Quilting Happiness: Projects, Inspiration, and Ideas to Make Quilting More Joyful

Quilting Happiness: Projects, Inspiration, and Ideas to Make Quilting More Joyful

by Diane Gilleland, Christina Lane


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Why do you love to quilt?
Is it the finished quilt itself, or the experiences you had while making it? Do you find more joy in designing a beautiful pattern or in improvising as you go? Are you happiest when making quilts for yourself or for others? Whether it is delighting in the colors and textures of your materials to the sweet satisfaction of curling up under a handmade quilt, quilting holds infinite possibilities for exploring the many joys of creativity.

In Quilting Happiness, you will find 20 timeless, adaptable quilting projects that will invite you to try a variety of design styles, as well as a wealth of tips and techniques, inspiring stories, and creative exercises to help you discover even more reasons to love quilting. Learn to make an inspiration board, create more meaningful quilts, or find lifelong quilting friends. Use this book again and again as a guide throughout your quilting life to spark your imagination on each rereading. Embrace new ideas on your quilting adventures and enjoy wherever they take you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780770434090
Publisher: Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed
Publication date: 08/27/2013
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 632,909
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

CHRISTINA LANE has been sewing since she was a child and has been long-arm quilting for seven years. She has been a guest speaker at the Portland Modern Quilt Guild and featured on WhipUp.net, SayYestoHoboken.com, and FatQuarterly.com. Her work has appeared in Lunch Bags!, Arftul Blogging, and Quilts & More magazine. Christina blogs at TheSometimesCrafter.blogspot.com. DIANE GILLELAND is a craft writer and designer. Her website, CraftyPod.com, offers podcasts and videos to a worldwide audience of more than 40,000 monthly visitors and 5,000 Twitter followers. Diane's work has appeared in CRAFT, CraftStylish, Woman's Day, Sew News, and The Oregonian, and on numerous websites, including CraftStylish.com, Craftzine.com, Whipup.net, HandmadeSpark.com, and Etsy.com/blog. She is the author of Kanzashi in Bloom.

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book
Before You Begin
Chapter 1
Inspired to Quilt
Project: The Elevator Music Quilt
  Making Your Quilt Journal
  Morning Seeing
Project: The Plus You Quilt
  Fabric Play
Project: The Liberty Mini-Quilt Art
  Inspiration Board
Project: The Cross-Stitch Quilt
  Finding Inspiration Guides
Project: The Can’t Help Myself Quilt

Chapter 2
Quilting for Yourself
Project: The Crazy Strips Quilt
  Finding Your Personal Quilting Style
  How Do You Describe Your Quilting Style?
Project: The Patchwork Diamonds Quilt
  Get to Know Your Inner Quilter
Project: The Pocket Wall Caddy
  Making Quilts Work for You
  Changes of Heart
Project: The Zig Zag Zig Quilt
  Pause and Enjoy
Project: The Bric-a-Brac Quilt
  Creative “Tough Love”
Chapter 3
Quilting for Others
Project: the Time Stands Still Quilt
  Make a Gift-Giving
Project: The Geneva Quilt
  Words of Love
  Charity Quilting Kit
Project: The Haphazard Chevron Pillow
  Capturing Memories in Quilts
Project: The Starstruck Quilt
  Designing It Together
Project: The Petal Pie Quilt
  Meaningful Fabrics

Chapter 4
Quilting Together
Project: The Squared In Quilt
  Where Are Your Quilting Buddies?
  do.Good Stitches
Project: The Talent Show Quilt
  Where Have You Found Kindred Quilting Spirits?
  Quilt-Along with Precious Fabrics
Project: The Quilter’s Tote Bag
  Laid Back Ladies of the Block
  Make a New Quilter
Project: The Odds and Ends Quilt
  Quilting with Family
Project: The Points of Interest Quilt
Chapter 5
Tools & Techniques
Tools for Quilting
Materials for Quilting
  Types of Fabric
Preparing Fabrics for Quilting
Quilt-Making Techniques
  Cutting Techniques
  Basic Sewing Techniques
  Piecing Techniques
  Squaring Quilt Blocks or Pieces
Finishing Your Quilt
  Assembling the Backing
  Preparing a Quilt Sandwich
  Basting Your Quilt
  Quilting Your Quilt
  Squaring Your Quilt
  Binding Your Quilt
Caring for Your Quilt

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