You’ll be sew inspired: 3 new quilting books for February

Welcome to Wish-List Day! Get a sneak peek at new quilting books coming to your local quilt shop in February. Click on a book cover and then use the “Wish List” and “Notify Me” tools at ShopMartingale to keep track of your favorites.

Wish List and Notify Me tools

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Little GemsLittle Gems: 15 Paper-Pieced Miniature Quilts
by Connie Kauffman

What’s inside? We’re calling Connie the Cupid of Quilts. Why? Because paper piecing plus a pile of scraps makes such a perfect match! Make these striking quilts entirely from your scrap stash. You’ll rarely be asked for fabric pieces bigger than ⅛ yard to create these 12″ x 12″ beauties.

Why you’ll love it: Paper piecing makes accuracy a no-brainer, and these tiny treasures are an efficient way to learn the technique. Backing and binding? All you need is a fat quarter.

Quilts from Little Gems

BONUS >>> Find illustrated tips for enlarging patterns—create table runners, lap quilts, and more with your favorite “little gems.”

See all 15 quilts in Little Gems >


Make It, Take ItMake It, Take It: 16 Cute and Clever Projects to Sew with Friends
by Krista Hennebury

What’s inside? Find fresh, fun projects for the two main stages of quilt retreats: getting there and being there. Start with organizational projects that, when sewn, let you travel in style; then choose a beautiful quilt, pillow, or runner to make during the main event.

Why you’ll love it: Whether you’re a retreat-loving quilter or a stay-at-home sewist, you’ll love these inventive projects for organizing your stuff. Create pack-it-in patchwork totes, a cool half-moon needle case, and a smart sewing mat that stays put under the weight of your machine and includes front-facing pockets for all the small supplies you want to keep at hand, like snips or seam rippers.

Projects from Make It Take It

Rainbow ’Round the Cabin quiltsBONUS >>> Twelve of us are already planning an afternoon retreat to make the “Rainbow ’Round the Cabin” quilt (left). Everyone goes home with a completed lap-sized quilt top!

See all 16 projects in Make It, Take It >

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A Modern TwistA Modern Twist: Create Quilts with a Colorful Spin
by Natalie Barnes with Angela Walters

What’s inside? Think creativity is something you’re born with—you either have it or you don’t? Not so! But knowing how to use the three Cs—color, contrast, and composition—can get your creativity flowing. Let popular designer Natalie Barnes introduce you to the three Cs and give you the tools you need to make clever tweaks that lead to one-of-a-kind quilts.

Why you’ll love it: Natalie’s tips will become a part of how you create; soon you (yes, you) will come to possess that “innate” creativity too. Start your play with 13 projects, from quilts to table runners and fabric boxes.

Quilts from A Modern Twist

BONUS >>> Quilters who sigh at “quilt as desired,” take note! Natalie introduces machine-quilting star Angela Walters, who will walk you through the three Cs as they apply to machine quilting your projects.

See all 13 projects in A Modern Twist >


Which new book is lighting your creative fire right now? Tell us in the comments!


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