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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! 


  1. 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!!

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

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

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

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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!

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

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