In sew + quilt, Susan Beal provides clear, step-by-step instructions for 4 fundamental hand-stitching techniques and 4 foundation quilt blocks as the foundation for learning how to use hand-stitching as an embellishment to add texture and color to quilt projects. Each fundamental technique includes a small project as a learning tool, followed by 12 more-generous yet accessible patchwork projects that build on the basics. A mix of traditional and modern patterns for both smaller, faster quilts and larger quilts. Step-by-step instruction, with lots of illustrations and photos, plus tips and advice on everything a quilter needs to experience the joy of making something beautiful and personal. While patchwork quilting is the most simple type of quilting, designs can be personalized to add meaning, texture, and color to a quilt. Strategically placed hand stitches and embroidery are responsible for some eye-catching finishing treatments on quilts and allow for handwork that many sewists crave. In sew + quilt, Susan Beal combines her love of patchwork quilting and hand-stitching with a collection of techniques and projects just right for new quilters. Susan first introduces sewists to four traditional, fundamental embroidery stitches, as well as four traditional, fundamental quilt blocks. With a desire to help beginners both learn techniques and create something that is fun, meaningful, and current, Susan guides quilters through 12 simple to more intermediate projects based on the fundamental stitches and blocks. Projects range from small wall hangings to pillows, baby and kids’ quilts, throws, and bed quilts. Step-by-step instructions, illustrations, and design tips, are interspersed with inspirational photos and sidebars, designed to teach skills while making a unique patchwork and hand-stitched project.