there! My name is Jen Daly, and I'm
thrilled to be here today to tell you about my new book, Stitching for the Seasons.
I live in New England, and in this corner of the world, the
seasons are very distinct—each with its own look and feel, colors and
sights. The ever-changing landscape in
which I live is a constant source of inspiration for me, and my favorite way to
celebrate the beauty around me is with quilts.
Detail of Four
Seasons of Little Houses
I love to make quilts of all
shapes and sizes, experimenting with color and shape, and different techniques
and materials. I use them in my home—on
beds and on chairs, on walls and on tables—and I love to give them as gifts.
It was actually a gift for my mom that inspired Stitching for
the Seasons. My mom is a fellow quilter,
and for Christmas I wanted to make her a handmade project that combined
quilting, wool appliqué, and a bit of embroidery in one charming little
package. Little House—Winter was the end
I enjoyed the process and the finished product so much that I
went on to make Little House wallhangings for spring and summer. By the time I got to fall, I realized that I
had an idea for a book—combining patchwork, wool appliqué, and simple stitching
to make seasonal projects for the home.
Blossoms Mini Quilt
Stitching for the Seasons contains four colorful collections
of projects that celebrate the best of each season. Each collection includes a pillow, a mini
quilt, a table runner, a lap quilt, and a charming Little House wallhanging
that can be rotated as the seasons change or used year round.
The projects vary in complexity and incorporate many
different techniques—perfect for building your skills! In addition to traditional piecing, you can
try your hand at paper piecing, experiment with easy raw-edge and dimensional
appliqué, and learn how to use wool appliqué and simple embroidery to embellish
Flurries Lap Quilt
It's my hope that
Stitching for the Seasons will inspire you, my fellow quilters, to warm your
homes with quilts, to personalize your projects with wool and stitching, and
perhaps to try a new technique, but most of all, to celebrate the seasons in
your neck of the woods.
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