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by Christine Doyle

Small Quilts with Big Appeal!

There's a little something for every quilter in Sensational Small Quilts! Break out of the box by tackling modern quilts, attack your stash with beautiful scrap creations, and embrace your heritage with traditional blocks. Novice and experienced quilters alike will enjoy expanding their repertoire by pushing themselves to try new methods in these little quilts.

Inside, you'll find:

15 quilt projects in an array of styles and colors, in sizes ranging from wallhangings to throws.Colorful step-by-step illustrations and diagrams that make assembly easy to understand and accomplish.A detailed techniques section explains how to achieve beautiful results in all of your quilted projects.Projects, tips and methods from authors you know and trust, including Kay Capps Cross, Darlene Zimmerman, Maggie Ball, and Pam and Nicky Lintott.

With Sensational Small Quilts, you'll love the freedom to experiment and explore your creative side. And don't forgetthe size may be small, but the results will be sensational!

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ISBN: 1440214417
ISBN13: 978-1440214417
Category: Home
Subcategory: Crafts & Hobbies
Author: Christine Doyle
Language: English
Publisher: Krause Publ (January 5, 2011)
Pages: 128 pages
ePUB size: 1183 kb
FB2 size: 1104 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 746
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D'oh! (My bad.) This is one of those rare cases where ordering a book sight unseen did not work out so well for me. Had I spent a bit more time utilizing Amazon's "Look Inside!" feature, I would have realized I already own many of the projects here (and I don't really care for the ones that are new to me). But I can keep my own bad judgement from clouding my review of Sensational Small Quilts edited by Christine Doyle.

The Contributors:

* Each of the 15 quilt projects have been previously published in a different book, although 3 of those books are by Darlene Zimmerman and 2 are by Pam and Nicky Lintott. So the net influence here is really from 12 different design styles, which still provides ample variety for most readers.

The Quilt Styles:

* Some of the styles are traditional, such as log cabin, baskets, pineapple, scrappy half-square triangles, and variable stars with a neat chain and bowtie. These will appeal to lovers of traditional prints and feedsack/30's repro fabrics. My favorite is "Fun And Games" (from Karen Snyder's Fat Quarter Fun), a two-tone log cabin in scrappy lavenders and soft yellows. 5 optional layouts demonstrate the abundant economy of this block.

* The other styles are more contemporary and unexpected. "Elegance" (from Kay. M. Capps Cross's Black & White And Pieced All Over") is a variation on the fan block which will require tracing patterns and using foundation piecing. You gotta love any project that uses the word "wonky" in its instructions! Another quilt in this genre is "La Bohemia Wall Quilt" (from Sharon V. Rotz's Log Cabin Quilts With Attitude). Here you make a traditionally-shaped log cabin block, but you re-cut it into a skewed block, creating a jumbled motion across the quilt top. This project also uses applique, fusible adhesive web, and rick rack.

The Quilt and Block Sizes:

* Block sizes are not highlighted, so for those of us to whom that is important information, you will need to dig through the instructions.

* The largest quilt is "Twisting The Night Away" (from Pam and Nicky Lintott's Layer Cake, Jelly Roll, and Charm Quilts) - it (ideally) measures 62 by 74 inches. The smallest is "Sunny Poppy Club" (from Ursula Michael's Rainy Day Applique) at 25.5 by 21.5 inches.

General Info about the Book and the Projects:

* Many steps are provided for each project, and are illustrated with a drawn picture. Yet these drawings are so well detailed that I would not consider the absence of actual photos a bad thing at all.

* Cutting diagrams are also provided in some cases, but strip-cutters will find it far easier to use their rotary cutters instead. I think any waste would be negligible. Of course, if you are very limited in your fabric supply, these cutting layouts will allow you to make the best use of a single piece of fabric.

* A wide variety of techniques are used, such as continuous bias binding, twisting seams (for a flatter block), fusible web applique, partial seams, templates, foundations, creating curves from non-curved fabric pieces (achieved by cutting a curve into the fabric using a curved template, then covering these raw fused edges with rick rack), pieced equilateral triangles, and more.

Tools You Might Need For Some Projects (but not necessarily all):

* The usual suspects: rotary cutter, nice new blade, mat, your fave cutting ruler
* Special rulers: Easy Angle, Companion Angle (but Darlene Zimmerman also supplies alternate directions)
* A photocopier to enlarge patterns
* Iron-on Transfer Pen, White ink marker, mechanical pencil with a fine lead
* Paper for tracing patterns and for foundations, freezer paper
* Lightweight Fusible Web, Fusible Adhesive Web
* Clear-drying fabric glue, quilt basting spray
* Rickrack in several widths and colors
* Monofilament thread, invisible thread, decorative thread

All in all, a nice collection of smaller quilts, previously published, which will appeal to many different styles. Plus, they provide an opportunity to learn a technique or two that are new to some quilters. My real rating of this book would be 4.5 stars, but since that is not possible, this one gets a Full Five.
- some great & different patterns to enjoy, can't wait to create some! Well done, plenty of helpful illustrations & tips.
The 15 projects from different quilt designers have the common theme of small quilts including hangings and throws. This book has excellent know-how - instructions, templates and methods. Whether you want to think outside the box, use scraps or create a traditional quilt- this book should prove useful. There is a nice applique poppy quilt and I think the best design by far is Susan Purney Mark's Stained Glass Quilt. However, most of these quilts have previously appeared in other books - so if you already have many quilt books, this one might not be for you. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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