Category Archives: Quilt Book Reviews

Quilt Book Review: Temecula Quilt Company Quirky Little Quilts

I got an email with Martingale’s newest quilt book releases.  I shared some of them with you already but I saved my favorite for this post.

Temecula Quilt Company Quirky Little Quilts is by Sheryl Johnson.

Temecula Quilt Company - Quirky Little Quilts: Patchwork from the Past, Projects for the Present by [Johnson, Sheryl]

For a long time I’ve been a fan of Temecula Quilt Company.  It’s been a wish of mine to be able to go there one day.  It’s located out in California and if you’re an Iowa girl that doesn’t like to travel, that can be a stretch so I’ve lived vicariously by visiting their blog.

A bit ago I heard that they were coming out with a quilt book of little quilts.  I was thrilled.  Many of their free online projects are quilt alongs and I’ve said before, quilt alongs aren’t my style.  I start them and don’t finish them for the most part…kind of like Block of the Month projects (let’s not go there!!)

Anyway imagine my excitement when I saw that the book was included in the ebooks that were sent to me to review.  I was WHOOPING!!  I made myself look at the other books that came first and savored this one for last.  It was worth the wait!!

The first one in the book had me right away!!  CHICKENS!!  What is not to love!

I love the funky colors on this one!  Poison green ALWAYS grabs my eye.

They range from pretty easy like the one above to harder with inset seams like the one below.

All are on the Civil War Reproduction side as that’s what the quilt shop is so well known for.  Below is a simple one…but I love it. Continue reading

Quilt Book Review: Love Flying Geese

C&T Publishing sent me a new ebook to review…and I’m happy to say, I love it!  The book is put together by multiple contributors all projects from the magazine Love Patchwork and Quilting.  I know I live rural but I’ve not seen the magazine anywhere in my area.

The quilts are all listed as “modern”…but those of you who don’t like modern, please don’t quit reading.  Modern isn’t my favorite, and yet I still very much liked the book.

I’ve mentioned before that at times I get a little frustrated with C&T.  They send me the ebooks.  They give me the option to review them but they don’t give me the tools to easily do it.  I don’t have access to pictures from the book except for a few.  I’ve looked all over online to find some and this is all I found.

this one too….

Those are not my favorite quilts from the book….I finally had to resort to putting the ebook up on my computer and then taking picture of the computer screen.  So the pictures aren’t the best…but here they are… Continue reading

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.