Cre­ative year

A look back at top 2015 craft books: many ti­tles on sewing and quilt­ing

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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.

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