Tuesday, September 7, 2010


The latest quilt book I edited, Cottage Charm: Cozy Quilts and Cross Stitch Projects by Dawn Heese, was released earlier this month and is now available in quilt shops!

I've met so many wonderful friends as a result of editing these books and Dawn is one of them. She is a gifted quilter with a passion for hand appliqué as well as an avid cross stitcher. Pairing her love of both in this book, she designed three quilts and three cross stitch projects. She has a knack for blending old and new in her quilts, which are inspired by vintage heirloom treasures and classic block designs. One of my favorite quilts from the book features bunnies frolicking amid blooms and carrots:

Dawn designed and stitched this enchanting cross stitch sampler:

The book also features Dawn's handy tips for needleturn appliqué and scalloped borders. For more details on Cottage Charm, go to the Kansas City Star Quilts website located here.

This is the second book with Dawn that I've had the pleasure of working on. The first, Geese in the Rose Garden, was published last year. The feature quilt combines the timeless charm of pieced geese-themed blocks with the classic beauty of appliqued rose blocks. The book also includes two companion projects—a wallhanging-sized quilt and a pillowcase—that showcase the versatility of two of the designs from the featured quilt. You can find more details on Geese in the Rose Garden here.


  1. Would love to take a peek inside the 'Cottage Charm' book. The cover is intriguing and so is your description of what to find inside.

  2. Hi Cheryl,
    I've added a couple photos of projects you can expect to find inside the book!

  3. love love love the rabbit quilt. Looking forward to seeing Dawn's book "in person".

  4. Love the rabbit quilt too & the cute pincushion. Oh, and your dolls are to die for : )


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