Scrap Quilts Go Country Paperback – Mar 14 2011
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About the Author
Deanne Eisenman has more than 20 years of quilting experience. She currently runs her own pattern design company.
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* 9 projects, all in lovely color combinations, mostly tone-on-tone
* Very traditional styling; a little bit country, but not too primitive
* Smallest is 28x28 inches; largest is 74.5 x 74.5 inches
* Applique embellishments figure into 5 projects, mostly along outer borders
* Each different pattern tends to repeat 1 block but varies coloration to nice effect
* Lots of seams and points to match up!
Projects That Made Me Look Twice:
The quilt on the cover is "Scrappy Pinwheel Stars" and it is a very user-friendly size at 58 inches square. I like Ms. Eisenman's addition of the outer star points, for which you will need to use 2 templates.
"Checkerboard Stars" (65 3/8 inches square) features 25 variable star blocks set on point. It is perfect for fat quarters (you'll need 28) or as a way to use a full line of one manufacturer's fabrics. I have been looking for a pattern to use Moda's "Nell's Flower Shop" and I think this might be it.
"Traveling Star" (74 x 74) also uses the variable star block, but in a straight set, with an alternating flying geese block. Eisenman uses the "Folded Corner Technique" for the geese, instead of my favorite "No Waste" method of making flying geese units in blocks of 4. (With top-quality quilting cottons approaching $10 and above a yard, I'd rather waste not!) It is a lovely quilt, but it will most definitely test your ability to use and maintain a truly scant 1/4 inch seam allowance. (My tip: I use my machine's 1/4 inch foot, but click my needle over one position to the right of center.)
My favorite is "Star Wheels", the largest project at 74.5 x 74.5 inches. (You can see it with the See All Product Images feature; it is the one sprawled across a dark leather sectional sofa.) Ms. Eisenman uses a neat trick to spiff up this simple pattern which is a pseudo Split Rail design. Three 2.5 inch strips are stacked together, but the opposite ends are lopped off by a cream triangle. Very neat effect and novel use of strips.
Skill levels are not provided by the author, but I would rank all of these as confident-beginner to intermediate. No curved piecing here, but you will have several opportunities to:
* Learn or improve basic applique skills
* Practice using color value
* Prove you really can do a precisely scant ¼ inch seam allowance (check out my tip above)
What sets this book apart from all the rest? Why only 4 stars?
Well, therein lies the rub. This is a NICE book, and I LIKE all 9 projects. I just don't LOVE it, and it leaves me wanting more than the 9 projects here. In fact, it reminds me SO much of Kim Diehl's style in her "Simple" series, but with fewer projects. Of course, that being said, if you like any of Kim Diehl's books, you will most likely enjoy this book very much.
Errata Discovered So Far:
I wanted to take a peak at the author's own website for her Snuggles Quilts patterns and used the URL as written on the last "About The Author" page. The correct URL should include the extra plural "s" for Snuggles, not the singular version as published on that page.
Buy worthy? Yes, if you can afford a bit extra for a book with only 9 projects. Just try to get it on Amazon before their price goes up.
It truly is great for using up all of your precut fat quarters and jelly rolls (2 1/2" strips). I love the combination of pieced patterns and appliqué! To me, it's the perfect marriage. See what I mean with Scrappy Pinwheel Stars, featured on the front cover, and below, one of my favourite patterns from the book, Star of Freedom.
This book includes nine new designs, all of which are star patterns. Along with others, you'll find: Blooming Stars, Star Trellis, Checkerboard Stars, Star Wheels, Star Chain, Travelling Star, and Star Maze, each very different from the other.
Quilt sizes range from 28 x 28 inches (Star of Freedom) to 74.5 x 74.5 inches (Star Chain).
Eight pages of quiltmaking tips start the book. They include colour basics, prewashing fabrics, rotary cutting, machine piecing, making HSTs, adding triangles to corners of squares, making strip sets, pressing, appliqué, making bias stems, making border strips, finishing techniques, quilting, and binding. All very useful and helpful information, especially for beginners.
Pattern directions are complete and well-illustrated. Appliqué patterns are all full-sized. No enlarging needed!There are two, full-colour pictures of each quilt, one that gives a full view, and one that is artfully arranged on bed, wall, sofa, or table. Very helpful indeed!
Love stars? Love Country? Love using up your scraps and stash? Then purchase this book!
The normal basics section starts the book with eight pages of tips and techniques. The patterns follow with a photo of the finished item and its size and finished block size. The materials and cutting lists follow. The instructions are clear and contain enough graphics to make sure you are on the right track. Templates are provided at full size. There are suggestions on how to quilt the project when you are ready. Scatter throughout the book you will find boxes that provide extra tips.
I did notice in the Blooming Stars pattern that the author didn't use half square triangle but rather used the flip technique. I would use the half square triangle to save material rather than waste the cut off corners. On the Star Wheels quilt, you could leave the circles and stars off and still have a wonderful quilt. On the Scrappy Pinwheel Stars, I would save time by folding the material WST and cutting both A and AR pieces at the same time. Wow! Doesn't this say we all quilt differently!?!
Anyway you do it, this book will make great use of your scrap stash and give you good looking quilts for yourself or as a gift.