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Gift Wrap: Bright & Bold Quilts and Elm Creek Quilts Loyal Union Sampler – 12 sheets including Gift Tags!

Special  gift wrap for quilty friends can be found in two new books; yes I said books from C & T Publishing. Elm Creek Quilts Loyal Union Sampler includes 4 pattern designs by Jennifer Chiaverini. Each of the 12 sheets is 20″ x 30″ for a total of 50 square feet plus 12 coordinating gift tags.

Elm Creek Quilts Gift Wrap from C&T Publishing

Elm Creek Quilts Gift Wrap from C&T Publishing

A second book of gift wrap for the modern quilter is titled Bright & Bold Quilts with designs by Kim Schaefer. This book also includes 4 patterns and 12 sheets – 20″ x 30″ for a total of 50 square feet plus 12 coordinating gift tags.

Find these book at your local independent quilt and fabric retailer!

Bright & Bold Gift Wrap from C&T Publishing

Bright & Bold Gift Wrap from C&T Publishing

 

New book from Martingale – Scrappy Fat Quarter Quilts: Favorite Projects from Fons & Porter

Whatever your style, you’ll find lots of projects, including tessellating and zigzag patterns in the book Scrappy Fat Quarter Quilts. These are favorite projects from Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting Magazine.

Scrappy Fat Quarter Quilts: Favorite Projects from Fons & Porter

Scrappy Fat Quarter Quilts: Favorite Projects from Fons & Porter

Explore 13 projects from lap quilts to bed-sized quilts, and from an easy level to challenging. Use your fat quarter stash to showcase your collection in these gorgeous projects.

Monkey Business by Evelyn Young uses 32 Monkey Wrench blocks in this 54" x 66" quilt

Monkey Business by Evelyn Young uses 32 Monkey Wrench blocks in this 54″ x 66″ quilt

From top designers, including Lynn Roddy Brown, Elizabeth Hartman, Nancy Mahoney, Liz Porter, Edyta Sitar, and Jean Wells. Produced by Martingale and available at your local independent quilt and fabric shop.

New Book: The Little Things in Life: Quilted Projects to Brighten Your Day by Heather and Elissa Willms!

The Little Things in Life brings a splash of color into your everyday life with 12 unique quilted projects, to keep or give as gifts. Elissa and Heather Willms add interest and whimsy with buttons, embroidery, ribbon and applique. Great for new and experienced quilters. These projects are ideal for fabric bundles or for precious pieces you are reluctant to cut into.

The Little Things in Life by Heather and Elissa Willms for Kansas City Star Books

The Little Things in Life by Heather and Elissa Willms
for Kansas City Star Books

Just in time for holiday sewing, make a reversible apron, a tea cozy, a wine bottle gift bag, and a traveling coffee cup wrap to name a few.

Find this great book and others at your local independent quilt and fabric shop!

September is National Sewing Month! Celebrate By Starting a New Sewing Project!

A proclamation in 1982 from President Ronald Reagan declared September as National Sewing Month “In recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.”
Since then, National Sewing Month has become a great time to indulge your passion for sewing and a great opportunity to introduce yourself to the craft if you’ve never tried it before.

September is National Sewing Month!

September is National Sewing Month!

A great place to start is by visiting your local independent quilt and fabric shop. Each shop across this great nation is fun and unique with individual flair. And shopowners are happy to help make your sewing dreams a reality! Another great place to start is the American Sewing Guild. With chapters and neighborhood groups across the country, members meet monthly to share their skills and ideas, enjoy education sessions and participate in community sewing projects.

Both new and experienced enthusiasts can also enjoy the free sewing projects and Guidelines for sewing, embroidery, craft and appliqué articles available on the Sewing & Craft Alliance (SCA) website.
Below are some free projects on the National Sewing Month website!

Matching Dog Collar & Leash

Create Your Own Kindle / iPad Cover

Zipper Pansy Pin 

Ruffled Wristlet

Love McKenna Ryan’ s Snow Buds Pattern

Snow Buds is a series of patterns by McKenna Ryan that together make a fabulous winter wall hanging, or look great quilted individually. Find great embellishment tips for Snow Buds here. Find these McKenna Ryan patterns at your local independent quilt and fabric stores!mcKenna Ryan 1

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