I agreed to review new quilt books for C&T this year, and here’s the deal. They send me books they think might interest me and I tell you about the ones I especially like. (If a book isn’t to my taste, I just don’t mention it. That way you know that if I endorse a book, I really do like it.)
That being said, I am excited about several of the books they sent recently. The first is New Patchwork and Quilting Basics, by Jo Avery.
This is a fresh, modern book with a whole range of projects. It starts with three quilts for the true beginner and progresses to projects involving special skills such as applique, curved piecing, and even paper piecing. It’s a nearly-complete set of quilting lessons all in one book!
I would LOVE to work with a local shop to develop classes from this book. I’ve started on one of the earlier quilts that I hope to use as a class sample eventually. Here’s the picture from the book:Photo Courtesy of C&T
I think the projects in this book will appeal to quilters of all ages. I found the instructions and illustrations clear (and even more important, accurate) for the blocks I have made so far. Although I wouldn’t recommend someone learning to quilt with only a book, I think it could be done with this one.
Here are a few more of my favorite projects from the book.
As you can see, this one demands some skill with HSTs, but the blocks are fairly large:
This artsy one appeals to me because it is a little whimsical. It also looks as if it would be pretty easy to get an impressive result:Photo courtesy of C&T
Finally, I think I may try this one just for the challenge. It’s pretty spectacular:
You can find the book at C&T, here. (FYI, this is NOT an affiliate link.)
You can go to Jo Avery’s website here.
Let me know if you have used this book or decide to try it. I’d like to hear someone else’s opinion–and that’s whether you agree with me or not!
Now, I’m going to wash my hands and go make a quilt 🙂