Saturday, February 12, 2011

Hobby Corner : Quilting

Designs and How-to Advice
Quilting combines artistic endeavor with creativity. Here's a short list of latest additions to our collection. What better time than this winter to take on a new hobby or hone your existing skills?

Quilters Academy : To take a personal quilting class at home, try Harriet & Carrie Hargrave's two-volume set : freshman year and sophomore year. Each volume uses an easy-to-follow lesson plan format.

Jelly Roll Quilts and More : Color and style join to make an exquisite fashion statement. Author Kimberly Einmo offers clear directions and the gorgeous photos are certainly a plus.

Secrets of Digital Quilting : Quilter Lura Schwarz Smith and photographer Kerby C. Smith together offer advice on using your digital camera to create fabulous, one-of-a-kind printed fabric quilts. A great book for quilters who'd like to step it up a notch.

Simple Shapes, Spectacular Quilts : One of the latest from renowned textile artist Kaffe Fassett. Here, he explains how to use simple geometric shapes to inspire quilt design.

The Practical Guide to Patchwork : Learn how to experiment with different styles and colors for dramatic effect. Author Elizabeth Hartman walks you through twelve projects.

The library also subscribes to the bi-monthly magazine, McCall's Quilting. Each issue offers patterns, DIY instructions, and inspiration for all levels. The magazine balances the needs of quilters using different techniques : piecing, applique, machine or hand-sewn, and everything in between.

Surf's Up
If you're interested in the history of American quilts and quiltmaking, visit the Library of Congress:
Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996 : Enjoy interviews with American quiltmakers by clicking on sound recordings link.
The Quilt Index : Browse an image collection of American quilts by style, time period, pattern and more.

Post by Bev Simmons