I've been writing reviews all day and just now I realized that the best(for me) came at the end. I've been asked if there was ever a cross-stitch book that I didn't like. The truth is, Yes. And I don't buy them. They don't live up to their title in their content. I am a Sampler fanatic. I haven't made many but I love them and I can see what goes into a good one, large and small, when they are contemporary pieces. God Bless Helen Phillipps, she gave us a "good 'un" here. It's packed with a lot of variety, imagination and special embellishments, a Helen Phillipps tradmark. There are 23 samplers using multiple stand alone motifs. The samplers are well thought out and range from a family farm piece(rustic, not country) to delightful gardens and more than one Christmas theme. I also like her Halloween sampler, unusual anniversary samplers and seasonal pieces. One thing that I particularly enjoy about Helen Philipps is her juxtaposition of color. She isn't Donna Kooler, nor does she need to be. Yet, her way of dealing with color is just as striking and mesmerising. It brings joy to the heart. Oh, well, I guess I'm in love again. I need more Helen Phillipps books but where are they?