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Garden Craft Books for Gardeners

Gardeners who also happen to quilt and sew are going to love the following books. These feature garden-related sewing projects.

“Fig Tree Quilts Fresh Vintage Sewing” by Joanna Figueroa, founder of Fig Tree Quilts, was released by Martingale/That Patchwork Place. This features over 20 projects using the Fig Tree fabrics.

From beginning to end, this has special garden-themed projects that will delight gardeners’ hearts. The gorgeous items include appliquéd and pieced quilts of all sizes. There are also aprons, seat cushions, throw pillows, table coverings, placemats and napkins, a recipe holder, a file folder cover. This also has several soft sculptured items, including birds and garden produce.

For each project, this has full size templates and a list of the fabrics and supplies. This also has color layouts, cutting charts, and color illustrated, step-by-step instructions. There are also basic directions for all of the quilting and sewing techniques and suggestions for choosing fabrics and colors.

“Hop To It-Appliqued Blocks and Projects” by Edyta Sitar for Laundry Basket Quilts and designer of Dreaming in Color batik fabric line was released by Landauer Publishing. This features 12 delightful garden quilt blocks and 8 projects. Gardeners will love these wall hangings, table runners, pillows, throws, and bed quilts.

These Baltimore album appliquéd blocks feature a number of flowers and foliage, such as rose hips and the rose of Sharon as well as an impish bunny.

This title provides complete illustrations for all three appliqué methods. There’s also an extensive chapter on choosing colors and fabrics. For each block, this has a complete list of fabrics and color placement chart.

There is also a list of materials and supplies for each quilt. There are easy to follow, step-by-step directions for the blocks and the album quilt.

“Rainy Day Appliqué-Quick and Easy Fusible Quilts” by Ursula Michael was published by KP/F & W Publications. This must-have book is a treasure-trove with 26 projects as well as a CD-ROM with 100+ appliqué designs for printing. There are wall hangings in various sizes. Other projects include banners, place mats, table runners, and pillows. Many of these feature garden-related themes with all kinds of leaves, flowers, and branches. Among the projects are exquisite garden quilts with one featuring poppies. While some designs use seasonal themes others can be used year-round.

For each project this has a list of fabrics and supplies, a cutting chart, and color illustrated, step by step instructions from beginning to end. There are placement charts and full size templates. The author also provides general instructions on choosing fabrics, fusing, and other general techniques. Throughout the book are sidebars with quick tips.

“Quilt Your Favorite Photos” by Betty Alofs was released by KP/F & W Publications. Gardeners will be delighted with these ten appliquéd projects. The projects include many garden quilts with landscapes, houses framed by landscaped yards with exuberant flower beds, lush tropical plantings, and picturesque rural scenes. There is also a gallery of quilts containing many landscape art quilts.

For each design, this includes a fabric palette and list of fabrics, cutting chart, tips on choosing fabric, and easy, step by step, color illustrated instructions from beginning to end. There is a pull-out sheet with full size templates.

This title also gives detailed directions on all of the basic techniques. It explains how to make your own pattern, how to make and assemble the quilt top, and how to embellish and finish the quilt. In addition to the projects, this title explains how to turn your own photos into quilts.




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