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Whip Up Mini Quilts: Patterns and How-to for 20 Contemporary Small Quilts Hardcover-spiral – March 31, 2010

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Kathreen Ricketson is founder of WhipUp.net, which receives over 10,000 unique visitors daily. She has been featured on popular craft blogs such as Design*Sponge and Craftzine. She lives in Canberra, Australia, with her family.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Spi edition (March 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811868737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811868730
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Linda Aiken on May 16, 2010
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Making quilts has kept me entertained for more than 30 years, and this book full of fresh, fun and improvisational quilts is a welcome addition to my library. It has a wonderful and extensive introduction - basic tools and techniques are covered as well as more advanced topics such as embellishing and even fabric dyeing. There is a great glossary of quilting terms, a resource listing for books and for supply sources and a designer bio section. The format is very useful: the wire binding allows the book to lie flat and there is a handy pocket inside the front cover for the pattern sheets.
And the quilts! These little pieces really inspire me to try something new - not just to copy someone else's design and fabric choices, but to actually create my own work. The small size of these joyful works is just right to send me to my fabric stash to try a out a new idea. There are a wealth of creative techniques, including some - take a look at the Concentric Circles, for instance - that I haven't seen before and can't wait to use. There are works by some of my favorite quilt artists (thanks Victoria and Kellie!) as well as by people I'm not familiar with but will be following in the future.
Whether you are new to quilting or have been enjoying it for years, I'm pretty sure you'll find something here that will have your fingers itching to stitch up a new project - and isn't that what we all really want, no matter how many works we already have in progress? Happy quilting!
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Not a great book. I would not make any of these patterns. Author showed little imagination or creativity--a small wall quilt using precut strips sewn together brick style (offset rows), applique leaves randomly sewed to batik or light background with the "artsy" suggestion to create more interest use a variety of fabrics for different texture. Wow maybeI just expected too much. Would not recommend this book to anyone who has been quilting for awhile.
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For me, this book is a great example of what could have/should have been an amazing book that went all wrong. The author is wonderful, the contributors are all top-notch, but the projects...meeeh. Nothing new, haven't made a single project, and they don't hang together well as a collection of projects. I can completely live without this book...and you can too.
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As others have said, this book covers a wide range of styles so it's likely that you'll love some of the projects and hate others. I make most of my quilts and other crafts to give as gifts so I appreciate the variety of this book. There is something for everyone.

I'm pretty new to quilting and found that many of these projects make for great practice. The smaller sizes are easier to manage in my machine and I like all of the techniques the book explores. However, I found some of the instructions to be a bit confusing or inadequate. I'm sure a more advanced quilter would not face some of the frustrations that I did.

Overall, I think this is a fun and inspiring book!
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This delightful compilation of small quilts from designers around the world is a real treasure, beautifully produced, illustrated and photographed with clear instructions for beginners (like me) and some real beauties for more experienced quilters. A wonderful aspect of this compilation is that there are a couple of the quilt ideas that are suitable for children as first quilts. In this electronic world when children spend so much time in front of screens this is a great plus. I really loved the "Grasshopper in my garden", "A little birdie told me" and adored the contemporary design of "Powerline sky"
The writing is warm and inclusive and would resonate to women who are at home and long for an artistic outlet. I loved the line drawings and handy paper patterns in the pocket, it has inspired me to make a start on a quilt for a baby's room.
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I love this book! I'm an experienced sewer, but one that is not too interested in traditional quilting. However the cover of this book intrigued me and I'm very pleased with my purchase. Not every design appealed to me, but I plan on trying more than half which makes this book a good value for me. What I like best about these quilts is they get my creative juices flowing. I won't recreate them as is, but will likely pull design elements for use elsewhere.
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I am not a quilter, I don't have the patience to make a traditional full-sized quilt. But I like this book and I'm glad I bought it. There are so many cute and fun designs that make attractive decorative items and gifts. While they are meant to be mini quilts, they could easily be adapted for other things like bags, placemats and table runners. Templates are attached for the applique patterns, which you could use for any other sewing project.

The book provides basics on the tools needed and how-to's for different quilting methods, appliques and embroidery stitches - useful if you're unfamiliar with them. There are also written instructions on basting and quilting, which would perhaps have been more effective if accompanied by more diagrams, photos or a CD. I am an avid reader and information junkie who has read many quilting tutorials and watched quite a few quilting videos online, so I could follow most of the text instructions. But if you're new to quilting, you may easily get lost amid all those words.

If you've been making your own quilts - traditional ones - this book will challenge you to get out of your comfort zone. Most of the projects in here are not traditional; among them: a circus scene, a map quilt, a loopy quilt made of swirls of felt appliques, a raven in front of a window, a power line landscape. If you are not into unusual quilt designs, you probably won't enjoy this book.
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