Thursday, April 17, 2008

New Books for Spring!

While Nancy was in Chicago discovering what is new for quilters at Quilt Festival, I have been working on our Quilt Market Schoolhouse presentation. For those of you unfamiliar with Quilt Market, it is the quilt industry's bi-annual trade show. In the fall, it is always in Houston, Texas. The spring market travels each year, and will be held in Portland, Oregon this May. Schoolhouse is a chance for vendors to educate customers (shop owners) as to what is new and how to market it to the quilting public.

In our case, we have two new books to present. The first book is Time for a Chain II, an incredible technique book on making single, double, and triple Irish Chain quilts. The second book is Simple to Sensational Batiks. I have been involved with the production of both of these books from the beginning and know what our premise was in writing them. But, holy cow! When I start to tell others about them, I truly realize how wonderful and inspirational these books are.

The sewing and pressing techniques we have developed in our first Time for a Chain book make Irish Chain quilts piece together like magic. For those of you who teach quilting, you will want to review and teach from our new book, Time for a Chain II. We've included all new quilts in wonderful fabric combinations for single, double, and triple chains.

The quilts in Simple to Sensational Batiks repeat five basic elements from straight seams to paper piecing to curves. Jump in anywhere depending on your quilting experience. The quilts range from simple to sensational (just as the title says!).

I can't wait for you to see these new books, so we've included a little sneak peak of my favorite quilt from each book.
"Holland Treasure" from Time for a Chain II

"Velvet Nights" from Simple to Sensational Batiks

Happy Sewing!