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Posts from August 2015

Review: The Very British Rules of Dating

THE VERY BRITISH RULES OF DATING

“Hailed as ‘the posh version of Carrie Bradshaw’, Lady Lara Asprey is no stranger to the delicate world of British romance – the etiquette guru is a dating and relationship expert, columnist and matchmaker to the stars. Her new book is an entertaining read, offering tips and tricks on how to navigate the minefield of finding the perfect fella. If you’re a baffled Brit when it comes to courting, this little gem may well be the answer to your prayers.”

Four stars

OK Magazine | AUGUST 2015

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£9.99 pb | 9781910869017 | SO VAIN

August 17, 2015   No Comments

Review: Tom Thorneval

TOM THORNEVAL
Dream Merchant Extraordinaire

“Tom is a down-to-earth narrator, and his dream making is as clever as Roald Dahl’s in The BFG (1982). His adventures are also reminiscent of traveling through Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland, and the driving later subplot of the book, in which a rival dream maker tries to eliminate his competition by stealing from Tom and setting him in harm’s way, ends well.

Although the book is the first in a planned series, the story feels complete and self-contained. It also includes QR codes to play the music included in the book, which is a nice touch for readers with the proper technology.”

KIRKUS | AUGUST 2015

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£7.99 pb | 9781910032138 | WIVERN DIGITAL

August 6, 2015   No Comments

Review: Welcome Baby

WELCOME BABY

“This is a compilation of previously published cot quilts. The 9 quilts are easily pieced, one has appliqué. There are useful tips for using spray starch and preparing the backing fabric.

They are colourful quilts with clear instructions, diagrams and photos.”

PATCHWORK & QUILTING | AUGUST 2015

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£10.99 pb | 9781604685732 | MARTINGALE

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Review: Curvy Log Cabin Quilts

CURVY LOG CABIN QUILTS

“Log Cabin blocks which combine narrow and wide strips are arranged to suggest curves. The 8 projects, bed quilts and runners, use bold contrasting fabrics to highlight the curves.

Two methods of Log Cabin are explained. The traditional method needs accurate cutting of the strips. The second technique trims strips as the layers progress and promotes a commercial ‘Trim Tool’. Both methods require exact ¼” seams. There are useful yardage charts for 6″ and 8″ blocks, precut fabrics could also be used. The skill levels are rated as beginner, intermediate and experienced.”

PATCHWORK & QUILTING | AUGUST 2015

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£16.99 pb | 9781935726685 | LANDAUER

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Review: Urban and Amish

URBAN AND AMISH

“This is an interesting idea, taking traditional Amish designs and adapting them using bold modern fabrics. The 8 Amish quilts each have a modern counterpart, 16 quilts altogether.

An Amish quilt with Pineapple blocks is arranged horizontally, each block made with four different coloured fabrics. It’s modern version, called “Chinese Lanterns,” has Pineapple blocks in vertical lines with each block using the same patterned fabric. The two blocks are made with different techniques. ‘Trip around the World’ becomes ‘Trip to New York’ with vertical strips of varying heights. All the quilting designs, both traditional and free motion quilting, are clearly explained.”

PATCHWORK & QUILTING | AUGUST 2015

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£19.99 pb | 9781604684568 | MARTINGALE

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Review: Civil War Remembered

CIVIL WAR REMEMBERED

“This is an ideal book for scrap fabric hoarders. The 19 quilts range from a 16½” doll’s quilt to bed quilts, all made in soft muted colours.

The quilts emulate the handmade quilts of the 19th century with very small blocks, some only 2″ square. They need a lot of piecing and secondary patterns often emerge when the blocks are joined together.

There are simple Nine Patch and Pinwheel blocks. One quilt with 16″ string pieced stars would ‘eat up’ many small scraps of fabric. Detailed instructions and diagrams are given for cutting and assembling the blocks.”

PATCHWORK & QUILTING | AUGUST 2015

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£21.99 pb | 9781604686463 | MARTINGALE

August 5, 2015   No Comments

Review: Best of Circle of Nine

BEST OF CIRCLE OF NINE

“Nine large blocks, average size 12” square, are laid in a 1-2-3-2-1 pattern in a grid formation to create the impression of a circle. The ‘spacers’ i.e. gaps in between, can be pieced or left as plain fabric. There are many ideas for making pieced ‘spacers’ using quick piecing methods.

The 14 quilts use many different techniques including fussy cutting, fused appliqué and curved seams, with actual size templates. All the quilts have simple borders. The projects are not graded in levels of ability but some designs are complex and require careful reading.”

PATCHWORK & QUILTING | AUGUST 2015

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£21.99 pb | 9781935726692 | LANDAUER

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Review: Applique- The Basics & Beyond

APPLIQUE: THE BASICS & BEYOND

Book of the Month, Patchwork & Quilting August.

“The first half is a comprehensive introduction to the necessary equipment, threads, needles etc. for hand and machine appliqué. Several appliqué techniques are explained clearly with photos and written instructions.

The section on stitching is excellent. Diagrams show the correct way to sew corners with stabilisers recommended to keep the edges flat. Embellishments include beading and decorative stitches created with heavy thread in the bobbin. The projects feature flowers and leaves. It is an outstanding book full of information and helpful advice. It is my Book of the Month.”

PATCHWORK & QUILTING | AUGUST 2015

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£21.99 pb | 9781935726623 | LANDAUER

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Review: All About Strips

ALL ABOUT STRIPS

“These are not conventional strippy quilts. They are bold modern quilts. They have patterned fabrics arranged in odd numbers to add variety. The fabric and colour choices are explained in the introduction.

Many designs have vertical strips cut lengthwise down the fabric with large patterned squares framed by 2½” strips. The patterns need great care in cutting and assembling. It is assumed the quilter knows how to sew long strips together without distorting them. There are detailed instructions and diagrams. This is a book for an experienced quilter which requires careful reading.”

PATCHWORK & QUILTING | JULY 2015

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£18.99 pb | 9781604684742 | MARTINGALE

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Review: Hexagon Happenings

HEXAGON HAPPENINGS

Book of the Month, Patchwork & Quilting July.

“These hexagons, diamonds, equilateral triangles and kites are not sewn over papers. They are big (7” hexagons) and can be machine pieced.

Several methods of cutting the shapes, from using ready cut templates, to drafting acrylic templates, to cutting strips using the 60° line on a ruler are shown. The machine piecing techniques are also explained clearly as well as different edge finishes. The projects range from a simple runner and small mats to bed quilts.

There is a section with over 20 quilting designs, offering a choice of straight lines, waves and curves. With a modern approach to a traditional design it is my choice as Book of the Month.”

PATCHWORK & QUILTING | JULY 2015

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£24.99 pb | 9781935726661 | LANDAUER

August 5, 2015   No Comments