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.
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
for a list of suppliers.