With all the quilting pattern books on the market, the challenge is to make the traditional look fresh and new. Wells, an accomplished quilter and the author of nearly two dozen quilting books, manages this quite well with the 49 quilting projects provided in her newest book. The strength of this book is its stunning layout and pictures. In addition, color catches the eye on every page; directions are concise and diagrams clear; inserted boxes of tips and comments personalize the instructions; introductory chapters prime the beginner on such topics as color selection, fabric selection, and construction; and projects are broken into chapters by general style of the quilt, such as nine patch, log cabin, etc. Patterns for templates are included as well. Though sewing directions are not as greatly detailed as in a beginner's text, the diagrams help. Crisp and colorful in presentation, this is a great addition to any public library. Highly recommended.-Karen Ellis, Baldwin Boettcher Lib., Humble, Tex.