I LOVE books that have a dual purpose and EVERYDAY FOLK ART does just that! If you are a quilter, buy this book and make the quilt, then hook a rug to go along with it. And, remember the reverse, if you are a hooker, buy this book, hook a rug and then make the quilt to go along with it. Either way, you will learn a new technique. AND, if you already do both crafts, the book will keep you busy for many days and nights to come.
There are eight patterns that range from stars to animals to patriotic themes to game themes to a Log Cabin and finally an Irish Chain. The quilts are made by piecing alone or with piecing and appliqué. There is even a easy technique for making a Log Cabin (not the pattern but the actual Log Cabin) that uses "ragged" fabric. The rugs are hooked to match the themes of the quilts. You could even use up all those scraps you hate to throw away as a quilter and make a "scatter" rug --- one that is just a maze of colors.
Each quilt pattern has a materials list, cutting instructions and then instructions for putting the quilt together, along with graphics to help explain what you are suppose to do. If special templates are needed, they are also included. A full color photo of the finish quilt is provided. For each rug, the same things are provided as for the quilts.
There are tips in special colored boxes throughout the book and each author gives a brief overview about the pattern. The chapters at the end of the book include ten pages of basic quilting how-to's, 16 pages of basic rug hooking how-to's and a page of resources in case you cannot locate any of the supplies you might need to create these wonderful folk art pieces. This sister duo sure has a knack for fabric arts.
I have taught patchwork and quilting for over 10 years now and I found this lovely book to be a breath of fresh air. The instructions are clear and easy to follow, the diagrams are good and the photographs of the finished items are excellent. Throughout this book there are many useful hints and tips. I would happily recommend this inspiring book to both beginners and the more experienced quilter.