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)
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)
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)
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)
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!
The Afternoon Walk Pillow got my attention!
How about the Bee Skep Table Topper?
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.
Check out the scalloped edges on this Vegetable Quilt. Does it get any cuter?
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)
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!
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!