Category Archives: Quilt Book Reviews

Quilt Book Review: Scrappiness is Happiness

I’ve been a Lori Holt fan.  I love watching her floss tube videos and enjoy watching her tutorials on Youtube.  I have many of her books including her newest book Scrappiness is Happiness.

Lori has a Sew your Stash series on Youtube.  You can find her channel HERE.  She has shown many of these quilt blocks in the videos.  She doesn’t show the complete quilt but does show the blocks.  She doesn’t give you yardage for a whole quilt either.  So…if your budget is tight, you can likely make many of these quilts by simply watching the videos….and if you’re new to quilting, these videos would be a great guide to help you make successful blocks.

What a pretty cover…


Here is a listing of all of the quilts and things in the book.  Of course, her book has the great spiral binding that all of Lori’s books have.

The photography in the book is awesome.  Lori has such great things to put with her quilts for the cutest pictures.  I love paging through the book.

I love the saying too!!  That is frame-worthy.


This book is FULL of quilts.  There are 32 quilts in the book.  The is priced around $39 depending on where you get it from which is a little more than typical quilt books…but you’re getting a lot more in the book with 32 different quilts.

I thought I’d show you a few of the quilts…

The premise of the book is to use your scraps and that can easily happen with the quilts in the book.


One thing I liked is that the quilts aren’t all small.  Even the bee quilt that I showed you is 84 1/2″ x 84 1/2.

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Quilt Book Review: Playful Precut Quilts

I was scrolling Instagram a couple of weeks ago and the author of this book, Amanda Niederhauser had taken over All People Quilts’ Instagram account.  I followed her all weekend and saw that she had a book…and another one coming out.

Gee, the color of the book looked familiar.  I remember looking at it once but then didn’t buy it as nothing in the preview pictures caught my eye.  Well, the pictures the author was showing on Instagram sure caught my eye…so I ordered Playful Precut Quilts.


I have stated this before.  I believe that CT Publishing doesn’t do its best to showcase their quilt books.  In my personal opinion, they picked my least favorite quilts to show.  Here are their pictures…


I don’t mind the quilt above…and the quilt below is okay too.  This one actually allows you to pick four blocks from the quilt book and put them together to make this quilt.  That’s fun.


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Quilt Book Review: Fresh Start Quilts

My quilt book came.  I’m so excited.  I just got Fresh Start Quilts by Mary and Connie of Country Threads fame.


I’ve been anxiously awaiting its arrival ever since Mary first published the video of the book.  You can see the video by pushing the play button.

The video is great.  I thought I would share some pictures of the quilts from the book.

There are 11 bed sized to lap-sized to wall-hanging quilts in the book plus 3 mini pillows.


I thought that was a pretty good bang for the buck.

Once I get a little caught up in the sewing room (as if that will happen) I’ve been tossing around the idea of actually making some quilts more as decoration for my house.  I’d love to have a couple of red quilts for Christmas.  The one below would be perfect for Christmas or Valentine’s.


This one is bed sized.  If you had a large-scale print fabric that you’ve been saving back but really love, this would be a great project for it.


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Quilt Book Review: Spice of Life Quilts

I had a blog reader admire the quilt blocks that I have been putting together for my True Blue quilt.  She was wondering if I thought there were other good patterns in the book because she was thinking of purchasing a copy.


The book, Spice of Life Quilts, is by Carrie L Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company.  If you are a new quilter, you might know about Miss Rosie.  If you’re a long-time quilter, you likely do.

Miss Rosie was SUPER popular from about 2008 to 2012… the time before and after too but I think this time period was likely her hay-days.  I loved her stuff then and I still do.

I have always wanted to make the cover quilt, True Blue but never got around to it.  There are so many quilts to make…it’s hard to determine why one gets made and the others don’t.  This quilt moved to the front burner after a blog reader gifted me a started quilt.

Here are some of the quilts from the book…

This is Double Duty…

Open Door.  I have long been tempted by this one.  This block is one I haven’t made but have a desire to.


This one… Continue reading