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Reading List

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.

Buy this book here.


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.

Buy this book here.


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.

Buy this book here.

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Tips for Hosting a Color Wheel Party

Help children gain color confidence using activities, quizzes, and games from The Wonderful Colorful Wonder Wheel of Color ($12.99; Host a Color Wheel Party with stations for kids to learn about the color wheel, color schemes, and how colors affect each other.


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Purchase a copy of the August 2014 digital issue of American Patchwork & Quilting.

Reading List

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

By Martingale

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!

Buy this book here.


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.

Buy this book here.


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.

Buy this book here.

The Big Book of Baby Quilts

By Martingale

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.

Buy this book here.


Baby Boutique

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.

Buy this book here.

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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.

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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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ModKid Summer Fun Blog Hop


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

4/8 American Patchwork & Quilting

4/9 Kristin Link of Sew Mama Sew

4/10 Jenny Fish of Sew Pretty Dresses

4/11 Patty Young/MODKID

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