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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2012
I bought this book because of the glowing reviews. After receiving it & reading the reviews again, it's obvious to me that no one has actually made one of these quilts yet. "Quilter's Bible" & great for beginners was mentioned. Yes, lots of info at the beginning of this book would be great for a beginner, but the quilts are much too difficult for that level. Circles, curved piecing, matching seams of angled pieces (which, by the way don't match), & applique just to name a few. My biggest complaint, however, are the so called templates. Templates are given for 10 quilts. Four are at 100%, two are at 50% and Four are at 75%. Please tell me what good a 75% template does me when it is already almost 8 1/2 x 11?

Great ideas, poor fabric (& color) choices - the hot air balloon is very cute & I will probably make it, but the color choices are so bad. This could have been an outstanding quilt, instead it's blah. The Lollypop Tree....another cute idea w/strange combinations. Why would you make the outside so muted & the center so vibrant? Illustrations for these quilts should be eliminated & pictures of the actual quilt should be shown, not just draped over something.

I hardly ever write reviews, but this book just irritated me.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2011
Ricketson's latest book has a touch of artistry in the designs that is most impressive. I particularly liked several designs that would suit young boys bedrooms, simple, bold, clever and colorful. All the quilts are produced using commercially available pre-cut pieces with templates supplied for the 4 quilts that require further cutting. These are packaged in a neat pocket inside the front cover. The book will please quilters who would love to make a great quilt but are not confident about detailed hand sewing. The illustrations are very clear and helpful especially if the entire quilt is not seen in the photograph. I was especially impressed by the author/designer's talent in piecing together colors and textures that made some of the quilts look 3 dimensional. Also love her warm inclusive style of prose and the lovely story about making community quilts. Great Christmas present!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 10, 2011
This little gem of a book caught my eye because of the unique designs of the quilts within its pages.
The designer shows us unusual yet striking ways to combine really amazing prints in sort of different ways.
I just received my copy and I am still pouring over the various quilts and trying to decide which one I will begin first.
This just might be the most difficult thing about this book...actually choosing which one to make first.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2011
How can pre cuts be so versatile, so creative, so amazing! I always thought of pre cuts as a kind of kit or "quilt by numbers". This book sweeps that myth away with color combinations and patterns for today's quilter, while being respectful of the past. I love the way Kathreen frees us from the confines of "one pre cut pack:one quilt" To Kathreen pre cuts are the perfect way to build your stash with great little pattern and color combos that can be used in any design. Then she nails this concept down with breathtaking designs like the three dimensional "Dress Circle" using a combination of solids and patterned fabrics.

This book inspires us with quilt designs to suit all of our loved ones, even the boys, with "Squadron" and the stunning "Constructivist".
I love her friendly tone and well structured, clear instructions. The Photos are beautiful, (though I would like more) and the illustrations have a warmth only possible in hand drawn images.

If you get only one quilting book this year, make it this one, you'll love it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2014
The book itself comes nicely bound in a durable hard cover, with the pattern pieces in an envelope on the front inside. While I was pleasantly surprised as I opened the book, my surprise quickly turned into a frown and subsequent astonishment that anybody would want to show close up pictures of inaccurately pieced seams.
The hot air balloon close up is just awful...her seams do not nest, distorted and 1/4"apart. Now, I am not the super-experiences quilter but making charm square seams meet, is not THAT difficult if you cut and sew precisely. Since she used mostly pre-cuts throughout her book, cutting wasn't the issue, but rather inaccurate seams or seam allowances. Or maybe she just didn't care for matching seams? Which, as a reader, I find offending because it not only suggests a lack of appreciation for your reader, but also that the author was hurrying through her projects to meet some sort of deadline.
Since I couldn't believe any quilter would proudly display mismatched seams, I kept looking through the rest of her projects...somebody please show Ricketson how to piece precisely...it's an eyesore!
Ok, before anybody goes off on my review, I realize this is my personal preference. Perhaps some people could not care less about matching seams? Well, I am not one of them. Anybody can sew a 3x3 without matching seams, but making sure they match requires pressing, nesting or careful pinning and precision. Unfortunately, this book-again in my opinion-lacks innovation and careful execution of the projects.
I didn't particularly care for the drawing diagrams either and her intro seemed sort of redundant too. Nothing out of the ordinary n my opinion.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon December 29, 2011
The designs in this book are full of fun - colorful, bold, bright, and fresh. I could imagine the patterns done in other color combinations, but the book doesn't present alternatives (this is not a criticism as most books don't show alternative color schemes). The directions look clear and straightforward and there are nice illustrations at the beginning of the book that would be great for a beginning quilter. My only criticism is that many of the quilt designs do not show a full picture to get an idea of the entire quilt; in other words, many of the quilts are pictured folded over furniture or rumpled up on a bed so you can't see the whole quilt. I find it helpful to have a visual of the whole quilt when I work so this seems a little strange to me. Despite this, I really like this book and feel inspired.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2012
I do like this book and all the information it has to offer about the allure of quilting guilds, swaps etc. I do agree with the other reviewer however on the pictures of the quilts being too small to really see what it is you will be creating. Some of the quilts are thrown haphazardly over a couch and you only get to see the very corner of it... Not much to give you an idea of the entire look of the quilt. There are hand illustrations thrown in, I could have done without those. For instance, there is an illustration of double-sided binding which I do not understand what it is attempting to depict. The idea of this book would have been much better with full size pictures and less illustrations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2014
I bought this book to make the prismatic quilt. This was my first full size quilt. The directions were not sufficient and although I bought the yardage it suggested in the size listed for the backing, there is not nearly enough. I do not recommend this book.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2012
I am on the beginner end of the quilting spectrum but with 15 years of other sewing experience. I've made a handful of smaller sized quilts and wanted to start making larger ones. I was drawn to the lovely colors and the simple designs for these lap to bed sized quilts. I checked out a sizable selection of new quilting books from the library before deciding to buy anything. This book stood out as one ideal for my experience. I liked the idea of using pre-cut quilting fabric... it seemed like a good structured way to dive deeper into quilting with some boundaries.

I chose to make a quilt from the book (pg 103, "Prismatic"). I purchased the materials and then made the quilt top with success. Then I came to the backing and laid out the yardage it called for. It was about 3 yards short. The book asks for 3yds (42x108") for a complete backing of a quilt over 72x90". I did the math quickly and realized how dumb I was for not catching that ahead of time. I spent a fair amount of money on that yardage now I have to buy it all over again. I then looked closer at the directions for backing the quilt backs... it's not helpful. To sum up what it says: "Make you quilt back to fit your quilt top, throw in some bits and pieces". It doesn't explain HOW to make it... just tells you to make it.

This book is pretty but not worth buying considering its inaccuracies (I browsed through the rest of the projects and saw some were correct, some were not... a bit of a crap shoot). I do wish there were more clear, full-on photos of the quilts- there are mostly just tossed over a chair or you get extreme closeups. I will complete my quilt independently and move on to another beginner's quilting book.
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on January 9, 2015
I just purchased this book and am a little disappointed. Part of the problems in this book is the layout and pictures of some of the quilts. You could not really see what they looked like. Additional pictures would have helped. She did have drawn pictures of the quilts but that was a waste. I bought this book because of a quilt she has in this book. I am looking forward to making the quilt but I am not sure there are any others in the book I will make. I did like some of the choices she made in fabric.
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