Simple Traditions - 14 Quilts to Warm Your Home

by Kim Diehl
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Wrap up, cuddle in, and snuggle under--indulge in the best of what quilts bring! In this sequel to her bestselling book Simple Blessings, Kim Diehl is back to share more of her signature style in an all-new collection of charming, comforting quilts.

  • Create 14 traditionally inspired quilts in a variety of sizes to warm any room of your home
  • Learn Kim's clever technique for achieving a hand-sewn look with machine applique
  • Find "Pin Points" tip boxes throughout, filled with helpful hints

by Kim Diehl
8.5" x 11" printed on your home computer
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full color, PDF digital download
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Publication Date:
June 19th, 2006

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Kim Diehl mixes traditional blocks together to make nice two block quilts. I like the secondary patterns formed by combining two pieced blocks into one quilt. Kim does a great job mixing pieced and appliqué blocks too. Even though the pieced blocks are traditional, the combinations with a second pieced or appliquéd block give Kim's quilts a modern folk art look. All the quilts are scrappy in design so you can use your stash or you can buy yardage specifically for the quilt pattern to make a planned color quilt. Total yardage for the scrappy parts is included.

Kim covers making appliqué templates from layers of freezer paper. She then shows how to do both invisible machine and hand applique so you can chose the method you prefer. Kim walks you through making curving stems with bias tubes and finishing quilts with some easy but difficult looking borders.

The quilts in this book range in size from small wall hanging to king size with other bed size quilts in between. If you like to make traditional blocks but want to give your quilt a look all your own, this is the place for ideas to personalize your next project.

Kim Diehl

After falling in love with a sampler quilt pattern in the late 1990s, Kim Diehl 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 enables Kim to be prolific in her quiltmaking, and there's always something new in the works. Her 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, 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 two young granddaughters as she teaches them to love all things creative.

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