Gardens are sources of inspiration, especially for gardeners who are involved in arts and crafts. Our landscapes provide themes for various kinds of crafts projects. Here are some reviews of garden craft books and patterns for gardeners.
“Table Toppers-Celebrating the Great Outdoors”
By Debbie Field for Granola Girl Designs, this is a new title from Landauer Books.
It features 18 quick and easy appliqué quilt patterns that will provide seasonal interest. Some of these projects combine simple patchwork with the appliqué.
There is something here to suit every taste. The appliqués include everything from spring daffodils and irises to sunflowers. For fall, gardeners can choose from pumpkins and bittersweet vines to the autumn harvest.
In addition to floral motifs, these also depict other scenes from nature, such as birds. Among the projects are table runners, candle mats, and table
With over 100 full color photos, this has complete, step by step, illustrated, easy to follow instructions for each project. There are full size, appliqué templates. The introduction has all the general directions for the basic appliqué and quilting techniques that are used.
“Rustic Winter-Nine Ornament Designs”
This title by Marilyn Gash was published by Indygo Junction. These appealing designs feature timeless folk art motifs that are versatile enough for holidays as well as any other time of the year.
These combine hand embroidery and wool appliqué techniques. The ornaments can be used alone or as a group to create various kinds of projects. The book features three projects, including a mason jar pin cushion, and a miniature quilt or wall hanging. On the cover is a lovely wreath made from the ornaments.
This has full size appliqué patterns for each ornament along with step by step instructions for each ornament and project. There is also a list of the fabrics and supplies needed for each one.
Among the motifs are ones with special appeal to gardeners. These include wreaths, various kinds of flowers, and trees.
Witchy-Poo Quilt Pattern
From Mt. Redoubt Designs comes this lovely fall garden quilt pattern. Witchy-Poo is by renowned quilt designer Letitia Hutchins. This lovely wall hanging is 23½ inches by 26½ inches.
The design features assorted fall motifs that will be of interest to gardeners, including lovely fall foliage. The design depicts a witch on a broom flying across the night sky above a picturesque landscape showing a farm and barn in the background.
This quick and easy appliqué quilt pattern is suitable for beginners. It has a color chart showing the fabrics you’ll need to complete the project. There are full size templates for the appliqué and complete easy to follow, step by step directions from start to finish. There is also a detailed diagram showing the appliqués and the order in which they should be applied. This includes details on how to do fusible applique.