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December 29, 2020
Book Review: Addicted to Scraps by Bonnie Hunter from Craft Gossip

I cannot tell a lie…I am definitely addicted to scraps, so what better quilt book to get than Addicted to Scraps by Bonnie K. Hunter.

This 96 page book features 12 beautiful scrap quilt projects, all of which are ideal for using up all of those scraps we quilters seem to produce in copious amounts.  There are color photographs found throughout.  From traditional layouts, to designs with a modern touch, you are sure to find a pattern that you will like.

Bonnie K. Hunter is a best-selling author, well-known quilt teacher and a columnist.  Quilting since 1980, she pretty ...

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December 21, 2020
Book Review – Prayer Shawl Quilts from Craft Gossip

Use these quilting patterns in Prayer Shawl Quilts to stitch prayer shawls for a friend in need. For those who love to quilt, every quilt is an act of love. These special quilted prayer shawl patterns let friends (or even strangers) know you have been praying for them. Featuring quilted shawls, throws and lap quilts from designers with a variety of faith backgrounds, Prayer Shawl Quilts is 48 pages and full color. You can purchase this book here.

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December 11, 2020
Book Review – 24 Hour Baby Quilts from Craft Gossip

Need a quick gift for a baby shower but time is running out? Not to worry, grab your rotary cutter, fabric, sewing machine and our easy-to-follow instructions and in just 24 hours you can make any one of these delightful baby quilts by Linda Causee. From beginner to intermediate there is a design that’s just right for you.

20 quick quilts: Busy Baby Bunnies, For Baby’s Christening, Baby Birds and Butterflies, Kate’s Quilt, Sail Off to Dreamland, Angel Ribbons, Fairy Godmother, My Paper Dolls, Little League, Baby’s Garden, Lost in the Stars, Candy Pinwheels, My Baby ...

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November 25, 2020
Kimonomomo Library List Part 2 from The Ardent Thread

Sashiko and Boro reference books – hard to find/out of print editions worth seeking out

Three lovely books for visual and text reference. One in Japanese, and two in both English and Japanese. These are not how-to books, but beautiful resources for getting a feel for sashiko, kogin, and boro textiles in historical context.

Links provided were valid on Amazon at the time I wrote this, but as these books are out of print they may not be available or may be ridiculously expensive. I’ve provided ISBN numbers for the first two you can use to search for these ...

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November 23, 2020
Book Review – Quilts for a Rainy Day from Craft Gossip

This issue includes 4 chapters: Perfect for a Rainy Afternoon, Projects for a Rainy Day, Rainy Weekend Projects and Ongoing Rainy Day Projects. Each pattern is perfect for that unexpected free time when a rainy afternoon or weekend clears your schedule. Pick out your projects ahead of time and have your fabrics ready for a gloomy day, or get started right away! Patterns are offered in a wide variety of sizes from mug rugs to bed quilts. Great for all skill levels. You can purchase this PDF book here. 

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November 15, 2020
November Book Reviews from From My Carolina Home

Time for some reviews of the latest books I’ve been reading. With more time at home, I’m getting more reading done than ever. Some I’ve had on my shelf for quite a while and just haven’t read yet, others I wanted to read so much I just got a copy at the library. Several of these are recommended, but three are in the ‘meh’ category. All are affiliate linked to Amazon for you to see the plot synopsis if you would like. For brevity, I have not included that here.

At Home on Ladybug Farm by ...

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October 24, 2020
Kimonomomo Library List Part 1 from The Ardent Thread

Japanese clothing in historical context, including social and economic status and what they tell us about clothing

This is not meant to be a comprehensive bibliography but a sample of what I have on specific topics in my reference library. Click on the book covers or titles to preview and/or purchase the books online. I make a few pennies if you purchase a copy through the link, but I always encourage people to check your local library for resources.

Memories of Silk and Straw – A Self-Portrait of Small-Town Japan – by Dr. Junichi Saga, translated by Garry O. Evans

This ...

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October 16, 2020
Playful Precut Quilts Book Tour from A Little Bit Biased

 One of my quilting besties published her first book!
Amanda Niederhauser recently published Playful Precut Quilts, 
a beautiful book that includes 15 projects that each feature 12" blocks -
making it easy to mix and match blocks from different patterns!

There were so many cute patterns in this book but I chose to make Flower Basket.
It's a basic patchwork pattern that uses a unique piecing technique, sewing partial seams.
I had never used that technique before.  I was a little nervous to try it but also wanted to 
push myself to learn something new!  And it was actually really ...

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September 29, 2020
Book Review – Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in the Cotswold from Craft Gossip

Displaying exquisite quilts around the Cotswolds area in England, the medallion quilt designs featured in the book Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in the Cotswolds shine.

The Cotswolds is an area in England featuring rolling hills and beautiful landscape.  Famous for its historic and quaint villages, one can often see them featured in movies and television programs that are set in a bygone era.  This British charm makes it an ideal place to photograph these quilts.

There are nineteen designs featured in the book and they are for all skill levels.  The patterns are included, along with color diagrams.  In addition ...

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August 21, 2020
Giveaway – Diamond Star Quilts from Craft Gossip

Diamond Star Quilts
Easy Construction; 12 Skill-Building Projects


Thanks to C&T Publishing we have 2 copies of this book to giveaway to our lucky readers.

Majestic star quilts with no inset seams!

Let your love of lone star quilts guide you into a surprising world of piece-abilities! Acclaimed quilter and teacher Barbara Cline shares exciting new techniques for constructing eight-pointed star quilts from diamonds. No tricky seams here! You’ll be amazed at how easy these quilts are to assemble. Build your skills as you start with basic star shapes and work your way up to radiant ...

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August 17, 2020
Book Review – Jelly Roll Quilts from Craft Gossip

Enjoy eight inspirational patterns perfect for weekend projects. All projects use 2 1/2″ strips in the construction making this your go-to book for moments when you want to create the perfect quilt without all the added planning and prepping. Save time and frustration by using preselected and precut strips. Page Count: 48 You can purchase this book here.

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August 3, 2020
Quilt Patterns – Christmas Mantel Covers from Craft Gossip

Christmas never looked so festive with these buoyant and happy mantel covers! Each project is easy and quick to stitch so you can make multiples for friends and family. From smiling gingerbread men to quaint villages, each project will bring something new to your holiday decor. The book includes full-size templates and step-by-step instructions for each pattern. 27 pgs. You can purchase this book here as a PDF for instant download. 

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June 29, 2020
A Year of Pot Holders Quilt Pattern Book from Craft Gossip

Potholders are not just for practicality they are actually really nice ways to decorate your kitchen. And they are the perfect weeknight project.

Everyone uses pot holders, so why not make yourself a set that celebrates each month of the year? Add a bit of decoration and style to your kitchen for years to come with these long-lasting potholders. Make a couple of extra to give away while you are stitching, so when the occasion arises and a gift is needed, you have one handy as a much-appreciated gift. Try several different applique methods, including freezer-paper, fused and interfaced applique ...

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June 26, 2020
Love Your Creative Space Blog Tour with Lilo Bowman from Christa Quilts

Today I’m excited to tell you about a fabulous new book, from my friend Lilo Bowman.

Lilo Bowman

Lilo Bowman

Love Your Creative Space: A Visual Guide to Creating an Inspiring & Organized Studio Without Breaking the Bank is Lilo’s new title from C&T Publishing. It’s full of ideas, solutions, and creative ways to set aside and love your personal space for making.

Love Your Creative Space book

Click here to buy Love Your Creative Space on Amazon. 

So backing up a little, I first met Lilo when I was a guest on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. She’s ...

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June 21, 2020
June Book Reviews from From My Carolina Home

Rainy days, and a lack of inspiration in the quilting area has left me reading more this past month.  I’ve devoured several good books and thought you’d like to talk about reading today.  Don’t miss my giveaway note later in the post!  Here’s what I have finished within the past few weeks.  Click on the book title for Amazon links for the synopsis.   Thank you for using my affiliate links when you can.

Final Resort by Ian St James – Interesting and well paced novel of greed, ego and international finance. The protagonist makes a bad decision ...

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May 24, 2020
Book Review – Year of Pot Holders from Craft Gossip

Okay, So we are already nearly 1/2 way through the year but it’s better late than never to start a 52 week project right? This is a must-have for your crafting library.

Year of Pot Holders 2 is not only a great collection of pot holders, it’s also 52 8″ quilt blocks that can easily be used to create one-of-a-kind quilts. Here is your passport to beginning quilt design. There are also many alternate suggestions for unique and personalized pot holder finishes. Be creative and take the challenge to make one pot holder every week for a ...

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February 29, 2020
Book Review – Little Quilts for Big Occasions from Craft Gossip

Sew a little and celebrate a lot! Sandi Colwell’s seven petite wall hangings will brighten your decor for life’s grand events! Get started on any one of these fun little quilts for special occasions, and you’ll complete it in just a few quick sessions of applique, machine embroidery, and quilting. From birthday cupcakes to July Fourth firecrackers or Christmas packages, you can put together seven sweet themes to display on tables or walls. When time is of the essence, these lighthearted designs finish fast!

You can purchase this e-book here. 

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February 10, 2020
The Engineer’s Wife from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

You probably thought this was going to be a blog post about me, right? No! It’s a book review, of sorts, about a book by Tracey Enerson Woods. The book is entitled “The Engineer’s Wife”. It is available for pre-order here (Amazon) and should be published on April 7. Initially, I chose the title because...

The post The Engineer’s Wife appeared first on Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara.

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February 3, 2020
Perfectly Pretty Patchwork Book Tour from A Little Bit Biased

I am so thrilled to be a part of the Perfectly Pretty Patchwork Book Tour.  
I have admired the author, Kristyne Czepuryk for many years.  
In fact, I even asked Kristyne to guest post on my blog back in 2012 where  
she shared her lovely sewing space in a series I called Sew Inspiring Rooms.  You can 
check it out HERE.  Kristyne is a wife, mother, fabric designer for Moda, 
two-time author, the designer of numerous other patterns for quilts, pouches, 
bags, stockings, etc., and has been featured in several magazines!  Kristyne you amaze me 
and this book is another ...

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January 7, 2020
Book Review – Memory Quilts in the Making from Craft Gossip

This book features easy-to-make album/memory quilts, each featuring the latest rotary cutting and quick-piecing techniques. Using old hankies, photos, school T-shirts and other media, quiltmakers can create an assortment of beautiful quilts. You can purchase this book here. 

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