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Dreamy Quilts
Lydia Loretta Nelson

Stash Books (distributed in the UK by Search Press)
30 April 2015/ ISBN 9781617450280
How-To Books/Quilting

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


What is a dreamy quilt? It is a soft, cozy quilt that uses natural rather than bright fabrics and concentrates on the piecing and quilting techniques rather than loud patterns and lots of colors. If this sounds like something you would enjoy making then read on…

There are fourteen projects in here, comprising nine quilts, four pillows and a dog bed. These include quilts for baby, a young boy, different seasons and themes and usse appliqué as well as quilting techniques. Some are based on traditional blocks, others are more modern but all have a neutral, relaxing appearance. Each project features a full-page photo of the finished item and in some cases another of it in a setting, as well as a diagram of the block, how they fit together and staged instructions. Helpfully the block size and finished item size is also given, useful if you want to change the dimensions. This is not a book aimed at beginners but anybody with some quilting experience ought not to find it too challenging. The steps are not illustrated with photos but with clear diagrams showing what you have added to a block and there is a cutting list of what you have to cut out before you start. At the back of the book is a chapter entitled "Quiltmaking Basics" which will be of help to those who are not experts. Subjects tackled include making your own bias binding, choosing batting, making corners and sashing plus some hints about the various techniques you find in the projects. Improver-level quilters ought to find some lovely projects in here that are sure to become cherished heirlooms. User friendly and timelessly appealing.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2015