Scrap busters in the colours of the rainbow,
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This review is from: Scrap Republic: 8 Quilt Projects for Those Who Love Color (Paperback)
FOR WHOM IS THE BOOK?
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.
- There are alternatives for quilts based on yardage and most patterns are easily resized to smaller or larger quilts, as long as you can handle a bit of 1+1=2 type of math.
- In the first part, there are even more ideas presented that could lead to your own scrap quilts.
WEAKNESSES AND STRENGTHS:
Techniques such as turn-under appliqué are used, but not explained in detail. The focal points of Freckles are adorable scrappy circles, so learn how to make circles and how to sew appliqué, come back and create a lovely little quilt. There are many techniques that I haven't tried yet, but I've picked a couple of the Weekend Stasher quilts, then decided what techniques I should learn in order to be able to make the scrap quilts. Freckles based on yardage could look just as nice, if the cirles are fussy cut from a fabric with lots going on in the pattern. I haven't thought like this before, but the true strength of "Scrap Republic" is in the sidetracks it pushes you on. It's also great in that you're not restricted to scraps of a particular size, but they can differ quite a lot in both size and shape.
I have quite a few books on patchwork and quilting by now, but so far this is the only one, which has caused me to want to make every pattern presented; I love "Scrap Republic"!