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  • Maggie Grey's WOWbook 4

    Maggie Grey's WOWbook 4 features some wonderful artists.

    • Sue Brown makes an impression with her method for gum arabic transfer printing
    • Wendy Dolan creates a colourful Gaudi-inspired panel using layered fabrics, paint and stitch
    • Anne Hellyer has double-vision with her appliquéd and machine embroidered seaside village
    • Amanda Hislop shows us the folding forms for her printed and stitched abstract tree landscapes
    • Anne Kelly transforms a pre-loved sewing box with collage, in memory of her grandmother
    • The ‘Inspired by’ feature continues with the letter B – textile artists Carolyn Saxby, Suzette Smart, Janette Bright, Shirley Sherris and Rachael Singleton show us the inspiration behind their work
    • In the celebrity interview, guest editor Lynda Monk talks to Sandra Meech about her work

  • Nautical Quilts

    Lynette Anderson brings her distinctive style of patchwork mixed with exquisite hand embroidery and appliqué to the theme of nautical quilts – a subject that was inspired by her own family history and her grandfather's career in the navy.

    This collection of projects celebrating the sea includes large and small quilted projects so there is something for everyone. Choose from full-sized quilts, wall hangings, a needlework roll, pillows, bags and wall hangings, all illustrated with step-by-step artworks and instructions.

  • Quilts of Love and Valor

    Touched by the tender, real-life letters of Jacob and Emeline Ritner, a husband and wife separated by the American Civil War, Becky Wright shares quilt patterns based on captivating stories the couple shared.

    Tales of the battlefield, news from the home front and love maintained through nearly four years of separation are captured in 11 antique-style designs, perfect for reproduction fabrics. Excerpts from Jacob and Emeline's letters – the only complete set of Civil War letters known to exist – shed light on the inspiration behind each quilt, giving you a sense of what life was like for everyday people during the Civil War.

  • Retro

    A flattering slightly swing design with an oval neckline and faced pockets that mirror the shape. Unique hemline in three lengths (top, short or long dress) can be made with cap, short, ¾ or long sleeves.

    Fast and easy to sew – neckline is finished with bias binding or bias facing strip. Perfect for stretch fabrics, but equally delightful in soft woven fabrics with drape.

    Sizes: XXS – 5XL

  • Sew Cute & Clever Farm & Forest Friends

    Mary Hertel brings readers 16 more of her adorable, easy-to-make paper-piecing blocks, along with six new projects!

    Whether you’re an experienced paper piecer or a beginner, Mary provides simple instructions that will have you paper piecing in no time. Mix and match the blocks with each other or with any of Mary’s previous books to create fun home decor projects, including a quilt, table topper, table runner, bench pillow, throw pillow and pillowcase.

    About the Author Mary Hertel was an art instructor for 35 years. A lifetime sewist, Mary has more than 50 patterns in print and hundreds of paper-pieced blocks. She lives in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where she enjoys knitting, hiking, biking and spending time with her two adult children.

  • Sewing

    Knowing how to sew will make you a better designer; you will learn what is possible, and be inspired by the creative possibilities of sewing techniques.

    In this book, you will start by learning the basics: how to choose tools; how to choose and use thread; pressing techniques; and how to choose and use appropriate interfacings and linings. Basic techniques include seam and hem finishes, sewing buttons and buttonholes, working with knit fabrics and finishing details including bindings and spaghetti straps, tailored pockets and zips. Each lesson is illustrated with step-by-step photographs.

  • Stitched from the Heart

    Turn pretty embroidery, simple patchwork, and sweet appliqué details into extraordinary gifts that will inspire smiles! From throws and wall quilts to a quick pincushion and mug rug, these projects are sure to create long-lasting memories.

    Patterns for a hand-lettered alphabet in two sizes make it easy to embroider heartfelt phrases or to personalize projects with names, dates, sayings and more. Whether you want to celebrate, inspire, empower or comfort, these charming gifts will come from the heart.

    Free sample Try the Brave Little Love Quilt project from the book.

  • Strip-Pieced Bargello

    Make mesmerizing bargello quilts with the easy-to-follow instructions and charts included in Strip-Pieced Bargello. It's like quilting by number!

    • Sew strips of fabric together
    • Slice the strip sets into segments
    • Arrange segments into swaths of movement and colour
    • Create the illusion of curves using only straight strips!

    Start with as few as four (or as many as 24) fabrics to sew a table runner, wall hanging, tote, tree skirt or larger quilt. Armed with Judith's tools, tips and techniques, as well as her smart methods for staying organized, you'll be ready to make your first – or your 21st! – bargello beauty.

  • Tabletop Turnabouts

    Turnabouts are darling little quilts that do double duty. Drape them over items to see two delightfully different sides! One end of each 12" x 24" quilt shows off a single block, while the opposite end features a four-block arrangement. Simply turn the quilts this way or that to suit the scene.

    Jan Patek's charming quilts feature a happy blend of seasonal and everyday motifs to display. And the appliqué? Jan's carefree folk-art style embraces imperfection, inviting quilters to just have fun – on the double!

  • Viking Knits & Ancient Ornaments

    Ever since her ground-breaking book Viking Patterns for Knitting was published, Elsebeth Lavold has been recognised as one of the world’s leading experts on cabling. In that book, described as an indispensable milestone in 20th century knitting literature, she introduces her own innovation, using lifted increases to create interlace patterns instead of just to shape garments, and to bring new life to the ornamental heritage of the Vikings as adornment on modern knitwear.

    With more than a decade of added experience and continued research, she is now ready to take the concept a step further. Still firmly based in her Scandinavian roots, she has studied cultures from all over the globe to find similar types of patterns. This has resulted in a fascinating compilation of ornamental expressions, ancient as well as contemporary, that she uses as a launch pad for her own unique designs.

    In addition to the abundance of beautiful garments presented in the book with complete instructions, the author has analysed a huge number of pattern types and displays them in both swatch and chart form, to allow you to make your own designs based on her research.