A mother and daughter drive across the country from Washington state to New England, taking the daughter to her first year in college. This short book is told from the mother's perspective as she tries to figure out if she has prepared her daughter enough for the world and what she will do with her life now that her daughter is gone. An avid quilter, mom is also trying to finish a memory quilt for her daughter before the trip ends. Introspective and both funny and touching.
The New York Times bestselling author of the Elm Creek Quilts series joins the Dutton list with a Civil War-era tale of love and sacrifice behind Union lines. With The Union Quilters, Chiaverini delivers a powerful story of a remarkable group of women coping with changing roles and the extraordinary experiences of the Civil War. In 1862 Water's Ford, Pennsylvania, abolitionism is prevalent, even passionate, so the local men rally to answer Mr. Lincoln's call to arms. Thus the women of Elm Creek Valley's quilting bee are propelled into the unknown. Constance Wright, married to Abel, a skilled sharpshooter courageous enough to have ventured south to buy his wife's freedom from a Virginia plantation, knows well her husband's certainty that all people, enslaved and free, North and South, need colored men like him to fight for a greater purpose. Sisters-in-law Dorothea Nelson and Charlotte Granger wish safe passage for their learned husbands. Schoolmaster turned farmer Thomas carries Dorothea's Dove in the Window quilt with him. Charlotte's husband, Dr. Jonathan Granger, takes more than a doctor's bag to his post at a field hospital. Alongside the devotion of his wife, pregnant with their second child, Jonathan brings the promise he made to his unrequited love, Gerda Bergstrom: "My first letter will be to you." Together with the other members of the circle, the women support one another through loneliness and fear, and devise an ingenious business plan to keep Water's Ford functioning. That plan may forever alter the patchwork of town life in ways that transcend even the ultimate sacrifices of war.
Make every morning a "bed and breakfast" experience! Imagine creating an entirely new look using nothing more than fabric. Explore quilting from the eyes of a designer, learning how to choose fabulous fabric palettes.Â No matter what your style, Marianne Elizabeth shows you a new approach to fabric selection, quilt patterns for creating your own suite retreat and how-tos that will make it easy to be sew successful!
This book is a comprehensive guide to rotary cutting, quick piecing, and machine quilting. Full-color photos accompany step-by-step instructions teaching all the basic techniques of machine quilting. Quilt block designs are taught in groups organized by the shape of pieces used in the blocks: squares, rectangles, triangles, and curves. Innovative methods for sashings, borders, and bindings are included. Machine quilting methods include both machine guided and freehand methods. Also includes complete instructions for 20 quilt projects using the techniques learned.
Modern log cabin quilting : 25 simple quilts and patchwork projects
New York : Potter Craft, c2010.
If you think quilting is too difficult or too complicated, you’re not alone. Cutting hundreds of pieces and joining angled seams can be tough work! But log cabin quilting-an artful and simple way to piece strips of fabric around a central square-is different. From the intuitive construction through the straight-line stitching, this style of quilting is simple as can be. Â In Modern Log Cabin Quilting , Susan Beal outlines the entire process from start to finish, including basic quilting how-to as well as extensive design, fabric, and embellishment information. Since all log cabin designs follow the same formula, once you master straight lines and right angles, any of the 25 projects in this book are possible. From stash-friendly designs like the Charming Camera Case to more ambitious undertakings like the Vintage Linens Quilt, there’s sure to be a project that will get you into (or bring you back to) quilting! From the Trade Paperback edition.
Brighten up any room with fun, contemporary, and functional projects exploding with sensational color! Fresh Quilting presents 21 brilliant designs featuring quilt artist Malka Dubrawsky's intoxicating colors and unexpected palettes. Learn to create beautiful and lively pieces for you and your home-from modern quilts and fun pillows to flirty bags and scarves. In addition to clear directions and step-by-step illustrations for machine-sewn patchwork and quilted projects, Fresh Quilting includes a detailed section of techniques from basic piecing, cutting, and measuring methods to more advanced techniques such as inserting zippers into pillow backs and using bias binding to finish a quilt. Throughout Fresh Quilting , Malka will teach you how to adventurously and confidently mix colors and prints. You'll be inspired to infuse your own brilliant palettes into each project and discover just how irresistible and beautiful contemporary quilting can be!