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Birds, Butterflies and Blooms
Chris Malone

Annies Craft Store (distributed in the UK by Search Press)
10 February 2016 / ISBN 9781590123539
How-To Books/Quilting

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Brighten your home with this cheerful collection of fourteen quilting projects. The great thing is that you can mix and match them so you have a whole lot of items that go well together. Another good thing is that all projects are labeled as suitable for the "confident beginner" and you don't need many items to make any of them. If you sew, you probably already have most of the things you need, and many are marked optional so you can get by without them. I know, for I don't have everything on the list, either, but do a fair bit of this type of thing.

There is not much preamble apart from a short piece on working with raw-edge fusible web and doing padded appliqué. It is straight on with the projects, and many are not large so make up quite fast -- great for beginners and anybody wanting to make several. Choose from place mats, pillows, wall hangings, runners, rugs, a wreath and more, including matching sewing accessories. The theme is bright colors and happy things like birds, flowers, suns, houses and butterflies, and makes me think particularly of a kitchen or sun room. Each project features written instructions with a few diagrams plus helpful hints, a list of everything you need, size and level of expertise. All the patterns are in a pullout in the center of the book, and I would recommend this book to anybody who knows a bit about quilting but is maybe not confident enough to tackle a whole quilt. There is one in here as the last project in the book, drawing on everything you have done and combining all the motifs, which is a nice touch and, again, aimed at the beginner. However, the cheerful bright motifs are going to appeal to more than just the quilting tyro. Dig in and have fun.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines.
Reviewed 2016