Books reviewed by Megan Enright: Megan is wife to a tolerant and encouraging husband and mother to four children ranging in age from 18 years down to 5 years. She spends her days keeping company with her 5 year old daughter and her evenings cheering on the sidelines as her older sons deal with homework, sport and other teenage issues. In her quieter moments, she likes to knit, embroider, sew and cook. She’d like to have the time and talent to crochet and quilt….maybe one day. She can be found at Notebook from home blog.
Megan reviews: Sew Embellished!: Artistic Little Quilts Personalized with Easy Techniques by Cheryl Lynch and 200 Blocks from Quiltmaker Magazine. (That Patchwork Place)
When two new quilting books arrived from Martingale Publishing it just seemed to make sense to read and review them together. Each book has focused on a different aspect of the quilt-making process but together they provide information to help any quilter build on their skill base.
200 Blocks from Quiltmaker Magazine is a comprehensive quilting handbook.
The block designs can be used for small projects, cushions or wall-hangings or for large quilts to hang as artworks or to throw on your bed to provide stylish warmth. The blocks are designed by a myriad of quilters all of whom have contributed to Quiltmaker magazine. There are variations on traditional blocks where original block construction has been built on and expanded and the last section of the book is devoted to mixed-media blocks. These blocks are a little more complex and diverse: traditional piecing, foundation piecing and appliqué are all covered with a reasonable amount of easy to understand instructions included and each block is presented with a clear photo. Techniques are explored in more detail on the enclosed CD, which also includes the patterns needed for all the piecing contained in the book.
If you are an established quilter or even just dipping your toe into the quilt making waters 200 Blocks will provide a wonderful resource and a much used part of your quilting library.
Sew Embellished has a less traditional take on the quilting process and is tilted towards smaller projects.
The author, Cheryl Lynch explains in her foreword that she wanted to provide ideas for quilted treasures that could be finished within a few days. As a consequence there are eight designs outlined in the book that can be made up as described or, alternatively, used as a base to let your creative juices flow and produce a unique piece of artistic quilting. Cheryl devotes quite a large section of the book to explaining in detail the various techniques used in her projects. These techniques include beading, embroidery, using trims and buttons, even fabric stamping. All the quilts have an over-arching theme of love, family and community — who in the quilting world can’t relate to those thoughts. There are many gorgeous ideas in this book and also included is the help required to develop new quilting and embellishment skills.
Armed with these two books a creative crafter has all that is needed to produce beautiful new quilts, large or small, complex or simple. Have a look through them and start planning!