If you want to get your quilting gifts finished before Christmas is over this year, then might I suggest Here Comes Winter and Celebrate Christmas, both published by Martingale.
Here Comes Winter was written by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks. The basics of quiltmaking are in the beginning for those who are just venturing into this artform. Almost all of the book, though, is dedicated to the projects. Using simple background blocks and delightfully cute appliques, each quilt project has a yardage and cutting guide to make construction go smoothly.
Some of the projects are really simple, but can be made in different color patterns to suit any giftee on your list. The quilts that are a bit trickier, with some of the more intricate appliques, all have patterns for these extra embellishments. A couple of my favorites from this book are immediately above and below this paragraph.
Besides full quilts, the projects also include lap quilts, table runners, table toppers, door banners, and pillows.
Although Here Comes Winter has a couple of projects that focus on the most famous winter holiday, the next book, Celebrate Christmas is pure Christmas overload! With wall hangings, quilts, tree skirts, table runners, mantel covers, stockings, pillows, purses, aprons, ornaments, and a calender, you'd be hard-pressed not to find *something* you like in here!
There is no basics section in this book, but the instructions for each project are very clear, and there are plenty of patterns and templates provided for any of the tricky parts.
Here are a couple of my favorite projects from this new Martingale book.
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