mini shampoo bottles from hotels, right??). That’s why Patty Young‘s new book Summer Fun for Stash Books is on our must-have reading list! Get your very own copy here.
The book features 7+ stylish projects for 18″ dolls (perfect for all those American Dolls your kids may have!). The projects are great for all the summer activities you have planned–from camping to swimming to playtime. Your child’s doll can experience summer fun right along with your child. Make multiples of a cute T-shirt and cargo shorts for mix-and-match outfits. A reversible sun hat, swim suit, beach bag, and swim suit cover-up are necessary for any day at the pool. And a sleeping bag and pillow will make your doll the most fashionable while camping. We chose to feature the pillow pattern! (If you didn’t know, Patty Young and her ModKid shop is a supporter of our One Million Pillowcase Challenge, so it only seemed fitting for us to make a pillow!).
Each pattern in this book is perfect for personalizing! We made the pillows reversible using a variety of Michael Miller fabrics. But you could add ribbon, rickrack, buttons, or embroidery to make it extra-special for your doll! The patterns in this book are so easy to understand and follow! They have full-size pattern sheets, full-color diagrams and photography, and include a variety of techniques, so you (and your child) can learn something along the way. Make sure to get your copy today!
Did you miss the rest of the blog hop? Catch up with the links below!
4/1 Jennifer Coe of Fabric Bliss
4/2 Carla Crim of The Scientific Seamstress
4/3 Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness
4/4 Generation Q
4/5 Suzanne Winter of Pattern Revolution
4/7 Laura Kelly
4/9 Kristin Link of Sew Mama Sew
4/10 Jenny Fish of Sew Pretty Dresses
4/11 Patty Young/MODKID
Each month, we highlight the books we’re reading in the office. This month, we’re all about color! With spring in full-swing, we’re looking to add fresh color, standout style, and fun prints to our projects! These books are perfect for adding cool hues to your quilts (and your bookshelf!).
Color Essentials: Crisp & Vibrant Quilts
This book inspires you to play with solids to gain a understanding of how color works. Perfect for both the beginner and skilled intermediate quilter, the 12 modern quilt projects show you how to create fresh combinations, vibrancy, and movement using different hues. To make the projects accessible, affordable, and stunning, Amanda developed a pre-cut package of Robert Kaufman Fabrics that can be used in conjunction with this book.
Patchwork Palette: No-Fail Color Plans for Captivating Quilts
Say good-bye to “muddy” quilts–and let your fabrics shine! Create vibrant designs using three easy methods for choosing fabrics for quilting–the Rainbow, Color Family, and Mixed methods. The book features 13 enticing multi-fabric quilts. Plus, each project is shown in an alternate colorway for a dramatically different look!
Kaffe Quilts Again
See 20 all-new versions of Kaffe’s favorite patterns—each using the latest range of unique and beautiful Rowan fabrics. Photographed in Bulgaria, against a backdrop of splendid painted houses and wedding-cake churches, each quilt and pattern in the book is an inspiration of vivid color and charm. This flawless how-to guide features an array of new fabrics and expanded colors, and provides complete instruction for creating museum-quality quilts that will become family treasures.
I Love Color!
Do happy hues and pretty patterns make your heart beat faster? The color-drenched quilts in this book include a wide variety of quilt-making techniques, such as curved borders, needle-turn or machine applique, and little flanges for a dimensional touch.
Each month, we highlight the books we’re reading in the office. This month, we’re concentrating on the table. With the holiday season approaching, we’re looking for ways to decorate our tables and throw fabulous parties with a handmade touch.
Set the Table: 11 Designer Patterns for Table Runners for Martingale
Eleven different designers each contribute one table runner to this book–each with a different story to share about where their inspiration came from. From traditional blocks to improvisational piecing, this book offers a variety of techniques and styles. Table runners are quick to make, and since they’re smaller projects, easy to test out color combinations, block design, and practice your quilting. This book has easy-to-follow patterns and tips from the designers, so you’re sure to have perfect projects done in no time!
Handmade Hostess by Kelly Lee-Creel and Rebecca Soder for Stash Books
Authors Kelly and Rebecca set the table for 12 creative party ideas. Divided into chapters by season, the parties feature both sewing and no-sew projects to add a handmade touch to your shindig. DIY centerpieces, name cards, napkins, party favors, and table toppers are all on the list. Plus, each party comes with a signature dessert recipe. From holiday parties to bridal showers to summer bashes, these parties are perfect for all ages and incorporate fun (and cheap) personalized touches.
101 Fabulous Small Quilts by Martingale
You get the bang for your buck in this book featuring 101 small quilt patterns. Some of your favorite designers have created patterns for doll quilts, table runners, candle mats, wall quilts and so much more for your home. Featuring styles ranging from two-color quilts to scrappy designs, it’s easy to pull fabric from a pack of precuts or choose from your stash. Patterns contain full-size applique patterns and colorful diagrams for easy-breezy quilting!
Each month, we highlight the books we’re reading in the office. We’re looking for ways to use up some of our scraps before the holiday season!
Triple-Play Scrap Quilting: Planned, Coordinated, and Make-Do Styles by Nancy Allen for Martingale
Designer Nancy Allen is a scrap expert. She makes scrappy quilt accessible to everyone, no matter their skill level, the size of their stash, or their style of quilting. Each of the nine quilt patterns in this book are shown in three colorways–”coordinated scrappy,” “planned scrappy,” and “make-do scrappy.” Coordinated scrappy uses fabrics from one fabric collection, which is perfect if you’re a precut collector. Planned scrappy uses fabrics in a particular color scheme, which is especially great if you need a quilt to match a particular decor. And a making do quilt uses the fabrics you have on hand to get a true scrappy look. Nancy also includes helpful tips on buying fabrics and planning your fabric placement.
Scraps Plus One!: New Patterns to Quilt Through Your Stash with Ease by Joan Ford
Inspired by the striking contrast of red-and-white quilts she saw on display, Joan created a book around the idea of pairing scraps with white. This idea expanded to include scraps paired with black, scraps paired with a technique, and scraps paired with an inspiration print. All 20 projects in this book incorporate your stash of leftover fabric into organized and beautiful quilts! Joan combines personal stories, large diagrams, easy-to-follow instructions, and inspiration to get your creative juices flowing. After reading this book, you’ll be inspired to use your scraps in a variety of projects!
Scrap Quilts Fit for a Queen or a Kind, Twin or Lap! by Sally Schneider for Martingale
It’s hard to alter quilt patterns for the size bed quilt you need already–but with a scrappy quilt, it’s even more difficult to figure out how much fabric you need. Designer Sally takes the guess work out of the 10 scrappy quilts in this book by doing the math for you! Each beautiful quilt comes in multiple sizes, from lap to King! Get the yardage, cutting instructions, and number of blocks in each size so you can spend more time at your sewing machine than at the calculator.
Each month, we highlight the books we’re reading in the office. You can tell we have autumn on our mind by our choices!
Bewitched Threads by Need’l Love
If you love Halloween, this is a must-have book! The seventeen projects featured in this book use fall colors, spooky motifs, and warm textures. Decorate a small space with just a ghoulish table topper or a pumpkin-theme pillow, or dress a bed with a black-and-orange quilt. Friends and family will love the tiny creature bean bags or pumpkin candy box toppers in their handmade trick-or-treat tote. Whether you like sticking to just sewing, are a fan of wool applique, or love venturing into rug hooking or punchneedle, this book has a variety of techniques that will keep you busy the whole season!
‘Tis the Autumn Season by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks for Martingale
Designers Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks showcase a charming collection of quilts and coordinating projects that evoke beautiful images of autumn. The 12 projects range from scrappy quilts to chunky applique. While some quilts are decidedly “fall” with their rich and dark colors and patterns, many projects can span the seasons or can be made in another color way for year-round decorating! This book also features great diagram and directions for piecing, using fusible applique, and working with wool. And as a bonus, a variety of scrumptious fall recipes are scattered throughout the book–snuggle up with your new quilt and enjoy the tastes of fall, as well!