Category Archives: books

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A Modern Yo-Yo Wall Hanging

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing Quilting the New Classics by Michelle Muska. The unique approach of the book was to ask twenty quilters to make quilts using ten of the most well-known and much loved quilt blocks: Double Wedding Ring Crazy Quilt Dresden Plate Bear Paw Log Cabin Nine-Patch Hexagon Yo-Yo Flying Geese Rail Fence Ten quilters designed a quilt that reflected the traditional use of the block assigned to them. Another ten took the same block ...

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Button Sampler Mini Quilt

I recently reviewed a wonderful book called 120 Original Embroidery Designs by Yoko Saito for the CT website.  I am an admirer of Yoko Saito’s prolific work, especially her skillful use of Japanese taupe fabrics, and own several of her books. I was especially drawn to this one because of the way she combines creative fabric selection, patchwork, appliqué, and embroidery. You can read my book ...

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Valentine Table Topper Idea

Do you need another project to whip up quickly? No? Well, me neither –  but I do love this little table topper! It is called Pretty in Pink by Patrick Lose; I found the pattern in his new book Year Around Quilting with Patrick Lose. I don’t know if I will have time to work on the table topper ...

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Basket Weave Table Topper

Recently, I was reading a new book about using 2-1/2″ strips called New Ways with Jelly Rolls by Pam & Nicky Lintott. The book has some fun ideas for precut strips! One pattern that really appealed to me was the Basket Weave quilt. It just so happened that I had a set of six neutral FQs from a recent ...

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Ampersand Quilt

  Modern Quilt Perspectives is a fascinating quilt book by Thomas Knauer. Each of the unique quilts in the book has an interesting story behind it. One quilt that caught my attention was his Ampersand Quilt, which features a huge ampersand sign made of novelty fabrics to inspire storytelling. The author says he and his daughter snuggle under ...

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Country Elegance

I am such a lover of appliqué, especially wool work (appliqué), and this book is chock full of it! There isn’t a project without this beautifully executed technique. A rare find these days are quilt books with a country theme using rich, dark, vibrant colors in projects that stretch from pillows to bed quilts. The templates for the appliqués are reasonable to make, however, geared more for ...

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Contemporary Curved Quilts

There are eight beautiful, contemporary projects lined up in this delightful and highly visual book. The projects are built around the use of a specific ruler, Quick Curve Ruler, and are needed to complete all the projects. If you love gentle curved piecing you will love these easily executable

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Book Giveaway Winner – Sew a Modern Home

Wow, what a wonderful turnout we received from everyone last week! It was great getting to read through everyone’s favorite color combinations for a chance to win Melissa Lunden’s newest book, Sew a Modern Home!   And the giveaway winner of this custom signed copy is comment #58, Mary Ellen! We have already emailed her the good news and can’t wait to send this out!   Many thanks to everyone who commented last ...

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JOY Pillow

I was a late comer to the Plethora of Pillows extravaganza, but knew I had to make this pillow.  The pattern is from Sherri K. Falls book Holly Jolly.  I selected fabrics from my newest collection for Connecting Threads, Snowed Inn. This was a very quick and easy pillow to complete, it used the fusible applique technique, and some very basic piecing to complete the pillow ...

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