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Sunday, December 30, 2007


Book Review: Easy, Creative Quilt Backs

Over Easy: Creative Ideas for Pieced Quilt Backs
By Lerlene Nevaril
Martingale Publishing, 2006
Paperbound, 64 pages
Retail: $19.95

Here’s a book for that neglected side of your quilts, the back side. Most quilters, having spent their creative energies on the top, try to keep the back as simple as possible. Lerlene Nevaril makes the case for giving more attention to the backsides of quilts, and provides a plethora of ideas for doing so, including backs done with fat quarters, panels, diagonals, scraps, flags, and more. Complete with instructions and lots of color photos demonstrating how the back of your quilt can be as rewarding (for both you and others) as the top.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


Book Review: A New Twist on Strips and Curves

A New Twist on Strips ‘n Curves
By Louisa L. Smith
C&T Publishing, 2007
Paperbound, 88 pages
Retail: $26.95

Louisa Smith’s first book, Strips ‘n Curves, published in 2001, was enormously popular. The reception it got among quilters was an indication of the appeal of these unusual and marvelous designs, based on a concept she calls “strata” or large strip sets cut into Drunkard’s Path shapes. This new book will be welcome to all of Louisa’s fans, as it builds on the earlier book with new techniques, designs, and styles. Some of these quilts resemble kaleidoscopes, some look more like otherworldly landscapes, undersea vistas, or magical gardens. Beyond the quilts there are designs for wonderful reversible jackets and handbags as well.

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