Susan Maw and Sally Bell of Maw-Bell Designs and Maw-Bell Sewing Patterns have a new book out with C&T Publishing called Summer at the Lake Quilts.

The book includes six quilt designs, plus additional projects perfect for a picnic by the lake (tote bags, a pillow, and more). Many of the projects are great for scraps, and Susan and Sally teach you how to create lots of different textural effects with techniques like raw-edge appliqué and gathers.

One of the most popular designs in the book incorporates ruching, a sewing technique where you gather ribbon or fabric to form ruffles or petals. Susan and Sally write, “We have used a ruching technique to make borders for quilts before, but none has received such attention as the Indian Paintbrush quilt in our latest book… We thought it might be fun to make a little pillow with the ruching strips. That way, if you’re inclined to use this ruching technique, a small project might be a good starter for you. We used whites, tans, and creams with blue wool… Have fun.”

You can download your free Holiday Pillow PDF! Learn all about ruching with today’s project, and check out Susan and Sally’s Summer at the Lake Quilts. You can also win a copy of the book at Maw-Bell Designs this week, so head over to enter their giveaway.