Hey 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.
Think Spring Pillow
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 result.
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.
Strawberry 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.
Pumpkin Spice Table Runner
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 your projects.
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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