on June 22, 2011
The first section of this book covers materials, fabric choices, and step-by-step quilt construction. The author keeps things simple and clear. I liked that there were multiple designs of straight-line and free-motion quilting. Rather than attempting to explain every quilting technique, the author shares what works best for her.
The projects in this book are all actual quilts- there are no small patchwork projects. The quilts use colourful fabrics, but have clean lines and a modern look. They are divided into 3 difficulty levels.
-fenced in (rail fence)
-small plates (square in square)
-batch of brownies ("stack, cut and shuffle")
-valentine (string quilt)
-kitchen window (framed prints)
-little leaves (leaf appliques)
-sunspot (wonky log cabin)
-rain or shine (sunburst)
The author pays attention to the back of the quilt (each quilt has a coordinating back) and includes alternate colour schemes and options for using different fabric cuts. Although 12 projects don't seem like much, there are enough options that you'll never get bored.
on March 6, 2011
Possibly one of the few books required if you are interested in patchwork and quilting. A practical and not patronising and informative guide to patchwork. Offering alternative colour options, new approaches to backing quilts and showing how to use pre- cut strips, I presonally found this book to be very useful and inspiring. Encouraging people to use free motion quilting and lively colours is great, and all the quilts are shown with beautiful photographs.