Sunday, February 1, 2009

Hot off the press! Quilt Books

Whether you purchase at your local quilt shop, check out at your local library, or click on titles below to order through, these are hot off the press quilt books you may not want to miss!


200 Quilting Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets: An Indispensable Reference of Technical Know-How and Troubleshooting Tips (200 Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets)by Susan Briscoe; St. Martin’s Griffin Press; 160 pages.

200 Quilting Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets takes you through the entire process of quilt making from start to finish. The book is packed with indispensable techniques explained in full detail and illustrated with specially commissioned step-by-step photographs and artwork. Each topic is self contained on one to two pages, arranged in a logical sequence that’s easy to follow, and includes troubleshooting tips to help you on your way. In addition to useful basics, you will also learn how to: -Rotary cut with safety and accuracy -Use speed-piecing techniques -Work a theme into your quilt design -Cut "freehand curves" -Quilt-as-you-go and save time with big-stitch quilting -Print your own fabrics and photographic dedications -Achieve a potential prize-winning finish to your quilt. Drawing on years of teaching experience, quiltmaker Susan Briscoe's expertise is the perfect companion to help you create a beautiful, personalized quilt to cherish.


Celtic Fantasy--Rhapsody Quilts: Design Companion Volume 3 to Ricky Tims' Rhapsody Quilts - Full-Size Freezer Paper Pattern - Bonus Applique Designs & Ideas, by Ricky Tims, C&T Publishing.

Everyone’s a little bit Irish when it comes to Celtic Fantasy—Rhapsody Quilts, the latest in the popular Rhapsody Quilts series from Ricky Tims. With typical Irish warmth, Ricky has packed in a complete, full-size pattern for his design A Gaelic Blessing, along with nine bonus quilt skeletons and twenty-five Celtic appliqué designs. May the road rise up to greet you, may the wind always be at your back, and may your quilts always be as lovely as a Celtic fantasy. 


Color Mastery: 10 Principles for Creating Stunning Quilts, by Maria Peagler, Willow Ridge Press, 112 pages.

Amazon Review: Maria holds your hand and builds your color confidence, page by page with her smart tips, clear explanations and easy exercises. Her teaching experience and style are obvious as I felt like I was taking an at-home class just with her. I appreciate having her book on hand as a resource when I need a reference for pulling fabrics together and want to expand my color horizons. -- Joan Hawley, Lazy Girl Designs


Lots of Scraps: It's Time to Quilt, by Jeanne Stauffer, DRG Publishing, 176 pages.

Quilting has never been more popular. Early pioneers collected fabric scraps to make bed quilts and today's quilters follow that same tradition. In this collection, you'll find a wide assortment of projects that are fun and easy: super scrappy bed quilts, one-of-a- kind wall quilts, extra-special baby quilts, attractive table runners and patchwork bags. Quilters of all ages and skill levels will enjoy making these quilts.


Miniatures in Minutes: 24 Paper-Pieced Projects Complete Your Quilt with a Single Foundation by Terrie Sandelin, C&T Publishing, 80 pages.

Make 24 beautiful miniature quilts, each in a day or less, with techniques that dramatically speed up your paper piecing.

517iFOT0qsL._SL160_Kaleidoscope the Smart Way by Sharon Sebrow, American Quilter’s Society, 96 pages; available on on Pre-Order, publication date listed as Feb. 15, 2009.




Simple Tips For Quilters (LIFE'S LITTLE BOOK OF WISDOM) by Lisa Harris, Barbour Books, 192 pages.

Seasoned quilters and novices alike will cherish this little book. Including everything from remedies for sore hands, to hiding iron scorches, to super ideas for marking quilting lines. . .Simple Tips for Quilters is overflowing with must-have tips and inspiration-everything quilters need for their craft.


Simple Strategies for Block-swap Quilts by Lynn Rodie Brown, That Patchwork Place, 96 pages.

Amazon Review: If you love scrap quilts, you'll love this book. Lynn helps you take ho-hum fabrics and make them 'sing' in a quilt that you'll love. Maybe you are in a group that swaps blocks. Lynn gives you simple ideas that will turn your quilt into a success. There are even instructions for having your own block swap! Easy to understand instructions.


Fussy Cut Mariner's Compassby Ann S. Lainhart, American Quilter’s Society, 96 pages. Available as Pre-Order on, publication date schedule is Jan. 15, 2009 (obviously running late).




Borders: The basics & beyondby Jill Reber, Landauer Corporation, 128 pages.

This is a complete guide to border techniques with dozens of designs to mix and match. Borders can do so much more than just add to the overall size of a quilt top - they can frame the center, drawing the viewer's eye around the edge and then back to the focal design of the quilt. "Borders - The Basics & Beyond" teaches quilters everything they need to know about the basics of good border design, as well as step-by-step border techniques for dozens of different styles in a variety of sizes - all accompanied by easy-to-follow, full-color illustrations. This title features: more than 20 borders; dozens of mix & match options; and, hundreds of full color photos, diagrams & illustrations.


Warman's Vintage Quilts: Identification And Price Guide, by Maggi Mccormick Gordon, Krause Publications, 256 pages.

Emmerse yourself in the rich history, inspiring tales and fascinating colors and designs of vintage American quilts explained and explored in Warman's Vintage Quilts. The 350 fresh, evocative, never-before-seen color photos of the 300+ vintage quilts, created between the 1880s and 1940, featured in this book encompass styles including chintz and reverse appliqué, elaborate trapunto, Irish chains, patriotic pictorials, Pennsylvania Mennonite quilts with calico backs, among others.

1 comment:

Tina said...

For anyone reading this post - I have the Lots of Scraps book...DH got it for me for Christmas (I shop very well for myself.) I LOVE the projects in there. Now to do some!