Friday, December 19, 2008

Happy Holidays!


Wishing you all good reading, good writing, good quilting and an excellent year with your creative muse!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Faux Applique is in the House!

Our latest book, Faux Applique, by Helen Stubbings, is available and what perfect timing for a holiday gift! Helen's Colourque (a registered name) technique allows anyone - anyone! - to master perfect applique by using colored pencils, shading, machine quilting and textile medium. No needle turning, no raw edges, no fraying! Helen creates her show-stopping, award-winning masterpiece quilts with her sister, Tracey Browning, from their homes in Tasmania, Australia. Pick up a copy (or several) of her elegant book today from our web site: to make your holiday gift-giving even to the non-quilters on your list complete.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Congratulations AQS Houston Winners!

Quilt Festival 2008 is now history and it was an historic show for several AQS authors! Check out these winners' books on our web site, and learn from some of the best!

Best of Show - Sharon Schamber, for Spirit of Mother Earth. Her books include Piece-by-Piece Machine Applique (AQS item #7073) and Piecelique: Curves the New Way (#6681). Congratulations, Sharon, and thank you for creating and sharing this stunning masterpiece!

Superior Threads Master Award for Thread Artistry - Susan Stewart, for Oriental Lace. Susan also won Third Place in Mixed Techniques for Glory Hallelujah. Magnificent achievement, Susan! Learn how Susan makes her award-winning quilts in her book, Heirloom Machine Sewing for Quilters (#7495). Congratulations, Susan! "Artistry" truly is the word to describe your work.

The great team of Sue Nickels and Pat Holly won Second Place, Mixed Techniques for Tea at Tenby, and Pat won First Place, Miniature Quilts for Himalayan Garden. Outstanding accomplishments, Pat! Sue and Holly teamed up for Stitched Raw Edge Applique (#6897). Sue's other AQS books include Machine Applique: A Sampler of Techniques (#5855); and Machine Quilting: A Primer of Techniques (#6299). Follow their lead to make exceptional quilts.

Rami Kim, whose first AQS book, Folded Fabric Elegance (# 7492) will soon be followed by next Spring's Quilted Elegance (#7925), won First Place, Wearable Art for Secret Garden in the Starry, Starry Night. Congratulations, Rami; your workmanship is impeccable and is justly rewarded!

First Place, Innovative Applique - Small for The Legend of Guimar went to Suzanne Marshall. Well done! Suzanne's AQS books are Take-Away Applique (#5012) and Adventure & Applique (#7600). Several of her amazing quilts are currently on display at The National Quilt Museum in Paducah. If you can, stop by to see why her work is so award-winning.

Soon-to-be AQS authors Sandra Leichner and Renae Haddadin each won a First Place prize: Sandra in Art, Whimsical for Poppy Soliloquy, and Renae in Computer-aided Machine Embroidery for Beauty from Within. Congratulations, ladies. We look forward to having you join this impressive list of award-winning AQS authors!

And talk about impressive -- from Best of Show to hand applique, machine applique, machine embroidery to computer-aided machine quilting and from miniatures to large quilts, these AQS authors truly cover the world of quilting with their creativity and artistry. It's an honor and a pleasure to work with each and every one of you!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Three New Books Are Available!

It's always a great day when a new book comes back from the printer, so imagine how grand it is to have three new releases at once! Get your reading glasses on:

Beyond the Block by the Crafty Ol' Broads (wonderfully fun sisters Linda K. Johnson and Jane K. Wells) lets you let go of block "block." Instead of being trapped by size restrictions or shape limitations, the C.O.B.s show you how to improvise in a controlled way. The results are wild, colorful yet still traditional. Show your flair for color and thinking "outside the block" with this bright, inspiring book.

If you love beads but hate hand work, All Beaded Up by Machine is the book for you. Terry White, author of Thread Painting Made Easy (AQS, 2008), once again shows how the sewing machine can be a terrific artistic asset. Her super simple techniques yield amazing results; no one will ever know how easy all that beading really was. A must-have for embellishment addicts.

If you spend your days in a cubicle dreaming about the quilting you'll do that night, Quilts in My Cubicle will hit the spot. Barb Holtzman, herself a cubicle dweller, has created 12 quilts that are small enough to actually finish and delightful enough to cheer up any cubicle anywhere. Smart tips and hanging suggestions round out this happy little book that will keep you stitching and have your colleagues glad you did.

Talented people work at AQS (if I may say so) and graphic designer Lynda Smith proves it with her first-ever author effort, Quilt This! Practical Patterns for Everyday Quilting. Her original designs are shown as motifs and borders and are suitable for hand quilters or those using any type of machine. No more dreaded "quilt as desired." Instead, Quilt This!

It's been a busy autumn for AQS; stay tuned for three more books coming soon!

Monday, October 13, 2008

What a Great Show

Des Moines Quilt Expo was a wonderful show! Everyone raved about how beautiful ALL of the quilts were, AQS Contest Quilts and those from the Greater Des Moines Quilters Guild as well as the special exhibits from Nancy Kirk, Sandi McMillan, Judy Martin, and The National Quilt Museum.

The Iowa Events Center is a new facility, so spacious that we never had that "sardine" feeling even though attendance was tremendous. And plenty of restrooms!

My week was spent meeting authors old, new and wanna-be, and every single one was delightful. We received interesting proposals and scoured the vendors for what's hot and what will be The Next Big Thing. Too much fun to call it work!

If you can, put the Des Moines show on your calendar for next year: October 28 - 31, 2009. It's a lovely city at a beautiful time of year and now that we've been there, we know the quilts will be spectacular! Join us!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Ten Years of Magic

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Bethany Reynolds' amazing Stack-N-Whack technique with her latest book, Stack-n-Whack-ipedia.

Bethany revolutionized quilting design and brought back fussy cutting when she unveiled Stack-n-Whack ten years ago. Legions of quilters have made extraordinary quilts using her technique, and now here are more lovely patterns and ways to amaze.

Whether you have tried Stack-n-Whack or not, you will love Bethany's clear, concise instructions and cutting charts. Light some candles and celebrate this milestone in quilting history with AQS's newly released anniversary edition!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Des Moines My Way?

Midwest quilters are very excited that AQS is hosting a new show in Iowa's capital city. And with good reason! Not only will there be 500 outstanding quilts to see and hundreds of vendor booths to shop and loads of great classes, but also the sights and sounds of Des Moines, one of America's best kept secrets. This metropolitan city still has a small town ambiance and the people couldn't be nicer.

If you've ever wondered what it takes to write a quilt book, stop by the Workshop Desk or Admissions Booth and ask for me, Andi Reynolds. I'll be glad to listen to your book idea or answer any questions you might have.

See you in Des Moines, and practice smiling and waving. Those Iowans are friendly folks!

Monday, September 8, 2008

New Release

We're excited to announce the first book by well-known pattern designers Linda K. Johnson and Jane K. Wells, a.k.a. the Crafty Ol' Broads. If you like to experiment and innovate, then Beyond the Block is for you. Use their tips and techniques and gallery to jump start your own unique quilt creation. If you like a bit more structure, re-create one of their eight projects in your own inimitable style. Either way, you'll have a blast as you sew along with these amazingly creative sisters.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

AQS Quilt Expo Nashville

Time does fly when you're having fun, and it was all fun in Nashville last week. With more than 500 quilts on display and so many vendors to visit along with potential authors, the week was over quickly.

Back in Paducah, we're pleased to announce the release of three great books: Ribbon Treasures from Celia's Garden by Faye Labanaris; 100 Tips from Award Winning Quilters by Ann Hazelwood; and Hooked on Feathers by Sally Terry.

Ribbon Treasures is another fount of inspiration based on Celia Thaxter's marvelous garden on White Island off the New Hampshire coast. This beautiful book will surely help you enhance any item you can think of with Faye's lovely ribbon flowers.

Even if you have no desire to enter quilts in a contest or show, the tips Ann has corralled from 100 award-winning quilters will improve your quilting life. Some are advisory, some are technical, but all are smart ways to think about your quilting.

Whether you quilt by hand or machine, and whether your machine is a home sewing machine or a longarm, Sally's clever no backtracking quilting designs will have you, too, hooked on feathers. Every design is charming and has a place in your next quilt.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Nashville or Bust

Two weeks from today we'll be putting the finishing touches on the Quilt Expo in Nashville. Doors will open Wednesday at 9 am to welcome an expected 25,000 people eager to view more than 300 of the world's best quilts, shop with vendors and meet old friends.

AQSpublishing is looking forward to making new friends, especially authors and quilters thinking about writing a quilting book. Please stop by the Admissions desk and ask for me, Andi Reynolds, so we can meet!

Have a book in mind? Check out our proposal guidelines at under the "Authors" tab. Have a finished proposal ready to submit? Bring it with you to Nashville!

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Seeking authors for these book ideas

American Quilter's Society (AQS) publishing seeks authors to query us about writing these books:

A how-to-quilt book for beginners. Very basic, covering hand and machine techniques from concept through binding. We're looking for a fresh, complete approach to well-covered territory.

A home dec project book whose designs are contemporary art quilt style. Kitchen, dining and living area projects should appeal to masculine and feminine tastes.

Your query should identify which book you're interested in proposing and why, and your qualifications. Only experienced quilters need apply; no third party authors. We will work with first time authors. Send your query via email to Use either "beginner query" or "home dec query" in the subject line.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Welcome to AQSpublishing

Welcome to AQSpublishing.

This blog is intended to promote American Quilter's Society authors, discover new talent and book ideas, and keep the buzz going on the best quilt books out there.

Check back weekly for new information, and be sure to visit our website:

We look forward to hearing from you!