A look back at top 2015 craft books: many titles on sewing and quilting
Sewing - by machine and by hand - was prominently featured among this year’s craft books. Many titles were geared toward quilters, and others were for children who want to sew clothes, gifts and quilts. Some notable titles from 2015: “All Points Patchwork” (Storey Publishing) helps quilters rediscover English paper piecing, a process that dates to the late 1700s. Author Diane Gilleland says it takes the struggle out of creating complicated patchwork quilts: “You can use (the process) to make beautiful and impressive quilts, but you can also add a bit of patchwork magic to smaller projects.”
“Constantinople Quilts” (C&T Publishing) is a gorgeous compendium of applique quilts by Australian quilt-shop-owner Tamsin Harvey that were inspired by Turkish Iznik ceramics, known for cobalt blue and intricate designs. Harvey’s quilts are highly detailed and prominently feature flora designs.
“The Modern Medallion Workbook” (C&T Publishing), by Janice Zeller Ryan and Beth Vassalo, also shares intricate patterns for applique quilting. The 11 modern patterns, by 11 expert quilters, range from basic to advanced. “It was a lightbulb moment for me when I realized that the definition of a medallion quilt is just a quilt made up of borders surrounding a centre medallion - nowhere in that definition does it state that they have to be equal, perfect or matched,” writes Vassalo.
“Smash Your Precut Stash!” (C&T Publishing), by longtime quilters Kate Carlson Colleran and Elizabeth Veit Balderrama, shares 13 quilts that give purpose to quilters’ collections of precut squares and fabric strips.
“Dreamy Quilts” (C&T Publishing), by self-taught designer Lydia Nelson, features 14 simple, quiet projects, including pillows and a table runner. “My idea of a dreamy quilt . is soft and soothing to the eyes, with a palette drawn from nature,” writes Nelson. “It is a quilt that is not overly complicated by an abundance of prints and colours.”
“Get Quilting” (C&T Publishing), by mother and daughter Angela and Cloe Walters, walks young people through the process, from choosing fabric and supplies to assembling and quilting a piece. Kid-friendly projects range from a T-shirt quilt to a school-supplies holder.
“Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns” (Abrams), by Natalie Chanin, features patterns for several of the fashion designer’s haute couture pieces and instructions for how to embellish, with beads and embroidery.
This is the cover of the book, “All Points Patchwork,” (Storey Publishing) by Diane Gilleland, which teaches how to perfectly match points in patchwork quilting.