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Thread: Quilting Books - what have you purchased lately??

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    I have been wanting to make a whole cloth quilt and in researching I found British Durham quilts and Welsh quilts and fell in love with them. So I have been buying books on those subjects. Most are history books with wonderful photos. I have on order now a book on French Boutis. This look appeals to me, but don't know if I will ever be able to do it. Also, have a lot of scraps and ordered Judy Martin's Log Cabin book to get some ideas for using my scraps. Boy those are not your regular log cabins -- stunning!

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    No books for a long time now.
    But just bought the Quiltmakers 100 Blocks magazines. All 6 of them. These are collectors items to have.

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    I just bought an older book at a Half Price Book store called "Threadplay" by Libby Lehman. It was published in 1997 but doesn't seem to make a difference. You could play for a year with her examples. The book has the usual basics re thread, fabric, machines, needles, tools, stabilizers and construction which I just skim over nowadays, but then you get to the Techniques! Ribbon Illusions, Sheer Stitching, Applique and Embroider! Good instructions, easy to follow. Well worth the $5.99.

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    I haven't bought any recently, but I think the last book I bought was Simply amazing Spiral Quilts by RaNae Merrill. It came with a CD-ROM, but I don't know where that is right now.

    Some of my more memorable books are Designing Tessellations by Jinny Beyer, and one on Bargello Quilts.
    My daughter bought me the one on 501 Blocks.

    I have a number of books with catalogs of blocks, a few paper piecing books, and a few on basic techniques.

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    I go years without buying quilt related books, but have gotten four in the last three months that I just couldn't resist. All are technique books, not pattern books.

    1) Vibrant Quilt Collage: A Spontaneous Approach to Fused Art Quilts by Bethan Ash so I can work on being more innovative with my designs and not so 'up tight'.
    2) Print with Collage and Stitch: Techniques for Mixed-Media Printmaking by Val Holmes so I can (finally) learn how to use my etching press to print collagraphs on fabric.
    3) Fabric to Dye For by Frieda Anderson so I can start dyeing my own fabrics to get the 12-step color gradations I want.
    4) Imagery on Fabric by Jean Ray Laury so I can experiment with the full range of image transfer techniques. This out of print book by the ground breaking Jean Ray Laury is one of the best, most complete references for image transfer ever written.

    I feel like a kid at FAO Schwartz the week before Christmas, I'm that excited to start all kinds of new things this Spring!
    The Earth without art is just "Eh".

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    I just bought Modern Patchwork, and love it. Beautiful patterns! However, in going through the book and showing my favorites to my husband we realized he doesn't share my love of modern quilts. It's funny when you think you know all there is to know about someone and then you show him a modern quilt book and it's all out the window! Haha!

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    I have bought one book one just a few weeks ago and one a couple of months back. Yet maybe 6 or 8 months ago I gave away at least 10 books. Most of them were ones I picked up years ago when I first started to quilt, many of them had the same blocks/patterns and/or technique so I just kept a few which had the most technique and blocks for refence.

    The one I picked up 2 weeks ago is "Story Times" by Kim Gaddy $25.95 it's a picture quilts to stir a child's imagination. It contains 8 quilts and a project. Each quilt has a story and the blocks tell them in the quilt. One called Birds & Bubble Gum "Watch along with the little bird as the wise old owl learns to blow a bubble. The bubble gets bigger, and bigger, and bigger, and pops." each quilt tells a story, so cute! I'm sure I'll enjoy making some of the quilts for children.

    The other book I bought a few months back: "Quilting-On-The-Go" by Carolyn Forster $24.95. I am very happy with my purchase of this book. It is easy to read and has pictures included to show you what you are reading. The first few chapters are the Basic which if you have been quilting for awhile you most likely aready know on picking out fabric, tools, sewing the block and batting. From there it goes into quilt as you go. The last part of the book includes 15 quilt patterns, not that I need any more patterns but all around it's written well.
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    One of the quilt books special to me is "In Love With Quilts" from the 1980's. An article showcasing a folksy quilt was in my antique inventory when I was an antique dealer and Ann Childs, editor. bought The quilt from me. It was a very unusual quilt with schoolhouse blocks and various other blocks in no particular order. The fabrics seemed to be from the early 1900's. Just amazing what has been done with quilts in the past.

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    Gayle Bong's Save the Scraps quilting book. I love it and have tried 2 of the patterns.
    Adapt! Improvise! Overcome!

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    Shirley Botsford's "Daddy's Ties" after a friend recently posted that she loved a large dresden one that she saw and wanted to know if any of her quilting friends wanted a project (facebook posting). To which I replied that if she had the ties, let me know, and then we could talk about background, backing, binding, etc materials. Strange, I haven't heard anything from her about it since... ;P

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