New Books: Appliqué, Retrospective, and Getting Organized

New selections in the library for October:


Gorgeous Wool Appliqué: A Visual Guide to Adding Dimension & Unique Embroidery by Deborah Gale Tirico is full of beautiful wool appliqué designs and projects to embellish. It includes many diagrams for fancy stitches and constructing the projects.


A Common Thread: A Collection of Quilts is a mostly-picture book summarizing forty years of quilts by Gwen Marston – eye-candy and inspiration!



Mixing Quilt Elements: A Modern Look at Color, Style & Design is another great book by Kathy Doughty. She does a beautiful job of mixing familiar blocks and designs into bright colourful new quilt designs.


Sew Organized for the Busy Girl: Tips to Make the Most of Your Time & Space 23 Quick & Clever Sewing Projects You’ll Love by Heidi Staples is a retro-themed book of small, satisfying sewing projects like clutches, a first-aid kit, pillows and travel accessories. I see some Christmas gifts here!


And I know it seems early to think about Christmas, but now is the time to start Christmas projects and gifts! I haven’t found any new Christmas project books to add to the library, but we have many Christmas-themed books:

#429    Welcome to the North Pole: Santa’s Village in Appliqué (Becky Goldsmith)

#488    Christmas Cats and Dogs: Quilts to Celebrate the Season (Janet Kime)

#508    301 Country Christmas Quilt Blocks (Mary Jo Hiney)

#834    Make Room for Quilts: Beautiful Decorating Ideas (Nancy J. Martin)

#870    Comfort and Joy: 14 Quilts for Christmas (Mary Hickey)

#871    I Believe Quilt (Nancy Halvorsen)

#907    Quilt a New Christmas with Piece O’Cake Designs: Appliquéd Quilts, Embellished Stockings & Perky Partridges for Your Tree (Becky Goldsmith)

#918    Christmas with Possibilities: 16 Quilted Holiday Projects (Lynda Milligan)

#1001  Modern Holiday: Deck the Halls with 18 Sewing Projects Quilts, Stockings, Decorations & More (Amanda Murphy)

#1091  Favorite Christmas Quilts from That Patchwork Place

#1110  Simply Modern Christmas: Fresh Quilting Patterns for the Holidays (Cindy Lammon)

Or if you’re thinking of handmade gifts, smaller than a quilt:

#514    Omiyage: Handmade Gifts from Fabric in the Japanese Tradition (Kumiko Sudo)

#759    It’s a Wrap: Sewing Fabric Purses, Baskets, and Bowls (Susan Breier)

#1010  Patchwork, Please!: Colorful Zakka Projects to Stitch and Give (Ayumi Takahashi)

#1129  Make It, Take It: 16 Cute and Clever Projects to Sew with Friends (Krista Hennebury)

#1164  Kitchen Stitches: Sewing Projects to Spice Up Your Home (That Patchwork Place)

#1171  Sewing to Sell: The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Craft Business: Bonus 16 Starter Projects How to Sell Locally & Online (Virginia Lindsay)

#1199  Stitch ‘n Swap: 25 Handmade Projects to Sew, Give & Receive (Jake Finch)

You can browse our entire library catalogue at Please email me at to make suggestions or to place a hold on a book for our next meeting.