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book review . . . by Kate Wells of Katydidcrafts

December 29, 2009

Pretty Little Patchwork

This book is a great entry for beginner sewers into patchwork.  Patchwork is done by sewing together different fabric scraps into a larger design.  While most people associate patchwork with quilts, this book offers a number of small, creative projects that provide an easy way to practice piecing as an introduction to a larger project like a quilt.  It also showcases the range of applications for patchwork.  The 32 projects in the book are created by a group of designers and would appeal to beginner to intermediate sewers.   Several of the projects are particularly charming – like the “Clutch Me Tightly” purse or the lavender-filled “Spa Sachets”.  However, some of the others are not particularly well-designed and might be disappointing to readers looking for new ideas.  Instructions and materials lists are clear and easy to understand and the overview provides good  tips for basic sewing and techniques.  Overall, this is a great book for folks wanting to practice patchwork or accomplished quilters who might be looking for new small projects.

review written by Kate Wells of katydidcrafts

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