Thursday, March 3, 2011

Book Reviews

One of the fun parts of being an author for Martingale, is that I get to review books for them.  Seeing new designs, new designers, and different ways of doing things is so fun.  Each quilter tends to have their own way of doing things.  We all have our own style and personality.  Some of us like bright and cheerful, some of us like things bold and daring, while others love the subdued and calm.  Whatever style we adopt, we can always appreciate the work that others do.

So...let's start the appreciation!

ReSew: Turn Thrift-Store Finds into Fabulous Designs
What a fun book!  You can find dresses, tops, accessories, home accents, and some great basic sewing instructions in this great new book.  This author did a great job showing how inventive one can be with thrift store finds.  My favorites are all the purses and accessories, she takes fun sweaters and turns them into some really fun things.  You should check it out!

4 Stars

Modern Basics: Easy Quilts to Fit Your Budget, Space, and Style (That Patchwork Place)

Amy Ellis takes a totally unique look at quilting.  She teaches, you don't need a dedicated sewing space, you don't even need a stash of fabric, you just need some fabric and a sewing machine!  Her simple designs make it easy for any level of quilter, and each quilts design is new and fresh.  These quilts are modern but certainly have traditional roots.   I love the colors, the design, and the personality that shines through each quilt.

4 Stars

Scrap Quilts Go Country (That Patchwork Place)This book offers 9 different patterns for you to satisfy your country quilt whims.  Each quilt is easy to make, and great for your precut fabrics.  The quilts that feature applique have just enough applique to satisfy your urge to handstitch, but you won't be handstitching for the next 2  years just to finish!  (of course, you can always machine applique too).  If you are a country girl, you will love the quilts in this book!

5 Stars

Civil War Sewing Circle, The: Quilts and Sewing Accessories Inspired by the Era (That Patchwork Place)

When I received this book, I had no idea I would be reading about history as well as books.  I probably should have known, I mean look at the title.  This book is full of great information about the civil war and the role that quilts played in its history.  
4 stars

Scrap-Basket Sensations: More Great Quilts from 2 1/2" Strips (That Patchwork Place)

Jelly Rolls, here we come.  18 quilt designs beckon us to take the challenge, and make quilts using up our 2 1/2" strips.  The designs
lend themselves to any kind of jelly roll.  She has examples in brights, muted, pastels, etc.  But whatever colors you like, you will find a pattern to showcase what you love.
 4 stars

Pennies from Heaven: Celebrated Quilt and Companion Projects (That Patchwork Place)
You may not know this, but I am a total sucker for wool.  I love it.  Absolutely adore it, so this book is a winner in my book.  This book is the pattern to 1 fabulous quilt, and a 8 smaller projects that use the appliques from the larger quilt.  This is the perfect book for someone who wants to  work with wool.  It is fun, beautiful, and endearing.

5 Stars 

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