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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Gentle Art of Quilt-Making by Jane Brocket

The Blurb:
Create totally unique quilts for family and friends
Stunning inspirational photography throughout
Discover how to quilt and design with confidence

The Gentle Art of Quilt-Making is a charming, inspirational and practical
collection of 15 quilts for would-be quilters by leading author Jane Brocket.
There’s a Russian Shawl Quilt, inspired by traditional motifs of Russian folk art, a
Floral Frocks Quilt inspired by summer dresses, flower gardens and herbaceous
borders and a Suits and Ties Quilt reusing sober woollen suiting contrasting with
extravagant silk ties designed in an Irish Chain.

Finally, a practical section covers all the knowledge you’ll need – from chainpiecing,
hand-quilting and sandwiching to binding, storage and caring for your
quilt. Armed with the design tools, you can embark on your quilting journey and
begin creating your own personal masterpiece.

Short Version:
The quilts are pretty but not original. The book's beauty and appeal is in the description of the process.

Long Version:
This is clearly a book based on a blog. The strength lies in the description of how she planned each quilt and the stories behind the quilt's inspiration. The writing is lovely and you could easily read through it as a visit with a friend.  The pictures are lovely and match well with the quilt in each chapter, but there aren't nearly enough pictures of the quilts themselves. It includes a lot of helpful information about quilting itself at the beginning, but much of that information is not original and could be found in any other quilt book or on the internet. The quilt patterns themselves are very basic, mostly different layout of squares or stripes with no intricate piecing.  If you are in the market for a pretty quilting book, this is a good choice. If you're looking for an inspiring quilt book, maybe choose something else.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like something I would like when I actually take the time to learn how to sew! I like the stories behind things.


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