Book Review: Quilt Titles You’ll Like; Giveaway!

I’ve had the fun of looking over a number of quilt books lately so I wanted to share them with you. Read to the end of the post for instructions on a chance to win one for yourself.

Big-Print Patchwork: Quilt Patterns for Large-Scale Prints
by Sandy Turner (Martingale, $24.99)

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Big-Print Patchwork

Many of us have done it: purchased a beautiful large-scale print and then wondered what to do with it. Sandy Turner to the rescue! Big-Print Patchwork is more than just a pattern book. Sandy helps you understand how to combine these fabrics with traditional blocks so that you can take her lead and design your own quilt with your own fabrics. While there are complete patterns for seven quilts, the quilt gallery of 15 more designs will be just as useful. Soon you’ll be sewing your own big prints into designs you can be proud of.

Patchwork Palette: No-Fail Color Plans for Captivating Quilts
by Donna Lynn Thomas (Martingale, $26.99)

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Patchwork Palette

A book that begins with “I am an unapologetic fabric collector!” holds a lot of promise. Donna Lynn Thomas delivers on her subtitle: No-Fail Color Plans for Captivating Quilts. She likes to use many fabrics in her quilts, but in a controlled manner. She uses three fabric recipes—the Rainbow, the Color Family and the Mixed—and she teaches you to use them, too. She covers hue, value and scale and gives patterns for 13 quilts, and then shows each one in an alternate color recipe. It’s a whole lot of inspiration you’ll be happy to own!

Revival: A Study of Early 20th Century Colonial Revival Quilts
by the American Quilt Study Group (Kansas City Star Quilts, $27.95)

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From the back cover: “Old-fashioned, homespun, noble. The Colonial Revival era linked quiltmakers’ busy hands with a longing for the past, especially Colonial times. Members of the American Quilt Study Group accepted the challenge to study quilts of this era in the best way—by making reproductions of Colonial Revival quilts. See the results of their hands-on study: examining an inspiration quilt, the pattern, the fabrics, the way these quilts were constructed and quilted. Included are 28 study quilts, with patterns for 10. If it is true that we learn best by doing, AQSG member who participate in the quilt studies learn and share in the best way possible!”

If you enjoy quilt history, I highly recommend this title. I hope it won’t be the last one AQSG does, based on a study project. Really outstanding!

Farm-Fresh Quilts: Simple Projects Inspired by the Simple Life
by Kim Gaddy (Kansas City Star Quilts, $24.95)

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Farm-Fresh Quilts


Kim Gaddy’s Story Time was one of the most imaginative quilt titles I’d ever seen. She follows it up with Farm-Fresh Quilts, another keeper packed with projects you’ll actually make! They’re fresh and fun—like the Strawberry Quilt. I want to make it in scrappy reds!

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The Strawberry Quilt by Kim Gaddy


The Afternoon Walk Pillow got my attention!

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Afternoon Walk Pillow by Kim Gaddy


How about the Bee Skep Table Topper?

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Bee Skep Table Topper by Kim Gaddy

My son is keeping bees this summer! With a little adjustment I think it could be a good guy quilt, especially if he’s an apiarist.

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My son Skip in his bee gear

Check out the scalloped edges on this Vegetable Quilt. Does it get any cuter?

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Vegetable Quilt by Kim Gaddy

With so many great projects using a variety of techniques, Farm-Fresh Quilts gives you a lot of bang for your buck. I loved it.

Diamond Traditions: 11 Multifaceted Quilts by Monique Dillard
(C&T Publishing, $19.95)

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Diamond Traditions by Monique Dillard

Monique Dillard of Open Gate Quilts has been a friend of Quiltmaker‘s for a long time. She has repeatedly appeared in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and she taught for us at QM’s Block Party in Williamsburg last year. We’re happy to recommend her book Diamond Traditions. The quilts are mostly geometric designs and will give you lots of piecing practice. I love the quilt below, called Radiance, because it takes a minute to understand where the block is. It’s the kind of quilt that holds your attention!

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Radiance by Monique Dillard appears in the book Diamond Traditions.

You’ll find this and 10 more designs in Monique’s book. Be sure to check out the border fabrics she uses—enough inspiration there alone to make it a good investment!

I hope you’ll take a look at all of these titles. You won’t be disappointed.

How about a giveaway? I’d love to send these to Quilty Pleasures readers. Please leave a comment here before midnight on Tuesday, June 4 and tell me which one looks most interesting to you. I’ll choose winners mid-week and post them here. Good luck!

The winners have been chosen and notified. They are #45 Terri, #13 Joanna, #19 Mary Jo, #81 Linda and #16 Sue. Thanks to everyone who participated!



About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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94 Responses to Book Review: Quilt Titles You’ll Like; Giveaway!

  1. Tina says:

    I’ve started working on the Simple Life quilt and I’m finding problem with the directions for cutting out the fabrics. Some are off as much as 1/2″. Has anyone else had this problem and if so, does anyone know where I can go to the the correct cutting directions???

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  4. Claudia says:

    I’ve had my eyes on that Big Print book for a long time (drooooolllll).

  5. Thank you for reviewing these books! I love the quilt on the cover of Diamond Traditions so that’s the one I would choose. Many thanks!

  6. Karen says:

    Diamond Traditions or Patchwork Palette look like they have my name on them :)

  7. Lee says:

    What great reviews! I think the Big Print Patchwork would be fun, although Farm Fresh would be at the top of my list too! thanks!

  8. Linda Fleming says:

    I like them all…Patchwork and Palette and Farm Fresh are top of my list.

  9. Carol W says:

    Patchwork Palette looks great!

  10. kathy says:

    May I clone myself? I would love one of each of these books, but I “need” the large print one since my guild gave us a large print fabric for our club challenge and I have no idea what I am going to do with 7″ flowers!! But as a farm wife, the Farm Fresh has lots of cute shapes that would fit in with my quilt designs. Good luck as you decide who gets one of these great books. Kathy in rural Colorado

  11. Teresa Stonecypher says:

    I like the Patchwork Palette and the Diamond Traditions. Thanks for the give away.

  12. Linda Webster says:

    I’m really interested in Patchwork Palette. I just love the quilt on the cover.

  13. Karlene says:

    I like all of them but think the Farm Fresh would be a lot of fun.

  14. Sharon Judkins says:

    They all look great but “Diamond Traditions” is so my style. Thanks for the giveaway.

  15. gab says:

    I love the strawberry quilt!!

  16. Donna Amos says:

    All look great, my favorite is Farm-Fresh Quilts. Looks like a lot of great inspiration. Thanks for the give-a-way

  17. Dianne says:

    I love best the old time quilts like those shown in Farm Fresh or Revival. My goal is to use up some of my piles of scraps! Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. Anne Passafiume says:

    Love the look of Big Print Patchwork – I have several pieces of large print fabric
    that I not not sure how to use.
    Thanks for the chance to win this

  19. Baking Soda says:

    That’s a great give away,, I hope I qualify (from Europe).. I’d love the Farm Fresh Quilts, so adorable!

  20. Sherry Von Fumetti says:

    I’ve had some large print fabrics sitting on my stash self for some time and recently bought a book to give me some ideas on what to do with them. So, the Big Print Fabric book would be my choice. Thanks

  21. Helen says:

    Any of these would be great, but Big Print sounds like what I did. I LOVED this material and bought it and now can’t decide what to make out of it, because it is a big print.

  22. i was a dillard so i would like her book. thanks

  23. Joan H. says:

    Patchwork Palette looks like a great book to have! Thanks for the opportunity to have it.

  24. Jennifer says:

    I was intrigued by “Farm Fresh Quilts”. I love quilts that have a mixture of piecing, applique, mix of different blocks and different border treatments all in one pattern. Thanks for the chance!

  25. Linda S says:

    Definately Big Print Patchwork. I have some beautiful large prints (and a few smaller prints that are just too cute to cut up) so this might just be the thing I need. Thanks for the chance.

  26. cynthia says:

    Thanks so much for writing these book reviews–with so many wonderful books available, it’s useful to read your informed impressions. I love the history of quilts, so Revival is the most appealing to me.

  27. Tammy L says:

    Ohh I would love to have the Farm Fresh Quilts book. It looks fabulous. Thanks for hosting the book giveaway.

  28. Barb Johnson says:

    I’ve always been a bit of a color-phobe, since I don’t know a lot about all those color terms – hues, shades, tints, etc. I have read the descriptions over and over, but it just doesn’t sink in. I think I NEED a copy of Patchwork Palette!

  29. Amy says:

    I’d love Patchwork Palette. That cover quilt is gorgeous!

  30. Jnuquilter says:

    Patchwork Palette would be a book I would like. I would like to learn more using the hues, values and color in a quilt. This is a part of quilting I would like to improve on. Thanks for the chance to win.

  31. Sheryl Andrews says:

    For an urban lady, “Farm Fresh Quilts” would be a true delight.

  32. Judy says:

    Any of these books would be great to win. I have some fabric that has big scale prints that I would love to use in a quilt so I am going to go with the Big Print Patchwork book.

  33. Linda Erickson says:

    Big Print Patchwork looks pretty interesting to me.

  34. VickiT says:

    What a great group of books to choose from.
    I would love to have Monique’s book Diamond Traditions: 11 Multifaceted Quilts. I have most of her rulers so I’m sure the book would take advantage of using those.

    You didn’t ask, but my second choice would be the Big-Print Patchwork: Quilt Patterns for Large-Scale Prints. I bought fabrics to make my husband a quilt before I got more knowledgable in quilting and sadly, I learned very quickly those were all large scale prints which are very hard to use in a quilt. I’d love that book too so it will definitely be going on my wish list as well.
    by Monique Dillard

  35. Nancy A says:

    I think Farm Fresh Quilts looks like loads of fun. I’d love to win it.

  36. robin says:

    Patchwork Palette looks awesome!

  37. Leanne says:

    Patchwork Pallette and Diamond Traditions both look amazing. Thanks for another great chance to win.

  38. DianeH says:

    Farm Fresh Quilts looks like a fabulous book. I’ve got kind of a bee theme going in my kitchen so I really love the table topper pattern. Thanks for the great reviews.

  39. Debbie Rhodes says:

    hard to choose one… Diamond traditions would be #1.. with Farm Fresh Quilts a close #2…

  40. Pat in Washington says:

    Oh! You mean you don’t have to use those big prints just on the backs of quilts? Huh. Who knew? Either the Big Print one or Monique’s Diamond Traditions and I’d be a happy girl. Thanks for the chance to win!

  41. Diane says:

    Hmmm… I love antique quilts so the Revival book looks interesting but the Diamond Tradition book looks great too!!

  42. garnet says:

    Farm Fresh speaks to me!

  43. You have the BEST giveaways! I would like a copy of Farm Fresh. I liked every page you showed. Thank you!

  44. Sarah C. says:

    Patchwork Palette or Diamond Traditions looks great to me!

  45. KT says:

    Patchwork Palette and Farm Fresh quilts both look like books I need to add to my collection. Thanks for the reviews and chance to win!

  46. Stephanie A says:

    Wow, This is really hard! I think the Farm-Fresh Quilts Book or Patchwork Pallette grab me the most!

  47. Jackie Roisler says:

    I love the Farm-Fresh Quilts :D

  48. Terri says:

    Love, love, love Diamond Traditions!

  49. Kathy says:

    Gotta be Diamond Traditions – love geometrics!

  50. Auntie Clark says:

    Big-Print Patchwork and Patchwork Pallette both look like they would interest me. Thanks for the chance to win.

  51. Carmen says:

    Hard to choose! I like Patchwork Palette slightly more than the others

  52. Kaye M. says:

    Donna Lynn Thomas’s book, Patchwork Palette looks like it would be my kind of book because she likes to use lots of different fabrics in her quilts! I’d also love to learn more about her fabric recipes.

  53. Maureen Flax says:

    I love the Farm Fresh Quilts, but the Diamond Traditions is awesome as well.
    I like them all.

  54. Cathryn H says:

    “Farm Fresh Quilts” has really grabbed my attention. I love the pages you shared and I’m guessing the rest of the book will be equally attention grabbing. Thanks for sharing.

  55. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    Farm Fresh Quilts looks like fun and so does the Diamond Traditions. Thanks for the peak inside these books!

  56. Diana M says:

    I’d definitely want PatchWork Palette! I recently blogged about how I’m getting stuck with choosing fabrics & colors being a new quilter so this would be perfect! Thanks for the chance!

  57. Lavonna ZWB says:

    I would love the Diamond Traditions! Thank you for the opportunity. :)

  58. Yvonne says:

    Revival is the title I find most interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

  59. Joyce Mitchell says:

    I’d love to win Farm Fresh Quilts – thanks for the chance.

  60. Becky Greene says:

    Diamond Traditions looks great, but so does Patchwork Palette!

  61. jmniffer says:

    Nice to get an overview on different quilt books. These all look good but Patchwork Palette is the one I would like most to win. Thanks for the chance.

  62. Wendy Pamplin says:

    I would love the big print patchwork – but all of the books look really good :)
    Thank you

  63. Patty says:

    I would love to have Big-Print Patchwork. I think it’s just what I need for some of my stash.

  64. Sandra Timmons says:

    Each book would make any one of us very happy to win. However I would like to win Patchwork Palette for myself. This would surely keep me busy and out of trouble, for a while anyways. Your blog is very fun as well as educational. Thank you for the chance to win.

    Sandi Timmons

  65. Jodi says:

    I would love Diamond Traditions…thanks for the giveaway.

  66. Deb G. in VA says:

    Too many choices, as they all look good! If I have to pick just one, I think it would be Patchwork Palette. Thanks for the giveaway!

  67. Lauren aka Giddy99 says:

    They’re all tempting, but I’m most intrigued by Patchwork Palette: No-Fail Color Plans for Captivating Quilts! :)

  68. Kris says:

    Revival sounds great – love quilting history. Thanks for a glimpse of great books!

  69. I love the look of Big Print Patchwork

  70. SewLindaAnn says:

    Nice selection there. I’m drawn to Revival. I love anything to do with history. The diamonds one looks interesting, I like when things require more thought.

  71. Donna says:

    Patchwork Big Print really has me interested.

  72. Hi Diane:
    Kim Gaddy’s “Farm Fresh Quilts” really captivated me! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  73. Joan says:

    They all look good!
    Hard to pick, but Patchwork Palette looks good.
    Any would be fine.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  74. Mary Jo Jones says:

    I would love to win Diamond Traditions! I have been following her Blogger Girls blocks and love how she designs. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win any of these!

  75. Karen W. says:

    Farm Fresh is my favorite followed closely by Diamond Traditions. Thanks for sharing all of these books with us. I like to preview books and then check them out through my local library.

  76. DebrafromMD says:

    I would like the book Patchwork Palette. I am always looking for new color ideas.

  77. Sue says:

    I like the looks of Patchwork Palette. I can always use help with colors and I like scrappy quilts. Perfect for me. Thanks

  78. Julie A.B. says:

    All of these books look interesting. My choice is Patchwork Palette by Donna Lynn Thomas. I think that her book would be very helpful with my color choices. Thank-you.

  79. Mom C says:

    Love Diamond Traditions: 11 Multifaceted Quilts by Monique Dillard. Thanks.

  80. Joanna says:

    Farm Fresh Quilts really appeals to me, but Patchwork Palette is a close second. The cover quilts on both are terrific. Thanks for the giveaway.

  81. Arleen Schindler says:

    Farm fresh quilts is a book close to my family’s heart. My husband is a retired dairy farmer and now “keeps bees.” He lost a large part of his hives during our long winter but is at it again this spring. I am always on the look-out for ideas for quilts for our home and for our children and grandchildren. It is just sooo important for them to know the reason and the beauty of our past life and the one we wish for them.
    Thank you

  82. Lorraine says:

    Patchwork Palette. I’ve made a quilt from Donna’s patterns and love her work.

  83. Sharon says:

    They are all wonderful, but the Farm Fresh looks like a lot of fun.

  84. Ellen says:

    I would love the “BIG prints” book! Thanks so much, I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

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  86. Gwendolyn Clark says:

    Diamond Traditions looks the most interesting to me.

  87. I would love to own Patchwork Palette~ I am reorganizing my sewing space and finding tons of scraps that I’m sure I could put to good use with that book. Thanks for the chance!

  88. Monica says:

    Farm Fresh Quilts looks awesome!

  89. Jocelyn says:

    They all look fabulous. I like Diamond Traditions, and the patchwork books look awesome. Thanks!

  90. Robyn B says:

    I love the Farm Fresh Quilts! So cute. Thanks for the giveaway.

  91. Esther says:

    Patchwork big-print! Can help me a lot!! Thanks for the chance!

  92. Julie says:

    Diamond Traditions looks right up my alley! I’m very into geometrical designs!

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