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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

It's time for a new calendar!

KyleAnn here. I don't know about you, but I am already scheduling appointments for next year (like the dentist, annual check-up, etc.) and I need a calendar to keep track of them. While I have a planner I carry in my purse, I keep one on the wall so my Mr. Wonderful and I see at a glance who has to be where and when. Utilitarian calendars are ok, but pictures of beautiful quilts hanging on the wall are even better. To help you "beautify" your planning. . . .

Award-Winning Quilts 2011 Calendar

Featuring Quilts from the International Quilt Association

Enjoy a year-round celebration of quiltmaking! This extraordinary calendar features 13 award-winning quilts from the 2009 “Quilts: A World of Beauty” juried show. Noted designers include Caryl Bryer Fallert, Karen Stone, Robbi Joy Eklow, and many more.

That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar 2011
Feast your eyes on a dozen gorgeous quilts specially selected from America’s Best-Loved Quilt Books! Included is a pullout booklet with complete step-by-step instructions for each project—all at a great low price!

•Discover projects from popular designers such as Kim Diehl, Cynthia Tomaszewski, Sally Schneider, and Karla Alexander
•Explore scrappy quilts, folk-art styles, fusible applique, patchwork borders, and more
•Indulge in fabrics ranging from bold brights to nostalgic reproduction prints

and look at all the new books that just came in . . . . .

Star Struck Quilts

Dazzling Diamonds & Traditional Blocks • 13 Skill-Building Projects
by Barbara Cline

Mix and Match Blocks and Center Stars for up to 27 Different Quilts

  • Create 9 shimmering star quilts to adorn the walls of your home
  • Mix and match these 9 stars with classic quilt blocks to create up to 27 bed-sized quilts, too
  • Build your star-making skills-start out with simple patterns and move to more complex patterns as you learn
  • Create delightful stars out of diamonds
  • Create different designs by simply changing the color and/or size of the diamonds
  • Learn to create perfect 8-point centers that lie flat
  • Learn to take advantage of a fabric's design or motif with fussy cutting
This book includes complete instructions for 9 wall hangings, which can then be transformed into 27 bed-sized quilts. Barbara shares many valuable life lessons and shows you how to achieve the fine workmanship found in the quilts made in her Mennonite community.

From Spain with Love

11 Quilts Celebrate Mediterranean Color
by Roberta Cardew  

Take A Captivating Trip Through Southern Spain

  • 11 simple yet stunning quilt projects-perfect for any quilter, even beginners
  • See Spanish life through Roberta's eyes, as she tells the stories behind each quilt with lush photography
  • Projects are inspired by the flowers, foods, and colors of Spain's vibrant landscapes
  • Includes 6 delicious Spanish-inspired recipes
  • Bring unity to a quilt with a well-planned border
  • Create quilts in endless variations of one or two colors.
In this virtual trip to Spain, you'll learn how to make exquisitely easy quilts with all the warmth of the Mediterranean culture. Master the art of using color with the color lessons in each project. These patterns are scrap-friendly too, so delve into your stash!

Flying Colors

Design Quilts with Freeform Shapes & Flying Geese • 5 Paper-Pieced Projects, Full-Size Foundations
by Gail Garber 
Let Your Imagination Take Flight!

  • Gail teaches you step-by-step techniques to create your own unique quilt designs, or to make any of the 5 bonus projects
  • Draft shapes such as Flying Geese, triangles, and diamonds to fill strips of fabric that weave in and out of your design
  • Easy paper-piecing instructions help you make all your designs more accurate, from landscapes to radiating sunlight to flowing ribbons
  • Full-size foundation patterns included, plus a gallery of quilts made by Gail and her students
Learn how to make intriguing quilts with techniques for how to use free-form strips and shapes to create dimension, illusion, and flow. There's no limit to the designs you can invent!
Kaleidoscope Quilts—The Workbook

Create One-Block Masterpieces • New Step-by-Step Instructions • 12 Projects
by Paula Nadelstern  
The Magic is Revealed!

  • From the award-winning and best-selling author, Paula Nadelstern
  • Twelve projects-each one makes an artistic 20" square kaleidoscope block
  • Intoducing 22.5° wedges (her narrowest wedges yet!) to increase the beauty and intricacy of each kaleidoscopic pattern
  • Includes a gallery of the quilts from Paula's exhibit at the Museum of American Folk Art, plus candid shots of the opening reception
  • Never before have there been this many of Paula's kaleidoscope projects in one book!
This collection of kaleidoscope blocks made a stunning display on museum walls; now you can make them for your own walls too! In this workbook, you'll go “behind the seams” to learn Paula's design approach and fabric selection process, as well as her drafting and construction methods. Includes patterns you can follow for all 12 one-block quilts!

Blocks to Diamonds

Kaleidoscope Star Quilts from Traditional Blocks
by Cheryl Malkowski 
Reach for the Stars!

  • Learn Cheryl's technique for transforming traditional square quilt blocks into exciting, new diamond shapes.
  • Beginner-friendly star designs make Y-seams easy to learn
  • Create quilts that stand out from the rest!
  • Inspirational quilt gallery
  • Step-by-step how-to photos and illustrations detail the process
  • Paperless paper piecing, no more hassle with tiny bits of paper stuck in seams
12 Projects, Easy Techniques. Dazzle your friends with your own unique kaleidoscope quilts. You'll be inspired to mix and match fabrics and colors in new ways. 
It's back-to-school time, too! Columbus City and Southwestern (and others) started school today. It's not too late to make a neat lunch bag for that favorite student. Or spoil yourself and make a stylish lunchbag to carry that healthy lunch to work or play. 
Lunch Bags!

25 Handmade Sacks & Wraps to Sew Today
Contributions by: Design Collective  
Brown Bag it in Style

  • Projects include sandwich wraps, baggies, bicycle bags, and totes
  • Quick and easy to make with basic sewing techniques; everyone in your family will want one!
  • Customize the outside with your favorite fabrics and insulate the inside. You can waterproof it with laminated cotton, oilcloth, nylon, or vinyl.
  • Projects are fun, functional, and reusable-make your sack lunches even greener!
  • Bags can be washed in your dishwasher or washing machine
Today's hottest designers share their sewing savvy with 25 projects, from a simple sandwich wrap to a sophisticated shoulder bag. Why shouldn't your lunch bag match your personal wardrobe and eco-conscious lifestyle? 

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