HOT NEW BOOKS: Reproduction Quilts, a Sampler Quilt, and Hand-Embroidery Projects

What types of projects are next on your to-make list? We’ve covered a lot of the bases in this trio of recently released books.

• Are you yearning to learn how you can re-create classic quilts? Check out "Time-Honored Traditions" by Annette Plog. She’ll show you how to curate your fabric stash so you can replicate reproduction quilts that shine.

• Do you want to expand your skill set and sew a bunch (100+!) blocks? Then "Sampler Spree" by Susan Ache (aka @yardgrl60 on Instagram) is the answer! The scrappy blocks finish at 6 inches square, and they’re easy to adapt to your favorite color palette or style.

• Interested in trying a new-to-you craft (or revisiting hand-embroidery techniques, if you’ve been on a break)? Well you need to add "Retro Stitchery" by Beverly McCullough to your library!

Scroll down, watch each of the videos, then leave a comment describing your favorite project from one of the three books. (We know–it’s a tough decision!) We’ll randomly choose three people and send them a copy of the book that contains their favorite project. We’ll pick the winners on Sunday 4/25 at midnight Central. Good luck!

PS: If you’re not one of the lucky winners, remember to visit to add these books (and more!) to your cart. As always, we’re offering free shipping on orders $40+ (US only).

^^"Time-Honored Traditions: Replicate Classic Quilts of Centuries Past" by Annette Plog

Love the look of reproduction quilts but wonder why some look as though they stepped right out of the nineteenth century while others don’t? Remaking vintage quilts is a cinch when you know the secrets! Follow Annette Plog’s lead as she teaches you to make scrappy reproductions that look just like the antique quilts that inspired them. With plenty of detailed photography and facts about fabric, Annette covers everything from authentic color combinations to building a fabric stash that includes all the perfect colors and prints, plus tips and tricks for making all of your quilts sparkle. With your curated fabric stash, you’ll be able to fast forward to cutting and stitching any project any time, including the 13 featured quilts.


^^"Sampler Spree – 100+ Fresh & Fun Quilt Blocks" by Susan Ache @yardgrl60

Indulge your passion for color and fabric with a smorgasbord of blocks to use in a quilt that’s a visual feast. The fun begins with more than 100 beautiful quilt blocks that all finish at 6″ square, making them perfect for using scraps and for easy mixing and matching. Whether you prefer traditional or modern, you’ll find so much to love in the varied assortment of block designs. Susan Ache (you may know her as @yardgrl60 on Instagram) shares 50 expert tips throughout, plus step-by-step instructions for making half-square triangles, flying geese, stitch-and-flip corners, and more. Once your tantalizing blocks are stitched, arranging them in the stunning sampler quilt is sheer pleasure!


^^"Retro Stitchery – Oh-So-Cute Embroideries with a Wink to the Past" by Beverly McCullough

Spend an evening stitching any of the designs in this book and you’ll instantly remember what you’ve always loved about embroidery: it’s fun, you can see the design quickly take shape right before your eyes, and in the end you have a delightful piece to brighten your home or office. From beautiful florals to inspirational sayings to whimsical tacos (yes, tacos!), you’ll find more than a dozen designs to make you smile. Beverly McCullough of Flamingo Toes provides easy embroidery and finishing instructions so you can display pieces in hoops, on pillows or zip bags, and even on cork and clothing. Beverly’s inspiring designs and ideas will make it a pleasure to take each stitch.

60 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I love so many of the quilts in Time Honored Traditions, especially the pink and yellow 9patch!

    —Heather G on April 23, 2021
  • I like the first book, the pattern names are listed so I don’t know the names but I like the pink and yellow quilt

    Karen on April 23, 2021
  • Time Honored Traditions. I love the turquoise quilt being used as a table cloth.

    —debb Hauck on April 23, 2021
  • Time Honored Traditions. It is so hard to choose my favorite but I think I like the pink/yellow Irish Chain(ish) draped over the peach chair.

    —Rose on April 23, 2021
  • Retro Stitchery! I haven’t embroidered in years, but the cute designs, I like the "choose Joy" piece, makes me want to pick up a needle and floss again!

    —Lynette on April 23, 2021
  • Call me old school. I love Time Honored Traditions!! My favorite is the Pink 9 patch!

    —Judi Reiss on April 23, 2021
  • I love quilting books, but my favorite is “Sampler Spree”. Six inch bocks and samplers are fun to work on. Thanks

    —Debbie Sheldon on April 23, 2021
  • Tough decision is an understatement…. I would start with the Blue & White one and go from there. So many in the Time Honored Traditions to choose from.

    —MaryAnn Mairs on April 23, 2021
  • My fav project was in Time-Honored Traditions, the little basket quilt set on point stole my heart. The entire book makes me want to dig immediately.

    —Sarah Stewart on April 23, 2021
  • I would want to make every quilt that is in Time Honored Traditions.

    —jo C. on April 23, 2021
  • My favorite quilt was in Time-Honored Traditions – it was close between the T quilt and the tiny Baskets, but I have to choose the T quilt as my project to honor my sweet late husband, Tim. 💗

    —Mary Haak on April 23, 2021
  • Sampler Spree!.I love the sailboat block.

    —Kathy Retherford on April 23, 2021
  • The vibrant colors and multitude of blocks in SAMPLER SPREE would keep me creating new quilts for years to come. Really like the variety of options and sampler blocks are a fantastic way to improve skills and introduce quilting to potential new quilters,

    —Kristin B on April 23, 2021
  • I loved the traditional designs from Annette Plog. Hard to pick, but I really liked the red and cream quilt.

    —Karen A on April 23, 2021
  • Loved the pink and yellow quilt in Time honored quilts

    —Wanda Hetrick on April 23, 2021
  • i love the colors and blocks in the sampler, 100 fresh and fun quilt blocks by susan ache.

    Carolyn Montgomery on April 23, 2021
  • The Sampler Spree would be a great book to have, fresh look to blocks to inspire. Love them all as a sampler or one – two block quilt, hundreds of combinations.

    —Jenny on April 23, 2021
  • It was hard to chose, I liked Time honored traditions favorite quilt is old maid’s puzzle block set in the zig-zag vertical rows.

    —Lorraine Fenstermacher on April 23, 2021
  • Retro Stitchery for sure.
    That stitchery on the denim jacket!
    I would want to start yesterday:)

    —Evy on April 23, 2021
  • I love the little baskets in the quilt from Annette’s book Time-Honored Traditions. I’m thinking it would be perfect to use some of my blue scraps–so cute!

    —Karen D Martin on April 23, 2021
  • In Sampler Spree I love the pink & black pinwheel. But there are so many fun blocks in that book!

    —Libby M. on April 23, 2021
  • Time Honored Traditions is definitely on my wish list – I love the pink quilt with flying geese and the Jacobs ladder and the tabletoppers……. hope I win but good luck to everyone…..

    —Cindy Berry on April 23, 2021
  • I think the pendants in Retro Stitchery are adorable. Also like the VW bug.

    —Cindy French on April 23, 2021
  • Time Honored Traditions is my favorite book. The bubblegum pink quilt, second from last quilt shown on video, is my favorite from the book; although there are several that I would like to make.

    —Janet T on April 23, 2021
  • I love the brown Temperance "T" quilt in Time Honored Traditions. It looks antique!

    —Marcia Gilbreath on April 23, 2021
  • I really like Sampler Spree by Beverly McCullough because the various blocks can be used in so many different ways. I need new blocks!!

    —Linda Taylor on April 23, 2021
  • Retro Stitchery has just what I’ve been wanting to do for a while! The jean jacket back is just what I’d do if I was lucky enough to win this book! Thanks for the chance to win!

    Cindy Connell on April 23, 2021
  • Retro Embroidery !!!!

    I have a denim shirt just waiting to do this project – Embroidered back of Denim Shirt!!!!

    —Ellie Kosnac on April 23, 2021
  • I love the Time-Honored Traditions book. The baskets are my favorite although that’s a tough choice!

    —Ellie on April 23, 2021
  • I like the red and white quilt in Time Honored Traditions

    —Kathryn Price Laposata on April 23, 2021
  • This is my Happy Place in Retro Stitchery

    —Cynthia on April 23, 2021
  • There’s so many blocks to choose from in Sampler Spree, and I don’t know the names of many of them. That said, I’m rather partial to the blue and white (sort of) snowballs with the center cut out (I think of a lug nut). I generally don’t care for sampler quilts, but these blocks look more modern to me.

    —SandyMay on April 23, 2021
  • I love the pink zigzag setting in Time Honored Traditions. Actually I loved all the quilts in the book.

    —Kris Searle on April 23, 2021
  • So many great quilts in Time-Honored Traditions! I especially love the one with blue smashing and brown blocks that look like a Jacob’s Ladder variation. Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Becky on April 23, 2021
  • I love all of the quilts in Time-Honored Traditions, especially the red and white one.

    —Judy Jones on April 23, 2021
  • I loved the nine small four patches that were assembled into blocks with purple sashing. Of course I did like a lot of others in Time-Honored Traditions but that one just speaks to me.

    —Cindy on April 23, 2021
  • The Retro Stitchery book looks like a must have! I love the embroidery on the denim jacket. My denim jacket is waiting…..

    Cristy Marxsen on April 23, 2021
  • I love the Time-Honored Traditions by Annette Plog. My most favorite project is the blue and brown nine patches quilt. I believe I would make most of the quilts shown in the book. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

    —Ann West on April 23, 2021
  • I’d love Retro Stitchery by Bev. Those pendants really caught my eye, along with the pouch with a stitched car on it.

    Christine M on April 23, 2021
  • Time-honored Traditions . I love all the projects in this book. My favorite is the 6 the one, the brown and blue quilt that is displayed with the antique scooter 🛴
    Would be so happy to win this beautiful book. 🤗

    —Lois A Capper on April 23, 2021
  • I think my favorite is the quilt with a star and a pear in it. That particular sampler quilt just catches my eye!

    —Diane Fields on April 23, 2021
  • I like all the quilts pictured in Time Honored Traditions. My favorite is the blue and white, the first one pictured.

    —Annette F. on April 23, 2021
  • Retro stitchery caught my eye particularly the Sweet Tea and Sunshine towel.

    —Judy on April 23, 2021
  • I would have to pick : Time Honored Traditions. I would make anyone of the quilts shown. I love the look of old quilts.

    —Annette Ackley on April 23, 2021
  • I love vintage quilts so I would probably make all the time-honored quilts. The 5th one with what looks like HST or maybe it’s made with FQ would be first up.

    Christi on April 24, 2021
  • I always like traditional quilts, and am really liking all of the quilts shown in the Time Honored Traditions book. I could make each one, from the little baskets to the T block. I especially like the 4 patch with the lavender sashing. Thanks for the preview and the chance to win.

    —Patti on April 24, 2021
  • It’s a tough choice! While I love the variety in the Sampler Spree, I really loved the blue and white quilt in the Time Honored Traditions book. I’d be thrilled with either one!

    —Elaine Bishop on April 24, 2021
  • I would love to challenge myself creating my own mix/match blocked quilt. My favorite block would be probably the one with dotted tootsie roll in white/yellow backgrounds. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    —Patti S on April 24, 2021
  • I love that the blocks in Sampler Spree can be mix-and-match to create endless possibilities.

    —Karen K on April 24, 2021
  • Sampler Spree would be my pick as I love vintage quilts. Love the time honored tradition of sampler blocks!

    —Karla on April 25, 2021
  • Oh the traditions book and sampler would be great! But having SEW many options to do from the sampler book would be amazing! Definitely the go to for creating new patterns!

    —Tracy McKenzie on April 25, 2021
  • I love the "Choose Joy" project in the Retro Stitching book — it is my favorite!

    —Carol Collier on April 25, 2021
  • All the patterns are wonderful. For Time Honored Traditions, I would do the basket quilt. In Sampler Spree it would be the large quilt on the cover and Retro Stitchery it would be the home pillow. Sew cute!

    —Sharon Ray on April 25, 2021
  • ‘Time Honored Traditions’ – wow! Hard to choose but the twelfth quilt in would be my first project. Thank you.

    —Judy on April 25, 2021
  • Retro Stitching looks like a lot of fun!

    —Laura B on April 25, 2021
  • Time-Honored Traditions, this book has many lovely quilts. The red n white is my first favorite followed by the blue and white. I love reproduction quilts. Thank you for the opportunity to comment and hopefully win this awesome book.

    Dolores Roberts on April 27, 2021
  • I love the red & white quilt in Time-Honored Traditions. The brown T quilt is cool too! Hard to beat a quilt top set on point in my opinion.

    —Sue Hoover on April 27, 2021
  • In “Time Honored Traditions” , my favourite is the yellow and pink quilt on the pink chair.

    —Susan Ikin on April 27, 2021
  • I like Sampler Spree. Pushing myself to learn new blocks and techniques would keep me going.

    —Kristan Smith on April 28, 2021
  • I love the idea of 100 different blocks! I enjoy making sampler quilts, so Sampler Spree is the best book I could own.

    —Cecilia on April 29, 2021

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