There’s something for everyone in today's quilt designs, whether you like bright, bold quilts like Flower Power shown here or classic blocks in subtle colorways. This issue puts the spotlight on six new quilt books with diverse styles and dozens of projects. You'll find quilts of all sizes and themes, including Christmas.
Want to step out of your straight-seam comfort zone and learn how to work with circular shapes in your quilting? This Drunkard's Path Tulip Garden quilt is one of 14 projects using circular designs that almost any quilter can master. Beginners will be amazed at how easy some of the patterns are, and experienced quilters will enjoy the challenge of the more advanced projects. The designs not only have a wide range of skill levels, but they also use a variety of techniques that will wow your quilting friends and loved ones.
A really easy and delicious dessert for family gatherings, cobblers captivate us with their rich, heavenly aroma as they emerge from the oven. This Apple Cobbler will be irresistible served hot, with a cold scoop of ice cream. It’s one of 84 scrumptious recipes in Celebrating Cobblers and Pies. This 144-page cookbook features a wide variety of classic pie and cobbler recipes, along with creative new twists on the originals that will turn any ordinary occasion into a memorable event.
When it comes to quilting, the possibilities are very literally endless, says Maya Chaimovich, whose Simply Creative Quilts book is one of six new quilt books featured in this issue. Her Gorgeous Garden Apron shown here is a beautiful example of her work, which integrates unexpected elements and diverse fabrics. Other books in the Spotlight focus on quilting with curves or asymmetrical designs, Christmas projects, and home decor.
The colorful fabrics on the front cover of this book from Maya Chaimovich are from her Gorgeous Garden Apron shown above. The award-winning designer enjoys integrating as much variety as possible to create a work that is both interesting and beautiful. “Often, I strive to combine contrasting elements in every quilt, so that a single work features a variety of colors, diverse patterns, and prints that are of diverse sizes,” she says. “It is my hope that the projects in this book will inspire you to create quilts that suit your distinct style and taste.”
Phyllis Dobbs followed her sense of whimsy and love of vibrant colors to create the nine throws and wall quilts in this fun collection. With titles like Imagination, Windmills of Color, Swirling Stars, and Splash of Flowers, the designs use some very non-traditional arrangements of traditional block and applique patterns.
Just like city life, the piecing is fast-paced for these contemporary quilts from Nancy Rink. “With modern designs like the ones in this collection,” she says, “I feel free to combine traditional piecing with fusible applique or to add unexpected elements like buttons. Contemporary quilts are a chance to explore design options and let the fabrics tell you what they want to be.” Designs include the happy Flower Power quilt shown in the greeting section of this newsletter.
Planning a new quilt with simple flowers for a little girl, or one with a giant dog for a little boy? Maybe a patchwork throw and table runner for the family room? Whatever room it is, Barbara Cherniwchan has designed quilts and accessories to add cozy warmth. Click on more photos to see them all! Each main quilt is also shown in an alternate colorway, and some give alternate sizing. The applique templates are in a pattern insert.
Curves can make a design soar, but they can also be intimidating. However, the truth is, curves can be mastered with practice and patience. Learn how in this book of projects using applique, paper piecing, and traditional piecing. Choose from table runners, a pillow, quilts for kids, throws, bed quilts, and wall quilts.
Whether you want a holiday quilt for your guest room or your own bed, or a small decorative touch to go over the mantel or on the table, this book has lots of festive choices. These are great ways to use some of those beautiful holiday or winter prints that catch your eye. The Scrappy Red Christmas quilt would be nice all year long, with its big variety of red-and-white prints.
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