new books!


A few new crafty books, plus a couple of the Penguin Classics, because I’m just in love with those covers designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith.

From top to bottom:

Sense and Sensibility

Jane Eyre

I Love Patchwork

Flea Market Style

Liberated Quiltmaking II

The Quilts of Gee’s Bend

No reviews yet, since all I’ve done so far is look at the pretty pictures! (I hope I’m not the only one to buy books just for the pictures!)

How about you? Any favorite books I should add to my collection?

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33 Responses to new books!

  1. 1
    amisha says:

    i have been incredibly inspired by quilting for peace… so many amazing stories of people using their craft to make a difference! i’m hoping to do a charity top each month because of this book (and the patterns are really sweet!)

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    Emily says:

    Material Obsession and Material Obsession 2 are my faves, but I see they’re already on your favorites list. 😛

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    Terri says:

    Those are beautiful book covers! I love them too. I think the I heart patchwork is a pretty cool book. I saw the Quilts of Gees Bend art exhibit a couple years ago and it really was amazing, so that’s a great book too. Have fun with your new books!

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    amanda says:

    I want those Penguin Classics too… but can’t decide which ones to buy, so I’m holding out here.

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    Claire says:

    Love the collection….the top two are just pretty by their spines alone….and yes, the first thing I do with any book is flip through it several times to look at the pictures….I bought the “i heart patchwork”…haven’t done anything with it yet though….I also bought “one yard wonders”…again, haven’t done any of the projects, but the ideas look good and simple, plus I just like looking at the pictures right now, since I have prior sewing obligations to be done first.

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    All your favorites need to be on my list! But since every bookshelf and storage cabinet holds fabric, I guess I need to buy more furniture first! LOL

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    Stephanie says:

    Oooh, those covers are beautiful. I don’t actually own nice copies of any of Jane Austen’s books so I think I’ll be purchasing these.

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    whatupduck says:

    I work in a used/new bookstore, so I understand the enthusiasm for your favorite books. I am a sucker for a good quilting book. I really have to use self control to not buy everything that comes in the store. I recently bought a book titled “A People and Their Quilts” by John Rice Irwin. I’m not one to usually “read” a quilt book, but this one is good if you want some old time, traditional stories with pictures. As a good read, my most recent favorite is “The Glass Castle” (memoir), consumed in a day or two! So hard to read when you love to sew more, agree??

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    marty says:

    I love that you have taught me to look for design in so many unusual places.

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    Kaye Prince says:

    So pretty! I just saw the Coralie Bickford-Smith deigned books at Anthropologie yesterday and they’re even more gorgeous in person! I also have I Heart Patchwork and it is definitely one of my favourites! A couple of other books that I like (that I think you will too) are Material Obsession, Meet Me at Mikes, and Zakka Sewing. Oh, and of course Denyse Schmidt Quilts (which I’m sure you already have)!

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    I have “I Love Patchwork” and I adore it. I’ve made 4 patterns from it and am getting ready to do another one.

    One thing – there’s an error in the placemat pattern. The center square should be 10×12.5″ instead of 10×10. Just mark your book up, so you remember if you make them. They turn out super cute.

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    Amy Hodge says:

    First I off, Jane Austen is probably my favorite write ever, and I adore Jane Eyre as well. I have the Gee’s Bend Book and it is just full of inspiration and wonderful stories (if you can take time out from drooling over the photos to actually read the text). I have Liberated Quiltmaking I and I think it’s a great book. I have not seen the other two and would love to hear what you think about them!

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    leslie says:

    i just finished my first gee’s bend quilt. it was a pleasure working with “their” fabrics but i am anxious to use “found used fabrics” to construct my own. good luck if you take the plunge and i will be curious to see what you come up with if you try!

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    Zarina says:

    I too when I find my favourite classics in hardcovers, I just purchase because I have to.

    favourite books to date: A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY by John Irving. If you love suspense/thrillers, try John Sandford (my all time favourite), John Deavers, and Vince Flynn.

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    Kait says:

    Oh man, I very recently read “Jane Eyre” and I LOVED it. I’ve been on a classics kick the last year or so and I also adored “Les Miserables,” “The French Lieutenant’s Woman,” “East of Eden,” and “Watership Down.” There are some amazing books out there!

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    Amber says:

    That looks like my night stand!! I love Austen and Bronte. I get the everman’s library collection since the have all the classics and I love the ribbon bookmarker in the book spine. I would recommend Austen’s pride and prejuice or for a current book anything by Jodi picoult.

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    Rachel says:

    Those Penguin Classics are amazing! I love the covers (and I need a new copy of Jane Eyre anyways). Thanks for posting!

    I also have I heart Patchwork. It’s a great book. Already made the coasters on the cover!

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    Annalia says:

    Oh, did you get your classics at Athropolopologie (sorry, I just have to make fun of their name) or Amazon? I heart Jane Eyre. …and Flea Market Style. Eye Candy!

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    Cristal Ruiz says:

    It’s not a craft book but it’s my favorite and I believe a must for any book lover
    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury I love this book and could read it over and over

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    Audrie says:

    I’ve been stalking the I Love Patchwork book! And I want those Penguin classics for the pretty covers… but buying double of books doesn’t make sense to my husband. Bah.

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    spencer says:

    I have pride and prejudiced in the clothbound edition… i am gonna have to own them all… so pretty and makes me so happy just to look at it!

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    Debbie says:

    I love Gwen Marston! She did a wonderful book not too long ago called Abstract Quilts in Solids that you would love (check her website at Two of my favorite quilting books are The Modern Quilt Workshop and The Quiltmakers Color Workshop by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr. Have fun!

  24. 24

    Jane Eyre is a favorite! Do they have all of Jane Austen’s books in these covers, because I would definitely want all! I’m going to have to check out I Heart Patchwork and Flea Market Fancy!


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    Kate says:

    I just bought ‘The Sewing Bible’….fantastic resource for all things stitchy!

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    I don’t really like books that have patterns that you have to take to the store to make blown up copies, but the book A is for Apron has the best pictures! I love the aprons!

    And don’t forget about “This is Blythe.” I can’t afford a $200 doll, so I look at her in that book!

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    bettina walia says:

    i love the covers of jane austen….i’m seeing a quit design come into my mind…… i just finished the quilts from gees bend it was a delicious book with lots of valuable stories

    great finds

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    CitricSugar says:

    I saw the new hardcovers and swooned! I stumbled across them at the bookstore when I just didn’t have the budget to work them in the collection. I think , though, that you just gave me permission to get one. 🙂 Thanks!

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    Astrid says:

    These covers are so lovely! Just put Jane Austen and Jane Eyre on my wishlist;-) Thank you for showing them.

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    Colette says:

    How funny I just ordered the same copy of Sense and Sensibility…also ordered Pride and Prejudice (which Amazon will ship when it comes back in stock…I HOPE it comes back in stock!!!) … what about the Penguin Classics “Wuthering Heights”?

    As far as craft books go…I just got the New Alabama Studio Style by Natalie Chanin and love it. Full of inspiration and recipes.

    PS-your wonky string quilt is so lovely!!!

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    Jodi says:

    OMG, I just received ‘flea market style’ the other day through Amazon. (I’m in Australia). It is a gorgeous book, I love it… So much inspiration…

    PS. Love your site… 🙂

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    Johnny Barfuss says:

    I love love LOVE the quilts of Gee’s bend… have you been able to see them in person…? i seriously cried and get teared up now just thinking about how beautiful they are… not just artistically, but to think of all the love they put into making them… i love your website! so fun!

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