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Sew Flower Quilts and Gifts
30 patchwork, quilting and appliqué projects using fabric scraps
Atsuko Matsuyama

Search Press
28 February 2017/ ISBN 9781782214892
How-To Books/Quilting

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


If you like pretty floral projects then this book ought to hit the spot as it contains thirty projects all on a flower theme. It is also ideal for anybody (ie everybody with a fabric addiction) who has a lot of leftover scraps of material, as all the projects are a great way of using them up.

I confess that I am not a person who does a lot of quilting, normally being more into other fabric crafts, but I love the beautiful and original pieces in this book. I am not usually very into pink either, but it seems the ideal color for many of the items which is why it has been used a fair bit. This book was originally published in Japan back in 2009 and has the same layout of every Japanese craft book I have ever seen, having the finished photos at the front followed by all the instructions. Each photograph fills a whole page so you can feast your eyes on cushions, jewelry, bags, pouches, mats, mini quilts, wall hangings and more. Many of the items would make wonderful gifts, from a wee purse with 3D flowers to a sweet sewing kit, pink pencil case or heart covered teacozy with a matching mat. Most of the projects are small, but there are a couple of full-sized quilts or wall hangings, if you fancy tackling something larger. Helpful features include a double-page spread showing all the quilt blocks and a list of what you need, plus guides to doing various basic procedures. The technique guide has staged photographic instructions for making a quilt, quilting, binding, appliqué, making up a pouch and embroidery.

The rest of the book contains the sets of instructions for the projects. These are in written form apart from some simple drawn diagrams for piecing and making up, making this a book more for the reasonably confident quilter or for somebody who has had plenty of sewing experience in other areas. Each project has a small photograph to remind you what the finished item looks like plus a list of materials (but not tools), layout diagrams, cutting guide and construction steps. At the back are full-sized templates and more layouts plus pull-out pattern sheets and a short list of suppliers in the UK and US. To sum up this is a beautiful and imaginative book that will appeal to anybody who loves to sew and enjoys flowers.

If you cannot find a good range of quilting materials locally try for a list of suppliers.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines.
Reviewed 2017