The author of Geese in the Rose Garden, quilt designer Dawn Heese, is back with six garden-fresh projects that are sure to warm your home.
With her traditional yet whimsical approach to applique, she blends old and new in three romantic quilts inspired by vintage heirloom treasures and classic block designs. Awash in butterflies, tulips, bunnies and blooms, they are a fresh twist on patterns of the past.
Dawn has also created three charming cross stitch projects - including a sampler and a pinkeep - designed to complement each of the quilts.
You'll also find her handy tips for needleturn applique, mitered borders and scalloped borders.
Across the Wide Missouri
"Lonesome miner wants wife to share stake and prospects. Please respond to Louis Dreibelbis in Grass Valley, California.
–San Franciso Magazine, April 12, 1873"
So reads the ad 22-year-old Eleanor Berry of Gilroy, California, responded to in a respected literary journal. Little did Eleanor know that Mr. Dreibelbis wasn’t who he said he was.
This is just one of 12 stories honoring the courageous women who left their mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers behind to go West. Their stories are sometimes tragic and sometimes funny. Even though they never knew one another, they had one thing in common - uncommon courage.
The featured quilt of the book - the Star's 2010 block-of-the-month project - is offered in two different colorways - Jan's version and Edie's version.
Also, as you delve into the book, you’ll find quick and easy projects honoring the pioneer spirit. The church was the community gathering place for families on the frontier and Jan reminds us of that with her Church Bells in the Snow wall hanging. The 9-block Gone Fishing quilt reflects the importance of nature’s offerings for the hardy pioneers who made their way West.
Whether you make the featured quilt, your favorite block or one of the projects, you will be reminded of the incredible pioneer spirit and bravery shown by the intrepid women who stepped into the unknown and made history
by Barbara Jones
Join us on a garden tour through some delightful backyard blooms. Quilt artist Barbara Jones of QuiltSoup presents this new six-month appliqué sampler quilt that takes you through the joys of flower gardening. It’s made up in fresh, lovely fabrics from Barbara’s Simply Sweet line by Henry Glass & Co. Barbara guides you along the way, providing tips for needle-turn appliqué and clear, simple instructions for making this gorgeous quilt
Piecing the Past
by Lynne Hagmeier
Many of us yearn to create quilts reminiscent of the vintage treasures in our collections. In this book, Lynne Hagmeier shares new quilts inspired by some of her favorites. Come along for a tour of her Kansas Troubles Quilters studio in Bennington, Kansas. Enjoy the unique displays of vintage quilts used to decorate the rooms for quilter retreats.
Lynne will guide you through the easy steps to recreate a favorite quilt. Patterns are furnished for 11 pieced quilts and several projects: pillows, pincushions, and a very special doll quilt.
Lynne also shares the story of KTQ, along with recollections of her family's Kansas history.
Adventures with Leaders and Enders
by Bonnie Hunter
What if you could piece quilts even faster, work on more than one quilt simultaneously and save money, fabric and thread all at the same time? Bonnie K. Hunter will show you how to put the concept of Leaders & Enders to work quickly and easily, expanding your creativity, and upping your productivity all at the same time.
If you have ever found yourself paralyzed by your stash, overwhelmed by scraps you just can't bear to toss out, arm yourself with a new rotary blade for your cutter, make yourself a cup of tea and start reading. This book is not only full of beautiful scrap quilts that can be made in between the lines of other sewing, but also contains many ideas for getting your ever burgeoning scrap stash under control, into useable sized pieces that work well with one another, and ready to be sewn into quilts you've always wanted to make.
Ruby Red Dots
Ruby Red Dots: Fanciful Circle-Inspired Designs
by Sheri Howard.
Add a dash of panache to your quilts with whimsical dotted designs.
Quilt designer Sheri Howard shows you how in this delightful collection of appliqué quilts and quilted projects. Perfect for a block-of-the-month program, the feature quilt spotlights 12 free-spirited appliqué blocks inspired by the author’s imagination. An artful array of red dots lends a fanciful flourish to each block as well as the borders.
Four additional projects offer colorful variations on the dot theme. Large red circles take center stage in a striking brown-and-red companion quilt that combines appliqué with piecework. If you prefer smaller, easy-to-make projects, you’ll love Sheri’s charming table runner or heartwarming baby quilt complete with a matching quilted pillow.
Sheri also shares her time-tested tips for making appliqué easier with a handy freezer-paper method.
Women of Influence
Women of Influence: 12 Leaders of the Suffrage Movement
by Sarah Maxwell & Dolores Smith.
Celebrate the lives of 12 historical women who dared to question why women weren’t afforded the right to vote with the Kansas City Star 2009 Block-of-the-Month quilt.
Each block tells the story of a woman who stood up against the conventions of the day, and whose life’s work led to the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920 allowing women to vote. Follow the decades-long journey of women’s voting rights and gain a new appreciation for just how precious this right is.
Popular quilt designers Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith of Homestead Hearth show you how to make this quilt that honors these women who had the courage to fight for equality. In addition you’ll find five original patterns inspired by these women of influence.
Pick of the Seasons
by Tammy Johnson & Avis Shirer
Pick of the Seasons celebrates the entire year in quilts with wonderful projects in favorite seasonal motifs and colors. Tammy Johnson and Avis Shirer, the design team duo of Joined at the Hip, combine their favorites to make this book the cream of the crop!
Eight quilts of varying sizes are included - Springtime on the Square, Old Fashioned Christmas, Dahlia, Pumpkins and Acorns and more! Four additional projects can be inserted in poster frames for easy hanging.
Cradle to Cradle
By Barbara Jones
Quilts have always celebrated the biggest moments in our lives—from births to weddings. But what about all the other wonderful moments? Join quilt artist Barbara Jones as she celebrates many of the milestones in a young woman’s life—moving into her first Big Girl Bed, getting her braces off, getting engaged and more.
Inside you’ll find seven charming quilts honoring a young woman’s life from her birth through the birth of her own first child. Barbara teaches you a variety of appliqué methods for all skill ranges, so even the beginner can make these delightful quilts!
St Lous Stars
by Toby Lischko
Award-winning quilt-maker, designer and teacher Toby Lischko has a motto: “Quilting should be fun!” In St. Louis Stars, she shows you how to construct the 8-point block, use mirrors to find unique designs, and fussy-cut using step-by-step directions so that anyone can succeed at quilt-making.
You’ll find something to pique your interest, with projects ranging from simple four-block patterns to king size quilts. Toby also provides instructions for making your own templates and a coloring page for creating your own designs.
The Graceful Garden
by Denise Sheehan
Enjoy a relaxing stroll through this Jacobean-inspired graceful garden with appliqué artist Denise Sheehan. Beautiful flowers, meandering branches, whirligigs, courtyard steps and more await you.
The Graceful Garden is a block-of-the-month quilt featuring appliqué blocks with embroidered accents and complementary pieced blocks inspired by the art of the 17th Century. This fantasy garden’s many details—emulating the Jacobean era—are all created with 21st Century quiltmaking techniques including starch method appliqué and rotary cutting instructions.
Also learn how to make five additional projects—including a pieced vanity chair cover and a sweet pincushion—to fill your house with Jacobean style
Preserve your treasured memories by stitching them into keepsake quilts!
Often our most special memories are attached to clothing or other fabrics from our past. Join Deb Rowden as she shows us how to create one-of-a-kind quilts from these cherished textiles and bring your memories out of storage and back to life.
Learn how Deb made a unique mother-daughter quilt for her friend, Paula Ellis, using Paula’s mother's 1940s fashions and her own childhood clothing. This quilt is now a treasured possession of Paula's showcasing the fabrics that represent a lifetime of memories. Deb walks you through the entire process she used to make this quilt.
Also explore other memory quilts—from antique to contemporary—and make your own from one of eight patterns designed especially to use your treasured garments.
The Circuit Riders Quilt
This early album style quilt pays homage to Reverend George G. Warvel of Eastern Ohio, an early circuit rider. In appreciation of his efforts women from his circuit joined together in 1862 to make a presentation quilt for him when he relocated. The original quilt, now housed at the Art Institute of Chicago, includes 42 appliqued blocks, each lovingly inscribed by the maker.
Fruit Salad: Applique Designs for Delicious Quilts
Applique Artist Bea Oglesby presents a new collection of her original designs--27 different fruits, grouped into four quilts by categories: berries, citrus, exotic and common fruits. Also included are Bea's own recipes for serving fresh fruit. 96 pages.
Quilts for Rosie
Carolyn McCormick creates another stunning paper-pieced sampler. Twenty Kansas City Star patterns from the 1940's have been redrafted into 10-inch and 4-inch paper-pieced patterns, giving the quilter the choice of a larger quilt or a miniature. Instructions for projects such as sachets and trinket boxes are also included as alternatives for using the blocks. Another book feature is how quilts were part of World War II - quilts made by prisoners of war, Service Banners and how the war changed women's roles.