The Chelmsford Quilt Guild Library
Book Reviews, October 2009
Seeing Stars by Shelley Lynne Robson
at our gorgeous Raffle Quilt inspired you to make a
starry quilt? Then stop by the library for Seeing Stars by Shelley Lynne
Robson. Organized as a Block of the Month with twelve monthly lessons you could
use the book to produce a stunning star sampler, and I loved the pictures of
these "Seeing Stars Quilts" in different color combinations.
Each chapter also
focuses on an individual project featuring the lesson blocks. These include twin
and baby quilts, great patriotic table runner and toppers, a 30's look Happy
Birthday banner with adorable embellishments, placemats and napkins, and a
pillowcase. For all you "type A"s Robson also has ideas to use up spare triangle
squares left over from the projects. All in all a star of a book!
Fat Quarter Quilts by M'Liss Rae Hawley
itI'm a sucker for a beautifully coodinated stack of fat quarters! What
to do with those irrestible indulgences? M'Liss Rae Hawley's Fat Quarter
Quilts may solve my problem.
The book would be great for beginners with valuable hints on fabric choice and
basic cutting, picing, and assembly directions from squaring to creating a
A real plus for me was the large number of quilts from each design
pictured in a variety of colors. That really brought home how different patterns
look depending on your fabric choice. There were also some ideas for incorporating
machine embroidery into your quilts. Her "creative options" boxes are thought
provoking and practical. This book is a feast for the eyes and just what you
need to whittle that stash down.
Shoreline Quilts edited by Cyndy Rymer
If you love
the ocean and are drawn to nautical themes, this book will provide plenty of
inspiration for piecing or appliqué projects. It is a compilation of designs
from various quilters that were first shown at a "Down by the Sea" quilt festival.
Many of the designs have Massachusetts roots; for example, "Lobster for Dinner,"
a delightful appliqué complete with butter dish and a "Nantucket Lightship
Several patterns combine piecing and other techniques, including "Fundy" that
incorporates a "Snail's Trails" block with freezer paper pieced lighthouses,
and a gorgeous combination of "Storm at Sea" and "Lady of the Lake" blocks
with cheesecloth overlay and organza clouds called "Tsunami Morning: Wave of
Grief." There are also two stunning Hawaiian reverse appliqué designs
called "Cape Cod Lobsters" and "Kissing Dolphins." This book contains great
designs to get you through the long winter looking forward to summertime fun.