Learn to make your first quilt the easy way, with designer Carolyn Vagts! If you are a beginning quilter, or an expert just looking for new tips and techniques, this book is perfect for you. Carolyn walks you through making your first quilt with step-by-step photos and instructions, giving you her favorite tricks along the way. The book focuses in on one pattern consisting of one block, which can be turned in different directions to make an infinite number of designs! You will also learn which tools are best and how you can use them to make your quilting easier. Once you have mastered this easy quilt design, you will have all of the knowledge you need to try other projects!
Nova Scotia and Connecticut played a unique role in the freedom conflict of the colonies during the Revolutionary War period. Martha Washington's Quilt brings our attention to little-known pieces of history as we look through the eyes of the Starr family. Samuel Huntington, a relative of the Starr family, was one of the signers of our Declaration of Independence. This story is about one family's struggles, triumphs, heartache, faith, and joy as they live through a defining piece of our nation's history.
I was born in the early 50s, the second child of seven, in Madera Ca. We were a poor family and moved around a lot following the fruit, or we picked cotton in Oklahoma and Texas. I didn't start to write until later in my life, however I've always made up stories in my head for my own entertainment and to share with others. My husband encouraged me to write down one of my story, so I tried it and the stories came along so easy. Now I'm having such fun, writing Poems and short stories, and now even a few novels. I live in a small town outside of Salem Oregon and I'm married to a wonderful man; he's a musician and songwriter, an artist as well. We have two grown boys who have given us wonderful grandchildren. I have other hobbies; I raise a garden of flowers and vegetables, I quilt, do oil painting and I love to cook and make new receipts.
Make a home for your orphaned blocks!
Orphaned blocks can find their way into any quilter's life. Whether they are leftover from an unfinished project, collectible blocks found at a garage sale, or even antique blocks discovered in your great-aunt's attic, Tricia Lynn Maloney will teach you how to care for your orphan blocks, and make a home for them.
Orphan Block Quilts includes:
*14 projects, with 11 variations. From full-size bed quilts to table runners, these projects incorporate blocks from the 1880s to the 1950s.
*Instructions on caring for your orphan blocks. Find out about the common problems you might encounter with your orphans, and how to work with them.
*Advice on designing a setting. Not only does Tricia provide guidance on creating companions blocks and finding companion fabric, she also offers insight on how she overcame the design challenges of each project.
*The story behind each quilt. In addition to historical information about various fabrics and blocks, Tricia shares the stories of two of the blockmakers, providing a precious glimpse of the lives sewn into the seams of the blocks.
If you don't have any orphan blocks, Tricia gives you advice on locating potential sources, whether from your own family or online. And it's easy to substitute brand-new blocks, and make a new quilt from the ground up. Check out the 11 variations in the book, where Tricia did just that!
Whether your orphan blocks are antique, vintage, collectible or simply leftover from a recent project, you can sew the perfect setting that will let the blocks shine!
This book offers a practical guide for new policy advisors and their managers, grounded in the author's extensive experience as a senior policy practitioner in central and local government. Effective policy advising does not proceed in 'cycles' or neatly ordered 'stages' and 'steps', but is first and foremost a relationship built on careful listening, knowing one's place in the constitutional scheme of things, becoming useful and winning the confidence of decision makers. The author introduces readers to a public value approach to policy advising that uses collective thinking to address complex policy problems; evidence-informed policy analysis that also factors in emotions and values; and the practice of 'gifting and gaining' (rather than 'trade-offs') in collaborative governing for the long term. Theory is balanced with practical illustration and processes, tools and techniques, helping readers master the art of communicating what decision-makers need to hear, as well as what they want to hear.
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