For the gift givers…


For the past few years, we’ve designed and posted here a sheet for quilters to share with their families who wonder what to buy for them for the holidays. We’ve happily conspired with husbands and partners, kids and in-laws to help them find a holiday gift that’s exactly what you’re looking for. We ship to offices and even gift-wrap for those who need it.

Modern Quilt Studio Gift suggestion card

So here’s this year’s hint, hint sheet for you to share with your family members who don’t know a fat quarter from a fussy cut. Be sure to point out that shipping is free to US addresses.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who will be celebrating tomorrow!



Stitches to Savor

design, inspiration, needlework, quilting

I’m really happy for Sue Spargo. I’ve never met her but she was able to do something that many artists, including us, would love to do: she was able to have a beautiful, hard-cover coffee table book of her work published by Martingale. Martingale gave me a copy of Stitches to Savor at International Quilt Market and asked if I’d review it. We only review books we like but we were delighted to be able to share this book with Craft Nectar readers.

There are no patterns or instructions in this beautifully photographed book but there is an endless amount of inspiration. With 200 photos of Sue’s work, you get a chance to focus on the details and composition of her work, which is hard to do in a pattern book. The detail photographs also allow the reader to see how Sue mixes cotton and wools, as well as hand work and machine techniques so effortlessly.

Not everyone is able to do handwork or enjoys it but this book makes you want to try something new. From the tiniest bead to the perfectly placed French knot, this book is beyond just eye candy. It’s a book to inspire. It’s a book for daydreaming and encouraging the reader to see new possibilities for familiar materials. You don’t flip through this book. You linger because there’s just so much to see. Regardless of your style of quilting, there will be something in this book that catches your eye and gets you thinking. If you’re thinking about a holiday gift for your favorite needleworker, this is the book you’re looking for.

I hope Stitches to Savor becomes the blockbuster hit of 2015 because the quality of both the work featured and the production of the book warrant it.


Coming October 23: Fat Quarter Love!

design, inspiration, quilting

We’ve long wanted to publish a series of patterns using everyone’s favorite precut, the Fat Quarter. So we decided to design a Fat Quarter-sized booklet called Fat Quarter Love with eight of our favorite patterns that use solids, large-scale prints, your favorite basics and even hipster novelty prints. The projects range from crib-sized quilts that can be made in an afternoon to more ambitious queen-sized bed quilts.

Fat Quarter Love will retail for $10. Look for it at your local quilt shop. If you can’t find it locally, we’ll be selling it beginning October 23 on As always, we ship free to US addresses. We hope you’ll tuck Fat Quarter Love into your favorite bundle to inspire your next project.