New Additions to the Library for October

Book Sale

As I reported at our September meeting, the Book and Magazine Sale at our June meeting raised $168 for new books for the Library.

New Acquisitions

We have five new books for our October meeting!

The first new book is a seasonal one – Sew a Modern Halloween by Riel Nason. It includes patterns for quilts, cushions and gift items, mainly in orange and black, of course! It’s modern because the projects are made of simple improv elements. The author is a designer from New Brunswick, who wrote the Modern Selvage Quilting book (#1208) last year, and has made over 60 Halloween quilts. She is also a novelist.

Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in Ireland is exactly what you expect from him – beautiful quilts in gorgeous colours, photographed in lovely indoor and outdoor locations in Ireland. I’m looking forward to taking this one out soon – someone already has a hold on it!

New York Beauties & Flying Geese: 10 Dramatic Quilts, 27 Pillows, 31 Block Patterns – well, that title says it all! This book combines foundation paper piecing and curved piecing to make beautiful New York Beauty projects. If you are a beginner at either technique, there are lessons with lots of step-by-step photos. Once you have mastered the techniques, there are dozens of templates and patterns for variations on the theme in quilts and pillows. The projects are colourful and there is a good section on choosing colours. And the foundation paper pieced sections of the block would be the perfect place to use your new skills if you took Dianne’s Freezer Paper Foundation Paper Piecing workshop last weekend.

Rainbow Quilts for Scrap Lovers is also exactly what the title says – the quilts are scrappy and bright variations of traditional designs. The book includes ideas for “rescuing” and organizing your scraps, and choosing fabrics to make a cohesive quilt.

And our final new book this month is Stitched Sewing Organizers: Pretty Cases, Boxes, Pouches, Pincushions & More by Aneela Hoey. The projects in this book are perfect quick projects when you want a break from working on big projects. The organizers make perfect gifts for your quilty friends and many of them would have uses outside of sewing too.

There is a sew-along happening now on Instagram so you can find tips and lots of inspiration. A new project is scheduled every week for the next couple of months, with weekly prizes if you make and post the project of the week. See for more information.

Just a reminder that our library “fines” are $1 per book per meeting. All proceeds also go into the library budget to buy more books! So I don’t really mind if you’re late returning a book. 😉


You can always browse our entire library catalogue at

If you want to place a hold on any book for October, or a suggest new acquisition, contact me at: Librarian .

Library News for June

Happy Summer!

I don’t have any new book acquisitions to tell you about this month, because June will be our last meeting before the summer. All books must be returned in June, so we can do our annual inventory. So find them now, and if you can’t make it to the meeting send you books with a friend or email me to arrange to drop them off.


We will be having a book and magazine sale at the June meeting, so you can take home some “new to you” quilting books for summer inspiration. Sort through your library in preparation and bring your donations to the meeting.

I hope you are enjoying the sun! See you on Tuesday!

Paula, LGQG librarian

You can always browse and search our entire library catalogue at .

If you want to place a hold on any book for September, or suggest new acquisitions, contact me by clicking Librarian on the Contact page of our website: .

New Additions to the Library for May

Hi all!

We have three new books in the library for May and there seems to be a bit of a theme – making the old new again …

The idea for this book is very similar to our recent acquisition, Modern Roots – Today’s Quilts from Yesterday’s Inspiration by Bill Volkening, but the thing I love about quilting is the endless possibility for creativity. In Old Quilts, New Life, Sarah Fielke has selected nine beautiful quilts from The American Folk Art Museum in New York and reinterprets each in two ways. First, she gives a fairly authentic pattern for the original, updated with current techniques and fabrics. Then she takes inspiration from some part of the original quilts and designs a very new contemporary quilt. The patterns are great and the book is full of eye candy and inspiration.

In Quilting the New Classics: 20 Inspired Quilt Projects: Traditional to Modern Designs, editor Michele Muska gathers a group of “influential quilters” with widely different styles to reinterpret traditional blocks and quilts. The traditional inspirations include bear paws, flying geese and log cabins, and there is a traditional and a modern pattern for each.

Scraps quilts and books about them seem to be popular in our guild, so I have another one for you: Scrap Quilt Secrets: 6 Design Techniques for Knockout Results by Diane D. Knott. The author has a system to make sure your scrap quilts work: S.C.R.A.P.S., which stands for style, contrast, repetition, accent color, palette, and selvages. You will learn some important design concepts to help you combine scraps together into beautiful, harmonious quilts.

Don’t forget that all books must be returned in June, so we can do our annual inventory.

We will be having another book and magazine sale at the June meeting, so you can take home some “new to you” quilting books. Start sorting through your library in preparation and bring your donations to the June meeting.

You can always browse our entire library catalogue at .

If you want to place a hold on any book, or suggest new acquisitions, contact me by clicking Librarian on the Contact page of our website: .

Enjoy the (hopefully) sunny weekend. See you next week!

Paula, LGQG librarian

New Additions to the Library for April

Hi quilters!

Good news! The Modern Triangle Quilts book that didn’t arrive in time for our last meeting is here! And because Canada Post seemed to have lost it, the online bookstore sent us a replacement. Then two copies arrived on the same day a couple of weeks later. They didn’t want me to send it back or pay for it. I thanked them profusely and let them know it will be a door prize at our next meeting. Thank you to the Book Depository!

The other new books I have for the next meeting are donations, for which I’m very thankful! The first one is Happy Endings – Finishing the Edges of Your Quilt by Mimi Dietrich. It was first published in 1987, and has been updated many times. It’s a great reference on all the ways to finish your quilts with fancy bindings, piping, scalloped edges, prairie points – everything you can imagine! This is one of the first quilt books I bought and I still use it all the time.

The last two books I have are nice little hard covers from the Pretty Little Series by Lark Books, Pretty Little Pincushions and Pretty Little Potholders. They were also donations to the library. The series is a set of compilations of projects by many designers and bloggers. Both books include a great selection of small projects using scraps and all sorts of materials including corduroy, lace, wool felt and rick rack, and using many techniques including quilting and embroidery. You may recognize a potholder by a local designer, Laurraine Yuyama. These kinds of projects make sweet gifts and are a fun way to try new techniques!

We will be having another book and magazine sale at the June meeting, so you can start sorting through your library in preparation. However, please hold on to your books for now, and bring them to the June meeting. I don’t have room to store them, and my husband was getting a little annoyed by the constant presence of a box in the front hall of our apartment.

You can browse our entire library catalogue at .

If you want to place a hold on any book, or suggest new acquisitions, you can contact me by clicking Librarian on the Contact page of our website: .


See you next week!

LGQG librarian


Happy almost Spring!

I apologize for the lack of a library article last month. It got lost in the midst of my preparations to travel to Savannah for QuiltCon 2017. And then the wi-fi at our funky motel was a bit dodgy …

A big Thank You to Jo Ann Lee for organizing and running the library for the February meeting!

There were three new books in the library in February:

The first is an unusual book we were able to buy from Barb Mortell. It is the catalogue for Color Improvisations 2, curated by Nancy Crow. This opened in a museum in Germany last year, is touring Europe and will tour in North America next year. One of Barb’s quilts is included in the stunning collection.

Color Improvisations 2

We also received two lovely donations. The first is America’s Glorious Quilts. This a HUGE book on the history of quilts, with lovely big colour photographs. It covers many wonderful aspects of quilting, including Amish quilts, Hawaiian quilts and crazy quilts. I hope someone will take this book out every month because we barely have room to store it!

The other donation is another “text book” of quilting – Patchwork Quilts Made Easy: 33 Quilt Favorites, Old & New by Jean Wells. It covers many aspects of quilting techniques thoroughly and includes a variety of patterns. It’s an older book by a very talented teacher. I encourage you to look past the colour combinations and imagine these quilts in your current favourite colours.

Thank you to both of the donors! We appreciate donations of books to the library. I look through them all, and add the more current ones to the library if they don’t duplicate something we have. All the other donations will be sold and the money will go to buying new books. We are planning the next book sale at the June meeting.

For the March meeting, I have ordered four new books. The first is WALK: Master Machine Quilting with Your Walking Foot by Jacquie Gering. I took this class from Jacquie at QuiltCon last year, and she is a wonderful teacher. The book looks just as thorough as her class. She teaches how the get the best results from using your walking foot and much more than straight-line quilting.

No Scrap Left Behind: 16 Quilt Projects That Celebrate Scraps of All Sizes is the new book by “Crazy Mom Quilts” blogger, Amanda Jean Nyberg. It is an encyclopedia of fresh fun quilts to make with scraps. She includes some great ideas for fun backings and some smaller projects too.

Modern Triangle Quilts: 70 Graphic Triangle Blocks • 11 Bold Samplers is a new take on the quilt block – who says it has to be square? Rebecca Bryan has designed pieced triangle blocks to mix and match, as well as some fun ways to set them in to sampler quilts.

And finally, I ordered a new book from Amy Friend, Improv Paper Piecing: A Modern Approach to Quilt Design. It includes a primer on foundation paper piecing and a series of lessons and patterns that show how the technique allows a measure of control and repeatability in improvisational quilting. I think this will be very interesting to explore!

Thank you to those members who suggested books for the library! I keep a running list of suggestions and you can email me at to make suggestions or to place a hold on a book for our next meeting. You can browse our entire library catalogue at

See you at the meeting!

Your librarian,



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.