Category Archives: Quilt Book Reviews

Quilt Book Review: Moda Block Heads

Yahoo…another ebook from Martingale Publishing was in my inbox.  I love that kind of email.

There were three books in the email.  Last week I reviewed Vintage Legacies and this week, it’s Moda Block Heads.

Martingale - Moda Blockheads (Print version + eBook bundle)

I didn’t expect to like this book.  I’ve told you all before that I don’t get really excited about anything that resembles a Block of the Month…and admittedly, this did look a bit like a Block of the Month to me.

The premise of the book is that over a year or so designers got together on Wednesdays via their blogs and showed readers a new block to make.  It culminated with some wonderful finished quilts.  See? Continue reading

Quilt Book Review: Hope’s Journey

Martingale Publishing sent me a few quilt books to review.  Hope’s Journey by Betsy ChutChian was one of those books.  I’m a fan of this author.  I have several books that she was part of or wrote.  History Repeated and Treasury of Quilts are two of my favorites.  I had high hopes for this one!!

I LOVE the quote at the beginning of the book… “Hope, to me, is the name of every woman and girl who left their home to embark on a journey of uncertain outcome”.  Oh no…the author is touching on my “history buff” – pioneer story bone.  It’s also touching the feel I have of my Grandma Johnson.  She came to the USA from Sweden in the early 1900’s to make a new life here.

There are 12 Chapters to the book.  Each chapter addresses a part of the adventurous life.  For Chapter Five:  Captivity and Flight talks about Mary Draper.  She’s a well know pioneer women in 1750 was captured in the Draper’s Meadow Massacre.  All of the blocks in this chapter deal with wilderness.  There are three blocks and this small table runner.

Martingale - Hope's Journey (Print version + eBook bundle)
I don’t have a picture to show you of the nice pattern layouts to make the blocks so you’ll to settle with some pictures of the mini quilt projects that are part of the book.

Martingale - Hope's Journey (Print version + eBook bundle)
The projects are all done in reproduction fabrics which are my favorite.

Martingale - Hope's Journey (Print version + eBook bundle)There were several mini quilt projects in the book.

Martingale - Hope's Journey (Print version + eBook bundle)
I think the one below is my favorite.

Martingale - Hope's Journey (Print version + eBook bundle)
The promo for the book says, “* 28 traditional block patterns * 11 beautiful small quilt patterns * 4 large sampler-style settings for the blocks you make.”

So you’re likely wondering what are the “large sampler-style settings”…It’s for these quilts.

Martingale - Hope's Journey (Print version + eBook bundle)WOW….
Martingale - Hope's Journey (Print version + eBook bundle)
There are two other settings too.  These quilts are fun.  To date, I’ve not made any in this sampler style.

The book really encourages quilter’s to get creative and make their own sampler quilt.  So if you’re a person that loves small projects or sampler projects, this might be a good book for you.  You can find Hope’s Journey here on Amazon or at Martingale HERE.  Both places offer more images of the projects from the book.  It might be a fun one to have in your quilting library just for the blocks.  I know I love to collect books that show blocks.

This one I’m keeping in my digital library.  Thanks Martingale for the e-book version to review.

Quilt Book Review: Pin Pals

Martingale Publishing sent me some quilting books to review…well they are only ebooks..and they all aren’t exactly quilting.  This one for example is all pincushions.  It’s called Pin Pals.  I’ve been eagerly waiting for this one!!

Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company is the author of this one.  I follow her on Instagram and had seen as she made so many of these.  I think she was inspired when Crazy Mom Quilts was doing a pincushion series.  Regardless of the hows and whys, a book came of the adventure and we all get the benefit of it.

If you are a quilter and are always looking for gifts for a your quilting friends, I highly recommend the book.  HIGHLY.  There are MANY ideas for easy ones….

…to more complicated ones.  I can easily see a mother and daughter loving the book.  There are some easy ones for a beginner to make and some harder ones for a more experience sewist to make.

There are often more than one pincushion shown using the same pattern only in different colorways.  Like this… Continue reading

Quilt Book Review: Vintage Legacies

Martingale Publishing sent me three e-books to review.  I have to say, when the emails come with the ebooks it’s a little like Christmas.

If you’re been a long time blog reader, you know I like Civil War reproduction fabrics.  Well this one features Civil War fabrics so I was quick to take a look at this one, Vintage Legacies.  It’s by Carol Hopkins and she’s know to make some great quilts.
Every quilt in the book I could “ow and awe” over.

I picked a few of my favorite…
What’s not to love about a scrappy quilt??  NOTHING!

The one below I can really see me making.  Red, white and blue with the cute cute little cross blocks….PERFECT.

This was interesting?  Have you seen this idea before? Continue reading