Guild featured books of the month

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March 2015

It's a Stitch: 21 Patchwork Quilt Projects with an Eye on Tradition edited by Karen Bolesta (2004)

It's A StitchBegin with a traditional pattern, add a design or fabric variation, and end up with a quilt perfectly suited to your taste. This book contains patterns of varying difficulty, from easy to challenging, and suggests some things you may not have thought of trying.

Lisa Shepherd & Vaune Pierce

All About Strips: Colorful Quilts from Strips of Many Sizes by Susan Guzman

AllAboutStripsA collection of timeless, modern quilt designs that anyone can make. Topics include “Color Inspiration,” “Tips for Coloring a Design,” and “Tips for Coloring Scrappy Quilts.” The author uses a variety of geometric designs to help you discover your own unique style.

Lisa Shepherd & Vaune Pierce

Make It, Take It: 16 Cute and Clever Projects to Sew with Friends by Krista Hennebury

Make It. Take It.Jump-start your next retreat or sew-in with the projects in this book. Organize your sewing room with make-ahead projects, or make equipment totes for the tools you need to bring along. You’ll also find patterns for quilts you and your friends might want to make together.

Lisa Shepherd & Vaune Pierce

April 2014

Get Addicted to Free-Motion Quilting: Go from Simple to Sensational with Sheila Sinclair Snyder (2013)

Get Addicted to Free-Motion QuiltingGive your quilts the fancy finish they deserve with more than 60 lively continuous line quilting designs from quilting pro Sheila Sinclair Snyder. Learn to stitch free-form spirals, feathers, flowers, bubbles, leaves, cables, and much more. Sheila shows you how to combine individual motifs into fluid designs for quilting blocks, borders, sashing, and all over the quilt. All designs work equally well on home sewing machines, mid-arm, and long-arm quilting machines, or for hand quilting. Try each motif in three versions: simple, more involved, and fabulously over the top! Includes a bonus quilt project that’s perfect for practicing new quilting designs.

Sherry Ramaila & Lisa Shepherd

Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters: Choose & Use Quilting Designs on Modern Quilts (2012)

Free-Motion Quilting with Angela WaltersPopular machine quilter Angela Walters motivates you to try something new! Learn to stitch her fresh continuous line designs on your longarm or domestic machine. Includes step-by-step instructions for continuous line swirls, circles, squares, vines, arcs, and points. Using basic free-motion skills you already have, discover how to approach quilting a modern quilt by working with bold fabrics and negative space, uniting a variety of shapes, and blending designs. Draw inspiration from striking pictures of 20 modern quilts showing Angela’s designs. You’ll love her practical advice for choosing the perfect pattern to give your modern quilt maximum impact.

Sherry Ramaila & Lisa Shepherd

March 2014

Time-Crunch Quilts by Nancy Martin (2011)

Time Crunch QuiltsSo many quilts, so little time? Not when you've got Time-Crunch Quilts! Bestselling author Nancy J. Martin has developed special quilting shortcuts that any quilter can use to make their quilts faster than ever before. Follow her resourceful time-crunch principles for speeding up piecing and quilting without compromising quality. Includes: Twenty delightful time-crunch patterns, from full-size quilts to cheerful wall hangings and banners. Thirteen of Nancy's clever time-crunch features that stitchers can adapt to any quilt. Traditional quilt designs updated with a fresh, new look.

Sherry Ramaila & Lisa Shepherd

 

Summer at the Lake Quilts by Susan Maw and Sally Bell (2011)

Summer at the Lake QuiltsPack your picnic with style and romance. Celebrate the outdoors with six quilts, plus tote bags, a pillow, and a sweet sunhat. These scrap-friendly projects are ideal for a wide variety of color palettes. Learn to create dimensional effects with raw-edge appliqué or gathers and ruffles. Beloved pattern makers Susan Maw and Sally Bell bring you eleven projects, perfect for stylish open-air dining with your loved ones. These casual, "traditional-with-a-twist" designs make the perfect setting for a picnic at the lake, a nap beneath the sky, or any outdoor getaway.

Sherry Ramaila & Lisa Shepherd

February 2014

Extraordinary Log Cabin Quilts by Judy Martin (2013)

Extraordinary Log Cabin QuiltsFeatures:

  • 15 original, complete, and accurate patterns in multiple sizes
  • Beautiful pieced borders gracing every quilt
  • Nearly 400 color diagrams
  • Nearly 200 gorgeous photos
  • A profusely illustrated chapter on color and value selection
  • A way to test your seam allowance and a way to then make it perfect
  • Quilt size planning charts
  • Lots of tips and techniques for making Log Cabin quilts
  • A method for keeping track of logs of varying lengths

Sherry Ramaila & Lisa Shepherd

501 Quilting Motifs:Designs for Hand or Machine Quilting from the Editors of Quiltmaker Magazine by That Patchwork Place (2014)

501 Quilting MotifsThis collection features 501 quilting motifs selected from more than 26 years of Quiltmaker magazine. What a value! Now quilters of all levels can finish gorgeous, one-of-a-kind quilts. Handy indexes cross-reference each motif by size and style, so finding the perfect one is quick and easy.

Sherry Ramaila & Lisa Shepherd

January 2014

Simply Retro with Camille Roskelley: Fresh Quilts from Classic Blocks (2013)

Simply RetroCamille Roskelley, best-selling author of Simplify with Camille Roskelley, puts a brand new spin on traditional-block quilting. By exploring modern print combinations and employing innovative techniques such as supersizing blocks, Roskelley offers a fresh interpretation of classic blocks in 12 achievable projects. Simple enough for beginners, all of the projects are easy to piece using precuts, yardage, and scrap fabrics. And, as always, Roskelley’s fail-proof instructions and expert knowledge will guide and inspire every step of the way.

Sherry Ramaila & Lisa Shepherd

Making Quilts with Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession: 21 Authentic Projects (2013)

Making QuiltsStating that each quilt is but a starting point for a new quilt, this joyful book Making Quilts with Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession showcases 21 patterns inspired by the intense colors of Australia and invites you to recreate them in your own voice. Author Kathy Doughty encourages you to discover what appeals to you in each quilt. To help you define your own style, each quilt pattern is outlined by three exploratory tips regarding concept, technique, and fabric choices. Simply follow the easy guidelines and let your instincts make your choices.

Sherry Ramaila & Lisa Shepherd

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