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Country Cottage Quilting: 15 quilt projects combining stitchery and patchwork Paperback – February 28, 2012
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Lynette Anderson was born in England and moved to Australia in 1990 where she founded The Patchwork Angel retail outlet in 1997. She is now focused full time on designing her extensive pattern range. She lives in Pacific Paradise, Queensland.
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All 15 of the projects combine and/or feature embroidery, applique, and stitchery. There are frisky kitties, darling birds and their homes, pretty posies blooming, thatched-roof cottages, honey bees buzzing around their skeps, and sheltering tree canopies, which adorn: three wall hanging quilts, twin-sized quilt, two pillows, two bags, two needle keepers, scissor holder, sewing case, coin purse (my favorite!), and three framed stitcheries.
The projects are easy enough for beginners, with the exception, perhaps, of putting in a zipper. Lynette gives clear and easy to understand instructions for all the techniques, including installation of the zipper, for her projects. The fabrics featured throughout are soft, dusty blues, grays, browns, and pink for the hollyhocks. (The cover pillow and the matching twin bed quilt is the exception.) However, as with any project, all colors can be changed to suit individual tastes!
I have embroidered since I was twelve (40 years) and continued to do so even when it had lost its popularity. Now that needlework of all kinds have had a resurgence in popularity the number of designs have become plentiful. Yes! I love having a project in my hands while I'm idly watching the television, listening to audio-books or music. I love this book primarily for the embroidery designs. The stitches used are very basic (blanket stitch, chain, cross-stitch, fly stitch, detached chain, French knot, herringbone, long stitch, lazy daisy, long and short stitch, running, and satin stitch.) A beginner could easily learn these using Lynnette's instructions. I can envision all of the projects [as shown] being useful for a wide range of people. I know that I will be adapting and expanding upon what Anderson has provided into embellishments for: aprons, sweatshirts (turn a reasonably priced, good quality, sweatshirt into a pricey designer one!), multiple pillow covers, sweet sachets, multiple framed projects, totes, tea towels, table toppers, journal/notebook covers, computer/tablet bags, and cell phone carriers, (I like to make phone carriers I can attach to my belt loop with a snap-hook. This is very handy when walking my dog. I use my smart phone for my camera.) Truly this list is only limited by my imagination!
I recommend this book for those similarly like-minded as Lynette. For further whimsy from Lynette Anderson, I loved It's Quilting Cats & Dogs.