Thursday, February 10, 2011

Cabin Fever Relief

Just in time to relieve winter's cabin fever -- two new books from AQS Publishing. Both guaranteed to keep you and your sewing machine warm and cozy.

First up is Rita Fishel's latest fun-filled romp, Everyday Quilts. These are quilts that are a snap to make. They're so easy, you'll be happy to use them everyday. Go ahead -- love them to death! It won't take much time or effort to make another. These are great patterns for retreats, charity, and gifts.

Need a break from piecing? Read one of Rita's humorous stories about her adventures in her funeral-parlor-turned-quilt-shop and on the road in the Stitch Mobile as a popular teacher and vendor.

Getting hungry? Make one of the delicious recipes she's included -- because quilters need nourishment!

Ready to quilt that top you just made from Everyday Quilts? Turn to Sally Terry's latest book on machine quilting, Pathways from Quilt Top to Quilted.

Sally is a well-known machine quilting instructor, and in this book, she gives the soup to nuts info every quilter needs for getting from a completed quilt top to a quilted quilt.

The book emphasizes longarm techniques, but domestic machine quilters will find oodles of tips and helpful techniques. If you've contemplated quilting tops for other people, there's advice here about that, too.

Best of all, Sally begins her books with troubleshooting so you can avoid machine quilting mistakes right from the start.

Lose those winter blues! Rev up your sewing machine and get stitching!

Both books are available at 

Everyday Quilts by Rita Fishel is AQS item # 8349; Pathways from Quilt Top to Quilted is AQS item# 8348. Enjoy!