Quilts

Patchwork Loves Embroidery by Gail Pan

Patchwork Loves Embroidery by Gail Pan

In Patchwork Loves Embroidery, Australian designer Gail Pan enjoys putting thread to fabric, and these 15 whimsical designs combine her love of both embroidery and quilting. The designs in this book make for happy stitching!

Faith Ringgold: Stories in Stitches

Faith Ringgold is an artist who uses different materials to tell the stories that are important to her family and her people. Whether working with quilting squares, African masks, paint and brush, or her own words, Faith gives the rich colors and textures a life of their own. There's motion in her work, a striving upward and pushing at the edges of her world.

Happy Stitch by Jodie Rackley

Happy Stitch by Jodie Rackley

Local Fredericksburg author and crafter Jodie Rackley helps you stitch up a smile with her book,  Happy Stitch. She stitches her fun designs in her home studio in Fredericksburg, which she shares with her pets, Captain Nibbles and Sleepy Kitty.  The 30 charming and colorful felt and fabric projects in her book are uber cute.

Take some time this summer and stitch up a Monster Face Computer Cover or doodle on a denim skirt.  If your older children are complaining of boredom, try one of the projects with them; for example, the Anytime Ornaments have simple cutting and stitching instructions that an older child can follow with a little guidance. Her instructions are clear, and she uses simple techniques. 

The Quilt That Walked To Golden

By Sandra Dallas and Nanette Simonds

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Quilts fill this narrative re-creation of the history of the West from the time of the early pioneers to the present day. The purpose of quilts and the art of quilting provide a window into the lives of women, their friendships, and their sorrows.

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Stitched From the Soul: Slave Quilts From the Antebellum South

By Gladys-Marie Fry

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The beautiful illustrations in this book offer a glimpse into the lives and creativity of African American quilters during the era of slavery. It highlights many of the finest and most interesting examples of the quilts, woven coverlets, counterpanes, rag rugs, and crocheted artifacts attributed to slave women and men.
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Hidden in Plain View: The Secret Story Of Quilts And the Underground Railroad

By Jacqueline L. Tobin and Raymond G. Dobard

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Jacqueline Tobin tells the story African American quilter Ozella Williams handed down to her, describing how slaves made coded quilts and used them to navigate their escape on the Underground Railroad.

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Elm Creek Quilts: Quilt Projects Inspired By the Elm Creek Quilt Novels

By Jennifer Chiaverini and Nancy Odom

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Twelve quilt projects from all four Elm Creek books, ranging from Sylvia's Broken Star and Sarah's Sampler to When He Cooks Dinner and the Underground Railroad Quilt. Each quilt design is suitable for all skill levels and tells a wonderful story of its own. Also look for Return to Elm Creek: More Quilt Projects and Sylvia's Bridal Sampler from Elm Creek Quilts.

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Civil War Women: Their Quilts, Their Roles, and Activities for Re-enactors

By Barbara Brackman

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History buffs as well as quilters will enjoy these accounts of quilting-related experiences during the Civil War from women in both the North and the South. Brackman also includes instructions and full-size patterns for nine projects adapted from Civil War quilts, as well as suggestions for using today's reproduction fabrics.

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Benni Harper's Quilt Album: a Scrapbook Of Quilt Projects, Photos & Never-before-told Stories

By Earlene Fowler and Magrit Hall

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Twelve traditional style quilt projects inspired by the first six books of the Benni Harper mystery series, plus never-before-published stories that fill in gaps from the novels, such as Benni and Gabe’s Las Vegas wedding.

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Show Way

By Jacqueline Woodson

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The making of "Show ways," or quilts which once served as secret maps for freedom-seeking slaves, is a tradition passed from mother to daughter in the author's family.

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