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Quilt Lovely: 15 Vibrant Projects Using Piecing and Applique Paperback – March 11, 2015
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"I love the matte finish paper in Quilt Lovely and the gorgeous photos of the quilts out in the real world." --Poppyprint
"I absolutely love the format of each project's instructions. In addition to the basics (materials list, cutting instructions, block assembly instructions, quilt assembly instructions), every project includes a styled picture of the finished quilt or pillow AND a flat picture of the finished project. The styled pictures drew me in, and the flat shots helped me confirm that, yup, I definitely want to make this!" --Imagine Gnats
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The instructions, though, are a bit daunting. This may be due to the prolific use of templates and partial seams throughout the book. The templates often need to be reversed and piecers will need a huge amount of stick-to-it-iveness for several quilts. Take, for example, "Daisy Do', which is the quilt featured on the cover. It is 62"x68", uses 9 different templates, and requires cutting over 1,000 pieces.
"Glitter" is a striking and resplendent quilt that is scrappy to the nth degree. At 66.5"x73", it has hundreds of different fabrics. It is based on the simple 9-patch block, but Kingwell makes it trickier by adding 4 partial seams to each of the 152 blocks. Fortunately, the projects can be downsized easily to adapt to shorter attention spans. Plus, the pillow projects provide ample opportunity to test drive the extraordinary techniques and effects here.
The photographs are gorgeous, but the matte paper does no favors for the projects. It's a testament to their inherent radiance that the quilts still practically sing and levitate from each page. Even the decidedly subdued pillow "Home Run" does this, despite Kingwell's uncharacteristic use of serene taupes and quiet creams. Gloss makes everything better - don't publishers and printers know this yet about us quilters??
Of this fabric craft, Jen Kingwell says "My soul is fed."
To that I say, and quote: "I'll have what she's having."