I have always loved books. Every kind of book. It goes without saying that I love quilt books… even those written in different languages.
So one of my favorite things about Quilt Market is that there are always new books to see – just published, coming soon and “is this ever going to be here?”. So here are a few that have just come across my desk, and a few that I’ve seen advertised and am looking forward to seeing.
All In A Row Again by the Moda Designers – the Moda All-Stars.
There are twenty-three new rows in All In a Row Again that can be mixed and matched with rows from the hugely popular All In A Row book, Vol. 1. (It wasn’t titled that but since there are now two… it works for me.) . There will be more about this book in November but this cover is too cute not to share now.
Free-Motion Meandering by Angela Walters. This just came into the office and it’s terrific. I’ve been doing a bit more machine-quilting and I am out-of-practice, short-on-skills, fill-in-the-blank for free-motion quilting. Meandering. Were you picturing stipples and loops? I sure was. What I particularly like is how beautifully the process for each different meandering design is shown – the step-by-step, stitch-you-through-it diagrams.
Improv Patchwork by Maria Shell. Okay. I’ll admit it… you need a book to do improv piecing? Isn’t that like needing a rule book on how to break rules? Surprise… it turns out there is a whole lot more to it than that. Technique still matters. Why some improv quilts work and others… not so much. Maria’s quilts are spectacular, so if you’ve ever had an interest in exploring Improv quilting, this is a terrific place to start.
Also from C&T Publishing, Create Your Own Improv Quilts by Rayna Gillman takes a different approach to the “same subject”. Rayna does not use rulers and some of the techniques are different. I love the section in this book about inspiration, where to find it and how to keep it. Both are terrific books – whether you want to make improv quilts or not.
Crazy Kind of Wonderful by Janet Nesbitt of One Sister Designs. Wool. Appliqué. Piecing – the “crazy” kind of piecing for which Janet is known. While I know I’m going to love everything in this book… I would get it for that pincushion pattern alone. (Does that make me crazy?)
Radiant Quilts by Elsie M. Campbell – stunning quilts from simple shapes. Elsie has a way with color and pattern, and by incorporating only one, two or three shapes, she’s created nine quilts that are about color and definition. Elsie will be doing a Demo in the United Notions booth on Sunday so I’m looking forward to seeing these quilts in person.
Me & My Sister – aka Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson – will be debuting their Double-Wide Dresden Book at Market. More than a dozen projects designed for their Double-Wide Dresden Ruler. As the cover says, this is a fast, fun and easy way to make a Dresden with finished edges. You know it’s going to be good, right?
Not to be outdone by his friends, Barbara and Mary, Doug Leko of Antler Quilt Designs will be showing his debut book with Martingale at Market – Stashtastic! (And Quilt Festival!) Twelve different designs, each shown in two colorways/styles of fabric for a total of twenty-four quilts. This book will be officially published on December 1st.
Southwest Modern by Kristi Schroeder. This is one of the books I’m looking forward to seeing in person. Kristi is a wonderfully talented modern quilter who works primarily in solids. And she’s from Texas! Her patterns are for Initial K Studio.
Quilts & Projects from my Favorite Fabrics by Yoko Saito. One of the most-anticipated events at Quilt Market and Quilt Festival is the presence of Yoko Saito, the renowned quilter from Japan. Appliqué, piecing, embroidery, hand-quilting, bags, quilts, and anything else that can be made with a needle and thread… Yoko Saito has made it. Beautifully. Exquisitely. There will be an exhibit of her work in Houston, and she will be teaching several classes. Several designers I know are already preparing for major “fan-girl” moments.
So this is what is going to keep me busy in the coming months – reading these books and making a list of “what to make”. Which one caught your attention?
I’m off to find some space on my bookshelf for all these books…
Maybe I’ll just get a new bookcase. It’s not like I won’t fill it soon enough.