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Dresden Carnival
16 Modern Quilt Projects - Innovative Designs
Marian B Gallian and Yvette Marie Jones

Stash Books (distributed in the UK by Search Press)
1 April 2016/ ISBN 9781617450853
How-To Books/Quilting

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


One favorite block, sixteen projects based on it in a marriage of traditional and modern styles. This book is also dedicated to summer and all the projects (bar one Christmas variation) reflect the author’s love of long lazy days, flowers and sunlight.

There are some lovely quilts and pillows in this colorful book, inspired by things like cotton candy, flowers, lily pads on a pond, fuzzy caterpillars and leaves falling at the end of summer. Improvers and intermediate level quilters will find all the instructions and diagrams they need in here, complete with templates to cut out at the back and a list of what you need. There are several pages with staged photographs showing some of the skills you require and the whole book is very well laid out. By this I mean that the print is of a good size and there is space between each stage, often accompanied by diagrams. This gives the book an uncluttered look that makes the projects less daunting, especially as none of the steps are too involved so the work progresses in easy stages. Each project has a whole page photograph of the finished item shown in a sunlit location, details about its inspiration and a list of materials. Finished item size and block sizes are given along with a skill level (beginner, confident beginner and intermediate in progression). There are block diagrams in color and a page sized photograph of the finished item shown flat and in some cases photographic steps too. This is a great book for any quilter with a bit of basic experience who wants to make up an attractive project and learn more skills while they do it.

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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