Quilting and Craft Book and Magazine reviews

The Ultimate guide to machine quilting book
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Quilting Interest, Recommended Reading

The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting

It's a recommended reading kind of day: I have a great book to share with you! Christa Watson (fabulous free motion quilter) and Angela Walters (super talented long arm quilter) have teamed up to produce a book that teaches about both types of quilting: The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting. I own Christa's previous book (and absolutely love it, read more Here), and I am just as impressed with this new one. I think the idea of presenting the two types of quilting is genius...there things that both can do best, but even if you only do one type (like...

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Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine
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Quilting Interest, Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading: Modern Quilts Unilimited

Happy Spring to you! It has been a busy couple of weeks (I had to build a kite at a school! I will show you more later), but now I am on spring break and have some time to breathe...and sew! I am really excited to be making some quilts for samples at Quilt Market in May. Today I want to tell you about a new-to-me quilt magazine that I am really enjoying. I don't know why Modern Quilts Unlimited has not really been on my radar before, but I recently picked up the newest issue at a local bookstore....

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Windy City Bags, book by Sara Lawson
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Recommended Reading, Sewing

Recommended Reading: Windy City Bags

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of Sara Lawson's brand new sewing book, Windy City Bags, and I thought I would tell you bit of my thoughts about it. I have a love-hate relationship with the Purse. I am constantly torn between the need to carry my essential stuff (credit cards, phone, lip balm, nail clippers...) but really hate carrying a purse. This is an especially real problem now that I am in school since I have a book bag and often art supplies to haul around too. Long story start: I currently carry a woefully...

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black and white and colorful quilt by Jackie Kunkel, pattern in book, "splash of color"
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Quilting Interest, Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading: Splash of Color!

There is a new quilt pattern book for quilters now available, and it is different than everything we have seen recently. Splash of Color was written by Jackie Kunkel (owner of shop Canton Village Quilt Works) and offers a feast of fun patterns for quilters of all styles. (keep reading, you have a chance to win an E-copy of the book!) The concept of Splash of Color is combining black and white fabrics as "neutrals" with brightly colored prints. You won't find a quilt in this book made from a single designer collection, no trendy stuff...just classic-style quilts perfect for using...

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Love Patchwork and Quilting issue 24
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Recommended Reading: Love Patchwork & Quilting

  Happy Mail! This month's issue of Love Patchwork and Quilting is a particularly good one, so I thought I would share my favorite projects and inspiration with you. The cover quilt is by Nicole Calver (@snippets101) and is quite creative in the way it is put together. I noticed when I saw the whole quilt photo that the stars seemed to overlap...they weren't pieced in your typical square and then set together in a grid. I read the pattern and loved how she put this together! Such a creative way to get a quilt without an obvious "block". There is...

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Quilt Now Magazine issue 10
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Pops Quilt, Published Work, Recommended Reading

Quilt Now Featuring “Pops!” Quilt

My, how the months go by! It seems I just told you about my Gossamer Quilt in issue 9 of Quilt Now and here we are on issue 10. This issue is running on the theme of bright and cheery quilting and sewing projects. The quilt on the cover was made by Nicholas Ball (@quiltsfromtheattic) and uses small scraps for the abacus beads, fused and appliquéd to pieced strips. This issue has many projects great for using scraps, including quilts and bags. My new pattern, called "Pops!" is one of the featured quilt projects. It is machine pieced hexagons, all...

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Quilt Now magazine, modern patchwork and quilting with sewing patterns
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Published Work, Quilting Interest, Recommended Reading

Quilt Now, issue 6, Featuring Eclipse Quilt

I am so excited to share this quilt pattern with the world! I previously posted about my Eclipse quilt, Here. Now you can make one, too, if you have the latest issue of Quilt Now. I know that Quilt Now is not widely available in the States, so for my fellow Yankees, I will have the pattern available to purchase soon, too. Issue 6 of Quilt Now is filled with great projects to sew as well as newsie stuff about new fabrics and sewing industry people and gadgets. I think it is so cool that this issue has two curved...

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Jumping jacks scrap quilt by sharon mcconnell, in quilt now magazine, scrap patchwork easy quilt
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Giveaway, Jumping Jacks Quilt, Published Work, Quilting Interest, Recommended Reading

My Scrap Quilt in Quilt Now Magazine, plus Giveaway!

Last June I had the fantastic opportunity to meet Katy Jones at Camp Stitchalot retreat in Michigan. At that point, I was interested in doing more pattern publications in magazines and she was getting ready to launch a brand new quilting magazine based in the UK. We talked, she liked my quilts, I liked her, and now I present to you "jumping jacks", my first quilt project published in the current issue of Quilt Now. This magazine is fun because each issue has a basic theme, and this month we have scrap and stash sewing patterns. I made my "jumping...

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Quilt Now Magazine issue 3, sewing ideas from Color Girl Quilts
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Quilting Interest, Recommended Reading

Recommended Sewing: Quilt Now

In issue 3, Quilt Now heads to Morocco with the rich colors and graphic patterns. It is kind of fun how this magazine has a theme each issue and the projects, fabrics and photo styling reflect that theme. I wanted to show this issue in particular today because it has some really quality projects inside. Even though this is only issue 3 of a brand new publication, it already shows a lot of promise in my mind: the projects are actually on the challenging side! Editor Katy Jones (of I'm a Ginger Monkey) isn't afraid to offer more than the...

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super simple modern quilt sampler by Sharon McConnell for Color Girl Quilts, modern patchwork
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book club 2014-2015, Patchwork, Recommended Reading

Quilters’ Book Club: A New Year, A New Sampler Quilt

It is a new school year, and therefore a new year of Quilters' Book Club. If you are a new visitor to this blog, you can see all the posts from last year's book club, Here. Last year, I chose my favorite quilting books and spent some time each month revisiting them for sewing inspiration and told you a bit about why I like the book and projects. I chose a project from each book and made one 12" block inspired by that project, then turned them all into a Modern Sampler Quilt (Summer Blockbuster 2014, Here) in July. For this...

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