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Some brilliant ideas, but visually a little disappointing
on 17 May 2011
I have always loved all of Pam and Nicky's jelly roll books - have bought them avidly and made a number of quilts based on them. The combination of brilliant designs, exceptionally clear instructions, and beautiful images has been a winner. Sadly, though, I was a little disappointed by this, their most recent book. One of the things I have always loved in previous books, was the chance to see the same design made up in different fabrics: this inspires me to see how I can make the design my own.
In this book, the designs are still brilliant and inspiring, and the instructions look just as good as ever (no, I haven't tried one yet, although I'm certainly going to!). However, I felt that visually this was not so well presented as the other books have been. Too many of the quilts were only shown draped or folded, rather than clearly visible to give one a good idea of the whole. The final five quilts - some of the most interesting in design terms - are ONLY shown in one colour way, not made up in a second one. There are also a large number of photos - indeed the whole of the inside front cover - which just consist of a close up of a small area of patchwork with quilting details. This actually tells us very little: we know their quilts are beautifully long arm quilted at The Quilt Room - we don't need to be shown it. What we want to see is the overall effect of an entire quilt.
I suspect that this was probably a publisher's / editorial decision, and it was a wrong one. Their designs are fantastic: let us see them clearly in their next quilt book (which will hopefully not be too long away!!).