Happy New Year!

Don’t forget to bring your books back to the library this month – if you’re like me, you’ll have to dig them out from under the books I received as Christmas gifts. I did get a little time over the holidays to browse through the library books.

We have four new books for the library this month.

Alex Anderson’s new book, All Things Quilting, is a “text book” of quilting. If there is a technique you want to learn, teach or perfect, it’s in this book. There are chapters on tools, choosing fabrics, drafting blocks, rotary cutting, piecing, appliqué, quilting and finishing. Hand and machine techniques are included and there are lots of photos illustrating ideas and showing step-by-step methods.

Moda All-Stars Mini Marvels is a collection of mini quilts designed by Moda’s fabric designers. They are mostly made by tiny piecing, but there is also some quilt-as-you-go, fused appliqué and wool appliqué. Sizes range from 8” x 10” to 20” x 20”. Great ideas to use some of the tiny scraps you can’t throw out!

Quilts from Sweet Jane by Sue Pfau is another collection of patterns for use with pre-cuts – jellyrolls, charm squares and layer cakes. The quilts are straightforward and striking.

Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison is a bit of a “classic” of modern quilting. It’s basically about sorting and using your scraps, in a no-pressure, no-pattern kind of way. There are lots of ideas for sewing scraps together, without measuring or trimming first, and then putting them together into a harmonious comfy quilt.

You can browse our library catalogue at

Please email me to make suggestions or to place a hold on a book for our next meeting.



New in the Library: Patchwork Holidays and Kaffe Fassett in Italy

Hi all,

I’ve ordered some new selections in the library … hopefully they will all arrive before the meeting!

library1There don’t seem to be any new Christmas quilting books published this year, but I’ve ordered one that some of you may be familiar with, from a couple of years ago: Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays: 30+ Seasonal Patchwork Projects to Piece, Stitch, and Love. It’s a collection of Christmas projects compiled by John Q. Adams (Quilt Dad), and includes quilts, home dec and gift items.

Also on their way are: Moda All-Stars All in a Row is a collection of patterns for rows that can be used as table runners or wall-hangings, or combined into a row quilt. It includes cute pieced, appliquéd and embellished rows.

In Modern Roots, Bill Volckening updates 12 vintage quilts. Directions are given for the vintage quilts and the modern updates. (And Krista Hennebury made one of the modern quilts!)

Striking Strip Quilts: 16 Amazing Patterns for 2 1/2″-Strip Lovers is another book of great designs for “jelly roll” quilts. (This one is on hold for the guild member who requested it.)

library2Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in Italy – more great colourful quilts, photographed in beautiful settings in Italy.

The Quilt Block Cookbook: 50 Block Recipes, 7 Sample Quilts, Endless Possibilities by Amy Gibson – this is a sampler book, with some great new block designs and settings.

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. Paula

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.


Library Additions: Intentional Piecing

Hi all,

Thank you for all your donations of books and magazines, and your support for the book sale at the June meeting! And a huge thank you to Jo Ann Lee and all her helpers for collecting library books and running the sale while I was off on vacation!

We have some great new books for the September meeting:

library1Intentional Piecing: From Fussy Cutting to Foundation Piecing by Amy Friend, the very creative blogger behind the “” blog. She provides inspiration to cut into those special novelty fabrics and highlight them in your piecing. It includes great fussy-cut blocks, including some very cute paper pieced blocks, and projects to use them in. There are patterns for quilts and smaller projects including bags and sewing accessories.

library2In By the Bundle: Turn Precuts into Patchwork with 12 Fat Quarter-Friendly Quilts, designer Emma Jean Jansen progresses from easy quilts made with squares, through triangles and drunkard’s path (curved) blocks, to one showstopper New York Beauty quilt.

library3By the Block: 18 Surprisingly Simple Quilts is a collection of great pieced quilts. They are mostly simple and based on traditional blocks, but have a modern vibe. Author Siobhan Rogers plays with scale and fun bright fabrics to freshen them up.

library4Long-arm quilter Angela Walters and domestic machine quilter Christa Watson have teamed up for The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting: Long-Arm and Sit-Down Learn When, Where, Why and How to Finish Your Quilts. There are patterns for ten quilts and then ideas and techniques for quilting from both quilters for every quilt.

Also on order, but I don’t know if they’ll arrive by the meeting:

Gorgeous Wool Appliqué: A Visual Guide to Adding Dimension & Unique Embroidery by Deborah Gale Tirico

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

A Common Thread: A Collection of Quilts by Gwen Marston – I’m looking forward to this one!

More Adventures with Leaders and Enders: Make Even More Quilts in Less Time by Bonnie Hunter

Thank you to Jo Ann, Dorothy Porter, Rose Moore and Dianne Ritter for their suggestions for library acquisitions!

You can browse our library listings at And please email me at to make suggestions or to place a hold on a book for September.


New in the Library: Selvedges, Leaders and Enders

Thank you to the members who filled out the library questionnaire at the last meeting. The information about what you want in our library will be very helpful to me when I’m searching for, and ordering, new books. I will always be open to suggestions – just email them to I will have some of the questionnaires at the library table if you would like to fill it out at the next meeting. There were many positive comments about the library, and for that we have to thank Sonia Milanez and prior librarians who built this great collection!

This is the last month to take out books before the summer. All library books must be returned at the June meeting, so we can do an inventory over the summer. Don’t make me call you!

Terrific T-Shirt Quilts by Karen Burns arrived the day after the last meeting, and I have ordered four more books. Hopefully they will be here for the May meeting! The new books this month include:

library1Adventures with Leaders & Enders: Make More Quilts in Less Time! by Bonnie K. Hunter ( There were requests for scrap quilt books from the questionnaire, and Bonnie is the queen of scrap quilts. (“If a fabric is ugly, you haven’t cut it small enough.”) She is the designer of the Double Delight quilt we did as a mystery a couple of years ago. Her designs are quite traditional and piecing-heavy, and use lots of scraps!

library2The Sewing Machine Master Guide: From Basic to Expert fills in a small gap in our collection. It is an encyclopedia of sewing machines, including sections on all types of sewing machines, how they work, and buying and using a sewing machine. There is information on the history of sewing machines, how to do repairs and make adjustments and all sorts of troubleshooting.

library3Modern Selvage Quilting: Easy-Sew Methods 17 Projects Small to Large is a new book by Riel Nason, a blogger from New Brunswick ( She is the queen of selvages! This book includes techniques for working with selvages and lots of projects to use them.

library4And the final new addition the library is The Quilter’s Practical Guide to Color by Becky Goldsmith. She was our headlining quilter at one of the fall workshops several years ago. The book includes colour theory and 10 projects to put the skills to use. There are photographs throughout the book, and she uses quilts from traditional and modern quilters to illustrate the ideas.

Browse our library listings at You can email me at to place a hold on a book.

Don’t forget to bring back your overdue books! And remember, there is a $1 fine per book per month. All fines collected go into the budget to buy new books.

New in the Library: Lines and Inspiration

We have four new books on order for the April meeting. They are:

library1Lines by Design Quilts: 17 Projects Featuring the Innovative Designs of Esch House Quilts
Author Debbie Grifka is a designer, teacher and blogger from Ann Arbor, Michigan. This book is full of modern, geometric quilts using lots of solids and some prints. The emphasis is (obviously) on lines, but not all straight. There are some great graphic curvy designs too. Techniques include piecing, machine appliqué and bias appliqué.

library2You Inspire Me to Quilt: Projects from Top Modern Designers Inspired by Everyday Life
This is Canadian quilter Cheryl Arkison’s most recent book. (We also have Sunday Morning Quilts (co-author with Amanda Jean Nyberg) and A Month of Sundays in the library.) She shows how to take ideas from people, places, and things to original design concepts. She includes quilt ideas from designers including Jen Carlton-Bailly, Cynthia Frenette (from Abbotsford!), Carolyn Friedlander, Andrea Harris, Rossie Hutchinson, Heather Jones, Amanda Jean Nyberg, and Blair Stocker.

library3I find that one of the hardest parts of quilting is the inspiration – I can stare at a sandwiched quilt for a looooonngg time, wondering where to start. Shape by Shape Free-Motion Quilting is a recent book by Angela Walters, full of ideas for quilting motifs. It is divided into three sections: Blocks, Negative Space, and Borders, and each section is broken down into block shapes with lots of ideas for filling them up with machine quilting. Lots of inspiration! If this one is good I’ll get the second volume (Shape by Shape, Collection 2).

T-shirt quilts are not my favourites. However, I have found that when non-quilters find out I am a quilter, the first thing they say is “I want to make my daughter’s baby clothes/teenager’s team t-shirts/brother’s Harley t-shirts into a quilt. Can you do that?” Some day I am going to be talked into it.  Terrific T-Shirt Quilts (Karen Burns) shows you how to deal with the challenging fabrics in tiny infant tees, sweatshirts, sports jerseys, and super-stretchy dancewear using interfacing and zigzag seaming. It also shows you how mix and match different sizes and shapes of t-shirt blocks for pleasing designs.

I’m will have the library questionnaire ready for you at this meeting. Are there any books you’d like to see in the library? Are there any topics related to quilting that we should cover? Please think about these questions and bring your input to the meeting.

Please keep sending your suggestions to You can also email a request to reserve a book. (Browse our library listings at:

Don’t forget to bring back your overdue books! And remember, there is a $1 fine per book per month. All fines collected go into the budget to buy new.

Paula Bohan

New in the Library: Simply Orange

This will be my last meeting as a librarian, and I’d like to thank you all for your patience, help, and support.

Please keep sending suggestions—they’re much appreciated—and don’t forget to check out our online library so we can reserve books for you. And please don’t forget to return your overdue books, as there are quite a few of them!

Here are this month’s books:

Sonia Milanez
Your Librarian

New in the Library: Strips and Other Stash Busters

Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! My term as a librarian is coming to an end, and I hope someone will be willing to take over my duties.

Here are this month’s new books:

Sonia Milanez
Your Librarian

Library: Colour and Walking Foots

It’s hard to believe that this is already our last meeting of the year, and that my term as a librarian is coming to an end! It’s quite sad, but at the same time, I’m excited that someone else will have an opportunity to take over this position. It’s so much fun to choose the books and to be the first to read them all as they arrive. It’s also wonderful to know almost every member by name, and even some of their quilting styles!

If you’re interested in being the librarian, I encourage you to take this opportunity to join our executive group, it was so much fun!

Here are this month’s new books:

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There are also a few more books that were donated—don’t forget to check them out!

Library: Cabins, Chains, and Precuts

Hi everyone. It’s nice to be back! I heard that Colleen Bell’s presentation about our online library was a success. It seems that lots of people weren’t aware we had an online library in the first place! So please check it out if you’re interested – the library can be accessed by clicking this link: catalog/lionsgatequilters.

If there’s a book you’d like to reserve, please send me an email.

I ordered a book titled Sewing to Sell because there are many great Christmas gift ideas, and you can also start making projects to sell in our quilt show boutiques!

Here are the new books for October 2015:

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We also have Edition #10 of Modern Quilts Illustrated (Ringle, Weeks and Kerr, Bill).