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Martingale & Company.

Martingale & Company

19021 - 120th Avenue NE, Suite 102, Bothell, WA 98011

Bonnie Olaveson's Cotton Way Classics: Fresh Quilts for a Charming Home (9781604688788, $24.99) blends retro style with modern patterns to create a set of 13 quilt designs from Moda Fabrics designer and author Bonnie Olaveson, and offers a display that shows how to create block styles, then blend them for new effect. Patterns and photos accompany step-by-step directions for constructing the blocks and putting them together, building on quilting knowledge as they teach how to make and use plastic templates, how to cut, assemble and finish the pieces, and more, making this accessible to newcomers and advanced quilters alike. Karen M. Burns compiles Rock Solid: 13 Stunning Quilts Made with Kona Cottons (9781604688511, $22.99), a collection of stitching designs made to make the most of Kona cottons. Many quilting books cover the use of patterns, but this focus on working with solids makes for an intriguing survey of approaches that mimic the effects of pattern materials but which use solids to construct geometric shapes, mosaics, and more. Jo Morton's Jo's Little Favorites II: A Classic Collection of 15 Small Quilts (9781604688405, $24.99) comes from another Moda Fabrics designer and provides a collection of patterns that can be used in home decoration and quilt construction. From improving accuracy in patchwork production to producing patchwork based on 1800s traditional designs, Jo's Little Favorites II offers many options and different approaches quilters will relish. Debbie Busby of Wooden Spool Designs' Sew Many Notions: Wonderful Wool Appliques, Simple Stitcheries, and More (9781604687927, $26.99) is packed with patterns, applique accents, and sewing-theme motifs in a fun gathering of projects wool lovers will appreciate. Nearly twenty designs range from practical pincushions and table mats to inspirational rugs and framed appliques, all geared to quick production, sewing room display, and gift-giving. Peta Peace's A Piece of Cake: Sweet and Simple Quilts from Layer Cake Squares (9781604688573, $24.99) comes from an Australian designer who enjoys crafting quilts and handmade projects, and teaches how to mix 10" squares with background fabrics to make Layer Cake designs easy to put together and exceptional to display. Peace's basic instructions for beginners provide a fine series of patterns and designs in a guide to fourteen beautiful pieces beginners can easy access.

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Title Annotation:The Needlecraft Shelf
Publication:California Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Sep 1, 2017
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