Sunday, January 27, 2019

Quilt Big

Quilt Big is a new project/tutorial book with a relatively simple premise.  If you upsize traditional geometric quilt blocks to larger units, it will take fewer of them to make a full size quilt or wall hanging.  The included projects (and they are many) are exuberant and charming.

Author Jemima Flendt is a blogger and artist.  Published 4th Dec 2018 by the Quilting Company and F+W, it's 144 pages and available in ebook and paperback formats.

These are really big and bold designs. The traditional blocks are represented: flying geese, churn dash, stars of several types, log cabin, and many more. Worth noting, the instructions are general and easily adaptable to any design which the reader fancies, but none of the included tutorials have curved edges (no wedding ring, pickle glass etc).  These are all pieced into units and sewn with straight seams. As such, it would make an ideal first tutorial book for beginning quilters. One other bonus for new quilters is that they're more likely to not have a huge scrap basket. If all the project fabric needs to be purchased anyhow, it makes sense to save some time and effort in piecing the quilt tops.

One of the most difficult parts of quilting for me is picking out fabrics and settling on a pattern.  I make a lot of 'experiments' and wind up piecing them into album quilts.  Sizing up means it takes significantly fewer blocks to wind up with another quilt top.  This is great! 

In addition to the introduction and tools and methods chapters, there are a number of start to finish home decor projects including pillows, wall hangings, and lots of quilts.

There isn't much page content devoted to materials choices or color coordination, that's outside the scope of this book. Construction and finishing methods are clearly and thoroughly explained.

This is a great quilting tutorial book. I really liked a lot of the included projects.

Five stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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