Scrap Republic: 8 Quilt Projects for Those Who Love Color Paperback – 15 Nov 2011
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About the Author
Emily Cier is a quilter, author, designer, and popular blogger who creates unique and modern quilt patterns for her own company, Carolina Patchworks.
Top Customer Reviews
The first thing I must say, this book is NOT for beginners!!! As soon as you look at the patterns you are bombarded with reams of fiddly measurements which I found rang alarm bells in my head straight off, specially as the other first reviewer confidently said it was for beginners and experienced quilters!!!
The diagrams are clearly laid out, but look complicated before you start looking at the measurements.
Project 1. Freckles
Beautiful project, light background with colourful circles on top.
The first thing I noticed is the picture doesn't match the pattern layout!!!! I am sure the finished item matches the final size, but to me this re enforces the fact, this is NOT FOR BEGINNERS!!! Personally, I think the author should have provided 2 patterns, one, to show what has been made in the photograph, and the second, the alternative pattern shown in the book!!!!
Project 2. Plumb
Fabulous quilt, easier to get your head around this one plus it helps that the picture relates more to the pattern, plus she shows it in two colour ways which is excellent. The diagram is bigger, and you are not bombarded with measurements on this project. This project I am more likely to enjoy having a go with, plus it's a great way to use if you have been given a jelly roll for Christmas or birthday and you are not sure what to do with it??
Project 3, Beeline
Again, the photo of the project does not match the pattern given, luckily, this is an easy project to manage, specially if you have a jelly roll to use. This is just lines of strips of fabric.Read more ›
On the back of the book it says "Intriguing, contemporary patterns are geared for both the adventurous beginner and the confident intermediate quilter". If you're a beginner, I think you'll have a hard time relying on this book alone, so why not use for instance Elizabeth Hartman's "The Practical Guide to Patchwork" or Camille Roskelley's "Simplify" together with this "Scrap Republic" by Emily Cier? There are also numerous free tutorials online, if you don't mind looking in several places. Once you've overcome the first hurdle, however, "Scrap Republic" is a wonderful book!
THE THREE PARTS:
1. Important Bits and Pieces: Lots of tips on how to bust also the thread stash and how to build up the quilt back using scraps.
2. The Weekend Stasher: Freckles, Plumb, Beeline, and Slices (all are 30"x30").
3. The I-Have-Nothing-to-Hide-Anymore Stasher: Volume (40"x48"), Hover (48"x48"), Whirl (64"x64"), and Pivot (60"x60").
THE EIGHT PATTERNS:
- The scrap quilts are just that, built from scraps in improvisational manner, and the point is not to write instructions for exact replicas of each quilt made by Emily Cier; how else would you use your own stash of random-sized pieces of scrap fabric? As long as you build blocks and trim them to the sizes given, you'll make a quilt of similar overall composition, albeit unique thanks to your particular scraps.
- They follow the same, clear structure; What you need, Scrap selection, Assembly, Finishing, and Solace for the scrapless (the pattern for yardage). It's good to keep this in mind, because the assembly diagrams can look a bit overwhelming thanks to their large differences, if you just flick through the book.Read more ›
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My review first appeared on my 04.07.12 blog post, [...]