In Utility-Style Quilts for Everyday Living, Art Gallery fabric and quilt designer Sharon Holland provides 12 fresh projects, ranging from a table runner to a queen-sized quilt, all inspired by timeless, well-loved block patterns.
The quilts use surprising fabric and color choices to put a new, modern spin on tradition. Perfect for beginners, the author provides skill-building design tips and suggestions throughout. Each project is fast-pieced. The book encourages the mix and match of vintage fabrics with new for unique style.
The lovely patterns are a reason for you to dig into your stash and visit your favorite shop to make a quilt that will be used and loved for years to come.
Inside Utility-Style Quilts for Everyday Living
- 12 beginner-friendly quilt projects that can be completed in a weekend
- Comprehensive instructions and how-to for essential techniques – from choosing fabrics to binding the quilt.
- Traditional and modern, all in one book! Each project borrows from traditional blocks, while surprising color and texture combinations add contemporary zest.
Barbara Lyn, reader. November 2017
I have been quilting for over 50 years and I always wondered about a name for those quilts that I love to make for use and not be a show piece. This book finally gave me a name for those type of quilts --- Utility-Style. A perfect name because of the definition in the dictionary: the state of being useful, profitable, or beneficial.
Library Journal, March 2018
Unlike show quilts, which often seem too precious to use, quilt pattern designer Holland's creations are for everyday use, with a focus on simplicity and easy piecing. The 12 projects in this book range in size from table runners and baby quilts to queen-size quilts, but most can be made larger or smaller by changing the number of blocks sewn. The cutting and assembly instructions are straightforward and include diagrams for many of the steps. The simplicity of the piecing allows the quilting to shine, and Holland includes suggested machine-quilting designs for most of the items, as well as tutorials for hand quilting and hand-tying.
VERDICT Quilters of all skill levels who are looking for unfussy designs and cozy comfort will be drawn to this collection.
Wisconsin Bookwatch: December 2017
Sharon Holland's passions led her to design fabric for Art Gallery Fabrics. She created the Quilt-It-Today and Sew-It-Today magazines, for which she has served as editor, photographer and graphic designer. In her debut book, Utility-Style Quilts for Everyday Living she aptly draws upon her years of experience and expertise to provide quilting enthusiasts with 12 well illustrated projects, ranging from table runners to a queen-sized quilt. Ideal for the novice beginner, Utility-Style Quilts for Everyday Living offers a wealth of skill-building design tips and suggestions throughout, and teaches each technique in an non-intimidating way with a focus on the quilt's ultimate use -- not on unattainable perfection Each individual fast-pieced project is great for beginners, with skill-building design tips and suggestions included throughout. The results are lovely patterns making a compellingly inspired reason to dig into any stash and make a quilt that will be used and loved for years to come. The quilts are inspired by timeless and well-loved block patterns and use surprising fabric and color choices to put a new, modern spin on tradition. Exceptionally well illustrated, written, organized and presented, Utility-Style Quilts for Everyday Living is unreservedly recommended for personal and community library Quilting instructional reference collections.