Books for Quilters!
More than 200 Titles, Most at a Discount, in the Planet Patchwork Quilters' Bookstore!
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Quilting Begun, Free Stuff!
The Artful Ribbon, by Candace
C&T Publishing, 1996
144 pages, $25.95
Art & Inspirations: Judith
C&T Publishing, 1997
144 pages, $19.95
A Passion for Ribbonry, by Camela
Martingale & Company, PasTimes Imprint
144 Pages, $29.95
Christmas Ribbonry, by Camela
Martingale & Company, PasTimes Imprint
128 Pages, $29.95
By Lynn Holland
traditional symbols of femininity. Many baby girls leave
the hospital with bows snapped, velcroed or pasted (!) to
their heads as a means of announcing their gender. It is
no wonder that as adults, women are still drawn to the
beauty of ribbon as an adornment for their clothing,
accessories and homes. Several new books offer a luscious
look at ribbonry. Even if you have little or no interest
in mastering the craft yourself, they are pictorially
rich and worth a look.
The Artful Ribbon by Candace Kling is a great primer for
the novice and has enough tips and tricks in the text to
offer the more advanced ribboniere instruction as well.
There's an early chapter entitled "Starting
Simple", which takes us through the easiest
blossoms. Other chapters cover more difficult models and
techniques. Her copy is broken into readable chunks with
large topic headings and lots of visually friendly white
space. Photographs are interspersed with text and
illustrations, giving this book a unique format. The
illustrations and explanations are clear, and the
photographs show fabulous antique and modern ribbon
designs from a variety of collections. Ms. Kling
encourages us to accept our own creative sensibilities
and doesn't offer us projects to "copy", just a
book full of ribbon blossoms accompanied by enough
friendly advice and confidence building instruction to
get us going. There's an index in the back, along with an
annotated list of ribbon supply sources.
Two books by Camela Nitschke, A Passion for Ribbonry and
Christmas Ribbonry, share the same visual lushness as
Candace Kling's book, but have a slightly different
focus. Ms Nitschke is certainly interested in ribbonry
and runs a store of the same name in Perrysburg, Ohio.
However, Ms Nitschke's works focus more on her artistry
than on developing the talents of the reader. Both of
Nitschke's books offer a wonderful showcase of her
gorgeous home and workplace, and yes, do include
instructions for replicating some of her opulent designs.
However, much of these books remind me of a Tour of
Homes. We are allowed to wander through the lifestyle of
the rich and famous, but few of us ever hope to own what
we view. One particularly lovely mantle decoration
requires 60 yards of ribbon for the main blooms alone and
we can pretty much guess we will not find this material
on clearance in our lifetimes. Almost half of her first
book is devoted to the history of ribbons and her life of
privilege, with beautiful photography included. On page
68 of 140 in A Passion for Ribbonry we finally get to the
how tos. To her credit the instructions are clearly
illustrated and well described so that if we ever got our
hands on some pricey stuff from Camela's shop we would
not ruin it And for those of us with no imagination,
Nitschke's project instructions relieve us of having to
be original and allow us to create some beautiful items.
Truthfully, I tend to like books that offer some
autobiographical information and artist's comments and
insights along with instructions. One such book related
to ribbonry is Judith Baker Montano's book from C&T's
Art Inspirations series. Anyone who loves Montano's
creations will find this book wonderfully forthright and
forthcoming about her background, her artistic
development and her own creative processes. Even though
Baker-Montano comes from a well-to-do Canadian family
that once owned the Bar U Ranch, her book makes you feel
right at home. She talks freely about influences on her
life and work and discusses her techniques in some
detail. The book is a work of art itself, with Baker
Montano's work, vintage photos and odd and ends of
memorabilia decorating each page, along with family
members modeling various creations.
However, Nitschke's ramblings about her one-of-a-kind
dresses as a child and spending quiet evenings reading in
the library of her home are more off-putting than
endearing. Quite possibly, Nitschke has as interesting a
story to tell as Baker-Montano, and the intent of her
books may have been to tell it. However, rather than draw
us into her world and her development as an artist, her
books keep us at arm's length. As beautifully
photographed as these two books are and as lovely as
Nitschke's ribbon work is, I have difficulty liking these
books, and feeling comfortable with them. Nevertheless,
they are gorgeous books to view, and worth a look if you,
too, have a passion for ribbonry.
Your First Quilt Book (or it should be!)
by Carol Doak
That Patchwork Place, 1997
224 pages, $19.95
Reviewed by Christina Holland
This wasn't my first
quilt book. That (dubious) honor goes to Start Quilting,
by Alex Anderson, which is a fine book with fun and
simple projects. Since then I have read a few others, and
I've picked up a few tricks through observation combined
with trial and error. However, almost everything I've
learned so far seems to be included in Your First Quilt
Book (or it should be!). So I guess it should have been.
The very first thing in the book is a diagram and
glossary of common terms, to enable the tourist and the
new immigrant to pick up the language of quilt-land. I
admit to not knowing before this book exactly what
"quilt-as-you-go" meant (see page 12).
Next, the reader is introduced to fabrics. This section
explores the right and wrong ways of juxtaposing fabrics
of various color value, contrast, and type and size of
prints. This is the only chapter other than the gallery
to feature color pictures, and she's not miserly about
it. I count 20 color photos in 7 pages, plus assorted
gray scale diagrams, illustrating the effects of
different choices (example: "the green in the first
group (top) is too intense for the colors in the other
fabrics. The green in the second group (bottom) works
better because it is similar in intensity.") or
defining textures (calicos, mini-prints, airy, dot,
geometric, and so on). And, Carol Doak even deals with
what to do if you run out of one of the fabrics in the
middle of a project.
After fabrics, naturally, comes an introduction to tools.
This is a short but informative section. I tend to think
that for a beginning quilt book, the list of recommended
tools is a bit too comprehensive. I certainly don't own
everything on this list, yet I've managed to produce 2
full size quilts and a handful of miniatures. The list
could also use some prioritizing - it's not alphabetical,
or, in my opinion, in order of importance. First come
graph paper and colored pencils, while items such as
scissors, seam ripper, rotary cutter, cutting mat and
rotary rulers come at the end - after
Once you know the language, the fabric, and the tools,
you're ready to go. First, though, there's the chapter on
patchwork block designs, which also tells how to draw any
block any size without unwieldy math, and the chapter on
patchwork technique, which in the beginning is as much a
discussion of philosophy as anything else. Definitely
take the time to take the "preference test", on
the question of hand versus machine piecing. For the
record, I am a machine piecer - but now I know why.
Your First Quilt Book (or it should be!) provides 8
different projects, all of which are simple enough for a
beginner yet interesting enough to be worth doing. The
projects are chosen to include a variety of techniques.
Some use templates, some use sequences of cuts (cut a
3-1/2" square, then cut it in half diagonally to
make 2 triangles). Techniques such as laying out on
point, strip piecing, sashing, and corner squares are
highlighted. There's a gallery with a color photo of each
project, and detailed step by step instructions. One
especially nice thing is that in the margin of each page
in the projects sections are two drawings of what your
stitch should look like, whether it is done by hand or by
This book also includes a good discussion of whether to
hand quilt, machine quilt, or tie, and how to proceed in
each case. Finally, binding is explained, and the book
closes with a collection of templates, a collection of
quilting designs, and a list of suggested further
Bottom line: you probably should buy this book. If you
are about to start your first quilt, this will get you
through it. If you've already done your first 1, 2, or 20
quilts, but still have to look through your entire
quilting library to figure out the measurements for
setting triangles or the proper way to sew along the
bias, this will provide some welcome consolidation.
However, this is not your last quilt book. The selection
of patchwork blocks is kind of skimpy, and many great
techniques, such as paper piecing, are totally ignored.
This book can only cover so much, but it does a very good
job as a beginner book.
Free Stuff for Quilters on the Internet
By Judy Heim and Gloria Hansen
C&T Publishing, 1998
174 pages, $16.95
Reviewed by Rob Holland
Judy Heim and Gloria Hansen have become the gurus of
computer and internet use for quilters. Their last book,
"A Quilter's Computer Companion," brought a
vast array of useful information together in one place on
how computers can enhance our quilting. In this new book
they focus more narrowly on the internet and provide a
practical, useful volume that fits nicely in that little
bit of space between your computer and those piles of
papers. My copy shows the effects of liberal thumbing as
I cruise to all the wonderful sites they list and
"Free Stuff" is a well-organized and sprightly
compendium of web and maillist resources for quilters. It
is laid out in such logical categories as "Quilt
Patterns," "Quilt Fabric and Batting
Advice," "Sewing Machine Help" and dozens
of other useful subjects. Judy and Gloria comment on each
site, often showing their trademark sense of humor.
Perhaps as useful as their website annotations are the
chapters of general guidance and advice for quilters on
the 'net. Especially if you are a newcomer, such topics
as "Anatomy of a Web Browser" and "How to
Download Software from the Internet" are
indispensable. They also address the subject of
"channels," a new way of receiving information
over the 'net, and the controversial and
much-misunderstood topic of cookies. Should you accept
them or should you reject them? You might be surprised by
Although quilters thrive on practical advice, there is a
larger dimension to the art which needs nurturing as well
-- the creative process. Perhaps my favorite chapter is
near the end of the book. Entitled "Help Keeping the
Creative Fire Burning," it contains a selection of
quite remarkable links which should assist quilters in
this somewhat mysterious area.
Most TVQ readers have been on the internet for a while,
and would benefit greatly from this book. But if you have
a friend who's been resisting your urgings to "get
with the internet program," a gift of this book may
be the way to convince her!
"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:
P.O Box 130197
Tampa, FL 33681-0197
Others write or e-mail BountiPres@aol.com
For more information visit our website at
Quilt Retreats on the Olympic
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 email@example.com 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
|8 step color progression-
||fat eighth cuts-
|12 step color wheel-
|24 step color wheel-
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
18640 South Lowrie Loop
Eagle River, Alaska 99577
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
7061 Lynch Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
We also specialize in custom logos for quilt guilds and
businesses. Also available are quality embroidered custom
labels for quilt backs. No minimum quantity is required
and vendor inquiries are welcome.
E-mail us for more information at email@example.com
or visit our website at http://www.greatbasin.net/~desertthr.
You can take a look at our designs and
order online using our automated form.
Desert Threads 195 Regier Springs Drive Sparks, NV 89436
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
We offer t-shirts and sweatshirts in sizes from medium to
xxx-large. All of our quilts are machine pieced. Most of
our patterns are easy enough for beginning quilters. The
photo at right shows our watercolor sweatshirt called
"Kristie's Watercolor." There are 361 pieces in
the quilt. Come see what else we have to offer at our
website at http://www.sierratel.com/thequiltblock
Or e-mail for more information to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Quilt Block P.O. Box 127 Midpines, CA 95345
(209) 742-5418 Fax: (209) 742-7662
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.
My Favorite Thimble comes in two styles. You can choose
between the standard royal blue, and my new embellished
version on which I have added colorful free-form designs.
Both styles work equally well, the embellished one just
puts a smile on your face.
NEWS FLASH!! My Favorite Thimble now has a new Web Site
with more products, answers to your Frequently Asked
Questions, and a monthly newsletter. If you order from
our new site at www.myfavoritethimble.com
and mention Planet Patchwork, we will send you a FREE
package of 5 Thread Maid thread organizers. Questions or
comments? - email us at email@example.com
. Or, to order by snail mail, send check for $6.00 for
the classic Blue or $10.00 for the Embellished My
Favorite Thimble with your choice of size (petite, small,
medium, large or x-large) to:
Chris Hanner & Company
3687 Coldwater Lane
Snellville, GA 30039
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.
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
Look forward to next
year's 12 new original patterns!
Sign up before the end of the year for our 1999 -
QuiltBroker Block of the Month Program. Next year will
continue in the fine tradition of half-square triangle
patterns that you have enjoyed this year. If you sign up
for the yearly program, before December 31st, you will
save MONEY! See details at our web site: http://www.quiltbroker.com
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Heidi Wurst, owner
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.
Don't miss PineTree's **New** Stash Stockers(tm), the
exciting selections of six fat quarters from top
PineTree now carries the complete line of EQ software,
including New SEW PRECISE stand-alone software for
foundation piecing. You'll find it with EQ 3 and Block
Base software and the books, TOO MUCH FUN, EQ3 SIMPLIFIED
The Basics, and the EQ3 BLOCK BOOK.
PineTree is proud to offer Quilter's Cotton fine cotton
batts as well as the full lines of Hobbs' and Fairfield's
cottons, blends, and polys. Look for tools to make
applique easier and more fun; fabric and hand care
products; pencils and markers; templates and template
plastic; needlecraft gloves; rotary cutters and related
supplies; rippers, clippers, snippers, and scissors;
machine sewing needles; seven (!) brands of hand sewing
needles -- including Jeana Kimball's renowned Foxglove
Cottage needles; basting systems; thread, including
Mettler and Gutermann cotton sewing and quilting, Tire
silk sewing, and Sulky rayon, metallic, and sliver, and
*new* Roxy 100% cotton thread on economical 1200-yard
spools; patterns ... and
There are many more books at PineTree than you'll find in
the books listing online, so if you don't see what you
want, e-mail and ask. All books are discounted 20%.
Just scope out the website catalog at http://quilt.com/pinetree
and place your credit card order from the ***new***
secure website order form. Visa, MasterCard, American
Express, and Discover are welcome.
Free with each order a hard copy of the catalog and a
Mettler thread color card!
PineTree is online to answer questions about quilting
products at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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:email@example.com
) 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
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
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- The Patchwork Planet: Quilting in Hungary
Kinga Tibor shares with TVQ readers news of the new and growing quilting
community in Hungary. For Kinga it began with an American movie.
AQS's new 1999 calendar has a quilt for all seasons.
- Quilter Profile: Suzanne Marshall
Master applique artist and originator of her own unique technique,
Suzanne Marshall continues to challenge herself, and us,with new ideas and approaches.
- More! Quilt events in San Jose, Golden, Columbia,
Paducah, and elsewhere!
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