Monday, September 6, 2010

Quilt Book Review - Fast, Flirty, and Fun

I had to add "Quilt Book Review" at the top of this post so you wouldn't think that I was talking about myself! Okay, maybe the fun part would fit, but the rest...

This is a recent book by Sarah M. Bisel, published by That Patchwork Place. The publisher describes this book as follows:
"Quilters of all levels will find oodles of inspiration in the contemporary colors and fresh designs of these 11 exciting projects. Leave a variety of easy methods for cutting, piecing, and appliqué.
  • Discover the roles that color, value, and fabric selection play in creating quilts with visual impact
  • Learn a variety of easy methods for cutting, piecing, and appliqué
  • Enjoy whimsical appliqué motifs that include a giant birthday cake, a bird, jumbo circles, and more"
I love the cheery and bright front cover to start and anything that promises to be fast and fun is certainly going to attract my attention!

The information at the beginning of the book would be quite helpful for beginning quilters as the author goes into detail about choosing colours and fabric for your projects. I also liked the fact that she provides information about cutting and piecing, as well as appliqué instructions, including working with wool. This section concludes with quilting, batting and binding information so you have all the information you need to start in on the projects.

The various projects in the book, which include both pieced and appliqué, use small amounts of several fabrics, including fat quarters and jelly rolls, although these patterns are not based exclusively on pre-cut fabric packs. The patterns range from wall hangings to throws and I like the fun, fresh and casual look of them. I can see how quickly you could whip these up and could envision them in various fabric lines from orientals to 1930's reproduction prints.

If you're looking for some fast projects for yourself or for a gift, I'm sure that you could find several patterns in this book. The problem might be stopping at just one!

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