Tuesday, July 22, 2014

2014 Summer Book Club: American Homestead Quilts by Ellen Murphy

From sea to shining sea, the United States is filled with a mix of American Homesteads. Ellen Murphy is long-time lover of house tours, garden tours, and historic tours. Her book, American Homestead Quilts was inspired by the United States' eclectic mix of cultures and diversity that reflects their home décor and style.

In this book, there are nine quilt projects that are inspired by iconic house styles from Brownstone and Saltbox to Craftsman and Farmhouses. Along with each quilt, Ellen also included some inspirational photographs featuring iconic American homes. These traditional and classic quilts are great for building your sewing skills, beginning with simple squares and working your way to more challenging diamond patterns. We absolutely love these traditionally pieced quilts that are perfect for any décor. 

Inspirational photographs of American Homestead Quilts

Here are a few examples of quilts in the book. 
Garden Cottage and Vintage Bungalow quilts

Craftsman Home and City Brownstone quilts
It's time for our 2014 Summer Book Club giveaway! We are giving away a stash of books to ten lucky winners from now until the end of August. To enter, comment below and let us know what iconic American Homestead are you most inspired by when quilting. One winner will be picked each week and all the winners will be announced August 26th. Good Luck and happy quilting! 

90 comments:

GrammyK said...

Sew hard to choose, but I would have to say that Vintage bungalow style really speaks to me when picking a new quilt pattern to make!! Thanks so much for doing this giveaway-would love to win this book. Have a great day!!

Anonymous said...

I do love those vintage bungalow or cottage styles you have featured! Thanks for sharing- looks like a fun book.
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Sorcha girl said...

The City Brownstone pictured would be one I'd try but the Craftsman quilt also caught my eye. Thanks for the book reviews, FQS!

Kathy S. said...

I am inspired by the simplicity of old farmhouses. Thanks for the chance to win!

Billy'sgirl said...

Definitely Garden Cottages, with the soft pastels and the symmetry.

Sandy Lowery said...

I am inspired by gardens. I love how nature plays with colour.

Linda said...

HELLO,I'm inspired by the old farmhouses>their beauty in simplicity! Thank You for sharing a great giveaway!

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DebrafromMD said...

I think the Garden Cottage style suits me best.

Gill said...

I love seaside houses!!

Julie said...

I am inspired by the old farmhouses....have always loved them. Thanks

delaineelliott said...

I love the City Brownstone quilts. Thanks!

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Monica said...

Garden cottage!
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Diane said...

I fell in love immediately with the Farmhouse quilt on the cover of this book! It speaks to my heart - the pattern, the colors, and the patriotic theme. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Kathryn said...

I like the Garden Cottage because I have one for a summer home. So cosy.

Jennifer said...

Next week we are digging ground on our "modern" Craftsman home. I have been in love with the American Bungalow look for years and so the colours, shapes and look of arts and crafts speaks to me

Emerauld said...

Craftsman homes are my favorite, especially Frank Llyod Wright

sunny said...

Garden cottage for me! I only wish I could have a real one to put my quilt in.

Lee said...

Old Farmhouse would be my style! thanks!

Quilter Kathy said...

I am definitely an old farmhouse kinda gal!

Susan Smith said...

I love old farmhouses! Thanks for the chance to win some books!

Brenna said...

Craftsman style homes - love the look completely.

Becky S. said...

Looks like a fun book! Garden cottage is my style.

Christine M said...

I love really old houses. They seem to have much more character than the modern ones.

Sarah Greider said...

This book looks really interesting. The cover quilt reminds me of the Chicago flag. That inspires me to to make things simple with fewer fabrics. It is stunning.

SeeAmySew- Amy Caldwell said...

Craftsman Home is definitely my favorite inspiration.Thanks for a wonderful giveaway <3

supersara20 said...

I like garden cottage but I tend to make more of the craftsman home style.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Garden Cottage soothe to me on looking at these beautiful quilts! Thank you for a great giveaway!

Anonymous said...

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jinsnapp said...

Vintage Bungalow is what I aspire to eventually make.

Ali K said...

The garden cottage design is cute.

Donna said...

I love the Colonial Saltbox.

Asheligh said...

Garden Cottage inspires me the most! The colors are soft and feminine but the shapes are more masculine

Anonymous said...

I love the saltbox houses. They remind me of my aunt, who was also a quilter, and was a big inspiration to me when I first started quilting.
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SunflowerSkies said...

Love the Garden Cottage!

Sarina said...

Anything with patriotic colors calls my name. Regardless of design or era.

Karrie S said...

I LOVE the vintage bungalow quilt!!! The color and pattern are what I love the most.

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gigi said...

I like the one pictured over Wisconsin and Illinois-- maybe it's the Craftsman? Thanks. Cool idea for a quilting book.

Cory said...

I am most inspired by the Vintage Bungalow style. Thank you for the chance to win. Take care and God bless, Cory

SheilaS said...

LOG CABINS!!!! I've always wanted to live in a real log cabin which is probably why my favorite quilts are also log cabins! What an interesting looking book!

lalaluu said...

My inspiration would be my grandmother's house. It is circa 1940's, was originally 1 bedroom, but was built-on haphazardly as they needed more space. I recall fondly playing with her scraps in the enclosed back porch where her treadle Singer machine was located, and when it got hot in the summers, swinging on the front porch swing while eating an apple from the nearby apple tree.

SSparks said...

The Garden Cottage would be my choice. I love the colors! Thanks for the giveaway.

Danette Stankovich said...

I am inspired by the traditional block quilt that is on the barn door. Love it!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I live on a lake, so I would have to say I'm inspired by a lakeshore cottage!

Nancy said...

It's hard to pick, but I guess it would be Vintage Bungalow...

Bonnie said...

My favorite would be the Vintage Bungalow even though we live in a farmhouse stlye :/

Suzanne Adler said...

I like Vintage Bungalow but in the picture of the map I like the quilt that looks like a log cabin with a pinwheel in the center. Love that!

Barbara McD said...

The Garden Cottage quilt is the one that inspires me the most!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Jeanne Gwin said...

I love Farmhouse style quilts/primitive type. Thanks for a chance to win what appears to be a great and fun book. :)

Santee Bobbie said...

Would have to say the LOG CABIN- the first quilt I fell in love with.

juliehallfeldhaus said...

I love the first one the red white and blue stars.
Thanks for a chance at a great prize:)

Donna W said...

I am always inspired by old farm houses and old barns.

CarolCat said...

I've always loved the simplicity of Craftsman style homes so that's the one I pick. Love the colors in it!
Thanks!!

Karen said...

I'm inspired by weathered grey shingled homes on the coast of Maine.

Nita said...

I think log cabins...because quilts and pioneers and homesteading all go together in my head.

Beth said...

Craftsman homes, with their use of pattern in everything from flooring to tile work to wooden furniture, always inspire me. Their workmanship is something to aspire to as well.

Joan H. said...

Garden Cottage is my choice. I love pastels which makes this pattern stand out.

Stacy said...

Definitely Vintage Bungalow!

Judy1522 said...

City Brownstone is my favorite.

Carol S. said...

Vintage Bungalow inspires me! Thanks for the chance to win this fun book!

Colleen M said...

I am inspired by the garden cottage but I wouldn't mind living in that fantastic plantation house (if someone else paid the mortgage!)

Thanks for the chance to win.

Janie said...

I love the craftsman. Thanks for the giveaway.

Barbara Beyun said...

What a great giveaway! I'm going through a love affair with farmhouses now. I'd love to live in one.

Lisa said...

Vintage Bungalow

KrisD said...

Since I live in the Midwest, farmhouses are all around me and they hold their own person charm. Thanks for the chance to win some amazing books.

Debra Reber said...

I am inspired by the plantation type homes, with the wraparound porches & windows from floor to ceiling!

Carrie P. said...

I love old farmehouses.

Debi Horne said...

Old farm houses definitely. Thanks so much for the fun!

sonrie said...

I would try city brownstone first!

Robin QUILTS OF COMFORT said...

I would like the cottage garden. I haven't seen the book inside but wouldn't a beach cottage from the NE coast be fun!

traditional_quilter said...

Old farmhouses inspire me, love them! Thanks for the chance to win!

Anita Gambrell said...

THE FARMHOUSE IS MY INSPIRATION AS I AM AN OLD SOUL.

Sally Hurst said...

My favorite house style is the garden cottage. My house is decorated in an English Country garden theme, which I love.

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

I have always LOVED Craftsman style homes but I do love the round turret in a Queen Anne revival. Oh if ionly I could win the littery so I can have one of each!!!

GranChris said...

I live out in the country in the South. All around me are older houses and barns, some falling down, some in good shape. The wrap around porches on the homes are amazing. The barns intrigue me. I don't dare walk inside but I would love to. Those high lofts I can just imagine.

Nancy said...

If I have to pick just one it would be the farmhouse style. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Carol Brennan said...

It's hard to choose, but we are building a craftsman style home, so I guess that would be the one!

Mary Ann said...

I love the Garden Cottage!

Irene said...

I'm so excited about this giveaway. I hope I'm one of the lucky ones chosen.

carmlewis said...

A Craftsman would be my style. Thanks for the chance to participate in the giveaway.

Judy Tucker said...

A Sears home or Frank Lloyd Wright. Such and Arts and Crafts movement lover. *sigh*

Frans said...

I would have to say Garden Cottage inspire me because I love all the Charming colors. But the craftsman style also inspires me with the geometric shapes and symmetry.

Nancy said...

Love the Cottage Style, you have really featured some Beautiful Book selections this year, I am holing off on my Book buying until after the drawing~ Sew exciting!

Thanks Nancy

Anna Schmidt said...

It's difficult to choose, but if I have to I would say my favorites are the garden cottage quilts - especially when they are done in 30s reproduction fabrics!

carolann said...

I like the vintage bungalo. carolann427@aol.com

Carmen N said...

Garden cottages are my favorites

Katie Cohagen said...

I love vintage cottages as well as anything that represents vintage seaside looks. So dreamy and relaxing with soft hues!

OhioLori said...

Loooove the Cottage Bungalow!!! Love old Log Cabins & Scrappy crazy quilt styles...where they use every scrap of fabric! lol

Kay Eubank said...

Old farmhouse is more my style

Carol Brennan said...

Today, I'm inspired by the garden cottage quilt. Scrap quilts are my favorite!