Our New Book Is Here!!! Small Treasures From Scrap Quilts: More Simply Charming Quilts

Our latest quilting book is here!  I’m so excited that the finished product is in my hands and ready to share with you!

Dig into those scrap bags of leftover bits and pieces from previous projects! The author of Simply Charming: Small Scrap Quilts of Yesteryear is back with a fresh collection of small quilts to help you make the most of your scraps. From a simple nine-patch classic to star-studded charmers, you will find the perfect project for every skill level in this scrappy medley of 14 quilts reminiscent of days gone by. Quilt designer Tara Lynn Darr again took inspiration from her overflowing scrap bag to bring these little treasures to life with 1800s reproduction fabrics. Most of the blocks can be made with 5″ charm squares of smaller pieces of fabric. To help you achieve the best results when working with these small quilts, Tara has included her time-tested tips. 64 pages, 14 projects

Feel Free to visit our website to view all 14 projects in this book – or look below!

Also we are pleased and excited to share this news!!!

The following Quilt Shops are offering BOM (Block Of The Month) or Quilt Of the Month clubs for this brand new book!  (If you are aware of any other Quilt Shops offering programs from our books  – please let us know!)

These shops offer online shopping, phone orders and of course a personal visit from you is always a delight! (Please click on the Quilt Shops name to be taken away from our website and go directly to their websites!!!)



Revival – A new quilting book

I received this book in the mail recently and though I would share some of the quilts that are in this beautifully written book.  
This is
A Study of Early 20th Century Colonial Revival Quilts
by the American Quilt Study Group

This book can be purchased directly through Kansas City Star!  If you do not have a quilt shop near you where you can purchase this book here is a direct link to the KC Star website.
Here is a previous of the book also were you can read some of the pages of the book and view a few quilts:
And here’s a little bit more of a description of the book borrowed from the KC Star website:

Revival!: A Study of Early 20th Century Colonial Revival Quilts

by the American Quilt Study Group
The Colonial Revival era linked quiltmakers’ busy hands with a longing for the past, especially Colonial times. Member of the American Quilt Study Group accepted the challenge to study quilts of this era by making reproductions of Colonial Revival quilts from the early 20th century. Included in the book are 28 study quilts, with patterns for 10. Fifteen of the 28 quilts are traveling across the country in a special exhibit.
8 1/2 x 11 inches, softcover, 96 pages.

Simply Charming Monthly Blog Along

I was so surprised and excited a few weeks ago when I discovered there is a group of quilters in blogland that are using my quilt book, 
 and challenging each other to make a quilt a month from the book!  Now how cool is that!
Below is a list of the bloggers that I’m aware of that are involved in this and I invite you to visit each of their blogs and maybe even join in!  It’s not a “formal” group or anything – just plain old fun!
If you don’t own my book Simply Charming: Small Scrap Quilts of Yesteryear – Click on the book image above and it will lead you directly to my website where I have the books for sale!  You can also view each of the twenty quilts that are in the book!!!!

If I missed anyone just leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to add you to this list as well as “follow” and read your blog!  I love quilting blogs!
Thank you to each of the above bloggers!  You make my day each time I see one of my designs from the book pop up in quilt blog land and I love seeing how some of you have really “made them your own” with your own unique touches!

Quilts In Everyday Life Book Review

Quilts In Everyday Life, 1855-1955 – written by Janet E Finley and published by Schiffer publications.  I love this book – it’s a sweet coffee table style book plum full of photos of people and quilts.  The sweet stories/descriptions that follow each of the photos have been a joy to read.

While there are no quilt patterns in this book – it is still worth having in your quilt book collection.  Just the inspiring photos alone are worth the cost of the book.  
I love some of the sewing bee photos in this book and really treasure the photos involving little children so sweetly posing for the camera long ago.
Above is the back cover of the book showing you just a few more of the beautiful old photographs in this book!  
Be sure to ask at your local quilt shop about this book and have them order it for you! You are in for a real treat in owning this book so wonderfully written and illustrated!
Happy Stitching!


A Little Teaser of a post

Some of you know that I’m working on my next book for The Kansas City Star.  Here’s a few teaser shots for ya!
The border I’m hand stitching on one of the little quilts.
 My basket full of wool goodies I’m working from with one of the new projects peeking out from under the basket!
One  of the quilting motifs I chose for one other new quilt design!
 Here is that quilting motif all done!  I love it!
 I love circles!!!
 Another hand quilted border!  Love this design!
 Another very easy hand quilted border design.
 A simple flower – the entire quilt is so cute!
Gotta love hexies!!!!

And coming soon….

Here’s the line up for this spectacular “A Primitive Christmas Blog Hop”  All the links and dates are provided for each of the blogs you will just have to visit to join in on all this fun and excitement!


Stories In Stitches Book Review

I recently purchased another great quilting book that I thought I would share with you.  I love any book about antique or vintage quilts and especially the history behind the quilts and the quilters.
Stories In Stitches by Jenifer Dick, Carol Bohl and Linda Hammontree with Janice Britz and a great forward written by Terry Clothier Thompson!

This book gives a wonderful oral history and the photos of the quilts are magnificent!  There are also a few quilt patterns in the back of the book!
This is another must have book – so add it to your Christmas wish list!

Coming Soon…


The Quilters Women & Domestic Art Book Review

I was recently gifted with the wonderful book titled “The Quilters Women & Domestic Art: An Oral History” written by Patricia Cooper and Norma Bradley Allen.  My great friend Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts gave me this treasure of a book – how sweet of her was that!
I spent yesterday evening reading this oral history book and loving the images of the old quilts and the black and white photos of quilters.  I was amused at some of the stories.  It’s a great book to just sit and read with a nice cup of coffee or tea in the evening and think about women of long ago and their quilting!
Here are some images from the book!

And coming soon…..