Saturday, October 26, 2019

The Weekend Quilter: 25+ Fabulous Quilts to Make in a Weekend

The Weekend Quilter is a tutorial guide and project book edited by Rosemary Wilkinson. Released 15th Oct 2019 by Fox Chapel on their Landauer imprint, it's 192 pages and available in paperback format.

Time is a precious commodity. There are very few of us who have enough time to spend in creative pursuits and it can be daunting (for some of us) to contemplate a quilting project which might take years to complete.  In addition, there are many of us who like to have short, medium, and long term projects going concurrently. This book fills that niche. It's full of well designed, attractive, and quickly finished projects which have a nice range of difficulties (mostly slanted toward the easier end of the spectrum). The projects also cover a broad range of techniques and would be ideal for quilters looking to expand their repertoire to learn sashiko, applique, etc.

The book is laid out in a logical, easily accessible manner. An introduction covers basic quilt parts, materials, and general construction. The following chapters are written by the editor and 4 other artists and the projects are grouped roughly thematically: rail fence variations with Greek key type contrast patterns and layouts, seasonal color themes and subjects, relaxing (mostly Japanese inspired) color schemes and layouts, pioneer/scrap quilts, and contrast based projects (including one tone on tone small banner/wall-hanging that is absolutely gorgeous).  The projects instructions are all very well written and with a thorough read-through I saw no glaring errors. The book also includes a links section and index.

The photography and illustrations throughout are clear and illustrative. All of the projects have multiple full color process and finish pics. Each of the projects includes an introduction, materials list in a bullet style sidebar, finished size (in metric and American standard units), as well as step-by-step instructions. All of the projects also include an estimated completion time in hours.

These are worthwhile projects and most of them can easily be adapted to full size quilts or other projects.

Five stars.

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

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