Each month, we highlight the books we’re reading in the office. This month, we’re all about baby projects! From cute crib quilts to toys for little kids, these books will make sure all the little ones (or expectant mothers) in your family have a handmade gift to treasure!
Modern Baby: Easy, Fresh, and Fun Quilt Designs
Some of your favorite quilting bloggers present the cutest baby quilts for quilters of all skill levels. Use scraps and precuts for quilts that are bright, bold, and modern–and perfect for stimulating Baby’s senses. These 14 projects have easy-to-understand instructions and clear illustrations, so you can meet the deadline of the child’s due date or shower a baby on a special holiday!
Pretty in Patchwork: Doll Quilts
By Cathy Gaubert for Lark Crafts
Doll quilts are so fun for little kids to play with–and they’re the perfect little projects to practice new techniques and build your skills. Twenty designers, led by Cathy Gaubert, contribute an adorable array of 24 patterns that use appliqué, piecing, embroidery, and more. The projects also include tips for giving doll quilts a special handmade touch.
Baby Times: 24 Handmade Treasures for Baby & Mom
By Abbey Lane Quilts for Stash Books
Stitch up some of these imaginative and practical designs, and the days will be a little easier for both mom and baby. Quilts, bibs, diaper bags, soft toys, and so much more are featured with fresh, modern fabrics. Even if you are new to sewing, you’ll find a project that you can make for the baby you love.
The Big Book of Baby Quilts
This is your one-stop-shop for baby quilts. With 87 baby quilt patterns ranging from patchwork to applique, you’ll have the perfect quilt pattern for any occasion–baby showers, holidays, birthday, and more! Some patterns look great with fussy-cut novelty prints, while others are scrappy and textural.
By Sue Kim for Stash Books
There’s nothing more heartwarming than a handmade keepsake for a little one. In this collection, designer Sue Kim puts her signature style into 16 projects to welcome a new baby. You’ll find patterns for hats, bibs, booties, blankets, toys, diaper bags, and more. Plus, these are perfect for using your stash! Many of the projects are fat-quarter friendly.
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
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.
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.
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!
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!