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Elegant Quilts, Country Charm: Applique Designs in Cotton and Wool
Elegant Quilts, Country Charm: Applique Designs in Cotton and Wool
by Deirdre Bond-Abel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The girls can crow about this one, 21 May 2012
There are instructions for 11 projects, for table runners, quilts, and wall hangings with some good instructions for finishing with a sawtooth or scalloped borders.
For the most part blanket stitch is used on the wool applique shapes, also used are glue sticks (and office staples ..... these are only temporary - happy about that!).
There are good tips when using designs made up of multiple layers, the items are attractive and simple to complete. Patterns are full size, and the book is excellent if you want to try wool applique (no turning under) embroidered onto cotton.
The authors have their own blog - and shop - The Quilted Crow will find them so take a look at their style, see if it suits you.


Perfect Piecing: Rodale's Quilting Library
Perfect Piecing: Rodale's Quilting Library
by Karen Soltys
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From now on perfect piecing it is, 15 May 2012
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I have been doing patchwork for many years and often wondered just why some simple shapes behave as expected sometimes, but not others. I cut accurately, stitch accurately then measure, one will be fine and another will not. Answer - in this book.
The information is presented with full step by step pictures, explanations for why so many pieces can twist - even when you cut on grain etc, and how to avoid problems with angles, Y seams, you name it, it's in here. Invaluable book, I wish I'd had it years ago. One of the best things about it is that it gives a reason WHY things need to be done in certain ways - learn the lesson, avoid any pitfalls in future, and piece perfectly. Brilliant book.


The Classic American Quilt Collection: Schoolhouse (Rodale Quilt Book)
The Classic American Quilt Collection: Schoolhouse (Rodale Quilt Book)
by Karen Costello Soltys
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From the 1800's to today, 15 May 2012
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There are 11 different quilt ideas in this slim book, good cutting instructions clear diagrams and graded projects make things easy. One quilt has four houses centred, with a different plan around them, another has the houses on their corners,and one is a pastel honeymoon cottage Alice Brookes style - not a schoolhouse at all, it doesn't look out of place in here.
Another unusual one is a log cabin block, with a schoolhouse in place of the usual red square,the colour palette is limited and it is set in the barn raising setting, this is suitable for an intermediate quiltmaker (due to the setting not the block). The house is 4" with a block size of 10" and I'll be using block but not the setting.
There is a good variety of styles, block sizes vary but are large enough to produce a quick quilt, allowing for the number of pieces in each one, schoolhouse block isn't a difficult one to piece and a beginner would find it easy to do.
I haven't found books with a variety of Schoolhouse blocks easy to find so I'm pleased I finally have this one in my collection.


America's Heritage Quilts
America's Heritage Quilts
by Martha Jahns
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational, historical, and oh so beautiful, 14 May 2012
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I've just received this book, and can't wait to get started - but where to start, that's the problem! I love the older books like this, they're wonderful value, so many patterns from which to choose. Quilt classics are timeless, we still produce quilts from patterns first made over 100 years ago, often only our methods change, sometimes we don't even bother changing those. I have no fault to find with making pieces from templates and sewing by hand, I used to feel I had to finish a quilt almost as soon as I'd started it, now I love to have one or two on the go that are by hand, it's so relaxing. It will probably be the Bride's Bouquet that will win first choice from this book, all by hand, but that's because I've wanted to make this particular design for some time.
Although template designs are given for almost all designs in the book, any experienced quiltmaker will soon work out how to cut and piece these using a rotary cutter and sewing machine to make up more quickly. Don't let templates put you off, the book has a most wonderful and numerous selection with interesting information covering quilt history over the last 150 years or so. Full instructions are give, diagrams and even suggested quilting patterns.
As it's no longer in print, buy it at a bargain price it's worth so much more.


Classic Knits for Real Women
Classic Knits for Real Women
by Martin Storey
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suits me, 14 May 2012
I too was concerned that the styles in the book might not be me - but they are. Joy. I looked at Martin Storey's designs on the internet, decided that I liked most so bought the book. Good decision, it has plenty in there in various yarn thicknesses, and sufficient size variations to make it worthwhile.
True, the designs are pretty standard, not exciting (I don't want exciting to walk around Sainsburys) but not dull, especially when you take into account the variety of yarns which can be used. The styles are reliable, very comfortable and wearable something that seems to have gone from the knitwear section of many stores today. It won't suit everyone, but it suits me, pleased about that.


Debbie Mumm's Country Inspirations: More Than 40 Bright and Beautiful Quilt Projects and Accessories to Fill Your Home With Joy
Debbie Mumm's Country Inspirations: More Than 40 Bright and Beautiful Quilt Projects and Accessories to Fill Your Home With Joy
by Debbie Mumm
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brings the outdoors inside, 14 May 2012
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As stated by another reviewer, the book comprises two books in one, Country Settings and Birdhouses - and in my copy the second part of this book has some illustrations slightly out of focus (just lucky I guess!). I find her illustrations reminiscent of Mary Engelbreit, although the vibrancy is missing, warm pastels being more her style.
There are so many smaller projects in here I'm sure that any beginner, particularly one who likes country style, folk art, log cabins, barns etc would love this. The book is lovely to browse through, there are lots of illustrations, instructions are clear with plenty of diagrams along the way. Very enjoyable and excellent value for money.


Quilts with a Spin - Print-On-Demand Edition: 7 New Projects from Piece O'Cake Designs
Quilts with a Spin - Print-On-Demand Edition: 7 New Projects from Piece O'Cake Designs
by Becky Goldsmith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Dizzy and delightful, 13 May 2012
If you enjoy a challenge - and applique in abundance, then this could be just what you're looking for. These designs are so colourful and full of movement that they make your eyes pop! The variety ranges from the complex pickle dish on the front cover, a Dresden plate with dots,a vibrant plate style which somehow reminds me of records (can't account for it)and another sing out loud scrappy circle in three tiers; and then there's the whirlygig - for those who've seen the Ipcress file - the girls have captured it! These quilts could decimate your scrap box and have you buying dark glasses to wear for your sewing. I love Becky and Linda's applique designs anyway, but these are certainly the most exciting quilts they've produced yet. Instructions are, as usual, excellent. The patterns are on pull outs at the back, some paper piecing is involved, fusible needleturn and cutaway applique, some curved piecing required and lots of enthusiasm is recommended. Love the book!


Serge and Merge Quilts
Serge and Merge Quilts
by Sharon V. Rotz
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Innovative and inspiring, 13 May 2012
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The quilts feature using your overlocker to produce quilts using the Flatlock stitch on both the inside and outside, this is used on the cover quilt to great effect. A very classy wallhanging features a two colour quilt, rectangles and a slender leaf design (rather oriental in style), and by using the flatlock stitch in a different way produces a ladder stitch which can be embellished.

There are 14 designs, mostly smaller quilts, one large bedquilt, and one using the rolled hem which is a comfy throw size, but for anyone with experience this provides inspiration to give it a go, see what you can do with your overlocker. It's easy to incorporate some of the ideas into a large quilt.

A CD is included showing how the effects are achieved,the instructions in the book are very good - go for it!


Sugar Sack Quilts Sugar Sack Quilts: 12 Quilts Using Vintage or Reproduction Fabrics 12 Quilts Using Vintage or Reproduction Fabrics
Sugar Sack Quilts Sugar Sack Quilts: 12 Quilts Using Vintage or Reproduction Fabrics 12 Quilts Using Vintage or Reproduction Fabrics
by Glenna Hailey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charms, ric rac and applique as well, 13 May 2012
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Looking at the gallery of quilts will show you the designs in the book. Only a couple are given as full size if you need complete instructions, which are adequate only if you already have some experience.

The first section gives a history of feedsacks, and although feedsack fabric doesn't have to be used, the style of fabric helps if you want to reproduce the look. It's also written in an easy chatty manner and I found it interesting.

There are good diagrams, but it's not heavy on instructions (these are at the front only, not with individual designs); charm packs and smaller amounts of fabric are featured, and if you like ric rac and applique this could be ideal for you. Fusible interfacing is used, with the middle cut out to avoid stiffness and edges are machined with a straight stitch which may be easier for some to manage.

I found this to be an enjoyable browse, not too heavy on detail, with a simple style and colourful appealing designs, the blocks are easy and scrappy and someone with a little experience should find this suitable.


Make Mine Mini
Make Mine Mini
by Christine Carlson
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More small than mini, 13 May 2012
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The quilts are attractive and nicely varied in style and skill level but I feel some blocks should be smaller if the "mini" title is to be accurate.
The schoolhouse block, Fanciful Daisy, Log Cabin Twirler and Nine Patch Floral Garden all have patches around the 5" - a size I use on full size quilts - just using 4 blocks and calling it a mini quilt is a bit of a misnomer I feel.
The books layout is clear and apart from the author advising the use of poly plus thread on cotton fabric (which will slice the fabric over time), the instructions seem OK
All in, not a bad book but if you want true miniature you'll need to look elsewhere.


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