Congratulations, Colleen! Look for an email from us to claim your prize and we can't wait to see what you make with all those beautiful Kona Cottons!
One of the things I really love about quilting is the longevity of patterns and how they can be modified to reflect your own personal tastes. For the past ten months, bloggers and quilters have been putting the patterns in Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe, showcasing how fabulous and versatile the patterns are.
You can see each what each blogger in the book has to say about their own design:
- John Q. Adams, Quilt Dad
- Jeni Baker, In Color Order
- Audrie Bidwell, Blue Is Bleu
- Natalia Bonner, Piece N Quilt
- Amy Ellis, Amy’s Creative Side
- Krista Fleckenstein, Spotted Stones
- Allison Harris, Cluck Cluck Sew
- Lee Heinrich, Freshly Pieced
- Kate Henderson, Two Little Banshees
- Megan Jimenez, Quilt Story
- Heather Jones, Olive and Ollie
- Katy Jones, Monkey Do
- Jolene Klassen, Blue Elephant Stitches
- Jessica Kovach, Twin Fibers
- Jennifer Mathis, Ellison Lane Quilts
- Angela Nash, My Three Sons
- Monica Solorio-Snow, The Happy Zombie
- Kati Spencer, From the Blue Chair
It's National Book Lovers Day and we're celebrating with our favorites. Sewing, crafting and quilting books are plentiful and are fabulous resources to have in your personal library. Many of us have used them over the years to learn new skills and techniques, referring to them time after time.
Here are a few of the books that we have used and loved. Some are new, some have been around a while, but they are all excellent sewing and quilting books.
Free-Motion Quilting: Choose & Use Quilting Designs for Modern Quilts
by Angela Walters (Stash Books, 2012)
For anyone interested in learning how to do free-motion quilting, whether on a domestic machine or a longarm, this book is a great addition to the book collection. Angela teaches twenty-six designs and encourages you along the way with her characteristic optimism, making it fun to try your new skills on all sorts of projects.
Liberty Love: 25 Projects to Quilt & Sew
by Alexia Marcelle Abegg (Stash Books, 2013)
Elisabeth says this is her go-to lately and she's made a couple version of both the Marcelle Medallion quilt and the Michelle My Belle dress. Abegg is a patternmaker (you can find her at Green Bee Designs) and her knowledge shows through in the book's clear and complete instructions.
Material Obsession: Modern Quilts with Traditional Roots
by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke (Steward, Tabori & Chang, 2009)
One thing that stands out from this book is that it's clearly written by quilters for quilters. The Quilting Basics section is full of good advice. The patterns are easy-to-follow and inspire you to reach beyond the sample quilts and make the designs your own, something we can't hear often enough as new and seasoned quilters.
Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts
by Martha Stewart (Potter Craft, 2010)
This is Teresa's go-to book for quick I-just-need-to-sew projects and last minute gifts. It's stuffed full of Martha-style advice with plenty of techniques and tips to keep you going back to it. There are quilts, but it's the variety of projects and ideas that make this one for the sewing room shelves.