Ellen Murphy, a traditional pattern designer, is releasing a book titled American Homestead, which features quilt patterns focused on different house styles . Her project designs are based on the architectural style of each home. From plantations to beach houses, there is something for everyone. I love Ellen’s attention to detail and how she translates a structure into the style of her quilt. She hits the mark every time!
Quilts styles based on popular home styles across the USA
Black & White, Bright & Bold, Machine Quilting on my Bernina
Trimming in my sewing room
Boardwalk Runner Finished Sideview, Black & White, Bright & Bold
Boardwalk Runner, Black & White, Bright & Bold
I am really happy with how the runner came together. I brought in the top and Gailen was kind enough to give me some advice on how to do the quilting. I decided to mimic the sheet music lines and only quilt on the B&W fabric. I gave the runner to Jesse yesterday and he loved it. Once again, I am reminded how I love to give handmade gifts because it brings the giver and receiver so much joy.
This small take-along reference guide for quilters, is a dynamite tool that includes easy-to-follow charts, tables & illustrations:
Everything you need in one handy reference. Who hasn’t at one time or another needed a little help with information such as standard bed sizes, yardage requirements, cutting instructions, secrets to setting, choosing supplies, piecing techniques, number conversions. Plus the book comes with cutting and piecing instructions for 20 popular traditional blocks!
New to this book are charts, tables and information for standard precuts sizing along with “new and improved” charts for bias strip cutting. We’ve also added cutting formulas for single prism, double prism, kite, 30° diamond, 60°diamond, half rectangle, hexagons, octagons and parallelograms. And of course we’ve included methods for making square-in-a-square blocks, flying geese blocks (not one but two methods!). Same goes for prairie points – two methods! Then there’s side and corner setting triangles with sashing, plus more methods for making half-square triangle units.
Giveaway! We are giving away a copy of The All-in-One Reference Tool to one lucky winner! International winners will win the e-book version. To enter the giveaway let us know if this is a tool you could use – or we’d love to hear your stories of a time you wish you had a tool like this for some added assistance. This giveaway closes on February 7. Good Luck!
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Our Spring 2014 Front List Catalog is hot off the press. We’re excited because it’s the first C&T Publishing catalog with an image we created specifically for the cover!
Shooting for a cover (catalog OR book) is a slow and painstaking process because every cover has very specific needs and directions that will enable it to be successful in its cover journey.
Don’t worry – I am not going to bore you with the minute details of cover creation. Suffice it to say, while we’re shooting we’re taking into consideration the cover’s crop lines, title, text, and, most importantly, its context as we create the composition. The gist is, I put the camera on sticks (a tripod), tether it to the computer via USB cord, and shoot into the photo editing program Adobe Lightroom directly so we can see and play around with all aspects of the shot to get the perfect final image.
Here’s an animated photo that shows you how the Spring 2014 Front List Catalog’s cover image slowly came together, little change by little change.
And if you haven’t seen it, here’s the final cover.
At C&T, we technical edit all our projects. Technical editing is the process of verifying the accuracy and completeness of instructions. We’ve found that not everything can be done readily with math and a calculator. Some things just have to be made.