Books for Quilters!
Number Twenty-Eight * November 15,1998
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A few issues ago in TVQ #24, (http://planetpatchwork.com/tvqmain/vq24main.htm ) we reviewed the two major foundation piecing programs on the market, Foundation Factory and Sew Precise! These useful programs are gold mines for paper piecing enthusiasts, combining in one affordable package a large library of foundation piecing blocks and lots of advice useful to beginners and veterans alike.
Following up on the success of these programs, both Quilt-Pro and The Electric Quilt Company have published additional collections of block designs from well-known designers Carol Doak and Shirley Liby.
EQ was kind enough to share with us a review copy of Sew Precise with Shirley Liby, which contains 600 new blocks by Liby, who has published at least nine different books of paper piecing patterns as well as books on such diverse topics as bargello and color wash quilts.
I was frankly a little skeptical of the issuance of another paper piecing CD, priced the same as the first one ($29.95) but with only a little more than half the number of designs as the first Sew Precise. I mean, how many paper-piecing patterns do quilters need?
You quickly learn in dealing with this topic that the appetite for new foundation patterns is virtually insatiable. What I also learned after playing with this new CD for a while is that it contains much more than a bunch of new patterns.
Most of Shirley's patterns contained on this CD are realistic renderings of such things as cats, dogs, birds, fish, boats, trains, cars and trucks, and other common objects. There are a few geometrics, but not many. There is both an upper case and lower case alphabet, and interesting renderings of a variety of shoe and hats. The collection of ribbons and bows is also very interesting and beautiful.
What makes all of these blocks come to life, however, is the design advice and sample quilts that Shirley provides to accompany them. For virtually every category of block there is in the "How To" section a page or two of design ideas and samples that show you how the blocks can be used creatively to make charming quilts.
For example, here are Shirley's comments on a section of patterns in the "Castles" category:
"These patterns don't look very interesting individually. But, put them together and they can become a beautiful fairy tale castle, a magnificent cathedral or a country chapel.
"Collect shades of gray and fabrics that look like stone or bricks to get ready for this challenge.
"The blocks are sized proportionately. So print the ones you want to use all in the same block size. Then cut away the pattern parts that are not pieced. You'll then have the patterns for the 'building blocks' of your castle or scene."
This narrative is followed by five different sample castles and other medieval buildings.
Shirley is equally creative with designs using geometric blocks. In the "Geometrics" section she shares a number of creative ways in which to use such old chestnuts as Sunshine and Shadow and Pieced Fan blocks. I was particularly interested in her "Christmas Cactus" design made with three blocks, and she has some very interesting log cabin variations using an asymmetrical block that is included in the collection. Liby also provides some border designs, using her ribbons and bows collection.
For beginners, the CD includes Shirley's detailed instructions on exactly how to do foundation piecing. These are step-by-step and very detailed, but do not include any illustrations. Fortunately the instructions in the original Sew Precise! with lots of illustrations are also included here if you're a real novice.
After discovering all these wonderful new features and ideas in this new collection of Sew Precise! blocks, I'm convinced that most owners of the first CD will want to supplement their collection. For sheer convenience and the size of the block library, this collection at $29.95 is a bargain, particularly when you compare it to the cost of foundation piecing books. And it makes less clutter in your sewing room!
(Sew Precise with Shirley Liby and other EQ products are available from the Schoolhouse Enterprises at Planet Patchwork store at: http://planetpatchwork.com/store/ at great discount prices!
"Breaking Traditions" Cathedral Windows Quick Method Quilt book was created to cut the level of difficulty and time required by the traditional method of making this beloved quilt. Full color cover, clear directions, measurement charts and many illustrations guide new and seasoned quilters to make a durable masterpiece entirely by sewing machine. U.S. residents can own this one-of-a-kind quilt book for only $8.95 each plus postage and handling ($1.95 for one copy, $0.45 for each additional). Send check or money order to:
Others write or e-mail BountiPres@aol.com for price.
For more information visit our website at http://members.aol.com/bountipres
Quilt Retreats on the Olympic Peninsula
Visiting Washington State?? Stay with a quilter and her cat, Oliver.
The Herbolds live just outside of Sunny Sequim. Their home, set in the tall trees, is warm, pleasant, and affordable.
Norma can direct you to quilt shops in the area, plus the natural wonders located on the Olympic Peninsula. She can also plan a personal retreat for you and three quilting friends, or cross stitch buddies, or rubber stampers! You name it.
You are invited to visit the website for Greenhaven Enterprises, Quilt Retreats on the Olympic Peninsula, where you can check out Norma's quilts, learn more about Sequim, and of course, see Oliver.
You may email Norma at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-681-0364 for more information.
Beautiful hand Dyed Fabric perfect for piecing, applique and pictorial quilts. Colors range from a sunrise spectrum of mauves, pinks, and golds to deep purples, blues and teals. Available in the following convenient packages:
Send a self addressed, stamped envelope for free samples and full price list or to order send check or money order to:
Jay Dee Designs
PCQuilt for Windows
PCQuilt for Windows is easy to learn and
easy to use quilting software. The block and the quilt
are on the same screen so you can see your quilt emerge
as you design and color your blocks. Combine blocks in a
variety of ways to see endless new designs. The program
includes all the features that have always made PCQuilt
easy and fun to use. Now with the new Windows version,
PCQuilt will help you estimate your yardage, print
templates, quilts and blocks, and has a friendly Windows
interface with easy to use toolbars. PCQuilt comes with a
extensive library of blocks, border, quilts, palettes and
fabric patterns. PCQuilt is also available for the
Macintosh. Look for PCQuilt at your local Husqvarna
VIKING Dealer or visit our web site at http://www.pcquilt.com
HICKORY HILL QUILTS
The Feedsack Club is delighted to announce that it will once again hold a conference concurrently with the Quilters Heritage Celebration in Lancaster PA on April 8 - 10 1999.
The conference continues to grow in size each year and has moved to the Holiday Inn at 521 Greenfield Rd, Lancaster PA, just down the street from the Quilters Heritage Celebration and across from the Tourist Bureau. The additional room at the new location means that we can offer even MORE exhibits, lectures and demonstrations as well as our Antique Quilt Show and Feedsack Memorabilia display.
Barb Garrett, a local quilt historian, will reprise her excellent lecture on the History of Quilting as Told Through Doll Quilts, with more than 50 doll quilts on display. Other lectures and classes are planned, including new products demonstrations - come and learn about Gridded Geese & Thangles. Events include the Show & Share, Raffles, a quilt contest, an auction, and, of course, vendors! Throughout the convention, look for buying, selling and trading of feedsacks and other fun stuff as well as door prizes. Quilt appraisals by AQS certified appraiser Deborah Roberts will also be available by appointment. For more information, E-mail email@example.com .
DESERT THREADS Custom Embroidery and Screenprinting
Want to make a splash at the next guild
meeting or quilt show? We embroider Ocean Waves, Jacob's
Ladder, Shoo-fly and three other popular quilt designs on
t-shirts, sweatshirts, and large zippered tote bags.
Available in a variety of colors on six different colored
garments, these designs will be the envy of your quilting
You can take a look at our designs and
order online using our automated form.
THE QUILT BLOCK
We are a cottage industry located just
outside of Yosemite National Park. We specialize in
clothing and patterns for quilters and for people who
MY FAVORITE THIMBLE
Combining the best features of metal and
leather thimbles, My Favorite Thimble's tough, colorful,
rubbery surface grips the needle for wonderful stitch
control, while the metal base guarantees that you never
have to worry about sticking your finger. This thimble is
a breeze to pick up or put down when you need to switch
to another task.
SILVER DOLLAR SHEEP STATION
The MINI DUST-IT. Genuine sheepskin duster on a 6" stick that is perfect for picking up dust and lint from your sewing machine and serger. Soft, beautiful sheepskin won't scratch polished surfaces. Picks up the lint and tiny threads; doesn't spread them around. Prevents lint build-up. Inexpensive way to protect expensive sewing machines and sergers. Fun and handy to use. Also works great on the computer.
Price: $3.50 each including mailing.
To order send check to Silver Dollar Sheep Station, 5020 Winding Way, Sacramento, CA 95841. 800-887-8742. E-mail: Sheep50@aol.com.
SPECIAL LIMITED TIME OFFER: Because we manufacture the Mini Dust-it to a very high standard, we currently have a supply of imperfects. They may be thinner and not as pretty or have some other defect, but they still work great! And best of all we offer these to you for just $1, including postage. You can order them at the address above and enjoy this wonderful product at a bargain price!
Look forward to next
year's 12 new original patterns!
Quilt Shop Service -- Discount Prices
20% off retail on most items
When you visit PineTree Quiltworks' website catalog,
don't forget to check out the Virtual Fabric store, where
fabric is discounted! With more than 2500 bolts on the
floor, more fabric goes on the website catalog each week,
at prices 20% off retail.
Gridded Geese(c) is a unique paper foundation method for mass-producing Flying Geese units up to 24 at once (no kidding!). Schoolhouse Enterprises, inventors and manufacturers of this revolutionary product, offers both an on-line ( http://www.planetpatchwork.com/store/index.cfm?DID=21 ) and printed version of their catalog.
The folks at Schoolhouse Enterprises and Planet Patchwork search for items for quilters (and friends of quilters) which are unique and often overlooked by other catalogs you might connect with. Check out their on-line catalog, which offers such interesting items as Photos-to-Fabric(tm) photo transfer paper, Ott Lights, and Planet Patchwork t-shirts, sweats, and tote bags... all at discounted prices! And while you're visiting, be sure to check out the current Monthly $pecial!!
...And in case you haven't heard, Schoolhouse Enterprises is now even better! They now offer an on-line shopping cart service in conjunction with Planet Patchwork. You can safely order online through Planet Patchwork's secure server with your credit card!
If you're not able to access the web page, just e-mail Schoolhouse Enterprises ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) with your "snail mail" (post office) address for your FREE CATALOG and Sample of Gridded Geese(c)! (Sorry, but Samples are only available in the printed catalogs.)
Perfect Square's mother is pregnant and about to have a new product. Perfect Triangle is due any day now. Perfect Triangle is also a REUSABLE iron-on design but it will make quarter square triangles instead of half-square triangles.
Perfect Square is growing up now and has gotten a job at a creative quilt pattern company and is doing quite well. In fact, patterns are being written exclusively for Perfect Square. See the Perfect Square web site at http://www.webworldinc.com/perfectsquare fore details.
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