Category Archives: Quilt Book Reviews

Quilt Book Review: Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts

It’s been like Christmas here with all the great ebook titles Martingale Publishing has sent me.  I just love looking through all the copies.  It’s so fun to see the projects that others have come up with.  Today’s book is Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts by Andy Knowlton.  I think the title for the book is great as the quilts really are fresh and bright in color.  With winter here in Iowa, it’s great to see some bright cheery color!

The book features 12 projects.  They range from size to difficulty.  If a fun book as the premise is that you can use 6, 8, 10, 12, or 14 fat quarters to make these projects.  I think that’s perfect.  If you’re looking to use up stash you likely have that many fat quarters that coordinate..and if you’re looking to buy, purchasing only that many fat quarters won’t break the bank!

The first quilt features only four blocks.  It’s baby sized and cute if you need a quick project.  Although the premise of the book is fat quarters, this quilt would be fun scrappy.  Can you imagine all different shades of blues and greens surrounding that bring yellow center?

This one I really like.  What a fun quilt!

This one is the cover quilt.  The block is something fun that I don’t remember seeing before.

Check out this one.  Isn’t it great with that dark background?? Continue reading

Quilt Book Review: Machine Quilting Idea Book

I was excited when Martingale Publishing sent me a bunch of quilt ebooks to review.  I was especially excited when I saw this book, Machine Quilting Idea Book by  Vicki Ruebel.  I love paging through books on machine quilting.  I always find my hand “air drawing” trying to replicate the pattern.  I grabbed a drink and settled in to page through this one hoping it would be one I love.

The book has basic instructions on preparing to machine quilt and then goes right into the designs.  The designs are all numbered by “how many spools” in difficulty the designs are.

There are 61 designs in the book.  All are done over a specific block.  There are 4-6 ways to machine quilt the different blocks featured in this book.

As I said, I was so excited to sit down and enjoy this book but I ended up figuring out that the book was several “spools” beyond me.  I tend to make busy quilts and quilting designs like this are lost on busy quilts.

As I am a piecer more than a machine quilter. I want my piecing to stand out and tell the story of my quilt, not so much the machine quilting.  For me… Continue reading

Quilt Book Review: Sisterhood of Scraps

I have to say,  I’m loving several of the books that Martingale Publishing sent me in their last installment of quilt books to review.  The Sisterhood of Scraps is no exception….The author of this is Lissa Alexander and for those of you who don’t know, she’s one of the driving forces at Moda.

The cover of the book says 12 quilts from 7 designers….admittedly, I really, really like most of the quilts.  So many of them are ones I could easily make.

Yes please to this blue and white beauty you see below.  Oh my word.  I love all things blue and white.  The border is really fun too.

Four patches…yes please.  I love all things simple with four patches and squares and SCRAPPY!!

I’ve made only a couple log cabin/courthouse steps quilts but I swear, I could make a dozen of them.  I love them so much.

Check this one out…. Continue reading

Quilt Book Review: Treasure Hunt

I’ve been hoping to get some book to review from Martingale Publishing.  I typically like their books but there isn’t a regularity to how they send the ebooks for me to review.  I noticed I hadn’t gotten any books since August so I even sent them a note asking if the program for bloggers to review books was still on.  Happily, it is.  Just last week I finally got some books to look over.  I’m happy to say I’ve got some AMAZING books to show you.

First off today is one of my absolute favorites, Treasure Hunt by Linda Collins and Leah Zieber.

If you read my blog at all, you can read the title and guess why I liked this book so much…the quilts are inspired by antique finds.  You all know I love antiques so of course I would love these.

First off..the cover quilt???  Yes please.

Few things warm my heart more than sitting down and making nine patches.  Seriously, I love them.  This quilt I could and would easily make.

I could see me making this quilt too.  Mine would likely be with scrappy neutrals as I could use up some of my bonus triangles.

I liked this one too…. Continue reading