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24 Projects Using Designer Fat Quarters

From a belt to a handbag, from children's gifts to a faux pillowcase dress, and much, much more, Small Stash Sewing gives you 24 sewingprojects to make unique pieces that showcase your favorite, longed-for designer fabrics.

If you're a veteran sewer looking to use up your existing stash of fabrics or are new to sewing and want to experiment with designer fabrics without breaking the bank, Small Stash Sewing gives you the skills and know-how to create stunning pieces that will inject new life into your home and fashion style.

About the Author

MELISSA AVERINOS is a fabric designer, painter, good listener, and lover of strawberry rhubarb pie. She can usually be found getting messy in the studio in the back of her Cape Cod gift shop, Yummy Goods. For inspiration and juicy honesty, visit Melissa at her blog www.yummygoods.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470547421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470547427
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,081,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are a couple things I look for in a book or magazine: high quality pictures and illustrations (eye candy!), useful tips, intermediate to advanced techniques, and a variety of fresh, modern projects. This book has at least 3-4 projects I want to make, so it was worth buying.

Amy Butler wrote the most amazing, heartwarming foreword for this book. You can tell Amy admires Melissa's creativity and creative soul, which just made me smile. Melissa seems like such an open, humble shining star!

This book includes such categories as To Wear, At Home and For Kids. The variety of projects offer challenges for beginners and more veteran sewists, making it a well-rounded book.

The "To Wear" section includes projects like a ruched patchwork belt, a spiced up tee for guys, even custom shoelaces, which would really liven up my gray Converse. The adorable necklace with the pretty ribbon closure is a very artsy, girly project that can be made in probably an hour. I love Melissa's strapping bag because it looks like just my size. (I'm not a big fan of large purses, or leather purses, or designer purses.) I love the way she combined the light blue wale corduroy for the sides with the quilting cotton gusset and straps, which would also look cool as a pieced strap.

The "At Home" section includes a very hip argyle embellished pillow, a fabric-covered magnetic frame for your fridge, a gorgeous apron, and a cool bath mat, which is a couple fat quarters pieced over an old bath towel to spice up that old towel. I also loved the daydreamer lap quilt, a clever way to embellish a strip-pieced quilt top. The Cute-as-a -Button-Clock is a fun way to show off a favorite fat quarter and coordinating buttons from your stash.
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I was looking forward to this parcel arriving on my doorstep but upon seeing it when I got home yesterday I was sadly disappointed.

I was expecting a book with projects that mainly used fat quarters (only) but find that many of the projects need a great deal of extra fabric (often the bulk required for the project) and the fat quarter is only an accent.

The projects in themselves were also a let down, one is a pair of shoe laces! And others, like the yoga pants and band tee could be considered embellishment at best.

There isn't anything in here that an experienced, or even intermediate, sewer couldn't sew without this book. It would not be a terrible source book for a newbie looking for ideas but far from what I was expecting.
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Melissa's book has new and clever ideas of how to highlight those favorite fat quarters you've been hoarding in your stash. Many of the projects do require additional fabrics, but they cleverly make the fat quarter the star of the show. Yes, there is the standard quilt, purse and pillow projects, but they have a unique "freestyle" sewing approach and offer plenty of opportunities to add your own personality. The shoelace project is so stinking clever I can hardly stand it and the Jester Crown and Cuffs is a project I haven't seen anything like before. Owlie McPillowpants and Unicorn *Hearts* Moon pillow projects you'll just have to see yourself for their cleverness and opportunities for self-expression. Small Stash Sewing is an opportunity to pull out those favorite fabric pieces and have fun with your sewing.
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I gotta admit, when I first got this book in the mail I was a little disappointed...the reason being that I initially could not see myself making any of the projects. But, then I gave the book a chance. I visited the author's website, and I sat down and actually read through the book .. the foreward, the introduction, the small bits about each pattern, etc .. and then I realized that maybe at first I did not "get" the author's unique and whimsical point of view. Her enthusiasm for the projects in this book got me excited about the projects, and now I want to make several of the projects. A lot of the projects have a sort of free style stitched look to them, and some have raw edges that will fray which at first turned me off because I like nice and tidy clean lines. But then I read some of the author's notations where she takes into account what she calls "type A personalities" and gives advice on how to make things more tidy and clean looking ... and then I felt like okay, she is talking to me now too. I really do like the author's relaxed attitude though. Some sewing books that seem to strive for perfection can seem very intimidating, but none of the patterns in this book feel that way to me. There are a lot of great photos and illustrations as well, along with gorgeous photos of the author's fabric line. Some drawbacks to this book: only 24 projects (compare to Sandi Henderson's new book from the same publisher with nearly a dozen more projects for the same price), most of the pattern pieces need enlarging (ugh!), almost all of the projects are not a one fat quarter project but several, and probably the biggest drawback -- the patterns may not be used to make items for sale. I just never get that ....Read more ›
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