Category: Books with #CreativeGoodness

Scrap & Happy Quilts (and a Giveaway)

Today I’m thrilled to be able to share insights with you about a new book published by Martingale that is packed with #CreativeGoodness, as well as insights on two ways you can win a copy!   

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Scrappy & Happy Quilts: Limited Palette, Tons of Fun! by Kate Henderson is truly packed with scrappy, happy quilts that are easy to make as well as fall in love with.  These are all packed with #CreativeGoodness and happiness!

 

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

Create lively, colorful quilts–and say bye-bye to agonizing over color choices. With this collection of scrappy two-color and three-color quilt patterns, choosing colors is a snap. Plus, you can use up every scrap!

Start with yardage, scraps, or precuts: the choice is yours. And if you’ve got a LOT of one color in your fabric collection, these bright and beautiful quilts will make that color sparkle. The more of one color, the merrier!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kate Henderson learned to sew clothes at the age of 12 and has sewn for herself ever since. After her twins were born in 2005, she began designing soft toys for them, which led to selling her toy creations as a way to stay sane while her babies were little. Soon she began selling patterns for the toys and quilts she was making. Kate lives in the southwest of Western Australia with her husband and four girls.

 

MY REVIEW:

The two color and three color quilt patterns in this book are truly scrappy and happy quilts, with a limited palette, creating tons of fun!  This book is perfect for beginner quilters, as well as advanced quilters, who are looking for fun, fast, and refreshing designs to decorate their homes as well as for gifts.  I also think this is a great book for those interested in developing their skills and confidence when working with colors. 

 

Projects range in size from 28 1/2″ x 35 1/2″ to 72 1/2″ x 80 1/2″ and they all come with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.  Plus, there is a section for Fabric Selection and Color Schemes, as well as General Instructions, which provide good insights on basic quilting. 

 

With 13 projects in this book, this book is really an exception value, especially when you consider what the cost of a standalone pattern. 

I hope you get a chance to check out this new book at your favorite quilt shop.  Of course, if you don’t see it I hope you’ll let them know you are interested.  It is such a new book that they may not yet be aware of it.  And don’t forget you can find it online at Martingale, as well as Amazon.

 

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Here are two different opportunities for you to win a copy of this super creative new book:

Stitch This, the Martingale blog, is hosting a giveaway and they are also sharing more insights about this new book.

QuiltShopGal followers will be able to enter to win a copy of this book next week, as QuiltShopGal kicks off a celebration week of giveaways at the new location for QuiltShopGal which you can find at:  www.quiltshopgal2.wordpress.com.  Followers of this blog, can claim an “extra entry” by leaving a comment on this blog letting me know how you follow this blog (e.g. email, BlogLuvin, an app, etc).

To clarify, the giveaway for this book, as well as other prizes, will be shared at the new home for QuiltShopGal during the week of January 22nd – 26th.  This giveaway is also open to WW blog followers.  Just be sure to follow at: www.quiltshopgal2.wordpress.com   

 

 

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Rulerwork Quilting Idea Book: 59 Outline Designs to Fill with Free-Motion Quilting, Tips for Longarm and Domestic Machines, by Amanda Murphy

I enjoy researching, learning about, as well sharing insights on new books packed with #CreativeGoodness.  I’ll confess, I get even more excited when they help us learn/improve our freemotion quilting skills, especially ruler work for use on a domestic, mid-arm, or longarm machine.  And, today, I get to share insights with you about such a new book that will be available by mid-February 2018.

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Rulerwork Quilting Idea Book: 59 Outline Designs to Fill with Free-Motion Quilting, Tips for Longarm and Domestic Machines, by Amanda Murphy, is a great new perfect for any quilters of all levels who want to learn/improve their free-motion quilting skills and work with rulers.

 

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

Quilting rulers have long been used by longarm quilters to make uniform shapes while quilting, but now, with the advent of the domestic ruler foot, domestic quilters can join in on the fun, too! Amanda Murphy, best-selling author of the Free-Motion Quilting Idea Sampler, starts by showing you how to use 6 basic shapes of machine quilting rulers to lay a foundation for your quilting, then moves on to teaching you 59 different designs. Finish up by following Amanda’s suggestions for filling in the background space with free-motion quilting.

• Basic introduction to rulerwork, with tons of helpful information on using quilting rulers and ruler feet
Stitch 59 designs using 6 basic quilting ruler shapes, including straight lines, circles, and squiggles
Combine rulerwork and free-motion quilting with Amanda’s innovative suggestions

MY REVIEW:

This is an excellent book for anyone interested in learning ruler work, as well as those experienced with ruler work but wanting to expand their skills with more rulers and/or more designs. 

Amanda shares insights on supplies and the quilting process, which are helpful for newbies to ruler work.  Designs are categories for using:   straight line rulers, curve rulers, circle rulers, oval rulers, squiggle rulers, s-curve and spine rulers, etc., with each section showing inspirational designs, many showing how you would stitch them out.  And Amanda shares helpful tips throughout this book. 

As Amanda is a Bernina Ambassador, the rulers showcased in this book are Bernina rulers, but the techniques and designs she teaches can be applied to a variety of brands of rulers on the market. 

I hope you get a chance to check out this new book at your favorite quilt store.  As it will be officially released in February, if you don’t see it, you may want to let them know you are interested in having them make this book available.  It is so new they may not be aware of it.  Of course, you can also check it out online at CT Publishing or Amazon.

 

You can find CT Publishing at:

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https://www.facebook.com/ctpub
https://instagram.com/ctpublishing/

You can find Amanda Murphy at:

http://amandamurphydesign.com/
http://blog.amandamurphydesign.com/
https://www.facebook.com/amandamurphyfabrics
https://www.instagram.com/amandamurphydesign/
https://www.pinterest.com/amdfabrics/
https://twitter.com/amandarmurphy
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Stitching Pathways, by Wendy Sheppard (and a Giveaway too!)

Today, I’m delighted to share insights on an excellent new book, by an amazing quilter, designer, teacher and author.  This book is a “must have” for any quilter interested in learning and/or improving their freemotion quilting skills.  I’ll also share insights about a giveaway, where you can enter to win a copy of this new book!

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Landauer Publishing has recently released Stitching Pathways: Successful Quilting on Your Home Machine, by Wendy Sheppard.

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

There’s nothing more fulfilling than saying, “I made this from start to finish.” Expert designer, author, and blogger Wendy Sheppard wants quilters of all skill levels to be able to make this statement through her new book “Stitching Pathways: Successful Quilting on Your Home Machine”.

Her beautiful visual guide will inspire quilters to get creative on their home machines and will inspire them to make gorgeous stitches — from feather plumes to swirly flowers and everything in between.  Wendy’s advice and proven methods will guid quilters through each step to build skill and confidence.  From straight line quilting to beautiful free-motion techniques, the book is packed with Wendy’s secrets for not only generating unique stitches, but also for caring for home sewing machines.  She does not skip a beat when it comes to covering both large and small projects alike.

You’ll find the following in Stitching Pathways: Successful Quilting on Your Home Machine.

  • Step-by-step stitch guides for over 25 quilting designs, which will increase confidence at each turn for basic to advance free-motion techniques.
  • Detailed diagrams and photographs to teach each design.
  • Wendy’s secrets to using and caring for your home sewing machine for quilting projects both large and small.
  • Quilt sampler projects included for perfecting new skils, each one with careful how-to-end and diagrams to guide the quilter each step of the way.
  • A unique approach to teaching machine quilting diagrams include directional arrows and rests for breathing and regrouping — essential for manuevering the quilt sandwich.

About Wendy Sheppard:

Wendy’s original designs have been featured in numerous publications, including The Quilter, Quilt Trend, American Patchwork & Quilting, Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting, and many others.  She is the author of Recreating Antique Quilts and Creative New Quilts from precuts or stash.  She also designs patterns for Benartex, RJR Fabrics, Quilting Treasures, and Island Batiks and threads for Aurifil.  In addition to her design work, Wendy shares her free-hand and machine quilting deigns and tips on her website ivoryspring.wordpress.com.  Wendy group up in Southeast Asia and has a degree in Chemical Engineering.  She currently lives in Dumfries, VA.

MY REVIEW:

I love the entire “two cents”  approach to sharing tips that Wendy takes with this book, throughout this book.   This book kicks off with keys to free-motion quilting success, Wendy’s favorite tools and threads, and plenty of helpful Thread Talk/My Two Cents tips, which alone are well worth the price of this book. 

But wait, there is more – The chapter on Stitch Variations with 20+ quilting designs all have easy to follow instructions and great visuals, that will help you stitch these designs on your projects.  Wendy also shares insights on design principles for combining quilting motifs that I’m confident will help quilters of all levels learn and/or improve their freemotion quilting skills and make quilts with stunning FMQ. 

Wendy also shares ideas for how you can use the insights shared in this book to apply to quilting panel quilts, a stitch sampler quilt, as well as a fun Modern Star Sampler quilt.  I’ll confess I absolutely fell in love with her “Squares and Rectangles”  where she walks you thru how to use designs and tips shared in this book, to create an stunning Bird Applique’ wallhanging quilt that is 27″ x 27″, which is a great design that can show off your freemotion quilting skills that you can learn from this book!  But all of the project designs in this book are stunning and perfect designs to use for stitching out free-motion quilting motifs taught in this book, which will help you build skills to easily apply these designs on your own projects.

 

I hope you get a chance to check out this new book at your favorite quilt shop.  Of course, if you don’t see it let them know you’re interested. It is such a new book they might night be aware of it.  Don’t forget you can also check it out, as well as buy it online at Landauer Publishing, as well as Amazon.    Landauer also has a 30% off sale, thru December 22nd, on all downloadable ebooks, se use coupon code EOOK30 at checkout.

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DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

 Landauer Publishing is celebrating 1,000 followers on Instagram with an amazing celebration.  You could win a copy of “Stitching Pathways”, as well as a collection of “Subtle Strings” bundle of yummy Aurifil threads. Click here to enter this giveaway.

 

You can find Landauer Publishing at:

http://landauerpub.com/
http://quiltbooksandbeyond.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LandauerPublishing
https://www.youtube.com/user/LandauerPublishing
https://www.pinterest.com/landauerpub/

 

You can find Wendy at:

http://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/
Annie’s – Online Free-Motion Quilting Classes with Wendy Sheppard
https://www.instagram.com/ivory_spring/

Explore Walking Foot Quilting with Leah Day

Today, I want to share insights about a new book by the very talented Leah Day.   While Leah has taught many quilters free-motion quilting, she is also a master quilter with the walking foot.  Even if you think you know all you want to know about walking foot quilting, trust me you’ll want to check this out.  Leah will “blow the socks off of quilters with previous walking foot experience” with her creativity and teaching skills, that are also perfect for beginner quilters who want to learn to quilt their own projects. To clarify, this new book is perfect for quilters of all levels.   And, Leah will be kicking off a quilt-along in 2018 to help you practice and learn techniques she shares in her new book.  Are you interested in hearing more about this new book and QAL?

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Explore Walking Foot Quilting with Leah Daycomes in printed form, as well as e:book, published by Day Style Designs.

This book is packed with #CreativeGoodness, perfect for quilters of all levels, even the very experienced free-motion quilter, as well as those that are confident with walking foot quilting.  Trust me, this book has something that will help EVERY quilter!

Here are some insights that Leah has shared about this book:

  •  Includes seven detailed patterns for seven quilts, including one show-stopping wholecloth quilt pattern.
  • Get precise advice on auditioning and choosing the right design for your quilts.
  • Learn how to quilt 30 different walking foot quilting designs.
  • Troubleshoot with Leah as she shares detailed steps for finding the culprit behind frustrating quilting mistakes.
  • Handle any quilt–even large size quilts–with ease.
  • Piece baste, machine stitch, and bind quilts with absolute confidence.

I found all of the projects in this book, as well as well as quilting techniques, come with easy to follow instructions that include great visuals.   The quilt designs are all beautiful and when you consider the cost of a typical single quilt pattern, make this book an exceptional value, especially with all the walking foot designs, as well as tips & tricks throughout the book!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m honestly confident this book will help you make absolutely stunning quilts, as well as gain expertise for quilting with a walking foot that you’ll be able to apply what you learn to just about any quilt you’ll ever want to make.  And, don’t forget for those that do enjoy free-motion quilting, you can also combined your FMQ skills with walking foot skills, to create even more beautiful quilts.

 

Leah blows the door open for what you may have ever thought you could do with a walking foot!  QuiltShopGal recommends “Explore Walking Foot Quilting with Leah Day” as a MUST HAVE book for quilters of all levels.

 

Did I mention Leah is hosting a Machine Quilting Party in 2018? This free event kicks off January lst, 2018 and Leah will be releasing new videos every Monday. This party will be great fun and a super way to join a virtual QAL with others who have this book. Click here to find the 2018 Machine Quilting Party Schedule and more details about the projects.    

While you can find this book via Leah’s online store (printed and e:book version), I do understand that the supply of the printed version is currently selling out quickly.  You can also find it on Amazon.

Don’t forget to get your copy of Explore Walking Foot Quilting with Leah Day and join her free Machine Quilting Party that kicks off on January lst!

You can find Leah at:

http://www.leahday.com/
http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leah-Day-Quilting/108034899216421
https://www.youtube.com/user/lcvday

Super Cute Paper Piecing a book review (and a Giveaway Alert)

I think I’ve come across the most unique and creative book I’ve ever seen.  Needless to say, I’m thrilled to be able to share insights with you today about this new book:  “Super Cute Paper Piecing – Designs For Every Day Delights“, by Charise Randell,   recently published by Martingale.  

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This book is totally packed with #CreativeGoodness.

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS

Paper piecing’s never been cuter! Discover delightful designs to paper piece; then sew them into even more delightful projects. Photographs walk you through the technique, so you’ll be paper piecing like a pro in no time–and get perfectly precise results.

Feature the motifs in a pillow, wristlet, cross-body bag, coasters, pouches, and a mini-quilt. Or, sew these happy little blocks into any project you like!

About the Author

Charise Randell has been a womenswear fashion designer for more than 20 years, creating collections for brands including Halogen for Nordstrom, Sergio Valente for Union Bay, and women’s knit and woven sportswear for Eddie Bauer. A frequent contributor to Stitch, Sew News, Sew It All, and Quiltmaker magazines, Charise is known for her charming vintage-look paper-pieced designs. You can find her online at ChariseCreates.blogspot.com.

MY REVIEW

 

This book is a “must have” for those that enjoy paper piecing, as well as those that may want to learn to paper piece.  It has the most unique projects that are perfect for you to use, decorate your home, as well as make for gifts.  I also see this book being an excellent resource to Quilt Guilds, as well as friendship groups, that want to create super fun challenges.  All the projects come with easy to follow instructions which also have great visuals, perfect for quilters of all levels.

I hope you get a chance to check out this book at your local quilt shop, as I think you’ll agree with me that one block quilts do not have to be boring!  Of course, if you don’t see it I hope you’ll let them know you are interested in having them make it available. It is such a new book they may not be aware of it.  But you can also check it out online at Martingale or Amazon.

 

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Martingale is hosting a fun giveaway where one lucky winner will receive a copy of this new book Super Cute Paper Piecing.  To enter, simply visit Martingale’s blog Stitch This and follow instructions on their post that shares more insights about this creative new book.  Just be sure to enter soon, as Martingale will randomly be selecting a winner this coming Friday.

I hope you get a chance to check out this new book at your favorite quilt or sewing store.  But if you don’t see it, as it is so new, be sure to let them know about this creative book and that you’d like to have them make it available.  It is such a new book they may not be aware of it.  Of course, don’t forget you can also check this book out at Martingale’s online store, as well as Amazon.

You can find Martingale at:
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You can find Charise Randell at:

http://charisecreates.blogspot.com/

 

The Big Book of One-Block Quilts a book review (and a Giveaway Alert)

Do you ever think about making “a little something”, for a gift, or for you?  Today I want to share insights about “The Big Book of One-Block Quilts”, a new book recently published by Martingale.

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PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS

It’s so easy to create quilts that repeat a single block–make just one and you’ll have the confidence to fly through the rest of your quilt! Choose from a whopping 57 quilts to piece one block at a time, or make blocks in multiples with quick chain-piecing methods. Star designers including Kim Diehl, Country Threads’ Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene, Pat Sloan, Carrie Nelson, and Jo Morton will help you along the way.

Pair your repeated blocks with plain squares, rotate blocks for a playful spin, or simply line them up row by row. From fun make-in-a-weekend designs to stunning quilts to cherish and pass on, you’ll find the perfect block to repeat in this colossal compilation of quilt patterns!

If you are reading this via email, here is a link to watch this video via Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=62&v=aCt0TQeucN4

MY REVIEW

With 57 quilt designs shared in “The Big Book of One-Block Quilts: 57 Single-Block Sensationsthis is a “must have” book that is also a great value.  It is packed with fun designs that have easy to follow instructions that can help you create projects for your home and/or gifts that are fast and easy to make.  Don’t overlook the endless possibilities of using the block designs to mix and match, to create your own unique design too!  Quilting books also make great gifts.    And what about the fun a quilt guild could have with challenges based off of this book?  Total #CreativeGoodness.

I hope you get a chance to check out this book at your local quilt shop, as I think you’ll agree with me that one block quilts do not have to be boring!  Of course, if you don’t see it I hope you’ll let them know you are interested in having them make it available. It is such a new book they may not be aware of it.  But you can also check it out online at Martingale or Amazon.

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Martingale is hosting a fun giveaway where one lucky winner will receive a copy of this new book One-Block Quilts.  To enter, simply visit Martingale’s blog Stitch This and follow instructions on their post that shares more insights about this creative new book.  Just be sure to enter soon, as Martingale will randomly be selecting a winner this coming Friday.

I hope you get a chance to check out this new book at your favorite quilt or sewing store.  But if you don’t see it, as it is so new, be sure to let them know about this creative book and that you’d like to have them make it available.  It is such a new book they may not be aware of it.  Of course, don’t forget you can also check this book out at Martingale’s online store, as well as Amazon.

You can find Martingale at:
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https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
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July Book Releases: New Books with #CreativeGoodness by Martingale

Today I want to share insights about three new books published by Martingale this month, each packed with #CreativeGoodness: 

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BABY QUILTS FOR BEGINNERS: Easy to Make, Fun to Give, compiled by Karen M. Burns

MY REVIEW:

13 sweet projects from top designers including Kimberly Jolly, Amy Ellis, Melissa Corry, Sue Pfau, and more.   Perfect projects to make for babies and while perfect for beginners, I think even experienced quilters would enjoy making the projects in this new book.   And, don’t forget if you don’t have a baby in mind to make such a quilt for, many charity programs (e.g. Operation Homefront, Linus, shelters, etc) always appreciate the donation of handmade baby quilts.

SEW MANY NOTIONS: Wonderful Wool Appliques, Simple Stitcheries, and More, by Debbie Busby

MY REVIEW:

18 simple little applique’ projects that are absolutely perfect for those that love wool, including those wanting to learn to work with wool.  These projects are perfect to decorate your sewing space, as well as to make for gifts.  Projects include such items as: pincushions, needle holders, mini-quilts, a table mat, and much more. All of the designs have easy to follow instructions, with great visuals, making this an excellent resource for quilters of all levels.

A PIECE OF CAKE: Sweet and Simple Quilts from Layer Cake Squares by Peta Peace

MY REVIEW:

16 fun projects that range in size from 15 ½ x 15 ½” to 84 ½ x 84 ½”, as well as a pillow, table runners, wall-hangings and full size quilts. All of the designs have easy to follow instructions, with great visuals, making this an excellent resource for quilters of all levels.

 

I hope you get a chance to check out these books at your favorite quilt shop.  Of course, if you don’t see them do let them know you are interested in having them make these books available.  They are so new, that they may not be aware of them.  Don’t forget you can also check them out online at Martingale or Amazon.

You can find Martingale at:
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http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
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June Book Releases: New Books with #CreativeGoodness by Martingale

Today I want to share insights about three new books published by Martingale this month, each packed with #CreativeGoodness: 

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COTTON WAY CLASSICS: Fresh Quilts for a Charming Home, by Bonnie Olaveson

MY REVIEW:

The designs in this book are a refreshing blend of traditional designs that would make fun and fast quilts perfect for your home, or to give as a gift. With 13 designs, that each come with well written easy to follow instructions this book is perfect for quilters of all levels.  And, when you consider the price of a standalone pattern, this book is an exceptional value.

 

BLOCK-BUSTER QUILTS: I Love House Blocks: 14 Quilts from an All-Time Favorite Block, compiled by Karen M. Burns

MY REVIEW:

If you have ever wanted to make a quilt with a house design, or even make another one, this book would be your “go to” book.  Karen has once again, done a fantastic job compiling designs this time with the theme of “I Love House Blocks”.    With 14 all new house theme designs from top-notch designers – including Carrie Nelson, Kimberly Jolly, Jeni Gaston, Jackie White, Corey Yoder, Natalie Barnes, and more – this is an amazing book, with an exceptional value, that is perfect for quilters of all levels.

ROCK SOLID: 13 Stunning Quilts Made with Kona Cottons, compiled by Karen M. Burns 

MY REVIEW:

With 13 quilt designs all from top notch designers, this book lives up to its’ name.  All of the designs just shine with Kona Cottons (solids), but I think they’d also look great in fabric from your stash, or purchase fabric as desired. This book is also perfect for quilters of all levels.

 

I hope you get a chance to check out these books at your favorite quilt shop.  Of course, if you don’t see them do let them know you are interested in having them make these books available.  They are so new, that they may not be aware of them.  Don’t forget you can also check them out online at Martingale or Amazon.

You can find Martingale at:
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http://www.shopmartingale.com/
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martin

Fast-Fold Hexies from Pre-cuts & Stash

Want to learn a super fun and fast way to make quilts with hexies?  How about making some innovative hexie designs?  Today, I’m going to share insights about a new book that was recently published by Landauer Publishing that is packed with #CreativeGoodness.

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Fast-Fold Hexies, by Mary M Hogan, was officially released at Spring Quilt Market!   Mary shares an innovated technique in this book, as well as some fun projects.

 

 

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

A new way to make hexies!

Quilt makers will be in awe of Mary M. Hogan’s newest innovation – fast-fold hexies! Just when you thought that there can’t be anything new beneath the hexagon quiltmaking sun, along comes a new and clever technique to make what quilters love easier and faster!

Hexagon quilts are certainly on-trend today, and have been around since the 1880s.   Quilters love their versatility because they are so adaptable to both modern and traditional designs.  Yet hexagon quilts can be challenging to piece, and so readers will rejoice at a new technique that streamlines the process.

Fast-Fold Hexies from Pre-cuts & Stash is a slender book jam-packed with how-to wisdom.  It takes readers through the step-by-step process to create each unit from a folded circle of fabric, inserting a hexagon-shaped piece of batting, and then adding another, smaller hexie on top to hide raw edges.  Quilters can sew by machine, or by hand when out and about.  The technique creates one complete hexie unit, and when you sew the units together, you get a two-sided quilt with no separate batting, backing or binding!

Readers will find the following in Fast-Fold Hexies from Pre-cuts & Stash:

  • 4 projects:  from a trivet to a lap quilt
  • Easy how-to and step-by-step: clear photography makes the hexie units’ construction a snap
  • Includes templates for fabric circles and hexagon-shaped batting
  • On-line links to coloring diagrams and additional projects!
  • 16 pages, only $12.95

MY REVIEW

Fast-Fold Hexies is a very innovative book with a great technique that is perfect for quilters of all levels, as well as easy to follow instructions on 4 creative projects.  When you consider the price of one stand alone pattern, the retail price on this book is an amazing value.

I hope you can check out this new book at your favorite quilt shop.  But, if you don’t see it, do let them know about it as it is such a new book they may not be aware of it.  Of course, you can also check this book at at Landauer Publishing , where you can also find a “look inside” this book. It is also available thru Amazon.

You can find Landauer Publishing at:

http://landauerpub.com/
http://quiltbooksandbeyond.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LandauerPublishing
https://www.youtube.com/user/LandauerPublishing
https://www.pinterest.com/landauerpub/

A Little Something, a book review (and a Giveaway)

Do you ever think about making “a little something”, for a gift, or for you?  Today I want to share insights about “A Little Something”, by Roseann Meehan Kermes  (Rosebud’s Cottage), a new book recently published by Martingale.

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PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS

Stitch a colorful array of cozy wool creations that will brighten any room in your home. Choose from a mix of cheerful little projects, including coasters, wall hangings, sewing accessories, bags, and more.

  • Create stunning effects with easy hand stitching, simple applique, and artful wool layering
  • Achieve an effortlessly embellished look with simple techniques that even beginners can master quickly
  • Detailed how-to photos and clear instructions are included

About the Author

Roseann Meehan Kermes began sewing at the age of nine, when she made her first wool pincushion. As a history buff, she is drawn to American folk art. She enjoys the coziness of the primitive look and also loves working with bright colors. Roseann enjoys surrounding herself with a wool community that expands her creativity. Whether it’s wool meet-ups, a class, or her Muddy Sheep Wool Club meetings, there are always talented wool workers who inspire her to rise to a new level. To find out what’s new, visit her at rosebuds-cottage.com.

MY REVIEW

I love all the little something projects in this new book.  No doubt about it, this book is packed with sweet wool projects for you to use, to make for decorating your home, or you could make these projects for very thoughtful gifts.  They are the perfect “little somethings” that will be treasured for years to come.

There are 16 projects, each with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.  Projects include needle keepers, mug rugs, table toppers, wall hangings, jewelry bags, pincushions, cell phone satchel and much more.

There is a section that covers “wool applique essentials”, that provides insights to help beginners (and others) learn how to work with wool.  It also provides insights on a number of beautiful stitches, which are used on the projects in this book (e.g. backstitch, blanket stitch, couching stitch, french knot, long stitch, overcast stitch, running stitch, star stitch, and whipstitch).

I think this book is an exceptional value and a perfect book for anyone interested in learning to work with wool, as well as those who may simply want more beautiful project ideas all perfect for wool.

Martingale will also be sharing Roseann’s video tutorials every week on their Facebook and Instagram pages for the next several weeks.  I hope you get a chance to check out this book at your local quilt shop.  Of course, if you don’t see it I hope you’ll let them know you are interested in having them make it available. It is such a new book they may not be aware of it.  But you can also check it out online at Martingale or Amazon.

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Martingale is hosting a fun giveaway where one lucky winner will receive a copy of this new book A Little Something.  To enter, simply visit Martingale’s blog Stitch This and follow instructions on their post that shares more insights about this creative new book.

I hope you get a chance to check out this new book at your favorite quilt or sewing store.  But if you don’t see it, as it is so new, be sure to let them know about this creative book and that you’d like to have them make it available.  It is such a new book they may not be aware of it.  Of course, don’t forget you can also check this book out at Martingale’s online store, as well as Amazon.

You can find Martingale at:
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http://www.shopmartingale.com/
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martin

You can find Roseann Meehan Kermes (Rosebud’s Cottage) at:

https://www.rosebuds-cottage.com/
https://www.facebook.com/RBCottage/?ref=ts
https://www.pinterest.com/rosebudscottage/
https://www.instagram.com/rosebudscottage/
https://twitter.com/RosebudsCottage

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