Dolls & Dresses to Appliqué

A dozen darling dolls and delightful dresses ready for your appliqué pleasure. A sampler quilt pattern is included to show off the entire collection. Use your favorite method, or follow Kay’s instruction for fusible machine appliqué. 24 pages, soft cover, full size patterns, $15.95.

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Be sure to check out Kay’s Blog – it’s choc full of valuable tips and inspiration on appliqué and more!

Cutting Garden Quilts

cutting-garden-quiltsMelinda Bula introduces her newest book, Cutting Garden Quilts: Use a simple paint-by-numbers process to create these breathtaking floral quilts! Five how-to patterns feature a rose, pansies, clematis, coneflower, and apples. 95 pages of flower garden fun. Take a look at her patterns, other books and her blog.


qw-timeless-cover-front_sBy Jo Morton. This beautiful book is 32 pages in full color, includes new graphics, set shots for inspiration, flat shots to see the entire quilt, and a nice section on hand-piecing her favorite block, the LeMoyne Star. Be sure to look at her other books and patters.

Easy Applique Blocks

Kay Mackenzie’s newest book
will be shipping to quilt shops in early March.

This library of 50 fun, fresh designs is ready and waiting for the appliqué enthusiast. You’ll find flowers, baskets, birds, animals, fruits, teapots, hearts, and a whole variety of what can only be described as offbeat and unique designs, at your fingertips! Some of the blocks recall traditional appliqué motifs, while others are modern, fun, or whimsical in nature. Something for everyone, with big, easy-to-sew pieces.

Use your own favorite method, or learn a new one as Kay shares her tips for three kinds of appliqué: freezer-paper-on-top, back-basting, and machine appliqué.

eab-kay-blooms-red-yellowCD included! Enjoy browsing through the book, then use the CD with your computer to print out the blocks you’ve selected in the size you want. The CD includes all 50 designs in five sizes each, plus reversed versions for back-basting or machine appliqué.

Here’s a peek inside at her quilt called “Blooms in Red and Yellow”

Simply Stunning Woven Quilts

sswqNews around the blogosphere is that this is the “hot” book right now:
by Anna Faustino. Her website is filled with truly stunning quilts – check out her gallery here. I took advantage of Google’s Peek Inside and all I can say is wow, wow, WOW!

Power Cutting

Debbie Caffrey is *The Power Quilter* and her book, Power Cutting has the best cutting technique I’ve ever seen. Check out her many strip piecing books and more AFTER you watch her video. Thanks for the demo, Debbie!

Quilts from the Selvage Edge

selvage-book-cover-from-michelleeHave you seen Quilts from the Selvage Edge by Karen Griska? Published by AQS, this is sure to be a hit with all the Stashbusters!

Be sure to peek at her blog too! Here’s a quilt from her blog, called “Tumbler”: tumbler

Sew and Go Totes

4751_fcQuilt Designer Kristine Poor has written Sew and Go Totes – a collection of 9 quilted projects which is sure to catch the quilter’s eye! The projects range from a large duffel to a small patchwork wallet.

The popularity of quilted bags and the plethora of beautiful fabrics available today prompted Kristine to develop these totes. These bags also offer versatility; they make great gifts, market bags and diaper bags – the quilter can customize them to their needs. All of the instructions are clearly written with color illustrations and photographs. All you need is your creativity!

Cheryl Johnson of Leisure Arts writes (from her blog “Living in a Material World”): “If you’re in the mood to make a fabulous tote, backpack, bongo bag, or a ginormous bag perfect for weekend packing or, even better, large-project-toting, check this out!”

The book is available now through Leisure Arts, local quilt shops and major book retailers. The retail price is $16.95. (ISBN 1601409257)

About Kristine Poor

Kristine Poor is the designer behind Poorhouse Quilt Designs pattern company. Poorhouse Quilt Designs was born in September 2006, after designing the Sampler Tote as a gift for a family member. Kristine has a degree in Engineering and a love of fabric; these seemingly conflicting pursuits have come together. She works with Jean Johnson (mother/pattern editor/sample maker/creative assistant) to develop patterns that are a blank canvas for your creativity.

Just a Quilt?

just_a_quilt_-_cover_front_only_low_res_112808_8i4oChildren’s book author Dalen Keys introduces “Just a Quilt?”, due out in February. “Just a Quilt?” explores the creative mind of Chase, a child who thinks his quilt is a racetrack, cape, shield, tent and more.

Married to a quilter (lucky man!) Dalen was inspired by his own imagination, his wife’s work and the world of children. Take a peek here.

Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts Book

I watched RaNae Merrill demonstrate her technique at the Checker Booth and she had her crowed hanging on every word. Absolutely gorgeous quilts from a practically fool proof method in a book that contains a CD with patterns and templates for you make this the hottest book introduced in Houston for the 2008 Quilt Market.

Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts has a whopping 160 pages containing everything you need to know to make your own simply amazing spiral quilt. From fabric designing to quilt designing RaNae has style and and her work has a WOW factor times two. This is the nicest book I’ve opened in quite a while. Congratulations RaNae and Krause Publications.

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