The following quilt books are part of the American Quilter’s Society series, called Love to Quilt. They feature quilts with garden-related themes that will appeal to gardeners.
“Wildflower Applique and Embroidery” by Bea Oglesby features 14 exquisite wildflower patterns, including all-time favorites like the jack-in-the-pulpit, lupine, and beebalm. There are complete instructions on making the blocks and using them either alone or mixed and matched for quilts in assorted sizes. For each block, this has a full-size applique template with numbered pieces. The author explains how to choose fabric, select an applique method, and use an applique pattern. This has complete background information on each plant.
“Quilts that Celebrate Autumn and Winter” by Karen Combs et al has four stunning Stack-n-Whack quilt projects. For each quilt, this has templates for the patchwork and applique, fabric and cutting charts along with simple and easy cutting and sewing directions, details on the applique, and finishing the quilts. This has in-depth instructions on various embellishment methods, including pom-poms, 3-D flowers made from Appli-Bond, beads, and embroidery.
“Paper-Pieced Flower Pot Quilts” by Anja Townrow features three delightful flower blocks and numerous variations of each along with suggestions on how to use these for any size quilt from table toppers and wall hangings to bed quilts. This has complete illustrated, step by step instructions on paper piecing. There are also in-depth tips on choosing your fabrics. For each design, this has a fabric chart and full size pattern pieces. The garden-themed designs include thistle and cactus pots.
“Dollhouse Quilts” by Tina M. Gravatt explains step by step how to measure a doll bed and create an heirloom-quality quilt. This has 13 wonderful projects, some of which depict flowers and other garden-related themes. It features an in-depth embroidery guide and details on choosing fabrics and various sewing and piecing techniques, including yo-yos and applique. For each quilt, this has cutting and fabric charts, templates, layouts, quilting guides, and directions on how to finish the quilt.
“Easy Paper Piecing” by Bonnie K. Browning features 30 blocks. This has complete step by step instructions for paper piecing and making your patterns. The author also explains how to choose and cut fabrics. This includes a chapter on setting up your sewing space. There are illustrated, step by step diagrams and color layouts for each block. The designs include various tree blocks, daffodils, foliage, roses, and birds. This has traditional favorites as well, such as the Pineapple block.
“Curves without Piecing” by Annette Ornelas features three stunning quilts with easy curved designs. This has all the basic instructions on how to create easy folded dimensional curves. For each project, it has easy to follow, step by step directions on cutting and sewing the blocks. There are layouts, a list of fabrics, and cutting charts for each project. Most of the quilts feature flowers. One depicts gorgeous beaded primroses. Each design indicates the suggested skill level.
For disclosure purposes, I acknowledge receiving review copies of these books from the publisher.