Category Archives: Quilt Book Reviews

Quilt Book Review: Lovely Little Hand Embroidery

C&T Publishing sent me some ebooks to review.  I really do love getting them.  Today’s book is Lovely Little Hand Embroidery by Shirley Hudson.  Paging through them all is a favorite of mine..especially this one.  I started doing embroidery when I was five or six years old and I’ve always enjoyed it so it’s no surprise that I liked this book.

Getting an embroidery book to review was such a treat.

I really like the book but I’m going to do my typical complaint.  C&T Publishing gives me terrible pictures for promoting the book.  Check out the picture below…can you even see the embroidered design in the middle of the wall hanging?  I sure can’t.


I understand that drawn embroidery is hard to show without the chances of someone stealing it by simply tracing the picture and stitching it but there has to be something that will still allow the potential buyers to preview what is in the book.

The projects in the book are really cute and follow a season/special occasions theme.  There’s something for each month, two projects for birthdays and a few extra.


My favorite projects were the “extras”.  Check out this super cute pincushion.  I love it.
This one is cute too.

There are directions to make them into pincushions, mug rugs or mini pillows.

I think the book is worth it just for the cute little designs for the pincushions.  There are 16 different designs for these.  All are for seasons or special occasions.  My favorites are these two.


If you’re someone who has friends that would enjoy a little quick gift, these are so perfect.  The “Pinkeep” I adore.  The “Courage” one would be great it you know anyone dealing with cancer or other hard life events.

I know I’m keep in this one for my library for those times when I might need a little something quick for a gift.  I think I could whip one up in a night if needed.  I like having something like that available.  Goodness knows I have the scraps…just need the time to embroider the little words.

You can find the book HERE on Amazon
or
HERE at C&T Publishing.

Quilt Book Review: Sensational Quilts for Scrap Lovers

Before you read tonight’s post I want to apologize.  Life got away from when I was writing the morning post and I forgot to add pictures.  They are added now.  Go back and check it out.  You can find the post HERE.

C&T Publishing sent me some books to review.  I couldn’t have been happier to see the email.  Who doesn’t need to see something different, something inspiring, something to inspire.  Well this first book I have to show you is just that.  The book is Sensational Quilts for Scrap Lovers.  If you’re like me, you were caught right away by the fun book cover.


..also, so many designers say they make “scrappy” quilts but seriously, having two different colors of blue doesn’t make them a “scrappy” quilter.  To me, a scrappy quilt has MANY different prints and patterns, much like the cover quilt of this book….So, the cover looked good.  How did the inside look?

I’d say…. Continue reading

Quilt Book Review: Blue and White Quilts

I’m still working my way through the quilt books that Martingale sent to me to review.  I’ve had lots of great bedtime reading over the last month.  What a treat!  Today I’m showing you Blue and White Quilts.  This is a collaboration book with quilts featured from the following designers…  Lissa Alexander . Lisa Bongean . Julie Hendricksen . Sherri McConnell . Camille Roskelley . Laurie Simpson . Helen Stubbings . Debbie Roberts . Jill Shaulis . Nancy Mahoney . Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison.


This one is a vintage quilt and I really like it.  I’m typically not a basket girl when it comes to quilts but this one, I really like.  I have to admit when I see a quilt like this.  My brain says “So much white space.  How do I quilt that?”


I like this one too.  This one says vintage quilt to me too.


I have to say, I’m not a fan of white, white fabric at least not in the quilt below.  I love the design but think I would like it better in a softer white.  I think it’s because this quilt looks vintage to me and the softer white would be more fitting.  I love the design though…don’t you?


One thing about reviewing quilts others make, we have the privilege and hindsight that the maker doesn’t always have.

Are you an applique gal?  I am not so a quilt like this, I look at and enjoy….

It’s not that I can’t applique, I just don’t.  If I’m sitting, I’d rather be cross stitching.

This next quilt is my favorite from the book.  What do you think? Continue reading

Quilt Book Review: Patches of Stars

You might remember Martingale Publishing had recently sent me a bunch of ebooks to review.  I was so tickled and a little bit sad when they came to an end.  Every night before bed I had been flipping through books.  But…the books came to an end.

Well then I was cleaning out my email the other day and SURPRISE!!  There in the recesses were more books from Martingale.  I don’t remember getting them.  The emails weren’t opened.  Hmm.  That’s not typical of me at all so, I am back to enjoying quilt books and have more for you to see.

Today’s book is Patches of Stars by Edyta Sitar.  If you know about Laundry Baskets Quilts, she’s the force behind it!  I have long lover her designs and her fabric but to date, have never made on of her quilts.


I could look at these quilts for forever.  I could study them and observe fabric selections.  Oh me oh my.  Her quilts are a work of art.

One of the things that has prevented me from making them…the applique.  I can applique but I don’t enjoy it.  If I am going to sit and stitch, I prefer it to be cross stitch.

Happily not all of her quilts are applique.  Don’t you love the use of the busy background fabric in this one?

Another thing that makes me hesitant to make them…. Continue reading