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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

 

Book Review: Paper-Pieced Mini Quilts


Paper-Pieced Mini Quilts
By Wendy Vosters
That Patchwork Place, 2007
Paperbound, 80 pages
Retail: $24.95

Mini-quilts are such a great way to get a sense of accomplishment without having to take six months out of your life to do it. They’re also a great way to experiment with new techniques, or to perfect some old ones. Wendy Vosters’ Paper-Pieced Mini Quilts use a modified form of foundation piecing that involves strips. You get the same great precise results with a good bit less tedium. This book contains instructions and illustrations for 17 charming traditional mini-quilts, including pineapple, scrappy, and crazy style designs.



Tuesday, January 01, 2008

 

Book Review: Young at Heart Quilts


Young at Heart Quilts: 15 Designs With Color and Style
By Julie Popa
That Patchwork Place, 2007
Paperbound, 96 pages
Retail: $24.95

A visit to any quilt show will probably convince you that the average age of a quilter is somewhere north of 50. It’s true that the demographics of quilters suggest an older crowd, but according to the folks at this year’s International Quilt Festival, attendance by younger people was markedly up. This book of bright, lively, and simple quilts with such names as “Flirtation” and “Electric Attitude” was designed to appeal to a younger crowd, and its author is certainly a Gen-X quilter. But you don’t have to be a teenager to appreciate the charms of these 15 colorful and easy-to-make quilts. If this sprightly and easy-to-make group of quilts doesn’t motivate a young quilter, then nothing will.



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