- Series: Pretty in Patchwork
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Lark Crafts; 1 edition (August 7, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1454702796
- ISBN-13: 978-1454702795
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #990,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays: 30+ Seasonal Patchwork Projects to Piece, Stitch, and Love Paperback – August 7, 2012
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About the Author
Based in Cary, NC, John Q. Adams is Quilt Dad, an avid online crafter with a big blog following
(quiltdad.com). He participates and moderates a number of online craft swaps, blogs at Feeling Stitchy, writes for Fat Quarterly, and designs for Moda Fabrics
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Of the 30 plus projects and various techniques, the ones that I cannot wait to dive into (got to get started now!) are: 'Read Between the Lines' pillows, using strips and squares to spell out words of your choice, (a construction chart is given for each letter of the alphabet); reverse applique pillows; patchwork ornaments, (One of my favorite gifts to give each year. Use them to adorn packages!); insulated table runner; milk and cookie mats, (on the cover); gift card holder ornaments, (once the card is removed it still has a purpose!); drawstring wine bag; small notebook cover, (perfect to carry in your purse); Antarctic pillows, (whimsical penguins and polar bear); appliqued tea towels, (adorned with sweet ric-rack); patchwork cover for a body pillow; and three quilts! There are projects featuring Autumn, Valentine's Day, birthdays, bags, non-holiday altogether, dolls, and bunting to spell out whatever you choose. With the exception of the designs featuring typical holiday icons, changing the fabric colors will serve to make the projects "holiday neutral."
John Q. Adams, who compiled the designs, gives instructions in the front of the book in a friendly conversational manner. He begins with "the basics," here he explains fabric selection, choosing color and print scale, and explains cuts/measurements. A "basic patchwork tool kit" includes: sewing machine, rotary cutting system, scissors, pins, iron/board, seam ripper, thread, and basting supplies (he prefers spray basting.) The "techniques" explained include: making templates, sewing strips, log cabin blocks, English paper piecing, reverse applique, embroidery (only six simple stitches used), quilting and binding. Additional instructions are included for each project as given by the designer of the project.
All templates require enlarging!
Good luck, and have fun!
Eye-catching layout, clear instructions, and simply a great variety of beautiful, approachable projects!