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Sew Magical
Paper Piece Fantastical Creatures, Mermaids, Unicorns, Dragons & More; 16 Blocks & 7 Projects
BY Mary Hertel

Search Press
10 August 2020/ ISBN 9781617459238
How-To Books / Quilting

Reviewed by Rachel Hyde


Use the paper piecing method to make quilts and more for the fantasy fan in your life. There are sixteen blocks and seven projects to tackle, featuring mermaids, fairies, a dragon, unicorn, wizard, castle and more.

This is not a book for beginners, and the author advises in her introduction that if you haven’t done this type of thing before, she has written other more suitable books with easier blocks. If you already know what to do, then here is a more challenging book for improvers and up who are ready for some more intricate piecing fun.

At the front there is a list of what you will need, together with a brief staged refresher course showing the basics. The rest of the book contains the blocks and projects, the latter with line diagrams and fairly simple instructions. These are more than adequate for those au fait with the methods, and each project also features a helpful cutting list so you can quickly prepare your fabric. The projects include cushions and quilts of various sizes, plus a backpack and wall hanging. Blocks are mostly square with a couple of rectangular ones so you can exchange the featured block for one of your choice in any of the projects. This is a lovely book with unusual and very on-trend patterns.

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 The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and
Reviewed 2020