Every year, we receive hundreds of books in the office to feature in our magazines. And although we try, it’s impossible to showcase each book. In the fall issue of Quilts and More magazine our staff is announcing a blog hop to highlight the books that we couldn’t review in the magazines, but that our staff absolutely loves! We pulled around 20 books to review for the blog hop (watch for that August 12) and narrowed it down to include a variety of topics and publishers. But we can’t totally forget about the books that weren’t chosen for the blog hop. Below we give a shout-out to those books and encourage you to read a few before we announce our editor’s choice books for fall next month!
Quilts for Sweet Jane: Easy Quilt Patterns Using Precuts
By Sue Pfau for Martingale
Fun to start and quick to finish, these enticing quilts simplify the fabric-selection process. Almost all projects use one set of precut fabrics plus a neutral background fabric, such as white or cream, with terrific results. The collection of 10 easy quilt patterns appeal to a wide range of tastes. And you’ll discover doable projects that even beginners can make successfully!
I Love Color! Quilt Collection
By Marcia Harmening of Happy Stash Quilts for Leisure Arts
If you love happy hues and pretty patterns, Marcia’s gorgeous designs are for you! The quilts include a wide variety of quilting techniques, such as curved borders, applique, and little flanges for a dimensional touch.Designs include throws, table runners, and crib quilts.
Quilting-on-the-Go: Taking It Further
By Carolyn Forster for Landauer Publishing
Carrying a block or two with you to piece and quilt wherever and whenever you have time is the heart of Carolyn’s quilting-on-the-go techniques. Choose one of the 11 projects and enjoy the freedom of quilting-on-the-go, including learning how to piece and quilt borders on-the-go!
Patchwork Quilts: Traditional Scandinavian Designs for the Modern Quiltmaker
By Trine Bakke for Skyhorse Publishing
Learn the art of traditional Scandinavian quilt-making by following Trine’s simple designs and detailed instructions. Here readers can learn how to use traditional block patterns in new ways that make for beautiful results! Trine believes that a good quilt is a well-loved quilt—one that can be used, washed, and loved again. She also gives tips on how to find both beautiful and durable fabrics to piece together amazing creations for the bedroom, kitchen, and the rest of the home.
Jelly Roll Jambalaya Quilts
By Jean Ann Wright for Landauer Publishing
Stitch along with author Jean Ann Wright as she creates easy, fun projects with jelly roll pre-cuts. Ten bright, easy-to-complete, colorful quilts encompass a variety of techniques, including y-seams and speed strip stitching.
Patchwork Plus: East One-Block Quilts with Seasonal Applique
By Geralyn J. Powers for Martingale
Find quilts for all seasons–and other fun reasons! Create nine projects for year-round giving and home decor. Each trouble-free quilt pattern uses one basic patchwork block to create a background for a dash of appliqué.Find appliqué accents to customize your patchwork patterns for springtime, patriotic holidays, Halloween, Christmas, and more.
Each month, we highlight the books we’re reading in the office. This month, we’re all about finding more time to sew. The sun is out, the weather is nice, and we don’t want to be stuck inside sewing. These books include on-the-go projects, as well as tips for finding more time to sew!
Quilting on the Go
By Jessica Alexandrakis for Potter Craft
Learn to break free from your sewing machine with this beginner-friendly book. Whether your style is classic or modern, Jessica offers a range of stunning projects, from small home accessories to full-size quilts, for all skill levels. She includes tips on packing sewing supplies for traveling, stash organization tips, and 10 step-by-step projects that you can easily do in the car or on the beach.
The Busy Girl’s Guide to Sewing
By Carrie Maclennan
This title is designed for crafters who find there is never enough time in the day – which is most of them! The fun projects can be completed in a day, or spaced over a few weekends, so crafters can fit them into their time constraints. This book is written by a truly busy gal with tons of personality, as she learns to fit sewing into her lifestyle. It includes advice on sourcing fabric, upcycling, blogging, joining online communities, and more for the ultimate experience for busy girls who sew.
Playful Little Paper-Pieced Projects
Compiled by Tacha Bruecher for Stash Books
This collection of paper-pieced projects features some of the best work from today’s most talented modern quilters. You can learn everything you need to know about foundation paper piecing, and then test your skills with 37 projects ranging in difficulty and complexity. Bursting with ideas and ingenuity, this book will inspire you to include paper piecing in all your sewing projects.
Help children gain color confidence using activities, quizzes, and games from The Wonderful Colorful Wonder Wheel of Color ($12.99; ctpub.com). Host a Color Wheel Party with stations for kids to learn about the color wheel, color schemes, and how colors affect each other.
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!