Last-minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts Hardcover – 1 Sep 2007
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Beautifully photographed with clear instructions. -- Period Living & Traditional Homes Magazine, October 2007
About the Author
Joelle Hoverson is the author of Last-Minute Knitted Gifts and the owner of Purl (a knitting shop) and Purl Patchwork (a fabric shop) in New York City. Before opening Purl, she worked as a senior style editor at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and as a freelance stylist. She holds a master of fine arts degree from Yale University. Visit her website at www.purlsoho.com.
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The projects themselves are generally easy to make, especially if you have some quilting experience - but even if you're a beginner, you'd be able to handle them. There is a section explaining techniques and materials etc, which is well-explained.
They don't require exotic materials; everything you need is easy to get, and they are adaptable, so you could tweak a lot of them to suit whatever you have to hand.
There are quite a few presents for babies - a pillow, quilt, toys, wall hangings - all of which are lovely. There are also some household projects - coasters (very stylish - and could easily be made into placemats by making them bigger), cushions, a picnic rug, decorative things. There are some presents for sewers - a needle book, pincushions... and a decorated notebook, which again could be customised.
If all your friends are single, childless, don't like sewing, and very into modern decor, there might not be so much you could make as presents, but personally I will be making a lot of these things for myself and for friends' children!
A great book, has lots of great ideas, and definitely a springboard for many more!
My only gripe is that I love to see lots of photos rather than pages of text instructions... esp the technical info at the back of the book. It comes with a pattern but no where to store the pattern once detatched.
The book is beautifully presented with some excellent photographs. I found tracing the patterns (included on a fold out sheet at the back of the book) a right pain, and would consider paying extra for pre-cut templates. The later sections on techniques covered all the basics, but if I were a beginner I'd find things easier to follow with some more pictures. Similarly, I would've found the pattern instructions simpler if there had been more diagrams and fewer words!
It's a nice book, with some nice projects, but perhaps not the easiest to follow for a complete beginner.
I would definitely recommend this book. I'm wishing Joelle would write another one!
I'm not sure it for beginners as there are no step-by-step photographs. The instructions are clear though and at the back of the book there is a guide to terms etc.
It also shows you how to use all those pieces of fabric that us crafters have tucked away in our stash. All in all a very good book.
Ps some of the projects are on blogs where generous folks have taken pictures to show "how to"
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