Quilting, Patchwork & Applique

  • American Quilts

    Sumptuous, informative and engaging, this is the ultimate book on American quilts as art.

    Written by one of the leading scholars in the field, it's a fascinating chronicle of the growth and evolution of an art form with a rich heritage. Not only does author Robert Shaw provide an insightful look at quilting aesthetics, he places the craft in its historical, cultural and socioeconomic context, providing a visually lush journey through American history.

    This opulent volume starts with old-world traditions and goes up to the present, examining key moments that had an impact on quilting culture. More than 350 stunning images capture a rich variety of work created by people from all walks of life. This edition contains several new quilts, created since the book's original publication.

  • Amish Quilts of Lancaster County

    Enjoy the bold design and glowing colours of these 82 Amish quilts from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania which have been exhibited worldwide in major museums and venues.

    This volume gives new insight into their beauty, using over 350 detailed colour photographs and discussions of Amish culture, quilting patterns, materials and construction. Readers may be inspired to create their own versions and will understand more about how quilting evolved in the Lancaster Amish community and enjoy the full-page views of each beautiful quilt.

  • Animal Parade

    You'll love how Cheri Leffler combines simple piecing with whimsical appliqué to make adorable quilts for little boys and girls. Each delightful design comes to life with animal appliqués that portray a sense of innocence and friendliness.

    • Use needle-turn or fusible appliqué to create owls, giraffes, penguins, frogs, foxes and more – full-sized patterns and large appliqué shapes make it all so easy
    • Enjoy a varied selection of 10 irresistible quilt patterns for everyone from confident beginners to seasoned quilters
    • Make fun use of colour and create endearing gifts that will bring joy now and as a child grows

  • Animal Parade 2

    Bring your quilts to life with animal appliqués that frisk and frolic on backgrounds of vibrant patchwork. Quilters everywhere fell in love with the adorable patterns in Cheri Leffler's Animal Parade. Now she's back with even more delightful designs for the young – and young at heart.

    • 10 charming baby quilts combine simple piecing with appliqué
    • Step-by-step instructions for needle-turn and fusible-web appliqué – full-sized patterns are included
    • Create lovable gifts featuring turtles, rabbits, pandas, elephants, raccoons and more

  • Anniversary Sampler Quilt

    Celebrate any important event in life, from an anniversary or a birthday to a retirement or a memorial, with these 40 beautiful blocks and 7 customizable settings.

    Created to commemorate the author’s 40th anniversary of falling in love with her husband (and making her first quilt for him!), you can read the story behind each block, then make it personal by stitching in your own memories and using blank blocks for personal dedications. Piece and appliqué the stunning sampler quilt, or pick and choose your blocks and setting to suit your own needs and taste.

    • Many blocks for lots of options – stitch the sampler or make a quilt with repeated or selected blocks
    • Easy-to-follow instructions from an experienced quilter, writer and teacher
    • Adjust the blocks and settings to make your quilt unique

  • Antique to Heirloom Jelly Roll Quilts

    Bestselling authors Pam & Nicky Lintott bring you 12 new Jelly Roll quilt designs, based on the best antique quilts from Pam's stunning collection. Each clever quilt pattern uses just one Jelly Roll and has been designed to make the best use of your fabric whilst preserving the vintage style of each antique patchwork quilt.

    • Clear, detailed, step-by-step instructions with full-colour diagrams
    • Beautiful photographs of both the antique quilt and the modern version

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  • Appli-Quilting

    Multitask like never before with this revolutionary, all-in-one approach to appliqué and quilting! It all starts with your quilt sandwich, as you apply gorgeous appliqué shapes and free-motion quilting in one step. Learn how wash-away sheets, secondary quilting designs, couching and bobbinwork can take your designs to the next level. Appli-quilting is fast, effective and versatile – a game changer for owners of both longarm and domestic sewing machines.

    • A true time-saver – multitask when you appliqué and free-motion quilt at the same time
    • Quilt stylish, creative showpieces with raw-edge, fusible and turned-edge appliqué
    • Embellish with couching, bobbinwork and innovative motifs on your longarm or domestic machine

  • Applique Mastery

    Appliqué Mastery gives readers an exclusive peek into the studio of award-winning appliqué master Philippa Naylor. She takes quilters on a step-by-step journey through her process of designing a competition appliquéd quilt from start to finish.

    • A wide range of appliqué techniques are explored – from the very easy to the very involved – including turned edge, satin stitch, blanket stitch, free-motion raw edge and bias strip
    • Includes a quilt pattern with detailed instructions so quilters can put the appliqué techniques into practice immediately
    • Stunning full-colour photographs will awe and inspire

  • Art of Mixing Textiles in Quilts

    Have a ball blending cottons with rich wools, lustrous silks and textural home decor fabrics for quilts that beg to be touched. Mix unconventional textiles together like a pro with the best advice for cutting, sewing and pressing fabrics with texture and sheen. Dimensional and exciting, mixed-fabric quilts are ripe for using up scraps and expanding your horizons!

    • Mix eclectic fabric types – cottons, wools, silks and home decor – for quilts that wow
    • Discover how to best cut, press and piece any fabric, regardless of fibre content
    • Quilt 14 pieced and appliquéd pillows, quilts and small projects with adventurous fabric pairings

  • Art Quilt Collage

    Make treasured art quilts from bits of cloth, stitched motifs and painted details. This visual, step-by-step guide will help you unlock your own artistic vision as you quilt in a series, finish small art pieces and incorporate meaningful symbols into your work.

    • Tap into your creative muse! Art quilt inspiration, techniques and checklists presented in 8 easy-to-use design guides
    • Uncomplicated, visual guide to fabric collage with practice pieces to help you gain expertise
    • Tell your own artistic story with colours, materials and beloved symbols

  • Art Quilt Maps

    Transform the places you love – and places you've always imagined or wanted to see – into hypnotic art quilts.

    Award-winning artist Valerie Goodwin shows you how to make quilted maps with easy fabric collage techniques and innovative designs based on maps of your favourite places. Fully illustrated guide features a large photo gallery of quilt maps by Valerie and her students.

    • Find inspiration in real and imaginary sites, in old maps, in poetry and in memories
    • Transform a place's essential lines and shapes into quilt designs
    • Make luminous textures with fabric layering, paints, stamps, stencils, drawing and appliqué

  • Art Quilts International

    These 300 gorgeous art quilts, bursting with colour and excitement, capture the work of 124 major quilt artists from 18 countries. Participating artists come from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, the UK and across the US.

    In-depth interviews with 29 of the artists help us understand their inspirations, their techniques and their challenges. Learn about how Denyse Schmidt makes her colour choices. Find out how Fumiko Nakayama first discovered the mola techniques for which she is famous. Discover why Sue Benner is drawn to plaids and why Deidre Adams likes old books.

  • Artful Improv

    Learn to use simple design principles to create unique improvisational quilts. Without using patterns, learn 5 easy piecing techniques to add to your improvisational toolbox – angled stripes, circles, blocks, curved strips and inset strips – and watch the art unfold before your eyes. Focus on colour combos and negative space to discover your personal style, and then add dazzling texture with free-motion stitching.

    • Embrace your creative spirit – practice improv quilting using 5 easy blocks, circles and strip sets
    • Design with negative space, colour recipes, and even irregular edges
    • Finish quilts with free-motion texture and sleeve-free wall hanging techniques

  • Artful Log Cabin Quilts

    Take the first steps to becoming an art quilter. Starting with an inspiration photo or painting, choose fabrics to create your own artistic log cabin quilts. Learn to navigate visual pathways and composition, applying easy techniques and experimenting with colour. Student work is presented, showing that anyone can create an art quilt!

    • Create unique, abstract art quilts with world-renowned teacher and author Katie Pasquini Masopust
    • Anyone can follow Katie’s simple, straightforward method to create freeform blocks from any image
    • Turn your love of traditional log cabin blocks into an artful experience that you'll never forget

  • Australian Quilt Heritage

    Quilt historian, Margaret Rolfe, tells the story of Australian life over two centuries through its heritage of quilts, from convict-made quilts through to quilts as a contemporary art form.

    Australian quilts and Australian stories:

    • The story of the Rajah quilt, made by convict women coming to Australia in 1841
    • Glorious crazy patchwork creations made in the late 19th century
    • Quilts made during World War I and II to raise money for the Red Cross
    • Wagga rugs
    • The quilts made in Changi by internees in Singapore in 1942
    • The move from bed quilts to art quilts in the late 20th century
    • And much, much more<

  • Baby Bliss

    Grandmas, aunties and mums-to-be: if there's a baby on the way, you want fast, practical gifts, handmade with love. Be the hit of the baby shower with adorable projects designed by two popular authors and proud grandmothers. Cute, colourful and grandma approved!

    • Choose from a great selection of clothing, accessories, bibs, quilts, receiving blankets and more
    • Darling styles suited for boys and girls are sure to be loved by new mums
    • "Baby Talk" tip boxes offer hints for successful stitching with knit fabric, ultra-plush fabric, ribbon, rickrack and more

  • Baby Quilts for Beginners

    Whip up a quilt today for a baby shower, birthday, holiday or just to bring a smile to Baby's face!

    These 13 fabulously fast and delightfully simple quilts for little ones are bright, adorable and super easy to make. Share the love with cuddly traditional and modern patterns by today's top quilt designers.

  • Back-Basting Applique Step by Step

    Learn to easily and accurately baste shapes in place for needle-turn or machine appliqué – by working from the wrong side of the fabric. No marks on the front! This step-by-step book teaches the basics and beyond. Novice and experienced quilters alike will enjoy adding these appliqué techniques to their tool kits.

    • Follow the easy-to-use lesson format with step-by-step photos; tips and hints appear throughout
    • Master skill-building appliqué techniques, such as working with layered and overlapped appliqués
    • Create seven unique projects, including table toppers, wall hangings and a beautiful banner

  • Backyard Birds

    Designed in the lively Piece O' Cake style by Linda Jenkins and Becky Goldsmith, these 12 blocks are bursting with fresh colours and are easy enough to be fun for stitchers of all levels.

    This pattern pack includes a 16-page instruction booklet and full-size patterns for 12 blocks, plus appliqué borders, that make a 52 x 65 inch quilt and instructions for a four-block 39 x 39 inch quilt. Or mix and match your favourite blocks to perk up quilts, pillows, tote bags or apparel.