New books for charm squares, fat quarters, and patchwork divas (+ giveaway!)

Hey hey hey—it’s Wish List Day! We love giving you a peek at new books on the way, and we love finding out which books you like best. In fact, you could win your favorite book if you let us know your choice at the end of this post. But be warned: it’s gonna be hard to narrow it down!

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19th-Century Patchwork Divas’ Treasury of Quilts19th-Century Patchwork Divas’ Treasury of Quilts: 10 Stunning Patterns, 30 Striking Options
Betsy Chutchian and Carol Staehle

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A common love of antique quilts and reproduction fabrics brought them together. Now, 20 years after the 19th-Century Patchwork Divas block-exchange group was formed, they’re celebrating—by letting YOU become an honorary member!

Let the Divas share their all-time favorite quilt-block patterns with you—from strip-pieced Postage Stamp to teeming-with-triangles Tree of Life. You’ll see how members transformed their piles of patchwork blocks into jaw-dropping quilts, each more spectacular than the last. You’ll even get the Divas’ advice on how to start a successful block exchange with your quilting and sewing friends. With these incredible quilts from the Divas, your group will never run short of inspiration!


See more dramatic quilts from the Divas >

Quilt Market📌 Mark your calendar! A special exhibit of quilts from the 19th-Century Patchwork Divas’ Treasury of Quilts will be on display at Quilt Market in Houston, Texas, October 29-31, and at Quilt Festival, November 2-6. We’re a proud sponsor of the exhibit along with Moda Fabrics—follow us on Instagram and Facebook during the show for an exclusive look at these spectacular quilts!

Sew CharmingSew Charming: Scrappy Quilts from 5″ Squares
Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene

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Do you need new inspiration for your charm squares or new inspiration for your scraps? Say hooray—Sew Charming has you covered either way! From the best-selling authors of the “Back to Charm School” series comes a fresh approach to making quilts with 5″ squares, that gives you the freedom to sew with whatever fabric you have on hand. Every quilt is made two ways—once with a charm pack, once with scraps—and you’ll be surprised at the dramatic differences that result. Lots of ideas inside for decorating with small quilts too.

Left: Sophisticated Hourglass quilt made with scraps. Right: Polka-Dot Hourglass quilt made with charm squares.

Left: Square in a Square quilt made with scraps. Right: Rose Pink Squares made with charm squares.

You’ll be charmed by all 18 quilts—see more >

12-Pack Quilts12-Pack Quilts: Simple Quilts That Start with 12 Fat Quarters
Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson

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Got a dozen fat quarters? Got a dozen times that many fat quarters? Got fat-quarter bundles? Whether you’re a collector, a connoisseur, or an unapologetic hoarder of those chunky cuts of fabric, 12-Pack Quilts is the perfect quilting companion for you. Start any of these lap- to twin-sized quilts with just 12 fat quarters and watch them fly together! Barb and Mary include a special Q&A with Julie Karasek, a quilt-shop owner who excels at bundling 12-packs for her customers—Julie reveals how to avoid rookie mistakes when choosing fat quarters for a project. Simple fabric selection, super-quick patchwork, and happy styles from Me and My Sister Designs—what are you waiting for? (Oh, the release date—be sure to put 12-Pack Quilts on your Wish List!)

Choose from fun motifs like bobbins, hearts, houses, and #hashtags

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The Big Book of Knit StitchesThe Big Book of Knit Stitches: Cables, Lace, Ribs, Textures, and a Whole Lot More
From the Editors at Martingale

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What can you do with 360+ knit stitches at your fingertips? Guarantee a lifetime of knitting fun! Give a plain pattern panache by substituting a stitch pattern you love, or start from scratch and knit a project with your favorite stitches—there are so many to choose from! From cables and lace to bobbles and knots, you’ll never tire of experimenting with hundreds of options for scarves, hats, sweaters, afghans, and more. A full-color photo and complete how-to instructions are included for every stitch in the book.

From The Big Book of Knit Stitches
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The Big Book of Knit Stitches table of contents

Which new book would make your November extra-nice? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of your favorite book when it’s released! We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.


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Thanks to all who entered the drawing. The winner is Cathy, who says:

“I would pick Sew Charming!”

We’ll email you about your prize, Cathy—congratulations!








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