Bestselling author Kim Diehl is back with an all-new collection of quilts--plus her very own homestyle recipes--inspired by the seasons. Bring the special meaning of each season alive in your home with Kim's signature tradition-with-a-twist style.
- Thirteen projects with a seasonal flair include bed, lap, and wall quilts, plus a doll quilt and table runner
- Simple patchwork and applique designs feature spring tulips, summer gardens, autumn jack-o'-lanterns, and winter mittens
- Over a dozen tried-and-true recipes spotlight Kim's homestyle approach to cooking--find hearty salads, soups, and breads, plus luscious desserts
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The team at Homespun is simply in awe of Kim Diehl’s designs … this gorgeous book is filled with 13 projects, each design incorporating patchwork and appliqué techniques in Kim’s unmistakable style. There’s a springtime style quilt for the bed, appliquéd with gorgeous tulips; wall hangings embellished with colorful garden beds; as well as stunning Christmas designs that will bring much cheer to the festive table. Plus the book contains a number of Kim’s homestyle recipes including soups, salads, and luscious desserts, meaning that you can choose your favorite recipes, pop them in the recipe tin and they will be close at hand next time you’re cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
From Barbara Rhoades, “Jackie of All Trades,” amazon.com
I wrote a review recently about Simple Season Recipe Box by Ms. Diehl. Now I have the book that goes with that box. (I still like my idea of using the box to cross-reference my quilt patterns as I don't like cooking as much as I LOVE quilting!). My point is that the book has recipes to put in the box as well as wonderful quilt patterns.
The book starts with a sixteen page section on quilting basics and fabric selection. Ms. Diehl gives lots of tips for making your quilt easier. There are graphics to help visualize what is explained. The book is divided into the seasons with three or four quilts per season and then recipes to go with each season as well.
The quilts run from lap quilts to table runners to bed quilts to doll quilts and wall hangings, so there are a wide variety of project sizes. The techniques include piecing, yo-yo's and appliqué. Each project begins with a paragraph about the project. Then a materials list is provided with a cutting list following that. Next are the assembly instructions. This includes lots of graphics to demonstrate the sewing instructions. Finally, adding the borders and suggestions on finishing—how to quilt—are given. Templates are included.
The recipes are the kind that make me think of grandma and home cooking. Quick Cherry Crisp—yummy—homemade rolls, and split pea soup just to name a few. All good eating, and they go perfectly with quilts.
The final page holds three paragraphs about Ms. Diehl. I always like to learn about the designers and how they got where they are today. All in all, this is a great book for all year round. Food and quilts—what could be a better combination?
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 grandies.
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