There are many new titles of interest to quilters. Let’s take a look at several and then we’ll have a giveaway.
• From Kansas City Star Quilts: Baskets, Birds and Boughs: Quilts Year ‘Round by Debbie Roberts, $27.95
If you love tradition but you want it with a twist, if you’re tired of blocks repeated in rows, if you love gorgeous photography in a beautiful setting, then this is the book for you.
Debbie has a way of making old things new again. Her style is decidedly fresh but firmly rooted in tradition. Gather Around, shown above, is one of nine projects in the book. Every one is a keeper.
• From That Patchwork Place, 501 Quilting Motifs: Designs for Hand or Machine Quilting from The Editors of Quiltmaker Magazine, $19.99
Now available in softcover is our best-selling 501 Quilting Motifs. You may know that for 32 years Quiltmaker has always published quilting plans with its designs. Which means we have amassed hundreds of original quilting motifs.
We’ve gathered some of the best ones together in this title. Not only do you get the motif, but we also show you many ways to combine, flip and rotate it for new possibilities. When you ask yourself “How should I quilt it?”, now there’s an answer!
• From Stash Books, an imprint of C&T Publishing, Playful Petals: Learn Simple, Fusible Applique by Corey Yoder, $22.95
My complaint about applique is that it always just seems so complicated. Corey Yoder’s new Playful Petals solves the problem! This is applique in its simplest form: fused and stitched and good to go.
A bonus: the projects are made from precuts! Use the precuts you’ve collected or use your stash. Either way, the designs are fresh and playful. Combinations of simple piecing with Corey’s single petal shape yield a surprising variety of quilts and pillows—nine of each!
• Quilts Made with Love: To Celebrate, Comfort and Show You Care by Rachel Griffith
Quiltmaker has been privileged to call Rachel a friend since she was a newbie at quilt market quite a few years back. Now she’s written her first book and we couldn’t be happier for her.
Rachel has taken the idea that quilters make quilts on all sorts of occasions, good and not so good, and turned it into a project book. It’s filled with inspiring ideas for easy quilts to give away. The quilts range from super quick to more detailed, but all are fresh and fun. Follow Rachel’s lead on colors and fabric styles, or dive into your stash to create them in a way that’s uniquely you.
If you want to give quilts to the people you love and you want to do it soon, this is the book to own.
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Giveaway time! I have three of these books to give to lucky readers. For your chance to win, please leave a comment below by midnight Friday, March 21. We’ll choose winners and post them here next week. The giveaways winners are Jeanne, Karlene and Donna, who have been notified by email. Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who commented.