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Posted July 3, 2012
As a quilter with more books in my personal library than my loca
As a quilter with more books in my personal library than my local quilt store (really, I have counted), it takes a very special book to get my attention. Elizabeth Hartman’s “Modern Patchwork” has done that and more. This book has all of the prerequisites to gain a spot on my shelf: First, the quilts are artistic and photographed very well – this could be a coffee table book, valued for its artistic self. (Photos by Christina Carty-Francis and Diane Pederson.) Elizabeth has captured the modern quilting look, and yet, as she states, her patterns are of a more challenging nature than other modern quilt patterns I have seen. Second, the quilts are calling me to make them – each and every one of them. Ordinarily, if there are 2 or 3 quilts per book that I would consider making, the book is a winner. With this book, I want to make all of them. Based on the names alone, who wouldn’t want to make “Roller Rink,” “Looptastic,” or “Fire Drill,” just to name 3 of the 12 quilts in this book. Third, there is a unique aspect to the book. Elizabeth not only shows different color options for making the quilt, and discusses her thought process for selecting fabrics, she also offers an assist on what to do with the backing. Backings are rarely addressed in quilting books, and Elizabeth has done a fantastic job of creating beautiful yet simple backings to complement the quilt tops. Finally, the directions are simple to read, simple to follow, and in full color with a lot of illustrations, and the back of the book contains tips on fabric, color, cutting, piecing and quilting from which beginners and advanced quilters alike will benefit. Although I have granted a spot on my shelf for this book, I don’t intend for it to sit on that shelf – I expect it will be sitting right beside me on my worktable.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 12, 2012
Loving it ......I bought this book for the NEIGHBORHOOD quilt.
Loving it ......I bought this book for the NEIGHBORHOOD quilt. I had seen it in pictures from recent Quilt com on facebook and new I had to make it. Then I received the book : ) From the first project Metropolis to the last project Escape Artist, I want to make them all. Patterns, measurements, cutting charts, easy to follow directions, and simple start ideas to picking fabrics.This book truly has ideas to get you started. A must if you want to step-up your projects or simply get motivated to pull out your sewing machine and try something new. My NEIGHBORHOOD quilt is going to have a bright batik look .Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.