Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! Third Edition Has Finally Arrived!

Ah, it’s like an old friend with new clothes.”

That was the comment from a friend who recently took a peek at my new book. Yes, thanks to our wonderful publisher, Anne Knudsen of Breckling Press, Diana (McClun) and I have maintained a similar look and feel to that of the previous two editions. But don’t let the familiar cover fool you: we have included 28 new quilts and step-by-step photos.

I just love the "new" yet familiar cover.

I just love the “new” yet familiar cover.

Here’s one of the new patterns. We had so much fun creating with all fresh new lines of fabric available today. This Pinwheels quilt showcases the beautiful design of Lotta Jansdotter.

Pinwheels

Keeping with our traditional style, we have included yardage and cutting charts for a variety of quilt sizes. So happy to be done with all the math involved in working on these!

Here’s one of my favorites, Lazy Day Quilt, designed and made by Gail Abeloe of Back Porch Fabrics in Pacific Grove, CA.

Lazy Day Quilt designed and made by Gail Abeloe of Back Porch Fabrics in Pacific Grove, CA.

Lazy Day Quilt designed and made by Gail Abeloe of Back Porch Fabrics in Pacific Grove, CA.

Since our books have always been designed to be used as textbooks, we have included teaching samplers for both piecing and appliqué. The Beginning Sampler is a collaboration by Joni Tembreull and Kathy August. Kathy also added her magic touch with the quilting designs. I think the Appliqué Sampler is the perfect size for introducing this technique to interested quilters. It is designed and made by Annie Smith and machine quilted by Vicki McEnerney.

Beginning Sampler by Kathy August and Joni Tembreull.

Beginning Sampler by Kathy August and Joni Tembreull.

Appliqué Sampler by Annie Smith.

Appliqué Sampler by Annie Smith.

The opening of the book greets you with some amazing beauty shots taken by the talented Kerby Smith. I think only a patient photographer could convince the handsome pair in the next photo to pose so perfectly for the camera. But don’t let those gorgeous faces fool you. As soon as the shot was taken, the one on the right quickly grabbed the quilt and headed off into the pasture. What a rascal! Guess he had had enough.

Only Kerby could get this handsome pair to pose so perfectly for this shot.

Only Kerby could get this handsome pair to pose so perfectly for this shot.

I could go on and on but really need to take care of my next project, which is preparing for a Teacher Training Workshop in Utah. I’m excited to be able to work with 40 eager teachers who are interested in using this book as a text in their classrooms. I understand that I need to pack some warm clothes as cold weather is expected. I sit here wearing sandals and a t-shirt enjoying the last warm days of a California autumn. Since it snowed in Salt Lake yesterday, I guess I’ll be rummaging through my closet . . . and probably follow up with a trip to the mall!

Sandals

Just a reminder that it’s not too late to send in your requests to be one of our book reviewers and receive a FREE book. Click here and scroll to the end of the post for details.

Until next time, happy creating everyone!

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12 Responses to Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! Third Edition Has Finally Arrived!

  1. I got a sneak peek at Diana’s the other day–the book is terrific! Here’s hoping QQQ inspires a whole new generation of quilters–like it did me–to feel comfortable learning to quilt!

  2. I am not sure the link is working yet (joys of technology). But, I would be interested in being a reviewer. I have one of the earlier editions and would love to compare and contrast, plus, it looks like there are scrap-friendly patterns included, something that always interests me.

  3. Peggy says:

    I still use my dog eared first edition copy. It has an abundant amount of instructions for beginning to ending quilt construction, from fabric choices to binding. I’m looking forward to the new edition. It will be a great gift for the newbie quilters that I know. I think I’ll even put it on my Santa wish list. Congratulations Laura and Dianna!

  4. Pam Appel says:

    Congratulations! Another job well done. I loved learning from the first edition and always refer others to it when I’m teaching someone to quilt. I can’t wait to see the new edition.

  5. Sherri says:

    I would love to review the book Patchwork please, I would read it caefully and study it throughly and then give you an honest review thank you

  6. Yes, the link doesn’t go to the right place. I’d love to find out more.

    Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! was my FIRST quilting book. I studied the photos and instructions so carefully, and I learned so much. I never took any quilting classes when I began, and I knew no other quilters. So it wasn’t recommended by a friend or required for a class. But as someone who has taught and chosen textbooks, I could tell (even in my vast ignorance!) that it was written clearly. Can’t wait to see the new edition.

    • Laura Nownes says:

      Thanks for the heads up Melanie. I think I have it now. Thank you too for the kind words. Happy to know QQQ guided you into quiltmaking.

  7. Beth T. says:

    Hi! I would love to learn more about the opportunity to review your new edition, but the link takes me to your blog’s home page. Would you please point me in the right direction? I’m guessing I won’t be the only person who thinks this sounds like a very appealing opportunity.

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