1.6 Million African American Quilters is a handy, eye-opening booklet about today's Black quilt makers: Latest quilt industry figures, including number of Black quilters nationally; most comprehensive resource of websites, blogs, and YouTube videos featuring African American quilters and guilds. Also included in the more than 270 references are selected textile artists, doll makers, fabric designers, and quilters from the African diaspora; six afro-centrically designed art quilt blocks by Washington, D.C. artist Francine Haskins; and bibliographic references, many annotated, for selected books, articles, exhibit catalogs, dissertations, papers, and films about Black quilters.
Handsome, headstrong Jacob offers Lilly his hand in marriage, but his heart belongs to someone else. While Lilly Lapp has loved Jacob for years, she wouldn't compete with Sarah King, the woman Jacob was determined to marry. But when Sarah marries another, Jacob spontaneously agrees to wed Lilly. Lilly divides her time between teaching the local Amish children and caring for her widowed mother who suffers from depression. Lilly's faith comforts her, but her heart still longs to be the sole object of Jacob's affection. As the days slip by, Lilly decides that hoping is too risky and vows to protect her heart. But God is subtly as work, and as winter turns to spring, their hearts awaken. The furthest thing from Lilly's mind is her Amish wedding quilt, a traditional gift for new brides. And the person she'd least suspect is the one making it. Like stray pieces of fabric quilted into a new design, Jacob and Lilly's marriage begins to bind them together in ways neither expected.
Designed with the absolute beginner in mind, Quilting & Applique also serves as an excellent refresher course. This handbook offers the perfect introduction to quilting by hand or machine, with advice on equipment, materials and techniques. Readers will find straightforward instructions, clear step-by-step diagrams, and traceable templates for a variety of patch shapes. All major quilting and applique methods are introduced, including sashiko and kantha quilting. Three simple practice projects are provided for making coasters, a felt needle case, and a classic frame quilt. The book also includes advice on displaying and caring for finished quilts, plus a glossary of quilting terms."
When Lily's blind dog, Lucky, slips his collar and runs away across the wide-open blueberry barrens of eastern Maine, it's Salma Santiago who manages to catch him. Salma, the daughter of migrant workers, is in the small town with her family for the blueberry-picking season.
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