So often we get asked to review knitting books which my daughter Kayla does but crochet is Kelli’s thing so she often feels a little left out. The only problem, this was a baby crochet book.
(Photos courtesy of Lark Crafts)
It’s hard sometimes being a mom of twenty something children who don’t have children. I by no means want to push them into having kids after all I didn’t have children to just to have grand children. I enjoy my kids just as they are and if they happen to bless me with grandkids-great. I’m not pushing though.
I worried if I gave this book to Kelli she might be thinking that I was pushing for grandkids when I know her and Jason are waiting until Kelli’s done with nursing school….so I tentatively showed the book to her…
No worries…she squealed. She loved the book and honestly just from looking at the front cover who wouldn’t think it was cute!
Kelli’s favorite is these little booties.
She loves them as they are gender neutral.
She’s hoping to crochet a couple pair and used them as baby gifts.
Honestly there are so many cute projects in the book. She can’t wait for this semester of nursing classes to be over so she can test a few of these projects.
…as for me, I’m so glad she wasn’t offended. It’s so hard for her wanting kids and having people always say something about it to her, yet wanting to be a responsible person and only planning for a child once she has more time for one.
She often compares her life to mine. I was 29 when I had the last of our five kids. She’ll likely be 30 or more when she has her first. I keep telling her a baby is a blessing no matter when they come.
The good folks over at Interweave were kind enough to send a review copy of Ayumi Takahashi’s book, Patchwork Please!. I immediately fell in love with the cute little pincushions on the front cover of the book.
Aren’t they cute??
There are 19 projects packed into the book. The projects range from things to make for kids, projects for the kitchen, projects for your home, and projects for crafting but some oh my favorite of the bunch are the on the go projects. Oh so cute…I especially love this little bag.
After seeing all these cute projects I know I really want to be on the hunt for some fabric that has words on it. The fabric makes such cute projects.
There are some really cute, cute projects in the book. I just look at them and think…total cuteness!
Remember my hot pads holders that were in such terrible shape? Well here’s a solution. What a cute pattern..paper pieced and hexies all in one project. I would love to do these!!
I think the book is a wonderful collection of scrappy projects that I can would be fun to make and fun to have!
Now about those hot pads holders…I really think I’m going to make them. I’m off to look in my scraps.
I got an email from C&T Publishing that they had a new book that was just releasing. I’ve been so busy lately that most of these emails I just hit delete before I even read them and move on. But this one had me stopped in my tracks. I WANTED THIS BOOK and I WANTED IT NOW!! I contacted the company and they sent me an advanced copy. The book is scheduled to be released soon.
The author is brilliant in making the book easily usable. She starts by taking and showing readers 9 simple shapes. Then she takes a combination of a couple of those shapes and makes a motif. From there she turns them into edge to edge free motion quilting designs.
I have done enough quilting that I don’t need a lot of words to describe the whole process. I need someone to draw out the design and give me step by step drawings to make the motif. From there I want to see the motif in action. I need to see how to connect the motifs. I need to see how to travel. I need to see how to get myself out of corner. This book does that for me.
I do some more modern quilts. I do some quilts that are traditional. I need a variety of motifs. This book has that.
Can you believe that there are over 80 designs all packed in to one book. WOW!! That is bang for your buck.
I apologize that I can’t show you more picture of the book but mine is a Kindle version and it’s hard to take a picture of my screen. I have something you might like to see though. It’s a video that shows the cover design on the book.