Joyce Rowe

Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (36 of 39)
Location: North Yorkshire


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,257,623 - Total Helpful Votes: 36 of 39
The New Quilting by Machine (Singer Sewing Referen&hellip by Creative Publishing International
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a very useful book for a beginner (like me) to quilting. It is clear and consistent, with help on cutting, piecing and quilting, and even designing. It gives fully illustrated instructions on how to piece various block patterns, with hints on quick methods of sewing, and on pressing seams. There's a great section on how to calculate quantities of fabric, and information on what batting, backing and binding to choose. I have an elderly sewing machine (which is a Singer) and wondered whether this book would be relevant - it is, because it doesn't assume lots of modern gadgetry. Any basic sewing machine will do - though of course an up-to-date model can do more! The book has… Read more
Making Quilts for Children by Elaine Hammond
Making Quilts for Children by Elaine Hammond
I had this book from the library, and the quilt designs look great. There's a good selection of quilts and cushions, and a lovely Christmas stocking. However, as a novice I find the instructions to be a little cursory and lacking in detail. More importantly, the fabric requirements seem to be wrong - I have needed twice as much fabric as listed for the Flying Quilt and several more patterns look to have the same problem. The charming Christmas log cabin quilt (which I haven't tried) has blocks which seem to be sized differently in the pictures from in the instructions. I'd love to make it, but will need to work out the sizes (and fabric requirements) for myself. The book relies on… Read more
Doctor Who - The Master Laser Screwdriver by Character Options
35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
I admit my sons have had fun with these; but only until one broke, less than six hours into Christmas day. Amazon were fantastic in response, sending out a replacement next working day (over Christmas!) :) but sadly this also broke, within 20 mins of opening. Painful scenes with 8 year old in tears :( Have now received notification from Amazon that we are not the only ones with a problem & are going for a refund (still have devastated 8 year old - he was so careful with the second one, yet still it broke) I don't recommend this - the sonic is much more durable, plus has UV light AND a pen/invisible writer!