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GO! Fabric Cutting Dies Circles
GO! Fabric Cutting Dies Circles
Offered by supermart USA
Price: 23.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely lollipops, 26 July 2012
So many uses for this one if you enjoy applique. It makes lovely layered "lollipop" flowers, with a pretty button for a centre, and also gives a funky look to bags when placed on squares etc, and awesome curves on corners of patchwork squares. I hope to have a picture to show soon. You may need some imagination to use this, but one thing is certain, the cirles are just that - no wonky flat edges at all, they look so much better that way! for me a better way than cups and saucers, bean tins etc - downside is it's an expensive way to cut circles, useful if you are fond of making large quilts with corner curves, or can share use and costs with a quilt club.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scrapbuster extraordinaire, 26 July 2012
This is a wonderful die, so useful for the boring business of cutting squares and triangles, and so much more accurate (I thought I was accurate with my ruler and rotary cutter, not as constantly precise as a die though). My favourite use for this die is to cut all the smaller pieces of leftover fabric into shapes, then store them separately, ready to make a scrap quilt with the squares and triangles already cut to shape. Saves time and waste, and makes me feel so virtuous! Apart from that they're a lot prettier to look at than a bag full of scrap pieces waiting for inspiration, and I also know just how much I have that's usable. For me this is a best buy.


GO! Fabric Cutting Dies Hexagons
GO! Fabric Cutting Dies Hexagons
Offered by BIC WAREHOUSE
Price: 25.02

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If only the designer was a quilter too, 26 July 2012
If only the person who designed the hexagons had been a person who would actually use them.....there would have been one quarter inch difference around the edges and not a full half inch, then it would be possible to cut both papers and fabric for one shape from these dies. It's still possible of course, but with half an inch of fabric around each shape, that's a lot of bulk to deal with, as well as being wasteful with fabric, not to be recommended for a quilt, but maybe useable for a bag. I use this for cutting papers from the smaller shapes, and the large shape is OK for cutting fabric - it's large enough to do some careful machine joining along those longer edges. I'm still hoping they make another lot of hexagon shapes in sizes to complement these ... hoping!


Hanging Hearts (Love to Sew)
Hanging Hearts (Love to Sew)
by Rachael Rowe
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.39

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply sweet, 26 July 2012
Heartshapes are always a lovely subject to work with, somehow no matter what form they take they seem attractive, I always like table runners, wall hangings and quilts embellished with heart shapes, so I just had to take a closer look at this book.

Although hearts come in very basic shapes, some long and some wide and fatter, it's always good to see how other people embellish them and if you're stuck for ideas of your own, this can provide inspiration, as well as instruction for newies as they're all made by basic machine or hand stitching, nothing complicated and plenty of step by step photographs too.

There's a lovely string of hearts, also ideas for country, rustic, French style and felt embellished, lacy, all sorts of ideas, great as little gifts for friends to hang from door or drawer knobs, or in wardrobes or hooks on the wall, hall coat racks, anywhere you fancy really. These can brighten up rooms and hearts and for such a small outlay, and these can be portable projects too, great to make on holiday, travelling to work or during lunch breaks. Sweet inspiration, very nice.


75 Crocheted Floral Blocks: Beautiful Patterns to Mix and Match for Throws, Accessories, Baby Blankets and More
75 Crocheted Floral Blocks: Beautiful Patterns to Mix and Match for Throws, Accessories, Baby Blankets and More
by Betty Barnden
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.69

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, bright, and beautiful, 26 July 2012
Betty Barnden always turns out blocks and items to inspire me, I just love her ideas. This book is choc full of them - loads of beautiful coloured hexagons, squares, circles and triangles together with ideas for using them - love it. There are flower purses and a rose scarf and a daisy cushion and as well as few wonderful things to make there's also useful stuff such as showing the difference between blocks if you use various yarns, then there's testing your tension, doesn't matter so much for a throw or cushion but if you're going to use the blocks for a garment then this is useful to know.

You'll also get well illustrated instructions on how to join blocks in various ways, really, the information included, the lovely diagrams and fabulously coloured pictures, and the sheer inspiration in here makes this money well spent.


Happy Home: Twenty Sewing and Craft Projects to Pretty Up Your Home
Happy Home: Twenty Sewing and Craft Projects to Pretty Up Your Home
by Jennifer Paganelli
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.79

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Super Simple Sewing, 22 July 2012
Fabulous fabrics give this book the wow factor, and if you're not an amazingly experienced sewer, give it another wow because everything is easy.
Plenty of lovely, clean, bright fabrics to shop for and items that are easily achievable to end up with. Some items need small pieces of fabric such as a patchworker will have, but most items are made with yardage, and as such are easier and cheaper to buy fabric for.
The fabrics are from Jennifer's own company -Sis Boom, and shows them used as large cushions with trims around the edges, table cloth with napkins, laundry bags, bunting, there's a doggy bed cover and also covered boxes to store your bits and bobs in.
The patterns are all full size and in a handy pocket at the front of the book.
I think this book is likely to inspire anyone new to sewing but, on the downside, there's nothing actually new in here, and unless you don't have any books on basic makes you won't need this for instructions. If the look of this appeals to you, and you have books on simple makes, then save your money for the fabrics.


365 Free Motion Quilting Designs
365 Free Motion Quilting Designs
by Leah C Day
Edition: Paperback
Price: 24.13

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this really an expensive book?, 20 July 2012
When considering buying this I wondered if I would really be wasting my money, I have zillions of quilting,sewing,craft books, did I really need this one - at that price? Well, the only expensive books are those you never read, use or appreciate. This isn't one of them. It's a wonderful book jam packed full of quilting stitches and designs that you can see in glorious close up, detail by detail, a wonderful resource.

There's another great thing about this book, it's the work of Leah Day, a lovely lady who for a long time has given her time freely to other would be quilters, and this book accompanies her still free videos; the link is in the book but if you put in her name and pick up her blog you can link from there as well. She's a very talented lady, generous and helpful and her book is a great record of inspirational ideas when you run out of (or never have any of) your own.

Highly recommended, ask the family to club together for a special present sometime, you won't regret having this in your library, and it won't be sitting on the shelf gathering dust either. The book is a comfortable size to hold (A4 ish) - other books I have at this price have been monsters needing a table, this is friendly from all angles, size, style, photo's so clear that if you learn by copying you'll have no problem. Absolutely love this one.


Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters: Choose & Use Quilting Designs on Modern Quilts
Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters: Choose & Use Quilting Designs on Modern Quilts
by Angela Walters
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.65

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practice makes perfect, 19 July 2012
What a fabulous book, written by someone who absolutely loves quilting, and is certain everyone else can be taught to love it too. Her writing is infectious, it makes me want to get out my doodle paper and pen and practice some of those swirls, or hooks or leaves, and see just how they join with their neighbours, and all because she says it's a good idea, and probably because I can handle a pencil much better than a machine needle with the feed dogs down!

The author is a very talented young woman, with masses of experience, and a lovely writing style, I actually feel I can maybe, just maybe, really get the hang of free motion quilting (I'm a sad relic of a thimble and thread hand quilter at present) this book has just about convinced me that I can work my way across a quilt top (diagrams will show me how to),so maybe I will.

There's a wonderful gallery of work to inspire me as well. I've just remembered all those wonderful video's on youtube that I've gazed at in envy, BUT this book is open giving me encouragement whilst I work at my own speed, so yes, this gets the thumbs up for giving me enthusiasm and conviction that at last I CAN DO IT.


Applique A Garden
Applique A Garden
by Pat Sloan
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.62

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't need sun nor rain to make these flowers grow, 17 July 2012
This review is from: Applique A Garden (Paperback)
Nine easy colourful floral quilts of various sizes with full size patterns and clear instructions, what more could we want. Pat Sloan's style is a mix of Pennsylvania Dutch, Folk Art and Baltimore Album so if you like those styles you should get on with this book.
My own favourite is the crossed branches quilt, it finishes around the 50" x 50" and apart from the lovely batiks she uses I also love the border treatment, it has swags appliqued onto it. Pat's designs are fusible applique, but you can always adapt the patterns to suit needleturn if you've done applique before.
Included here are a Winter Rose Quilt and table runner, Bluebird quilts I and II, and Fresh Flowers quilts I and II and then there's the Autumn Splendour Quilt and table runner, the hardest decision to make is which to start with, and which fabrics to use, and shall I put a hanging sleeve on the table runners and make them into wall quilts instead....If anyone knows the basics of fusible applique this book should be a doddle, plenty of small quilts for a novice to make without getting fed up before the project's finished, and larger challenges to look forward to making.
A word of warning though, the reason I've given this book 4* and not 5* is because I feel it would benefit from a difficulty rating; the crossed branches quilt looks simple, but it does require accurate piecing for the nine patch blocks, and if you're a person who's done applique but not patchwork this could be frustrating, apart from that it's good value for the simple quilts, worth buying if the style appeals to you.


The Complete Guide to Machine Quilting: How to Use Your Home Sewing Machine to Achieve Hand-Quilting Effects
The Complete Guide to Machine Quilting: How to Use Your Home Sewing Machine to Achieve Hand-Quilting Effects
by Joanie Zeier Poole
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heirloom quilting by machine at it's best, 15 July 2012
Excellent book from an inspiring quiltmaker and author. Following her instructions you will be able to achieve amazing results, you can draw your own quilting design and learn how to resize this, you can also learn how to make a template to fit the blocks you have completed. Techniques cover how to complete background filler patterns, with some lovely examples shown, full instructions are given for making a dressy "best bib" for a baby decorated with quilted bunnies in silk thread.
There are a couple of short intro's to Joanie's books on you tube if you want to see the contents.
The look of heirloom quilting is usually background quilting which fills the negative space around the designs, creating a contrast by using stippling, echo quilting or geometric grids etc, fabric choice is often sateen, not always easy to find, and this is her fabric of choice to show a good contrast between the design elements.
She is enthusiastic about heirloom quilting and it comes across in this book. Well worth having to improve techniques and inspire new designs.


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