For those of you who are learning to knit with our amazing Knook, LeisureArts.com has added two free downloadable patterns for baby hats, Ridges and Ribs. Both are worked in the round, so check out our new videos for this technique.
Later this month, watch the New Arrivals page for Go Crazy with Duct Tape, or pre-order it now. This fantastic new project book is from Patti Wallenfang, the designer of our best-selling Just Duct Tape It! book.
Knitters, don't miss the chance to make our cute Spring Bunny, this month's free project.
You'll also want to check out the warm weather designs in the Spring into Fashion promotion, which runs through May 18. For more bargains, peruse all the different skill categories in our Current Promotions list. Our Facebook page and Everyday Life at Leisure daily blog always have the latest news, so bookmark those sites and visit often.
Editor's Corner: QUILT LOVER'S GIFTSWhether you are making a gift for someone or just wanting to indulge in your favorite quilting techniques, Best of Fons and Porter Quilt Lover's Gifts is packed with irresistible projects. There are wall quilts and throws, sewing organizers, home accessories, toys, table runners, coiled fabric bowls, and other creations--all chosen for their capacity to showcase the quilter's skills or just plain celebrate the love of quilting. There are even 50 ideas for "secret sister" gifts and advice for special gifts (such as fabric packs, tools, and publications) that will please your favorite quilter.
In the Spotlight: EXPLORING THE WIDE WORLD OF QUILTING
The classic Rose of Sharon shown here gets a new twist and a supersized update with a backdrop of black and white prints. This gorgeous design is from the new Quilting in Black and White, which is one of six quilt books featured in this issue. Styles range from traditional to contemporary, and there's sure to be something just right for your home. To see our latest publications for all skills, visit the New Arrivals page at LeisureArts.com.
Quilting in Black and White (#5608)
Quilts usually have color—and lots of it! If you haven't tried quilting with black and white fabrics, this new book is the perfect introduction. Some designs are totally black and white. Several have a little added color. And a couple of them have bright color added with black used as a background. You'll learn how to create a quilt that is both striking and unique.
Geometric Quilts (#5607)
All quilts are geometric in the strictest sense of the word (since they are based on simple geometric shapes such as straight lines, circles, or squares), but some quilts have an added element that sets them apart. For instance, the Casablanca quilt on the front cover of this book uses batiks in lights, mediums, and darks to emphasize its geometric aspect. Other designs in this collection include Triangle Illusions, Chained Lightning, Diamonds in Light and Dark, Sound Waves, Gypsy Wind, Well-Connected Stars, Stars and Diamonds, Arabesque, Polka-Dot Party, String Stars, and Window to the World.
The Cottage at Cardiff Farms Quilts (#5594)
Kathy Cardiff has always loved the way quilts make a home feel warm and inviting, and her new quilt book has 10 extra-cozy designs you will love. Indian Summer on the front cover is simpler than it looks, being made up mostly of strip sets and a few larger pieces of background fabric. Sweet Magnolias on the back cover is a beginner-friendly version of a vintage Magnolia Bud that Kathy discovered.
Best of Fons & Porter: Quilt Lover's Gifts (#5615)
Quilting involves a lot of different skills, from sewing and applique to embroidery. This wonderful book of eclectic projects helps quilters use their favorite skills and beloved fabric stash to make a wide assortment of projects. The front and back covers give a hint of the variety, showing a Wool Sewing Wallet, Tulip Mini Quilt, Buttons and Bows faux-fur coverlet, Yo-Yo Basket Pillow, Friends Forever signature quilt, Dolly Bag, stuffed snowman ornaments, Springy Flowers textured thread wallhanging, and Go Fish wall quilt. Inside, you'll love browsing through all the other fun choices.
Best of Fons and Porter: Baby and Kids Quilts (#5561)
Whether you want the sweetness of the Little Lambs Eat Ivy quilt on the front cover or the bright whimsy of talking flowers in Hey You!, you'll find plenty of quilts to love in this book of designs for babies and kids. There's even a quillow project, where the nap-size quilt folds up and tucks into a pillow pocket.
Best of Fons and Porter: Patriotic Quilts (#5601)
Here are 30 patchwork patterns to show your patriotism! They're full of stars and stripes in rousing red, white, and blue fabrics, along with American eagle appliques and other shapes. A fascinating Stars and Stripes Sampler features 20 iconic blocks.
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