Quilting and Craft Book and Magazine reviews

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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quilt now magazine cover issue 1
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Announcements, Quilting Interest, Recommended Reading

On (Virtual) Newstands: Quilt Now

It's no secret I like quilting magazines. I like to feature my favorites on this blog now and then. There are so many quilting magazines out there, it's pretty safe to say there is something for everyone. What is rare is finding one that has something for everyone all in the same place. I am really excited to have the first issue of Quilt Now, a brand new magazine from the UK edited by Katy Jones. It is available here in the States in digital form or from Pink Castle Fabrics (I subscribed through Pink Castle). After meeting Katy at...

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On Newsstands: Love, From the U.K.

If you are in the United States, this issue of Love Patchwork and Quilting is still in stores…and it just might be a favorite of mine! I want to tell you about it. If you are not familiar with this title, you simply must check it out. I don't subscribe to quilt magazines, usually just buying the issues that I really like. This one is different. I do subscribe, and I get excited every month it comes. I am in love with this quilt by Camille Roskelly, also shown on the cover, and the pattern includes a mini version, too. It...

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Book Club 2013-14, Recommended Reading

May Book Club: “Quilt Romance”

Is it really the last month of the school year? Well, it's also the last month of Book Club before I put all my sampler of blocks together into a quilt. I thought for the grand finale this year, I would choose Kaffe Fassett's "Quilt Romance" book. After all, what kind of quilters' book club wouldn't include his work? For my block of the month, I was inspired by the quilt, "Autumn Daze". The quilt in the book is made up of alternating blocks of rectangles and half-square triangles. So simple, yet a stunning combination of color and pattern. I wanted...

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Announcements, Finished Quilts, Patchwork, Published Work, Quilting Interest, Recommended Reading

My First Publication: Modern Patchwork

"After the Rain" Quilt, by Sharon McConnellPut your feet up and enjoy a great read! This season's issue of Modern Patchwork is here, and I could not be more excited to announce that I am in it! Well, my quilt and pattern are, anyway. This has been such a hard secret to keep the past six months, and I honestly I didn't really believe it was true until I actually saw the magazine.Look! there's my name in print! My "After the Rain Quilt"Last summer I sewed up this quilt using jumbo hexagons in all kinds of gray scraps plus...

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Book Club 2013-14, Recommended Reading

February Book Club: Material Obsession 2

Happy February! Rumor has it that those of us in the north are in for some improvement in temperatures in February, hope that's true. Each month I choose a book from my quilting library to review, look at quilts and find new inspiration. This month I am looking at Material Obsession 2 by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke. Anyone familiar with either of these ladies and their quilting knows that their books are filled with beautiful photography and a variety of interesting projects, mostly contemporary quilts with a strong traditional influence. Lots of scraps. Lots of color. This book does not...

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Book Club 2013-14, Recommended Reading

January Book Club: Hand Quilted with Love

I don't know about you, but I have so many quilting books, and I will likely keep buying my favorites. The problem is, I hardly ever actually make something from my books. So this year, I started a quilters' book club back when my kids started school in September. Each month of the school year, I am choosing a book to highlight and make one block. This gives me a chance to take a new look at my favorite books and to actually make a project inspired by them. At the end of the school year, I will have nine...

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December Book Club: Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe

For the month of December, my book club book is "Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe". I have pretty much wanted this book since it was released, just from seeing the projects on other blogs, but I only just found it at the store. I happened to have a coupon, so I scooped it up. It did not disappoint. For my monthly block, I made a sawtooth star inspired by Jeni Baker's pattern in the book, "Mini Claw Throw" Something unique about this book that I love: there are no basic sewing instructions. It is actual quilt patterns from beginning to end....

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November Book Club: “Quilting Modern”

I usually post about the book club on the first Sunday of the month, but I was on a family trip last week, so here we go. this month I chose "Quilting Modern" by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pederson. If you like the look of modern improvised or "wonky" piecing, this book definitely belongs in your quilting library. There are a lot of fun projects that are quick to sew up with scraps or your latest favorite yardage. For my book club block of the month, I took inspiration from the pattern, "Blue Ice Quilt" and made a log cabin-type block with my...

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Book Club, Book Club 2013-14, Recommended Reading

(Quilters’) Book Club

It is the first of September, the start of a new school year for our little ones, and I think we Sewers should hit the books, too. Each month I will feature a quilting book that inspires me and making up a 12 1/2" (unfinished) block from the book or adapted/inspired by a pattern in the book. At the end, I will have nine fun blocks to sew into a sampler or individual mini quilts, or pillows..... Will you join me? Our first book to study is PillowPop, compiled by Heather Bostic. You can find this at your local library (that's where...

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