Spring 2013: new books about quilting

Welcome to Wish List Day! Our first wish-list post proved to be so popular that it’s become a quarterly event. Those January–March 2013 books are now all available, so it’s time to reveal the next three months of all-new books about quilting, knitting, crochet, and more.

At the beginning of the year we introduced our “Wish List” and “Notify Me” options as a way to keep track of upcoming books you love best. Because these books aren’t available just yet, you can make sure you’ll know when they’re hot off the press. Simply click through to a book’s page at our website and do one of two things:

Wish List and Notify Me links

1. Request that we notify you when a book is available (we’ll send you an email).

2. Add the book to your wish list (it’ll stay in your wish list, just like a bookmark).

Now, onto the latest batch of gorgeous books featuring new quilt designs and patterns—they’re all coming soon to a quilt shop or online store near you!

APRIL 2013

The Blue and the Gray The straight scoop: The two quilting icons known as Country Threads start a Civil War Reproduction Club in their legendary Iowa quilt shop. Turns out, a whole nation of quilters wants to join the club too.

Why you’ll love it: These beautiful, traditional quilts share stories of our history, both in fabric and in design. If you’ve stashed Civil War fabrics—or if you’d like to—the latest from Country Threads is a shining salute to the era.

Add The Blue and the Gray to your wish list or “notify me!” queue now.
Projects from The Blue and the Gray
“Remember Me,” “Battlefield,” and “Four Patch Star”


Modern Baby The straight scoop: Today’s hottest, hippest designers (including Victoria Findlay Wolfe, who just won Best of Show for her “Double Edged Love” quilt at QuiltCon) celebrate Baby in superbly sweet quilts. Don’t let any baby on the way miss the fabric festivities!

Why you’ll love it: Sugar and spice? Snips and snails? Neither govern baby decor anymore. Adorable, fresh motifs, along with dazzling geometric designs, will delight moms and babies alike.

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Projects from Modern Baby
“The Birdhouse Quilt,” “Modern Shapes Sampler,” and “Tiny Textured Trees”


Hexagons Made Easy The straight scoop: Now any quilter can find time to create that distinctive English paper-pieced look—yep, even you. An inventive, machine-sewn alternative shows you how to skip the Y-seaming and the hand sewing!

Why you’ll love it: Catch on to the quick facing technique Jen uses in a jiffy—try a pot holder, a pillow, or a wall quilt first, and then move on to larger quilts. And Jen’s clever hexie designs are easy, cheerful, and oh-sew fun.

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Projects from Hexagons Made Easy

Clockwise from top left: “Honeycomb Hexagons,” “Peekaboo” table runners, and “Joy” banner


Crochet a Zoo The straight scoop: An artist and animator for DreamWorks Animation SKG crochets enchanting animals for the real world.

Why you’ll love it: Cuddly creatures from every path you could walk at the zoo are made with the same basic shapes. Customize animals with felt stripes, embroidered paws, and more. Then create tiny bananas, leaves, and other animal eats from felt, plus a zany zookeeper. Package ’em up for the best crocheted gift a kid could ever get!

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Projects from Crochet a Zoo
“Hippopotamus,” “Elephants,” and “Panda”


MAY 2013

Triple-Play Scrap Quliting The straight scoop: It doesn’t matter whether you have a room dedicated to your stash, you only collect precuts, or you just bought your first fat quarter—Nancy’s got a scrap quilt for that.

Why you’ll love it: You’ll find not one, not two, but three versions of each quilt in the book. Follow Nancy’s methods for making “coordinated” (for precuts), “planned” (for a single color or style of fabrics, such as plaids or batiks), and “make-do” (for bits and pieces) quilts. Get that rich, varied look using what you’ve got.

Add Triple-Play Scrap Quilting to your wish list or “notify me!” queue now.
Projects from Triple-Play Scrap Quilting
“Bull’s Eye” quilt with coordinated, planned, and make-do fabrics


Modern Neutrals The straight scoop: Bestselling author Amy Ellis strips down her color palette to biscuits, buffs, slates, and stones—and the results are just as stunning as her most color-drenched quilts. Think sophisticated, think soothing, think stylish. Think guys who need quilts!

Why you’ll love it: If you think you can’t stitch a showstopping quilt with neutral fabrics, think again. Neutral colors vary hugely in spectrum, from lightest ivory to deep chocolate brown, or bright white to soft black. Amy’s knack for mixing colors infuses these nothing-but-neutral designs with life.

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Projects from Modern Neutrals
“Circuit Board,” “Sliced,” and “Placid Curves”


25 Patchwork Quilt Blocks The straight scoop: Katy Jones charms American quilters with her fresh, quirky take on quiltmaking all the way from the UK, via her popular blog. Now she brings her fun, playful twists on tradition stateside.

Why you’ll love it: Block books are an investment that last a quilter’s lifetime, and Katy’s 25 blocks are a graphic and lively way to begin designing your own quilts. And beginners? Consider Katy’s book your new best quilting friend!

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Projects from 25 Patchwork Quilt Blocks
“Armchair Butler,” “
Amuse-Bouche Pillow,” and “Gridlock Quilt”


Log Cabin Fever The straight scoop: The beloved Log Cabin block has been around since the dawn of, well, log cabins! Just as beloved is designer Evelyn Sloppy, and her sought-after, hard-to-get, coveted homage to this timeless quilt block is now back in print.

Why you’ll love it: Traditional Log Cabin blocks get a fascinating makeover, mingling with stars, hearts, baskets, and more. A must-have classic for anyone who loves the cabin life. (Download a freebie from the book before it’s released here).

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Projects from Log Cabin Fever
“Apple Crisp,” “Stars around the Galaxy,” and “Love Entangled”


20 Easy Knitted Blankets and Throws The straight scoop: Luxurious, cozy throws meet simple stitches, affordable yarns, and an average cost of 85 cents per pattern. Prepare your needles for action!

Why you’ll love it: Is there anything more comforting or heartwarming than a hand-knitted throw? Tuck in precious little ones, cuddle on the couch, and chase away the chill with the designs in this go-to gift book that you’ll reach for again and again.

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Projects from 20 Easy Knitted Blankets and Throws
“Arbor,” “Sunset Squares,” and “Triple Wave”


The Essential Book of Crochet Techniques The straight scoop: Crochet queries? Find answers here. From the first chain stitch to buttonholes and blocking, this technique-packed book is back—now in softcover—by popular demand.

Why you’ll love it: Whether you’re a beginner, halfway to greatness, or crochet with your eyes closed, questions arise. Tote this handy 6″ x 9″ reference guide wherever you take your crochet, and you’ll never miss a beat.

Add The Essential Book of Crochet Techniques to your wish list or “notify me!” queue now.
Pages from The Essential Book of Crochet Techniques
Assembling a Sweater, Buttonholes and Button Loops,” and Joining Motifs


 JUNE 2013

Fat-Quarter Quickies The straight scoop: The bestselling author of Strip-Smart Quilts admits to being a prime target for a first episode of “Fat-Quarter Hoarders.” Before she felt obliged to audition, she invented a ruler to divvy up quarters into quilter-friendly pieces; then she designed patterns to make use of those pieces. Kathy’s genius strikes again!

Why you’ll love it: Kathy’s quilts are always a snap to sew—she prides herself on making sure you happily cross the finish line every time. Her speedy patterns make tackling fat-quarter quilts no sweat.

Add Fat-Quarter Quickies to your wish list or “notify me!” queue now.
Projects from Fat-Quarter Quickies
“Caribbean Cooler,” “Feast and Fireplace,” and “Tequila Sunrise”


'Tis the Autumn Season The straight scoop: The authors of the runaway bestseller ’Tis the Season return to celebrate another season—autumn—with their one-of-a-kind, urban-country flair.

Why you’ll love it: Think of it—summer’s gone, winter’s approaching. Time for cozying up, settling in, and surrounding yourself with the hues of fall. Chunky appliqué, wool, and fat rickrack set this design pair’s quilts apart—and autumn is the perfect time to enjoy them.

Add ’Tis the Autumn Season to your wish list or “notify me!” queue now.
Projects from Tis the Autumn Season
“Oak and Rose,” “Stella’s Baskets,” and “Reunion”


Back-Basting Applique The straight scoop: Awhile back  Barbara found a short tutorial about a method of appliqué she’d never heard of—and her world changed with just one stitch. Now she shares her own approach to back-basting appliqué, stretching way beyond the basic method.

Why you’ll love it: The technique works like this: baste, trim, appliqué. No templates, no marking, no careful cutting. Just the 1, 2, 3 mantra. If you routinely back away from appliqué, trust Barbara to show you how to back baste instead.

Add Back-Basting Appliqué, Step by Step to your wish list or “notify me!” queue now.
Projects from Back-Basting Applique, Step by Step
“Batik Birds” banner, “Wind and Water” table topper, and “Blue Pot” wall hanging


Happy Endings The straight scoop: There doesn’t seem to be any ending to Happy Endings. First published in 1988, we ended a print run for the book after a wildly popular period. Quilters objected. We brought the book back. Another print run ended. Quilters objected. We did it again. And again. And now we’re doing it again. When will we ever learn?

Why you’ll love it: It’s a classic. From super-quick borders to mitering corners, from scalloping edges to adding piping and prairie points, Mimi’s book ensures that you can finish buying finishing books.

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Examples from Happy Endings
Examples from
Happy Endings

Which books are you putting on your wish list, and why? Tell us what you’re looking forward to in the comments!

14 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Wow! Those are some exciting books! I can already pick out a few for my "must have" list! LOL!

    Jean (quilt book junkie) on March 14, 2013
  • hmm… Happy Endings makes my list…I need more practice making my quilts get done!

    —diane on March 14, 2013
  • the Back Basting Applique book has sparked my interest. Thanks for the info.

    —Jackie W on March 14, 2013
  • I just updated my wish list with three of the books featured in your email today. I am building my "Quilting Library" These will fit in nicely! Happy Endings, obviously a classic! Back Basting…something different and Modern Baby for a fresh new look!

    —Duane Wiley on March 14, 2013
  • Looks like some fabulous books are going to be in the offerings. Would love to have The Blue and Gray book as well as Neutrals, Triple Play, anything with patterns for fat quarters and log cabins. I am a bookaholic! Now for the time to get to create all those wonderful patterns! A gal has to dream, right!?

    —Cindy R. on March 14, 2013
  • Happy Endings is definitely on my list. Need some variety in finishing my quilts. Plus I love the look of scalloped edges but not sure how to do it.

    —Pat D on March 15, 2013
  • I had a post-it note on my laptop to watch out for a new Country Threads book coming out but didn’t have the name of it. So imagine how happy I was to see this post!! I’m a big CT and CW repro fan so look forward to seeing this one when it comes out. Although I’ve also added the "Scrap Quilting", "Neutrals" and "Happy Endings" books to my wishlist too!

    Vivian on March 15, 2013
  • Fat Quarter Quickes and Happy Endings are on my list. I am a Fat Quarter collector so I need to get some ideas to whip some quilts using my stash. I also need the Happy Endings to do something besides my ‘normal’ bindings. I need Inspiration!

    —Bev on March 15, 2013
  • I have a mix of books in my wish list because I quilt, crochet, & want to learn Tunisian crochet. They are in my wish list because I can’t afford to purchase them right now.

    —Susan Clarkson on March 15, 2013
  • Nice

    —Suz C. on March 15, 2013
  • Modern Neutrals by Amy Ellis makes my wish list because I really see a lot of men’s quilts here and that is just what I need right now. Tis the Autumn Season also makes my list. I just love the applique and I can see myself making all of the quilts! Log Cabin Fever and Happy Endings are already in my library and I use them often. Glad to hear they are coming back. I will let my friends’ know so they are not always asking to borrow my copies.

    —Audrey on March 15, 2013
  • My wish list: Log Cabin Fever and Fat Quarter Quickies would be my choices. I have the hard copy of Celtic Quilts and it is an excellent book, especially for those of us, who are Irish.


    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on March 15, 2013
  • Quiero todos!!! Pero especialmente "Happy Endings". No hay tanta bibliografía sobre este tema. (Translation: I want them all! But especially "Happy Endings." There is much literature on this topic.)

    silvia payer on March 16, 2013
  • It has to be Happy Endings, I need a better way, just mashed my fingers working on bindings for 2 quilts for the show. Once I master endings, I’ll look for Hexagons and Fat Quarters–I just can’t give up on FQ’s–maybe there’s a 12 step withdrawal program?

    —Carol on March 19, 2013

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