Quilt! Quilts!! Quilts!!! Is Back!
Breckling Press is proud to announce that Quilt! Quilts!! Quilts!!!
, the seminal book on quiltmaking by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, which has been unavailable for several months, is now back on the market. Anne Knudsen, president of Breckling Press and the editor who worked with Diana and Laura on developing the current edition of this bestselling book, is thrilled to bring the book back to quiltmakers and those who are new to the craft.
Says Knudsen, "We have recently acquired the rights to this amazing book, thanks to the trust of Diana and Laura. I cannot say how delighted I am to working with these two wonderful quiltmakers again." We are at the beginning stages of developing a new edition, featuring the patterns quilters love in contemporary fabrics. But, in the meantime, we are thrilled to be able to bring the book back to you." Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!!
is considered the classic reference on learning to quilt, whether you are working alone or in a class. For most of today's quilters, this is the first reference they turn to for help. We are thrilled to be able to offer this life-changing book once more to quiltmakers everywhere!
Discover Temari Balls
Barbara Suess first came across temari when living in Japan. Years later and oceans away in Alabama, her sister made the same discovery--an exquisite folk craft from ancient Japan that makes for beautiful handmade projects. These fun, colorful handballs require nothing more than a needle, threads, and enthusiasm. Click here
to read an interview with Barbara, where she describes her books Temari Techniques
and Japanese Temari
, and explains what makes temari so addictive!
Sieglinde's Smiles Wins National Prize!
Take a close-up look at Sieglinde's new quilt, Smiles
. This delightfully whimsical quilt won Ist Place for handwork and Viewer's Choice at The Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza. Earlier this year, Sieglinde's quilt won the hand workmanship award at the American Quilters Society's Peducah, Ky, show. Judges praised the quilt for its exquisite workmanship as well as it's power to bring smiles to the faces of everyone who views it. The quilt is entirely sewn and embroidered by hand. The extraordinary amount to detail makes it hard to believe that it was made in less than a year. Sieglinde says that her inspiration came for the children's stories her German grandmother would read to her when she was little. Anyone who has read Hansel and Gretel or tales by Hans Christian Anderson or the Brother Grimm will immediately be enchanted by the quilt. The perfect hand workmanship, with every little stitch and embellishment lovingly worked into a rich and complex design, astounds even the most gifted hand quilters. The fact that Sieglinde did not take up quilting until she was 65 years old serves as an inspiration to us all! Click here
to view printable images of this wonderful quilt! For more by Sieglinde, try her Mother Earth and Her Children Gift Trio
by clicking here
Dierdra McElroy's Hand Quilting FAQs
Ever wondered why the stitches on top of the quilt are much bigger than the ones underneath? Why does your needle constantly bend or even snap while you quilt? Or why does your needle keep slipping off your thimble? And what can you do about painful hand and shoulder cramps? Expert quilter Dierdra McElroy, author of That Perfect Stitch
answers all your questions--and helps you
improve your quilting stitch. Click here
to download her Q&A for hand quilters.
Mother Earth--A Musical Slideshow!
Look inside Sieglinde's Schoen Smith's bestelling childrens picture book--with a musical accompaniment! A beautiful 12-year old soprano sings a celtic melody about fairies who live in a grassy hillside. To download the slideshow, click here
Breckling Press is an award-winning publisher of richly illustrated, premium-quality books on popular hand crafts, designed for creative people from developing beginner to dedicated enthusiast. Working with a small and dedicated team of professional designers, technical artists, editors, and photographers, Breckling Press is committed to creating books that not only instruct but inspire and delight readers. The company is based in Elmhurst, IL, just 30 minutes drive from downtown Chicago.