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).

Library: Twists, Illusions, and Big-City Bags

I hope you all enjoyed the summer. I bought a few books that I thought had good ideas for Christmas gifts, such as bags, place mats, pot holders, and more! If anyone has any further suggestions for Christmas-themed books, please let me know.

I’d also like to thank everyone for supporting the library book sale in June, it was a great success.

Also, the workshop coordinator carried out a survey, and I’ve started buying books related to the most popular topics. Without further ado, here are September 2015’s new books:

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We’ve also had over 20 donated books added to the library – thank you to all donators!

Library: Modern Colour and Paper Piecing

We’ve been getting so many compliments about our library’s variety of books! Firstly, I’d like to say that you all inspired many of my book orders. Secondly, thank you to everyone who’s sent book suggestions—please keep them coming, they’re very helpful!

Please, don’t forget to check out our online library for our full catalog. If you see a book you want to borrow, don’t hesitate to send me an email. The online library can be accessed here:

Finally, please check if you have any overdue books, and remember to return them (along with $1 for each overdue book!)

Here are the new books for April 2015:

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Library: Neutrals, Morocco, and Art Quilts

Spring has arrived, and along with it, we have plenty of colorful books to inspire you to take on spring projects! We also have a special book this month—a book from our very own Krista Hennebury! Also, a special thanks to everyone who has made book suggestions these past few months—keep them coming! Come and check out all our beautiful books, and please remember to return any overdue books.

Here are the March 2015 additions:

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