Quilts can tell lovely stories. In her much anticipated first book, For Keeps: Meaningful Patchwork for Every Day Living, Amy Gibson teaches you how to make quilts today that will become family heirlooms – not because of their meticulous construction, but because of the stories they tell and the stories they will inspire.
- 17 fabulous projects are divided into two sections: Memory Makers and Memory Keepers.
- The quilts are showcased throughout the book in over 100 inspiring and beautiful photographs
Memory Makers. Quilts that are inspired by specific family activities such as:
- Popcorn Please – a family movie night quilt
- Once Upon a Time – a children's storybook pillow
- Sunday in the Park – a picnic quilt
- Hideaway –a tent quilt
- Make a Move–a game-board quilt with bean bag game pieces, and many more
Memory Keepers. These inspiring designs foster new family traditions including :
- Celebrate You – a quilted birthday banner
- Love Letters – a quilt inspired by handwritten messages
- Filmstrip – a photo quilt
- Family Secrets – patchwork recipe binder
- Tear Drops – a comforting vintage hanky quilt, and other sweet projects
Patchwork 101. This section of the book includes instructional advice:
- Construction basics
- Helpful tips for quick and easy cutting and piecing
- Beginner-friendly projects that are fun
- Block-based designs that a quilter of any skill level can make
- 80 instructional illustrations to guide you
Amy is a mother of 4, and a passionate writer, quilt designer and instructor. She loves mixing traditional piecing elements with bold modern fabrics, and says that for her, quilting feels like coloring--a crisp folded fat quarter is like a brand-new crayon, fresh and full of possibility. Her work can be seen in The Denver Art Museum, Fat Quarterly Magazine, Australian Quilter Companion's Magazine, American Patchwork & Quilting, and she was nominated for 2014 Instructor of the Year by the International Association of Creative Arts Professionals. A seasoned Craftsy instructor, she is perhaps most well known for her 2012 Craftsy Block of the Month series. This is her second book. You can follow along with her adventures in sewing and motherhood on her blog, www.stitcherydickorydock.com.