Whether you are a beginning quilter, avid piecer or applique aficionado- there is bound to be an eye catching book or magazine among our selections. From traditonal to funky, historic to contemporary, beginners to advanced, there is a book or two for everyone's interests at Quilters Corner.
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New Book - Quick n Easy 3-Yard Quilts
This book contains eight fantastic throw size quilts designs. What sets the book apart is that the top and binding of each piece is entirely made from three coordinated one-yard cuts of fabric (the back requires an additional 3 yard piece). The simple piecing yields bold finished quilts perfect for gifts, charity efforts or just cuddling on the couch!
Donna begins the book with a tips and tricks section and then proceeds directly to the quilts. You will find great photography, complete written instructions and bold graphic illustrations for each quilt. She has also included drawings that show what would happen if the fabrics in the sample were placed in different spots. It is amazing how different the pieces look as the colors are rearranged. You could very efficiently repeat the same design with different results!
To be sure she has covered all the bases, she even mentions how to make larger quilts with the same concept (2 yard cuts could be used to make a twin size piece,...). We have selected some fabulous new fabrics and made coordinated sets that will look great in these quilts. You can find the $32.00 sets on the counter in the basket right next to the book. Of course there is another option... Many of the reduced price one-yard cuts at our year-end clearance (offered for only $6.25 each!) would be a great starting points for these marvelous quilts!
Featured Book Selections
Nine Patch Gathering from Lisa Bongean and Carole Charles
Lisa Bongean and Carole Charles have just released their newest book, Nine Patch Gathering. They begin with directions for a simplified Nine Patch technique learned from Billie Lauder of Easymade Quilts. Now why haven’t I seen this before? When using this system you begin with two squares, stitch, cut, repeat… A single light and dark charm square yield two small Nine Patch blocks. The method is fun, fast and accurate!
The deep rich country style palette this duo is known for is spread throughout the book. Fifteen different quilts use either the tiny 1 ½” finished blocks or the slightly larger 3” finished blocks. The squares are showcased in both straight and “on point” settings. The addition of complimentary squares, triangles and borders makes for a diverse collection of small quilts.
I could barely wait to start a project from the book; any one would have worked because they are all wonderful. I choose to begin Strippy Nines by tearing into a stack of Hope charms from Moda. I pulled fabrics from my collection for the setting triangles (only because you start with a piece slightly larger than a charm square). I began after dinner and finished all the squares needed in just a couple hours. I slowed down a bit when it got to putting the rows together, mostly because I spend so much time planning where every piece goes, but still was ready for the quilting stage by bedtime. I can’t wait to start another one!
This book will make a great addition to your studio library - it is a fantastic resource to put your
charm stack collection into use. It will also be wonderful as setting inspiration for those of you in our Stash Management group. I swear I had not even heard about the title before I left for market and Barb started you on our block exchange project!
Spectacular Rectangles Book
Mary Beth has just combined the beautiful artwork found in Gerta by Marcia Derse with stripes by Kaffe Fasset. The interesting shapes and color combinations in Marcia's artwork are perfectly complimented by the earthy stripes. This pieced rectangle stunner is the cover of Spectacular Rectangles by Ilene Bartos - fast, fun and fabulous - what more could she ask for?
Ellen has worked hard to present a wide variety of quilts, from simple to complex, which can be executed with her modern approach to piecing. Each design calls me, but I've begun with Star Whimsy - one blocks a start right?! Book $22.95
Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts Book
Kaffe's newest book has arrived! From cover to cover it is packed with stunning photography, beautiful text and exquisite quilts. Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts has been in the works for six years - and well worth the wait. His aim is to inspire you to look closely at the world around you for the simple shapes we use in our quilts. The details you notice may very well become the basis of an exceptional new piece.
The book contains step-by-step instructions for twenty-three quilts. The fabric selections shown make even the simplest designs breathtaking. I've already begun collecting fabrics for the Bow-Tie Circles quilt. The clearly written directions will make construction of the piece an enjoyable task.
Favorite Book Selections
Charmingly Rosy Book
by Jeni Buechel
For a long time Jeni wanted to design a quilt that combined pieced blocks with her favorite- applique! When a very pretty Christmas line from Three Sisters arrrived at the shop, she purchased the whole bolt and designed this quilt. The quilt features 12 different applique wreathes and bouquets surrounded by a fabric frame and reverse applique corner motif along with an Ohio Star grouping as the alternate blocks. There are three setting variations included in the book along with full size patterns and templates. Finished quilt size is approx. 74" x 96". Book $20.00
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