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Fun With Fat Quarters
Wendy Gardiner

Search Press
21 July 2015 / ISBN 9781782211464
How-To Books/Sewing

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


If you cannot resist purchasing fat quarters whenever you are in a fabric store, then you will probably have more fabric then you know what to do with! Use up some of it by making these fifteen fun stash busting projects.

This book is also great for people like me who always buy more fabric than they need when making clothes so they can make accessories. There are several of those in here, from simple flowers for corsages and trims to various bags, a cosmetic purse and aprons. You will also find a baby play mat, draught excluder, door stop and more than one mat. This is a good book too for those who don't have a lot of sewing experience, as many of the techniques are explained in some detail in the second chapter. The first is devoted to introducing the tools and materials you are going to be using, so any beginners out there will get a good grounding in the contents of their sewing box. In here you can learn the basics of quilting and patchwork, but you can also learn how to put in a zip, make buttonholes, work with a twin needle, attach piping, trims and appliqué, and even use any fancy stitches your machine does. These lessons all come with staged photographs as do the projects, although here there are fewer (since you have already had the basics) and there is more print and less picture. Each project has a large photo of the finished item plus several diagrams in most cases. None of the projects are too large or ambitious, and all templates are given where necessary at actual size, always a good thing. Most projects don't use more than one fat quarter of each type, so if you have bought one of those mixed packs you can still use it. This is a great book for beginners and anybody else with too many smallish pieces of fabric!

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Review of other titles by this author

The Very Easy Guide To Using Your Sewing Machine
The Sewing Machine Accessory Bible

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
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