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A Merry Christmas With Kim Schaefer
Kim Schaefer

C & T Publishing (Distributed in the UK by Search Press)
29 May 2015 / ISBN 9781617450457
How-To Books / Quilting / Holiday: Christmas

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, so why not make all your holiday decorations this year? In here are twenty-seven colorful quilting projects in both traditional and contemporary styles. There is a complete set of patterns in the center of the book to pull out, cut out and use, and all the other shapes you need are given as measurements (i.e., squares and rectangles). This means that you can start immediately without requiring a computer/printer/copier; a great point in the book's favor.

This is a book of patterns, not a quilting, patchwork and appliqué primer, so some previous knowledge is necessary. The projects are suitable for a range of abilities but are not graded, so it is best to pick something, read through it and see if you have the right skills (as you would do anyway even with a rating). This is a well laid out book with some good colored diagrams, but not always a lot in the way of instructions, so I would rate a fair bit of it improvers to intermediate, at least when it comes to sewing skills. There is a double page section at the beginning that goes through a few skills, good for a reminder or for getting an experienced stitcher but inexperienced quilter up to the mark. The projects include tree skirts, coasters, parcel tags, place mats, table toppers, lap quilts, runners, pillows, bunting, wall hangings and more. Among the simpler projects are a very unusual tree and wreath made of fabric wrapped balls, fabric holly wreath made with fast2fuse and neat round coasters and bunting shapes that would make up quite fast and look a bit different. I can imagine a family or group getting involved with some of these projects, which is a good thing for holiday decorations, and with many items being "conversation pieces," I can also imagine them coming out year after year.

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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