Best-selling author Kim Diehl and talented designer Laurie Baker have lots of ideas for fitting creativity into your busy life. Now you can choose a terrific quilt pattern, quickly stir up a tasty supper, and go sew!
- Select from 13 beautiful patchwork quilts for the bed, wall, lap, and table; several include lovely applique
- Enjoy that famous Kim Diehl charm in simple, accessible projects
- Try recipes for soups, a casserole, chicken pot pie, and other delectable dishes that require little of your precious time
All of Kim Diehl's books feature her beautiful work combining piecing, appliqué and colorful fabrics. Each one contains well written instructions illustrated with both photographs and detailed drawings. Patterns for all appliqué pieces are included.
Martingale has published all six of Kim's "Simple" series of books and now her newest book Homestyle Quilts Simple Patterns and Savory Recipes.
Homestyle Quilts Simple Patterns and Savory Recipes was co-written with her friend, editor and writer, Laurie Baker. Kim and Laurie both share a love of quilting and preparing delicious meals--especially meals that can be prepared easily while still allowing them to maintain their busy schedules and sewing projects. The book features a collection of quilts that feature a simple blend of patchwork and appliqué as well as appetizing recipes that can be prepared in the slow cooker or just thrown together to maximize your sewing time and minimize your cooking time.
With today's modern piecing methods and Kim's easy invisible machine appliqué technique featuring appliqué with gentle shapes and a limited amount of pieces you will be able to complete a project over a weekend. The recipes include such dishes as: Santa Fe Soup, Peppered Bacon and Clam Chowder, Chicken Tostadas, Kim's Favorite Meat Loaf, Beef Stroganoff, Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Sandwiches, Easy Pot Roast, Seafood Stuffed Tomatoes, and Rhubarb Blueberry Crisp to name a few.
The 13 projects in the book range from full size quilts to lapquilts, table runners and wall hangings. There are even a couple of smaller projects you can create by using scraps from your other projects.
In the chapter titled "Quiltmaking Basics" you will find instructions for cutting, sewing, and Kim's invisible machine appliqué technique. Removing paper pattern pieces, marking quilting designs, hand quilting and machine quilting as well as directions for Kim's "Chubby Binding" method are covered along with excellent illustrations to walk you through each step in the process.
After falling in love with a sampler quilt pattern in the late 1990s, Kim impulsively purchased it, taught herself the steps to make it, and then realized she was smitten with quiltmaking. As her newfound passion blossomed into a full-time career, Kim began publishing her original designs, traveling nationally to teach her approachable quiltmaking methods, and ultimately designing fabrics . . . a dream come true for a girl who once wondered if she had what it took to make a single quilt!
Using modern time-saving techniques such as the easy invisible machine-applique method she's known for, enables Kim to be prolific in her quiltmaking, and there's always something new in the works. Her very favorite quilts feature scrappy color schemes sewn from a mix of richly hued prints, and her designs often blend traditionally inspired patchwork with applique designs.
In addition to authoring numerous books, including her "Simple" series with Martingale, Kim continues to design quilting fabric collections and Simple Whatnots Club projects in her signature scrap-basket style for Henry Glass & Co.
After retiring from an extensive travel and teaching schedule in 2015, Kim now spends her days at home doing what she loves most: designing quilts and fabrics, baking, stitching, gardening, and being a nana to her grandbabies.
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For more than 10 years, Laurie Baker has been a freelance editor and writer for the quilting, sewing, and crafting industries, and she occasionally designs projects for publication. Laurie lives in West Peoria, Illinois, with her husband, Todd; her college-aged children, Nick and Caitlin; two fat and sassy cats; and an enormous arsenal of fabric that she loves adding to. When she's not playing with needles and fabric or contemplating where to stash her latest textile acquisition, she enjoys gardening, reading, cooking, and knitting. She has no plans of entering rehab for her fabric addiction.
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