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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang Inc (1 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584796340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584796343
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 2.2 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 302,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beautifully photographed with clear instructions. -- Period Living & Traditional Homes Magazine, October 2007

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Joelle Hoverson is the author of Last-Minute Knitted Gifts and the owner of Purl (a knitting shop) and Purl Patchwork (a fabric shop) in New York City. Before opening Purl, she worked as a senior style editor at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and as a freelance stylist. She holds a master of fine arts degree from Yale University. Visit her website at www.purlsoho.com.

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By S. Gilmore on 26 Jan. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I received this book as a present, and was very impressed. The quality of the book itself is very good, and the photos of the projects are gorgeous.

The projects themselves are generally easy to make, especially if you have some quilting experience - but even if you're a beginner, you'd be able to handle them. There is a section explaining techniques and materials etc, which is well-explained.

They don't require exotic materials; everything you need is easy to get, and they are adaptable, so you could tweak a lot of them to suit whatever you have to hand.

There are quite a few presents for babies - a pillow, quilt, toys, wall hangings - all of which are lovely. There are also some household projects - coasters (very stylish - and could easily be made into placemats by making them bigger), cushions, a picnic rug, decorative things. There are some presents for sewers - a needle book, pincushions... and a decorated notebook, which again could be customised.

If all your friends are single, childless, don't like sewing, and very into modern decor, there might not be so much you could make as presents, but personally I will be making a lot of these things for myself and for friends' children!

A great book, has lots of great ideas, and definitely a springboard for many more!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mia on 30 May 2009
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I had to write a review simply to bump the star rating of this book up a bit... It's a book of last minute gifts after all, so I think it's a bit unfair to expect much in the way of complicated projects from it. Having said that, there are several projects in here which are certainly more complicated (or look it) than in many of the similar books on the market (where I often wonder why they even bother giving you a pattern). Sure there are simple ones too, but that's the point when you want to get something made in a couple of hours (like making a pencil roll an hour before a children's birthday party!). The photos are gorgeous and the use of fabrics is really inspirational - the colour wheel quilt for example is just a stunner.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By J. Maule on 4 Aug. 2008
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THis book has some lovely patchwork/quilting projects. Not sure how you'd cut out all the fabric, sew and quilt in the time they suggest.
My only gripe is that I love to see lots of photos rather than pages of text instructions... esp the technical info at the back of the book. It comes with a pattern but no where to store the pattern once detatched.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I. M. Piper on 4 July 2010
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A good range of sewing and quilting patterns. I bought this for one specific pattern (the colour wheel quilt), but was pleasantly surprised to find a number of other projects I fancy making at some point.

The book is beautifully presented with some excellent photographs. I found tracing the patterns (included on a fold out sheet at the back of the book) a right pain, and would consider paying extra for pre-cut templates. The later sections on techniques covered all the basics, but if I were a beginner I'd find things easier to follow with some more pictures. Similarly, I would've found the pattern instructions simpler if there had been more diagrams and fewer words!

It's a nice book, with some nice projects, but perhaps not the easiest to follow for a complete beginner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cannizaro on 23 Feb. 2012
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I love this book. Lovely designs and projects. However, there is just one thing that stops me giving a full 100% rating and that is - the templates do not show the stitching lines! I'm not daft but I spent over 30 minutes wondering what I had done wrong when the instructions said "...place right sides together and stitch, leaving a gap for stuffing as marked on template...", which I did (the belly of the elephant). However, that was not right and I spent ages, it seemed, wondering how the next stage would fit. I undid what I had sewed and in the end I put the whole project together in a different order, marked the templates (for future use), and hey presto! Wonderful fat elephant! I would have liked a couple of simple diagrams with the written instructions. It would have saved me unnecessary time and frayed material - not forgetting a frayed temper!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Crafty Claire on 13 Oct. 2009
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I have owned this book for over a year now, and have not only made several things from it (all having turned out brilliantly) it's the book I go to for "how to" on quilting and patchwork. The designs are modern and beautiful. The instructions perfect. I would consider myself an advanced beginner, and can easily cope with these projects because it is written so well. TO the woman who down graded the book because English is not her first language, that's hardly the book's fault!!!

I would definitely recommend this book. I'm wishing Joelle would write another one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ArtisanCat on 24 Nov. 2012
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I've recently found myself travelling to work on a bus, almost door to door, courtesy of my employer and so have a 50 minute journey. As a crafter this is like an early Christmas gift. So I find this book which fulfils a lot of requirements. Gifts that can be made in short periods of time, inspiring photographs and it fits in my bag easily too
I'm not sure it for beginners as there are no step-by-step photographs. The instructions are clear though and at the back of the book there is a guide to terms etc.

It also shows you how to use all those pieces of fabric that us crafters have tucked away in our stash. All in all a very good book.

Ps some of the projects are on blogs where generous folks have taken pictures to show "how to"
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