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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

New Books From Martingale Showcased At Fall Quilt Market - And A Giveaway!

Congratulations to Quilts, Inc. for hosting the 35th year of Quilt Market. They do a fantastic job hosting this trade show, twice a year, for those in the business to meet, promote new products, buy new items for their stores, take professional classes, network and have fun.

We quilters around the world now eagerly away to see new fabrics, books, patterns, tools and other notions soon appear in our favorite quilt shops in the months to come, so we can create #quiltygoodness.


Today, SewCalGal wants to share insights on some of the inspirational new quilting books that were showcased by Martingale at Fall Quilt Market.  Some of these books may already be available in your favorite quilt shops, but several will be available in the next month or so. Either way, if you don't find them in your favorite shop, let your shop owner (buyer) know you would like to see them carry these books in their shop.








While all of these books are packed full of inspirational projects with easy to follow instructions and great visuals, today I want to share insights on Urban and Amish: Classic Quilts and Modern Updates, by Myra Harder.



Urban and Amish is a refreshing new book that incorporates traditional classic Amish designs and fabrics with modern prints and twists, creating interesting designs.
 Myra lives in Winkler, Manitoba, Canada. She has worked in the quilting and textile industry for the past two decades.  Her family ties can be traced back nine generations to fabric merchants in Prussia.
Her quilt designs have been featured in numerous publications, and she has coauthored several popular Martingale books.  She is also the author of Nap and Nod, which is one of my favorite quilting books for creating quilts for babies and toddlers.


There are 16 projects in this book, which include traditional and modern designs.  All have easy to follow instructions and great visuals.
 You can create a quilt with an Amish look, or a quilt with a more modern flair.

You can use solids, or various prints.


Projects range in size from 51 1/2" x 51 1/2" to 86 1/2" x 110 1/2".

Myra has a talent for color and design that can help you create quilts that can become heirlooms with an Amish yet modern perspective.


And, SewCalGal anticipates that many award winning quilts, in various quilt shows, will be made from designs found in this book.

Be TRADITIONAL.  Go MODERN.  Enjoy the best of both!


Did I mention a Giveaway?

Followers of SewCalGal can enter to win a copy of Urban and Amish, by Myra Harder, by using the rafflecopter form below.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is open to followers that live in the US.  SewCalGal will use the random number generator within the rafflecopter tool to select a winner on Friday, November 28th.  This post will be updated once the winner has been selected and an email will be sent to the lucky winner.

You can find Martingale at:

https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale



You can find Myra Harder at:

Robinson Pattern Company: http://www.robinsonpatterncompany.com/



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78 comments:

Michele said...

It does look like an interesting book. Thanks for a chance to win

Stitches said...

Would love to own this book, looks like alot of goodies.

Ella said...

The book looks fabulous!

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

I must admit that I am new to Myra Harder, but I will be looking for this book for sure. Yum!

Jodi said...

Thanks for showcasing this book, I was surprised by the modern look of the quilts.

Lisa Marie said...

I love to see old patterns made new again! Looks like a great book.

Rike Busch said...

I love the combination. Thanks for the chance!
Greetings, Rike

Rilene said...

Looks like a great book!

Pat Converse said...

Can always use a new book! Thanks for the chance.

Pat Converse said...

Looks like a great book!

Becky (My Fabric Obsession) said...

I'm new to Myra Harder also, but this book looks great!

Anita said...

I would like to make more modern quilts, and this book would be perfect for me!

barbara woods said...

i just love books with new quilt patterns that i can try, thanks

teachpany said...

This looks like a great book. I'm always interested in new designs. Thanks for the info.

OhioLori said...

Love reading reviews about different Books...tho usually makes mt wish List get longer! lol I don't know of Myra Harder...but this book looks Super!! thanks for the info & pictures. :)

OT Quilter said...

Amish quilts always intrigue me. This looks like a wonderful book.

Linda said...

HELLO,I've already seen "Nap+Nod" by Myra and would love to get it>I do charity baby quilts and this looks so interesting!
Thanks for sharing!

msstitcher1214@gmail.com

Betsy said...

I have never made an Amish style quilt. Myras book looks like a book I would enjoy

kay said...

I love Amish quilts, and I'm very interested in exploring modern variations of Amish designs.

Katie said...

looks like some awesome stuff there

MaryBeth said...

I love all of them

Kathryn said...

I have so many great Martingale books, and these look equally interesting.

Anne said...

You are right, Myra has a great eye for color. I live PA near Amish and Mennonites and their needle skills are amazing. Myra is from Canada but is influenced by Prussian fabric, wow.. Talk about a variety of influences! Beautiful quilts!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I have never made one of these, but now that I see them...at don't know why not. would love to win this.

Kathy E. said...

I follow you on Bloglovin' and am very interested in these new books! I am fairly new to quilting and really tend to be more inspired by modern quilts. I am collecting quite a few patterns so far!

kimberj said...

I'm now following you on BlogLovin :) I grew up in Ohio Amish country. I worked at a general store that had buggies parked in front every day! I would love to have this book as inspiration. I love the idea of using bright colors that were forbidden to them in their designs.

sherry said...

love looking through books for inspiration

Deb said...

Looks like a wonderful book, especially since I absolutely love quilts...old and new! Martingale always outdoes themselves on their book giveaways!

Nancy said...

This book has great patterns in it!

Janie said...

All the quilts you are show casing look stunning. Thanks for the chance.

janie.mccombs@yahoo.com

Sewgirl said...

I love the versatility of Myra's designs. Looks like a fun book with lots of great quilts!

Havplenty said...

The traditional has influenced the modern. These two genres are eternally connected. This book would make a great addition to any quilter's library.

tushay3(at)yahoo(dot)com

Margaret Copus said...

LOVE all the fun ideas.

Marti M said...

This looks like a fantastic book.

Beth said...

Martingale has quite the crop of great new books! I've had my eye on both of Ms. Harder's books along with Fun-Size Quilts and Vintage Vibe.

emeggs said...

Would like to win,
looks like a fabulous book.
Erika

Sharon Joyner Griffith said...

I have to tell you that I love the modern look with the mix of traditionalism mixed in. I love the look of solids mixed with just a little textured fabric and we do get to see some awesome quilting so for me this would be an awesome book to add to any library. Thanks for giving us a heads up. Happy day to you.

ozone3 said...

Looks like a great book!!

Thanks for the chance to win!!

JoyceLM said...

Thanks for sharing the gorgeous quilts from this new book. Will have to purchase if I'm not lucky enough to win. Thanks.

Linda said...

Great designs. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

Linda Nelson said...

I would love to read Take 5 Fat Quarters!

lenelson(at)mail(dot)com

Marsha Jean said...

Wow, so many books to choose from!If I don't win, Myra's book will go on my Christmas wishlist.

Gene Black said...

I think the book Fast-Piece Appliqué by Rose Hughes looks interesting. I love the preview images on the Martingale site.

curious said...

So many excellent books and only so much shelf space! Which do I choose? Sincerely, Paula K.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Looks like a fun book!

quiltyVal said...

This looks like a great book, thank you for reviewing it, and for the chance to win a copy!

Susan said...

I have never made anything by Myra. I like what I see of this book and would love to win it.

DaniQuilts said...

This looks like a fantastic book!

Brenda said...

I really appreciate the way you review books -- giving us enough info about what's between the covers instead of just relying on the beautiful cover photos. Urban and Amish is just the kind of inspirational book I like -- it's amazing that creating a traditional Amish pattern with contemporary fabrics completely changes the impact of the quilt -- making it not so easily recognized as "Amish." A great principle to keep in mind -- too often we get a narrow view of something and don't look beyond the colors and type of fabrics used in the original version of a particular quilt.

Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

Needled Mom said...

There are so many great books out there for quilting. It is so much fun to see the great designs.

juliehallfeldhaus said...

Looks like a great book and I love books of all kinds!!!

Quiltsmiles said...

Seems like traditional patterns and then has a new concept applied to those projects shared that slips them ot over the top. Neat!

Josie McRazie said...

Breathtaking quilts!! A very inspirational book!!

Brandy Pettit said...

I love the variety this book offers and that it encourages us to expand our minds. Thank you for the opportunity!

~Brandy

Jo Anne Hawks said...

What a fantastic book. I have long been a fan of Myra's patterns.

Tom Cranford said...

This looks like a great book. I always have loved all the Amish patterns and Amish quilts. I love going to all the Amish stores in Indiana when I go.
I enjoy reading your blog and follow you on Bloglovin and Facebook. Thanks for the opportunity to participate in the give away! :)
Tom
tomdcranford@yahoo.com

jrwork said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! I follow your blog and am a fan on fb. Keep up the good work.

Sarah@123quilt said...

There are some stunning projects in this book. Thanks for the chance to win!

Donna W said...

Looks like a great book. I love all my books. I may not make anything from them, but I love to read them and look at the pictures for inspiration.

Lisa said...

There are some fantastic projects in this book. Thanks for the chance to win

Shannon Whitehill said...

This book looks lovely! Thanks for offering this giveaway!

Jen Beatty said...

Great post & giveaway! Thanks for everything you share w/all of us!

Kathy Davis said...

We have a settlement of Amish near us. They really do make beautiful quilts.
Kathy Davis
kdavis1@centurytel.net

Dixie said...

Looks like some great projects there - lovely quilts! mumbird3atgmail.com

tesuque said...

I'm always thrilled to see new books.

Cecilia said...

All of these books look interesting. I'm especially interested in Think Big. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

Judy1522 said...

This looks like a great book to add to my quilting library.

Sallie said...

Love the quilts that you showed. Thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

I love seeing traditional patterns with a new twist. This book looks very interesting. sarah@forrussia.org

Debbie said...

Love the designs

hula691 said...

I saw your book a few days ago and it looked interesting and something I would love to try a pattern from. Can't wait to see!

MamaLovesFabric said...

Beautiful designs. Would love to try them!

2ne said...

Thanks for the give away - looks like a great book :-)

aus_chick said...

I'd love to make the one that looks like the reflection of a city skyline!

beaquilter said...

looks like a neat book

Carol C Thomas said...

Love looking at new quilt books and getting inspired and finding new tips and techniques.

Quiltingranny said...

I would love to win a new book so many exciting patterns to chose from!

Debbie said...

I love the quilt that looks like a cityscape and reflection. Thanks!