I was drawn to this book because I love scrap quilts. I love them for their practicality in the days past, when women used up any scraps of fabric they had, and I love them now because they give me a good excuse to buy charm packs and jelly rolls (and sometimes even throw in a layer cake! Yay!) This book has several projects based on scrap quilts from the 1800's to the 1930's. In many cases they show the original, note charming details about the quilt that are hard see in the photo, and then give instructions for construction, along with any templates needed. For about half the patterns there is a contemporary version as well, so you can see how other materials change the look of the quilt. This would be especially helpful for novice quilters. Quilts for all learning levels are shown here, and so no one bites off more than they can chew accidently, each quilt also comes with a meter that shows the difficulty level between 1 and 5, with 1 being the easiest.
A complete list of patterns shown is: * Double Wedding Ring * Schoolhouse * Appliquéd Butterflies * Grandmother's Flower Garden * Cake Stand * Maple Leaf * Fruit Basket * Bear's Paw * Contemporary Bear's Paw * Basket * Contemporary Basket * English Ivy * Contemporary English Ivy * Friendship Album * Contemporary Friendship Album * Double Nine Patch * Contemporary Double Nine Patch * Strippy Diamond Squares * Contemporary Strippy Diamond Squares * Rail Fence * Contemporary Rail Fence
I have already picked out at least 4 of these I will add to the list of "Quilts I want to make before I die". I also like the bits of history this book injects to give the quilts more depth of meaning. Though this book does provide some instruction, I do not think it is quite detailed enough that someone who is completely new to quilting could take the book and just begin to quilt, so a complete newcomer would want to buy an additional learning to quilt book or better yet, take classes at their local quilt shop.
Recommended for someone who is looking to use up scraps in a fun way!