Join us this month as we celebrate the release of Art Quilt Portfolio: The Natural World, a new book and series curated by Martha Sielman. We’ll share from the book, chat with a few artists, and feature a few giveaways …. so check back often!

Part of what we love so much about the Art Quilt Portfolio series is that you really get the best of both worlds: plenty of beautiful quilts and in-depth information and creative insights from the featured artists. Sometimes it’s easier to appreciate the artistry of a quilt if you have a deeper understanding of the quilt’s story or the quilt’s maker. And we sought to provide you with that in these beautiful pages. In case you want more, here’s a full list of the featured artists in The Natural World with links to their websites – happy exploring! And see below for more information about the giveaway!

Judith Trager

Paula Chung

Ginny Smith

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

Ginny Eckley

Sally Dillon

Karen Illman Miller

Cassandra Williams

Betty Busby

Annie Helmericks-Louder

Dominie Nash

Katherine K. Allen

Annemieke Mein

Melani Kane Brewer

Ruth B. McDowell

Elaine Quehl

Dottie Moore

Nancy G. Cook

Barbara Barrick McKie

Patricia Gould

Inspired yet? Just wait until you take a peek inside the book! To enter for a chance to win a copy of Art Quilt Portfolio: The Natural World, please leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m. EST on Monday, April 2. Any comment is fine, but we’d love to hear about an art quilter who inspires you. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and notified by Tuesday, April 3. Click here for the official rules.

Comments are now closed for this giveaway. Thanks to everyone who entered and shared their inspiration!




50% off at BN.com – Books for Quilters & Sewers!

December 02, 2012, 16:05 pm  Posted by Lark

What do you get the quilter or sewist who has all the fabric they’ll ever need? (Okay, we know that can’t actually happen!) How about hundreds of ideas for how to use all that glorious yardage! Welcome to the Lark Books 50% Off Sale! Mini quilts, baby quilts, doll quilts, holiday quilts? We’ve got them. Ideas for using your stash, stitching your doodles, and all kinds of fun with craft felt? Check, check, and check. See below for a full list of sale books–the sale runs now through December 11.

Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters
Quilt It with Love
Color Your Cloth
Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays

Pretty in Patchwork: Doll Quilts
Quilts, Baby!
Simple Contemporary Quilts
Freddy and Gwen Collaborate Again
Hand-Appliquéd Quilts

500 Art Quilts
Masters Art Quilts
Masters Art Quilts: Vol. 2
Art Quilt Portfolio: The Natural World
Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge
Pretty Little Mini Quilts

Creative Quilting with Beads

45 Quilt Blocks: Animals

Simple Stitches: Quilting

Heart-Felt Holidays
Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection
Doodle Stitching: Fresh and Fun Embroidery for Beginners
New Crewel: The Motif Collection
Stash Happy: Patchwork
Stash Happy: Applique
Stash Happy: Felt
Sewn by Hand

100 Pretty Little Projects

A Is for Apron
Book of Bags
Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose Scarves
Fa la la la Felt
Fabric Remix
Feisty Stitcher
Fun-to-Wear Fabric Flowers
Hip Handbags
New Crewel
Pretty Little Cozies
Pretty Little Presents
Pretty Little Pillows
Pretty Little Potholders
Simple Stitches: Sewing

Sweet Booties!
Sweet Nothings






Freckles by Susan Brubaker Knapp, Photo by artist

We’re continuing our celebration of Art Quilt Portfolio: The Natural World with another sneak peek inside the book. And we’ve found a little inspiration outside our doorstep: spring is in full swing here in the mountains of Western North Carolina. And with it, zillions of brightly colored flowers! Also one of the brightest sections in the book, the flower gallery sections are full of lush color, vibrant tones, and all manner of expertly quilted details. And we’re sharing it with you – download a free section of the book below…and enjoy!

Download the flower galleries here: Flowers I and II


Welcome to the Jungle by Betty Busby, Photo by Allen Mitchell

Art Quilt Portfolio: The Natural World is a feast for the eyes…and the fingers and the brain and the soul. This week we’re sharing a bit of the book with you: the work and words of featured artist Betty Busby. Scroll down to download this free section…in the meantime, here’s a little glimpse of what to expect, in the words of juror Martha Sielman.

Pay careful attention—there are dangers lurking in the depths of the natural worlds celebrated in Betty Busby’s work. Even long-dead raptors may suddenly awake to take a bite out of their portraits. Busby’s strong desire for clean lines and uncluttered design leads to crisp, careful edges, but the crocodiles, eels, and carnivorous dinosaurs she depicts seem likely to erupt into a more natural chaos at any moment. Eschewing fur-covered mammals, Busby focuses instead on invertebrates, fish, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. She finds their bodies more interesting and their lives more beautiful. Continual experiments with materials and techniques are part of Busby’s struggle to find the most effective way to communicate her passion for these often-ignored species of the animal kingdom. – Martha Sielman

Download a free section of the book here and read more about featured artist Betty Busby!


New Quilting Books!

October 24, 2011, 11:54 am  Posted by Lark

Thanks so much for visiting our site! Check back soon for a special offer on these quilting titles and more. Scroll down for links to interviews, free projects, and sneak peek previews!

And if you don’t mind, leave us a comment to say hello or to let us know how you found us. Or leave your email address and we’ll contact you directly with special offers as they become available!

Twelve by Twelve (read more…)
Interviews with the Twelves, pre-Quilt Festival:
Terri Stegmiller

Brenda Gael Smith

With more to come! And have you visited their site yet? Did you get to see the quilts in person at Quilt Festival?

Masters Art Quilts, Vol. 2 (read more…)
Here’s a bit from Martha Sielman about the book and a pre-Quilt Market interview. Did you get a chance to see any of these quilts in person at Quilt Festival?


Art Quilt Portfolio: The Natural World (
A brand new art quilt gallery series with juror and author Martha Sielman! On shelves April 2012!
Here’s a little preview of this stunning collection: Art Quilt Porfolio: The Natural World preview!


New Pretty in Patchwork Series
Pretty in Patchwork Doll Quilts by Cathy Gaubert (read more…)
On sale now!

Here’s a fun interview with Cathy.

And here are a few free projects from the book:

Hello, Dolly!

Bounding Bunnies

Littlest Dragon


Pretty in Patchwork Holidays by John Q. Adams – on sale as an ebook soon and in stores August 2012!
Take a little peek inside the book: Pretty in Patchwork Holidays sneak peek!


Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters (read more…)
Here’s a sneak peek from the book, on shelves May 2012.
Sneak Peek: Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters!

Connect with the Fat Quarterly crew online!


Art Quilt Portfolio blog tour & giveaway!!

June 04, 2013, 14:55 pm  Posted by Lark

Throughout the month of June, we’re celebrating Martha Sielman’s latest project, Art Quilt Portfolio: People & Portraits. Filled with stitched portraits, appliqued memorials, and photograph-quality quilted imagery, People & Portraits presents the work of 21 featured artists and seven spectacular galleries — happiness, contemplation, community, icons, family & friends, work, and play — revealing a rich variety of techniques, styles, and creative visions.

Join us as we celebrate this stunning compilation! Follow along the tour for book giveaways, interviews with Martha and some of the featured artists, insights from the artists, and more. To get things started, we’re hosting a giveaway today (read below for more info).

Blog Tour Schedule
June 4th – LarkCrafts.com kickoff – you’ve arrived!

June 5th – Sarah Ann Smith

June 6th – Maria Elkins

June 7th – Laura Wasilowski

June 9th – Katherine McNeese

June 10th – Cheryl Sleboda

June 11th – Linda McLaughlin

June 12th – Kathy Nida

June 13th – Marilyn H. Wall

June 14th – Janice Paine Dawes

June 16th – Pamela Price Klebaum

June 17th – Deborah Boschert

June 18th – Lisa Chin

June 19th – Sue Bleiweiss

June 20th – Leni Wiener

June 21st – Sherry Davis Kleinman

June 24th – Cheryl Lynch

June 25th – Lesley Riley

June 26thStephanie Forsyth

June 30th – Pat Kumicich

And now for the good stuff! Comment on this post for a chance to win a copy of both books in the Art Quilt Portfolio series: The Natural World and People & Portraits. Simply leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 6, 2013. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries on Friday, June 7. Click here for the official rules. Thanks to everyone who commented! This giveaway is now closed: a winner has been selected and contacted. Please follow along the blog tour for more chances to win!