I’m baaaaaaaack! This blog thing could become addictive.
Here are the newest selections from The Kansas City Star due in our warehouse sometime in July.(note: that can be anywhere from the 5th to the 31st)
History Repeated: Block Exchange Quilts by the 19th-Century Patchwork Divas
by Betsy Chutchian and Carol Staehle
Inspired by their love of antique 19th-century quilts, the Patchwork Divas recreate these
quilted treasures of the past with 1800s reproduction fabrics. The group’s co-founders,
Betsy Chutchian and Carol Staehle, have assembled a captivating collection of quilts from
past block exchanges. Ranging from the simplicity of the Double Nine-Patch block to the
more challenging Carolina Lily block, there is a project for every skill level among this
book’s 16 classic quilts. Each of the chapters features detailed block instructions as well as
one to three setting options. To give you even more setting and color palette ideas, most of the chapters include an inspiring photo gallery of additional quilts by the Patchwork Divas.
Softcover, 112 pages
A Baker’s Dozen: 13 Kitchen Quilts from American Jane
by Sandy Klop
If you’ve got quilts in every room of the house, it’s time to start on the kitchen! Sandy Klop
of American Jane presents 13 designs — a Baker’s Dozen — to use throughout your
kitchen: on the walls, and as tablerunners too. Many feature Sandy’s signature appliqué
designs — several are pieced patterns. All are cheery, bright and just right for this favorite
gathering place of every home.
softcover, 96 pages Be sure to visit Sandy here & here.
Be Merry: Quilts and Projects for Your Holiday Home
by Martha Walker
Martha Walker of Wagon’s West Designs offers some sweet touches when decorating forthe holidays. You’ll want to make one of the six original quilts to brighten your home for the season. And if you need something for a quick gift, there are ten projects from which to choose. Journal covers, penny rugs, punch needle, cross stitch, ornaments – there’s something for everyone between the covers of Be Merry! softcover, 96 pages
Graceful Rhapsody: A Quilted Paisley Block-of-the-Month
Beautiful designs from the imagination of appliqué artist Denise Sheehan await as you step
into the harmonious world of Graceful Rhapsody. Come join Denise as she shows you how
to compose your own quilt, striking the right blend of melody and harmony. The appliqué
featured in Rhapsody is a tribute to the timeless beauty of paisleys. Embroidered accents
and a soft arrangement of pieced and alternate blocks enhance the applique. The balance of
paisleys and flowers in blue, grey and taupe will make your heart sing. Two additional
projects found inside – including an embroidered wall hanging – are based on these
beautiful paisley delights!
softcover, 96 pages
Welcome Home: Surround Yourself with Country Warmth by Cheryl Wall Welcome Home was inspired by house motifs, often used in the author’s designs, and the
pleasure she feels when being welcomed into someone’s home. The sampler quilt
depicts many homes, each with a unique personality, made up of different pieced blocks
and some applique for interest. Cheryl encourages you to use your own personality and
fabrics you have on hand to make this quilt reflect who you are.
Welcome Home contains a second charming quilt,
One House, Two House, and several smaller projects, including a
wallhanging, a tablerunner, a picture, and a pillow, which include a variety of techniques
including embroidery and working with wool. Along the way, she gives you mini
tutorials on quilting details, from “Making Half-Square Triangles” to “Finishing Your Quilt.”
softcover, 80 pages
Fruitful Hands by Jacquelynne Steves There was a time when the fruit of one’s hands was a necessity to keep our families clothed and fed. Today, we don’t have to accomplish any of these tasks ourselves, unless we want to. And many of us do want to achieve a feeling of accomplishment by using our creative spirits to express ourselves through home decor and other items that offer comfort to family and friends. Fruitful Hands offers a variety of projects for both machine sewing and hand stitching, and a yummy recipe that is “family approved” accompanies each project. Includes 14 projects – from the “Citrus Peel Quilt,” to the “Cheery Cherry Punchneedle Pillow,” to the “Heartfelt Home Floor Mat.” Indulge your appetite with “Pineapple Bread Pudding,” “Blueberry Chutney,” and “BLT Macaroni & Cheese Cups.”
Iron Maiden: Mrs. Bobbins’ 2012 Calendar Mrs. Bobbins has had quite the year! She saw the birth of her niece’s baby, she realized she’s more of a cat lady after dog sitting, and she hit the gym as her New Year’s resolution. And she did it all quilt-style! This 2012 calendar showcases 12 of our favorite Mrs. Bobbins cartoons from the past year. See her use a layer cake as a birthday cake, question why a postage stamp quilt can’t ship for free, and fly a quilt as a kite. Oh, and let’s not forget about her panhandling for fabric money! Mrs. Bobbins has been spicing up everyone’s Monday mornings since 2008. She is the product of artist Julia Icenogle’s wacky humor and quirky pen.