Folk-Art Favorites - Quilts from Joined at the Hip

by Tammy Johnson, Avis Shirer
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EB958

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What could be more enticing than the newest projects from this popular design team! With large pieces and easy applique shapes, these welcoming designs are appropriate for all skill levels.

  • Choose from 12 projects, including a variety of pillows and a sachet
  • Add texture and whimsy with fun details such as wool strips couched on top of big pineapple appliques
  • Create a set of four seasonal door banners for celebrating throughout the year

Author:
by Tammy Johnson, Avis Shirer
Size:
8.5" x 11" printed on your home computer
Format Description:
full color, PDF digital download
Pages:
80
Product Code:
EB958
ISBN:
9781564778840
Publication Date:
May 12th, 2009
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From connectingthreads.com

When you’ve been a quilter for a while, you somehow collect a bookshelf full of quilting books that have a project or two for your “to do” list. Folk Art Favorites is a book that has so many great projects that every turn of the page makes another addition to that list!

First on my list is A Warm Welcome. This is a quilt that combines two of my favorite things--saltbox houses and pineapples. The pineapples, which are the traditional symbol of welcome and hospitality, are easily pieced and then embellished with wool and buttons. The houses are also pieced, and the sashing has randomly placed flying geese. The vintage look is completed with a wonderful large print floral border. Yup, gotta do this one!

Next is the series of seasonal door banners. Since my decor changes with the seasons at home, these too are a must do!  Each one has a saltbox house with greetings for each season, a bundled up snowman for winter, cheerful flowers for spring, fireworks and flags for summer, and a sunflower and pumpkin for fall.  Each is machine pieced and appliquéd, and has special added embellishments with rickrack, buttons and metallic threads.

While flowers are not usually my thing, the cover quilt called He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, looks like fun. The brightly colored Gerbera daisies with their big button centers just bring a smile. They are machine appliquéd and are set together with brightly colored pieced sashing and a polka-dot border. Another favorite is the wall hanging called My Best Sampler. It combines easy to sew units, a touch of appliqué and a wonderful flying geese outer border that frames the quilt. There is a touch of Americana, some traditional quilt blocks and another version of the saltbox house.

This book of favorites wouldn’t be complete without a project for Christmas. The Pomegranate Christmas quilt and pillow are just stunning in the rich red and gold fabrics the gals used. The pomegranates are machine appliquéd and alternate with pieced squares to make up the quilt. There are instructions for a new take on pillow shams that complete the look for the holidays.

So, I’ll be gathering my fabrics, going through Grandma’s button box, and sitting down at my new sewing machine to get started on warming my home with some Folk Art Favorites.
From Quilting on a Budget blog, Joan Johnson

Before I even opened this book, the cover quilt caught my eye with its bright, cheery, perfect-for-scraps look. This book is “folk art” but with a modern twist, with 12 projects--including a full-sized quilt, four seasonal door banners, pillows, and a wonderful sampler wall hanging.

For me, I want any book about quilting to be diverse in its offerings and not require a certain line of fabrics to accomplish the look of the projects inside. That’s exactly what this book brings to its readers. Designs are easy enough for an advanced beginner, but unique enough to offer quilters of any experience a sense of accomplishment when any of these projects are finished. These are projects that are not overly time-consuming. You will have plenty of time to complete the 4th of July door banner for the upcoming holiday.

Overall, Folk-Art Favorites offers a well-rounded group of patterns with easy to understand instructions. Although the folk-art title might put off some of the more modern quilters, don’t let it. These are folk-art with a modern twist designs that should appeal to all quilters.

 


From Kay Mackenzie, allaboutapplique.net

Joined at the Hip is a design company specializing in folk art that consists of Tammy Johnson and Avis Shirer. Their husbands inspired that name for the company, as the men knew that between them they could always track down the quilting twosome, LOL. When I think of folk art, I think of fun, funky, primitive shapes that are not necessarily the right size for one another, like a crow being way too big for the tree it’s sitting in. The Hip girls agree: “We are drawn to objects that are out of proportion, whimsical, and offbeat.” Me too!

The authors begin by giving basic instruction in quiltmaking and machine appliqué, then dive right into the projects. If you’re a fan of that rustic, un-fussy look, you’ll love the designs from Joined at the Hip. There are pillows, wall quilts and small quilts embellished with wool and buttons, a schoolhouse sampler, and a beautiful table runner with rickrack and penny-rug ‘tongues.’


Tammy Johnson

Tammy Johnson and Avis Shirer are well known for their primitive, whimsical designs, and love to combine many elements in their quilt designs, including applique, patchwork, and traditional quilting fabrics as well as wool, rickrack, buttons, and more to add to the overall charm. They are the design duo behind the folk-art quilt designs of Joined at the Hip.

They've published more than 200 patterns, including their popular Hanging on a Star series and the Button Up series. They've also designed several lines of fabric.

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Avis Shirer

Avis Shirer and Tammy Johnson are well known for their primitive, whimsical designs, and love to combine many elements in their quilt designs, including applique, patchwork, and traditional quilting fabrics as well as wool, rickrack, buttons, and more to add to the overall charm. They are the design duo behind the folk-art quilt designs of Joined at the Hip.

They've published more than 200 patterns, including their popular Hanging on a Star series and the Button Up series. They've also designed several lines of fabric.

Visit Avis's website
Contact Avis Shirer

View more titles by Avis Shirer