The Chelmsford Quilt Guild Library
Book Reviews, April 2010
Spotlight on Scraps, Cindy Walker
on Scraps features "10 pretty quilts" and author Cyndi Walker challenges
readers to dive into their scrap stash to come up with inspiration to make
them. To someone whose stash sometimes seems out of control, this approach
is very appealing and the quilts really are pretty and offer some
She begins with some useful tips on how to work with the many types of prints
you no doubt have and then talks about how to "build a successful palette."
The usual basic explanations follow. What really shine in this book are the
ten examples. I liked the fresh color ideas (several reds and 2 featuring
bright yellow). The combination appliqué and pieced quilts were interesting
and in a variety of difficulty levels. Her new take on some traditional
blocks (stars, log cabin, hourglass, and snowball) as well as some interesting
approaches to borders added to this book's appeal. Two appliqué patterns,
one with cherries and one with lemons would make great summer table toppers.
Look to this offering from our library to get you in a spring stash-cleaning mood!
I work on an original quilting project, I am always thankful that my husband
is an engineer. Although I never would have admitted that "math will be useful"
to my high school geometry teacher, having quilting as a hobby has made me
believe it! But here come four super quilters to my rescue. In this little
spiral bound booklet are the answers to many of quilting's most vexing questions.
After the index there are two pages with a series of common questions and the
pages where the answers may be found. Example: How do I cut bias binding? How
much fabric do I need for backings, borders, or bindings? From charts detailing
what sizes quilts need to be for various sized beds, to diagonal measurements
of squares, rotary cutting numbers for side and corner setting triangles, and
yardage requirements for various sized bias bindingsthis book has it all.
It's not a book for inspiring, but rather for the inspired! You want to design
your own quilt from scratch but how much yardage do you need for borders or
those hexagons? This book could save you many headaches and heartaches (e.g.,
when you have 69 hexagons cut and need 72 and the fabric is gone and you don't
remember when or where you got it!). You might find the construction tips here
in other places, but I've never some across so many useful tables for
establishing sizes, cutting, and yardage information all in one place as here.
Not bedtime reading, but indispensable to anyone designing original quilts.