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Arriving at Purl Any Minute Now! Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts!

We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Joelle's new book, Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts! According to the UPS website, our shipment will be arriving at both Purl Patchwork and on Monday September 10th!

Joelle's second book is a beautiful collection of heartfelt gifts that can accommodate any busy crafter's schedule and skills. You'll find a wealth of inspiration and patterns for all sorts of projects, arranged according to the amount of time required to complete them, from about 2 to 12 hours. 

We are thrilled to offer our customers an opportunity to pre-order signed copies of Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts. Just follow this link to our secure order page!


There are 30 inspiring projects to appeal to various skill levels and styles, from pincushions to bedspreads! Here are just a few:


Kelly's Pincushions - From the 2-to-4 Hours Gifts chapter, created by Joelle's dear friend Kelly McKaig.  These pincushions will make a special and useful gift for all of your sewing friends!



Super Quick + Easy Baby Quilt - From the 2-to-4 Hours Gifts chapter.  It really is! 




Puzzle Ball - From the 4-to-8 Hour Gifts chapter.  This piece makes a great gift for children and babies.


Follow-The-Lines Baby Quilt - From the More-than-12 Hours Gifts chapter.  This project was lovingly hand-quilted by our friend and Purl Patchwork's quilting teacher Cassandra Thoreson. Its a great way to make an intimate acquaintance with this charming print from Alexander Henry.



Color-Wheel Quilt - This is one of our favorite projects from the More than 12 Hours Gifts chapter.

The book also includes two very special patterns from designers Hillary Lang of Wee Wonderfuls and Kathy Mack of Pink Chalk Studio.

elephant.jpgPeanut, the Wee Elephant

From the 4-to-8 Hours Gifts Chapter. Hilary Lang's bashful baby elephant just couldn't be sweeter!   The book includes full-size templates to assist you in making your own sweet elephant.




pencilroll.jpgColored Pencil Roll

From the 2-to-4 Hour Gifts chapter.  Kathy Mack created this beautiful linen tool pouch for your favorite young artist with a bright surprise on the inside.






Readers will find that in addition to the rich projects in the book, a substantial section is dedicated to dissecting the essential tools and techniques that every confident crafter must know. Even in describing the elements of a basic tool kit or discussing pinning techniques, Joelle shares her own indispensable tips on how to cut corners without sacrificing quality.  Everything from preparing fabric, cutting, sewing, and quilting are detailed with "techniques that I rely on most often" in addition to techniques that are "simple and direct".


Insights on choosing the perfect materials for every project will help build a fundamental knowledge of natural materials, like silk, wool, and even vintage fabrics.  Cotton thread, cotton batting and stuffing, and cotton prints are traditional sewing materials that find fresh life among Joelle's sensible, stylish projects. 

There is just so much to see and do, whether you have a whole afternoon or just an hour!  Making and giving handmade gifts is so rewarding; we hope Joelle's new book will inspire you in your endeavors!

Reader Comments (62)

That color wheel quilt is just killing me-I cannot WAIT to get my hands on this book! I'm excited to see Kathy's pattern in there too.
September 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAshley
The book looks so beautiful! I can't wait to see all of the projects!
September 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLiz Harvatine
Well, I guess it's finally time for me to learn how to sew. Those projects are gorgeous!
September 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret!!
September 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAVG
yay! we are waiting on pins and needles (pun intended)here at the warehouse!

September 8, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterjen
My heart has just skipped a beat! Those projects are phenomenal, and so beautifully photographed. I want this book. I LOVE the color wheel quilt.
September 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMaritza
OMG!!! I can't WAIT. That color wheel quilt is breathtaking!!!!
September 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJeanine
Wow! Thank you all for your very enthusiastic comments! I TRULY appreciate it! xoxo Joelle
September 8, 2007 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
The color wheel quilt is brilliant.
September 8, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterjenna
Man oh man. This will be my second order from you in as many weeks, because come on! How can I not order that book?! Can't not! That's how.
September 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDr. B.
What beautiful projects! I too must learn to sew. PurlBee has opened my eyes to so many great textile designers--now I need to the book so I can figure out what to do with them all!
September 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnnabelle
Ok, I saw the book today when I was in the shop. It's even BETTER than I imagined! Amazing work, Joelle and friends! Congratulations!
September 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLiesl
... the book is absolutely gorgeous ... i got to see the real pages and the projects are indeed all fabulous ... now to find the time to make them ... thank you for another gem of a book ... happy days indeed ... mille baci! ... oh ... must "file" for the autographed copy!
September 8, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterina and gumby
I love love love that color wheel quilt. I am a color scientist, so I might just have to make that when my quilting skills improve!
September 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterEllen
Yay yay again! I saw proofs of this some months ago. It's another Purl gem.
As always, I adore the color combo on the cover.
Baby, you're the greatest.
September 9, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKathy Merrick
oooh ... i'm hyperventilating - that color wheel is so awesome! craft = art.
September 9, 2007 | Unregistered Commentercindy k
Just what I would expect. Joelle is a true artist with an eye for perfection! Can not wait to get started! What is Joelle's next project?
September 9, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterFiona King
Eeee I am so excited! Congratulations on the new book Joelle! - rhea
September 9, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterrfg
the book looks fantastic. I can't wait to look through it! the color wheel quilt is fantastic. I love it.
September 9, 2007 | Unregistered Commenteramandajean
Congratulations, Joelle! I can't wait to get myself a copy :)
September 9, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHeather Bailey
at the beginning of November, I'm coming to pick up my copy from the shop. I can't wait. See the influence you have! Pixie, in New Zealand.
September 10, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterpixie
Can't wait to buy my copy! I'll be in the store later this week :-)
September 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKim
this book looks fantastic!! cannot wait to see it in person...
September 10, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterliz elayne
Oh, wow! The book looks fantastic! I can hardly wait to get a copy :)
September 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
Congrats Joelle! Had a sneak peek and love the projects. Cannot wait to visit the shop soon for supplies.
September 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSandy
I know this book is going to be great. I have had a space saved on my bookshelf next to Last Minute Knitted Gifts since the day I heard this was in the works...I knew there was no way I would be able to resist the purchase! Thanks for the continued guidance and inspiration.
September 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJenniferDC
What a fabulous book. Can't wait to thumb through it!
September 10, 2007 | Unregistered Commenternina
I would love to know what fabrics are used on the front cover....can anyone tell me? They are so lovely!
September 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDani
This book has been on my wish list for-ever now (or so it seems) I am SO-OOO excited that it will soon be available to sift through!
September 11, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterTracy
how exciting! i've added it to my wishlist. i need to start making things from the craftbooks that I buy.
September 11, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterjen
Congratulations, Joelle!

The book looks wonderful - I can't wait to check it out.
September 11, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
I don't sew or quilt, but this book looks wonderful. It's tempting me to try a new craft. Lovely!
September 11, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHaley
I'm in LOVE! :)
September 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha
What a wonderful book and the photography is stunning! This definitely looks like a book for my wish list!
September 12, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterhappy zombie
That does look quite inspiring.
September 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCorvus
I LOVE this book! My copy arrived on Friday, and I'm totally inspired to start sewing. I'm sure I'm going to be using this one just as much as I've used Last Minute Knitted Gifts.
Oh, and my 13-year old daughter loves the book, too. She wants to start right in with the little birds, and the pins & needles books.
September 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne
I just bought the book on Friday...What inspiring projects and gorgeous photography!
I can't wait to make the adorable pin cushions..right after I knit up the EIGHTEEN balls of 12 ply Jade Sapphire cashmere I just received....LOVE IT!
September 23, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDenise
Love the book! Ran out to buy it yesterday and am eager to start on so many of the projects - feels lovely in the hand too (yah, hardcover!). Love love love.
September 27, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMia
So many wonderful things just in this snippet! Can't wait to see it.
September 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
I just got my copy today and it is absolutely exquisite. Many congratulations -- you all are such inspirations to so many. Thank you!
September 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia P.
I just got my copyyesterday, and I had to drop by to tell you that it is absolutely gorgeous, easy to read and completely inspiring - I can't wait to get started. Congratulations!
October 2, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterjennifer judd-mcgee
Anna Williams is the greatest photographer in the history of our magazine. She never ceases to amaze me!
October 3, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMartha Stewart
Love that Color Wheel Quilt in Joelle Hoverson's new book! What are its finished dimensions? I looked everywhere but could not find anything about size. It looks like a wall quilt in the picture but I have a feeling that is deceptive, since the fabric requirements seem substantial. Thanks!
October 7, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterdara
Dear Dara,
The finished size of the Color Wheel quilt is approximately 56 inches square.
October 7, 2007 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I received my book and I just had to say it is beautiful. I can't stop looking over it which makes it very hard to choose which project to try first.
Thanks so much
October 11, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDragonfly-Crafts (Fiona)
I love the book. Gorgeous. I'm cutting pieces already. I think Little Bits and the Wee Peanut are my favorites. THANK YOU!
October 13, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBlabby
What is the name of the fabric on the backside of the Follow the Lines Baby Quilt. I saw it once at a fabric store and now cannot find it anywhere:( I believe the front is Alexander Henry Ava. I love the blanket, so cute.
February 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
Dear Christian,
The fabric on the back of the quilt is called "Arvika" by Alexander Henry. Its out of print now, but you may be able to find some out there somewhere...
February 22, 2008 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Oh no! Now you're out of pink Ava....will you be restocking it?

March 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
Hi Christian,
We'll keep ordering it as long as they keep printing it. If you'd like to be notified if and when it arrives at our warehouse, you can send an email to our customer service address requesting it and they'll add you to the list.
March 5, 2008 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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