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Book Review: Confetti Naturescapes

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

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Confetti Naturescapes

Noriko Endo
Dragon Threads; $29.95

Award-winning Japanese quilter Noriko Endo’s quilts are often recognized for their impressionistic landscape style. Starting with a photograph as her inspiration, she creates the quilts using her unique confetti technique, layering bits and shreds of fabric on batting, topping it with tulle and then machine quilting the piece. Noriko offers step-by-step instructions for choosing your subject and then designing, quilting and finishing your quilt. The book includes Noriko’s personal story, a discussion of where she finds inspiration as well as an extensive gallery with abundant closeup shots. If you’re a fan of her quilts, you’ll enjoy the closeup into her work. And, if you want to create your own quilts based on her confetti technique, you’ll have the tools to do so.

Here’s a link, if you’d like to add it to your library.

Book Review: Rose of Sharon Block Book

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Rose of Sharon Block Book

The Rose of Sharon Block Book

Sharon Pederson
Martingale & Co.; $24.99

Since I wrote about charitable donations earlier, a review of this book seemed perfect. In the Spring of 2008, Sharon Pederson’s business partner, Elizabeth Phillips, suggested a number of ways that Sharon could promote her newest book, Machine Applique for the Terrified Quilter. Before Sharon knew what hit her, she had a bright orange template for her Rose of Sharon quilt that led to the block challenge. Along the way she and Elizabeth worked with Electric Quilt to make the block shapes available on its website, designed a die for the AccuQuilt machine, worked with Island Batik to provide fabric for the blocks and worked with Oklahoma Embroidery Supply and Design (OESD) to have the blocks digitized. The bonus was supporting a charity in the process, and they choose Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative. Sharon’s challenge drew 850-plus blocks which were narrowed down to 12. The final 12, plus a block from Sharon and Elizabeth, were made into a finished quilt. This book includes not only this quilt and its 13 blocks with instructions, it also showcases an additional 70 blocks. If you don’t want to make a large quilt, you can use any of the blocks to make the three-block wallhanging or pillow patterned in the book.

Here’s a link, if you’d like to add it to your library.

Book Review: Sew the Perfect Bag

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

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Sew The Perfect Bag

Sew News
Martingale & Co.; $22.99

Who hasn’t sewn a bag? I have a theory about why women have so many bags, as well as shoes. They always fit! And if you are looking for another bag to add to your collection, Sew The Perfect Bag has some great patterns, 25 to be exact. The patterns, which originally appeared in the pages of Sew News, include a lovely sashimi stitched silk duping clutch, a messenger bag that’s full of pockets and an insulated wine or beverage carrier. You’ll also find a diaper bag with an attached vinyl changing pad and side pockets big enough for two full-size bottles. And if you’ve ever accidentally washed a wool sweater, you’ll find instructions for creating a felted tote. This is a versatile collection and you’re sure to find something that fits your needs.

Here’s a link, if you’d like to add it to your library.

Book Review: One-Block Wonders Cubed!

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

One-Block Wonders Cubed

By Maxine Rosenthal & Joy Pelzmann
C&T Publishing; $22.95

Following up on the success of their earlier One-Block Wonder books, Maxine Rosenthal and Joy Pelzmann tackle adding graphic elements to their hexagon blocks. The previous books showcased techniques for hexagonal and octagonal kaleidoscope blocks from a single fabric and then adding cubes as a design element and additional fabrics. In this book, you’ll add triangles, including interlocking ad hollow triangles, and you’ll create illusions and add appliqué. The book includes 10 projects to reinforce the techniques. I loved the chapter on what to do with the leftover kaleidoscopes from your projects. One-Block Wonders fans enjoy.

Here’s a link, if you’d like to add it to your library.

Book Review: Tile Quilt Revival

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Tile Quilt Revival

Tile Quilt Revival: Reinventing a Forgotten Form
Carol Gilham Jones & Bobbi Finley
C&T Publishing; $23.95

Tile quilts are a rather obscure form of appliqué quilts, according to Carol Gilham Jones and Bobbi Finley, who are reintroducing the art form. This type of quilt is constructed by appliquéing small cotton pieces in a random fashion onto a white background. The pieces are sewn leaving a narrow space between them creating a “grout,” as between tiles. Very little documentation on the limited number of known tile quilts is available. Many seem to be done in blocks and are reminiscent of crazy quilts. The book includes instructions for designing and creating a tile quilt, six projects and a gallery of contemporary tile quilts. I found the history fascinating, and I like the bright look of the light background.

Here’s a link, if you’d like to add it to your library.

Book Review: Fast, Flirty, and Fun

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Fast, Flirty, and Fun

By Sarah M. Bisel
Martingale & Co; $24.99

Subtitled “Easy Quilts From Fabulous Fabrics,” this is a collection of 11 simple, fun quilts done in contemporary fabrics and colors. The patterns take advantage of charm packs, jelly rolls and layer cakes, though you can always cut your own pieces. This is a great book for the younger, novice quilter searching for a newer look. It still offers ideas for more experienced quilters. I loved the use of rickrack and the “Birthday Bash” quilt with its stack of wonky layered cakes.

Here’s a link, if you’d like to add it to your library.

Book Review: Adaptive Quilting Designs

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Adaptable Quilting Designs
By Sue Patten
American Quilter’s Society; $24.95

Many quilts include some form of “stitch-in-the-ditch” quilting, and Sue Patten has offered 45 designs she created to do more than that. In many cases her patterns let her do her ditch work and designs at the same time. She offers designs for sashing, cornerstones, triangles and squares. Many of the designs are accompanied by step-by-step diagrams so you can see how to recreate the design. Her “Tips and Tricks” section includes tips for altering and combining the designs. I loved the quilted pieces in her “Spines with Designs” section done in rainbow thread on a dark fabric, as they help you picture these designs on your quilt. The patterns can be easily enlarged or reduced and you have more than 100 options, whether you use the designs for longarm quilting, as Sue does, or for quilting by hand or with your domestic sewing machine. This is a great addition to your quilting design library.

Here’s a link, if you’d like to add it to your library.

Book Review: Cozy Modern Quilts

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Cozy Modern Quilts

By Kim Schaefer
C&T Publishing; $19.95

This collection of 23 easy, pieced contemporary quilts, table runners and placemats is designed to make a dent in your stash. The blocks, all squares and strips, feature quick rotary cutting and straight-line piecing, perfect for the beginning quilter. While the blocks are really simple, the results do look more complicated and have a wonderful visual impact. The color palettes used also would be great if you are looking for a project for a man. I plan to hit my stash and piece a couple of tops.

Here’s a link, if you’d like to add it to your library.

Book Review: Pretty Little Mini Quilts

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Pretty Little Mini  Quilts

Pretty Little Mini Quilts
ed. Ray Hemachandra
Lark Books;

Part of Lark’s Pretty Little series, Pretty Little Mini Quilts features 31 projects made by 25 artists. (You’ll recognize lots of the names, including Sarah Ann Smith, Jamie Fingal and Andi Stern.) The projects range from machine and hand quilting to embroidery and trapunto to fusing and embellishment to piecing and painted surfaces. You’ll find traditional and contemporary pieces, none larger than three feet. I like books that introduce a variety of techniques, and you’re sure to find a new technique to add to your toolbox.

Here’s a link, if you’d like to add it to your library.

Book Review: Adventures in Circles

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Adventures in Circles

By Leigh E. McDonald
That Patchwork Place; $26.95

I’ve always liked circles. A favorite family story is the time I attacked my father’s business papers with the hole punch. And, of course, polka dots make me smile. So did the circle quilts in Leigh McDonald’s book. Leigh’s success with circles comes from cutting them with the Olfa circle cutter and using either a fusible-web or freezer-paper qppliqué technique. Her designs could be adapted to other construction methods; she just prefers those. In addition to basic technique instructions, the book includes eight different circle quilt projects and several pages of fanciful quilting designs to complete the quilt. I found her designs a lot of fun.

Here’s a link, if you’d like to add it to your library.

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