Category Archives: Quilt Book Reviews

Quilt Book Review: The New Hexagon 2

Sadly, this is the last book I have from the bunch that Martingale Publishing sent me to review this time around.  Oh my…I’ve had so much fun checking them out and dreaming of all the projects I’d love to make.  I buy quilt books from time to time and often I don’t even make a quilt from them.  I just enjoy them.  This one is a book I am oh-so tempted to do that with.  This book The New Hexagon by Katja Marek is amazing!


The book focus around paper pieced hexagons.  The book is broken down into learning how to create the blocks…patterns for the block, the actual projects and then the pattern pieces.


The block pages are like this…they show the finished block then diagrams to show you how to put the pieces together.


Here’s just a few of the fun hexies in the book…. Continue reading

Quilt Book Review: A Country’s Call

Here is a gem in the bunch of quilt books that Martingale sent to me to review.  It’s A Country’s Call by Connie and Mary of Country Threads fame.  Of course I would love this book!!


This is one of those books that if I have more time in my life, I’d love to make every quilt..only larger.

Don’t you love that cover quilt?  I sure do.  I love the colors.  Definitely a winning combination!

By far, I prefer reproduction fabrics but often I making quilts for others so I end up using a variety of other fabrics.  These colors totally speak to me.


I really wish I could make more small quilts like this and and have them out as decoration….Childcare really prevents me from decorating as I wish I could.  Aren’t the colors awesome??

This I love as well…Simple but nice.  Seriously..the fabrics are screaming my name!!

This one is lighter colored…not the deep right Civil War colors… Continue reading

Quilt Book Review: Love Jelly Roll Quilts

This publication is from C&T Publishing.  I still have more to review from Martingale but took a break from them and decided to review this one.  The book is Love Jelly Roll Quilts.  The one comes to from the the Editors of a magazine, Love Patchwork and Quilting.  The quilts from the book were previously published in the magazine.  The editors pulled their favorite Jelly Roll Quilts and put them together to make this book.  For those of you who subscribe to this publication, I’m sure it’s a let down, but I don’t so I’m happy to see the quilts.

Immediately as I was looking at the quilts (before I knew where the quilts came from) I immediately thought this has to be a publication from a different country.  The fabrics in the quilts didn’t look familiar.  The quilting was more simple and I liked it.

From the pages of Love Patchwork & Quilting and Today’s Quilter comes a delicious collection of 13 bright, bold quilts that feature the perennially popular jelly roll strips. Strip piecing, basketweave, pinwheels, appliqué, and more—use 2 1/2-inch pre-cut fabric strips in exciting and unexpected ways. Whip up quilts in a range of project sizes and complexity, including a suite of baby projects, a pillow, wall hangings, and bed quilts. Top designers like Susan Briscoe and Jo Avery are featured. Finally, get the best from the pages of the UK’s most popular quilting magazines!
I say this everytime I review a book for C&T Publishing, they provide the worst pictures.

From the pages of Love Patchwork & Quilting and Today’s Quilter comes a delicious collection of 13 bright, bold quilts that feature the perennially popular jelly roll strips. Strip piecing, basketweave, pinwheels, appliqué, and more—use 2 1/2-inch pre-cut fabric strips in exciting and unexpected ways. Whip up quilts in a range of project sizes and complexity, including a suite of baby projects, a pillow, wall hangings, and bed quilts. Top designers like Susan Briscoe and Jo Avery are featured. Finally, get the best from the pages of the UK’s most popular quilting magazines!
The above two quilts are nice but not my favorite ones in the book…and the picture below.  Most experienced quilters could make this without a pattern, so why feature this?


Check out the picture below…it is a lovely photograph but it tells me nothing about the book.


This picture is better but still, you can’t see the quilt.  What if the border is weird?  What if it’s only a baby quilt.

No one can get a real sense of the quilt if that’s all you can see…So as usual when I review a C&T Publishing book I’m depending on my trusty camera to give you a better idea of the book.

Here’s a full view of the quilt above…. Continue reading

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