I know many, many quilters were dismayed to hear that Quilty magazine has stopped publishing. It's a shame, really. Each and every issue was full of beautiful quilt patterns and many practical tips and advice.

Dear Quilty - jacket art

Dear Quilty: 12 Easy Patchwork Quilts and Great Quilting Advice by Mary Fons (Fons & Porter/F&W $22.99) is a book from the group that put together the magazine. This book has 12 easy patchwork quilts and all of the tips and tricks that were the hallmark of the magazine. It is aimed at beginning quilters, but I think it would be a welcome addition to any quilter's library because it has so much practical information including tips on cutting, piecing, colors, binding and more. There are also profiles on members of the Quilty team and some letters from the magazine's readers. It's a nice read and a visual treat – a winning combination when it comes to quilt books!

Dear quilty 1

One of my favorite quilts is this Sunny Side Up by Anna Graham. It is a fresh, modern take on traditional design. I also love the one below by Tula Pink – great use of strips and, of course, the fabric is to die for!


Dear quilty 2

I have one copy of the book to giveaway (U.S. addresses only). To enter, comment on this post and tell me why you started quilting. I will leave the comments open until Sunday, May 10 at 6:00 pm EST. Good luck!


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