February 14 is getting close, and that means love is in the air! Rather than giving your valentine chocolates that are too-soon devoured or flowers that are too-soon wilted, consider creating a bouquet with some serious staying power.
A bouquet made from fabric and thread will provide years of warmth for someone special. The four books on sale today feature beautiful and diverse quilt-flower patterns that are perfect for sharing the love.
Creative Quilts from Your Crayon Box
By Terrie Kygar
In Creative Quilts from Your Crayon Box, author Terrie Linn Kygar teaches a unique Melt-n-Blend technique that incorporates your favorite childhood coloring implement—crayons! This technique allows you to create flowers with a gorgeous painterly look, like the colorful tulips in the quilt Kristy’s Toohoops. (“Toohoops” is the term Terrie’s daughter used for tulips as a toddler—how sweet!)
Kristy’s Toohoops from Creative Quilts from Your Crayon Box
A Flair for Fabric includes a wonderful assortment of quilts from the fabric designers of Henry Glass. Funky Flowers is an adorable wall hanging from designer Heather Mulder Peterson. The bouquet at the center of the quilt is one large appliqué, so the design comes together quite quickly.
Funky Flowers from A Flair for Fabric
Candy Store and More
By Kay Connors and Karen Earlywine
Candy Store and More is packed with ten fun 1930s-inspired designs that are ideal for the reproduction fabrics in your stash. The Idaho Bouquet pattern includes an irresistibly sweet quilt-flower block that’s created from simple appliquéd circles.
Idaho Bouquet from Candy Store and More
A Paper-Pieced Garden
By Maaike Bakker and Francoise Maarse
For truly stunning quilted blooms, look no further than A Paper-Pieced Garden. The book boasts 27 flower blocks that you can mix and match into your own unique bouquet or use to make the seven delightful patterns that are included. Dutch Tulips looks beautiful in a combination of red, blue, and green prints.
Dutch Tulips from A Paper-Pieced Garden
Who will you be making a quilted bouquet for this Valentine’s Day? Tell us in the comments!