Good morning ladies. I have another book review for you today, and a massive failure!
Today I'm going to review Adding Layers: Color, Design & Imagination (affiliate link - if you do click over and buy something, I'll get a few pence towards an Amazon voucher).
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I was given a review copy of the book by C&T Publishing however this review and all opinions are 100% my own, I was not told what to say.
This book contains 15 projects, broken down into 3 sections - Working the Stash, Working with Templates, Working with Scale. The book opens with a few pages of general quilting information, then has some advice and tips on working with templates and speciality rulers. This information was quite interesting to me, as I've never worked with either before.
Kathy starts each pattern with a bit of an explanation of why she chose that block and fabrics, then moves right on into the instructions. I have to be honest, this quilt is not for a beginner and I was a little out of my depth. But you know me, I jump right in with both feet. I chose to make a Follow the Sun block from the first section, thinking it could be my purple block for the RSC.
It didn't quite work out. I followed the cutting instructions and cut out the fabrics using two templates. I then cut out the centre. To do so, I had to draw and cut a circle of a certain size. I do not own a pair of compasses. I stalked around the house, tape measure in hand, until I found a round object of the correct diameter. I can't help thinking they could have included a circle template. Now, I'm pretty sure the experienced quilters amongst you can see what went wrong...
Yep, that circle was too small. Or rather my pieced ring was too big. I suspect it was sloppy seams.
I tried giving it a good press to make it work. Yep, good move Wendy, it looks perfect now (!)
I need to unpick and resew some of those seams. Some hints and tips in the book for perfecting that stage would have been extremely welcome.
So not a success for me. Having said that, I do like the patterns in the book and think that a more advances quilter could make some beautiful quilts using the patterns provided. I'm going to put this one back on the shelf (or back in the folder on my computer) and come back to it in a couple of years when I'm (hopefully) a more competent quilter.
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Stash Books (7 Feb 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1607058472
- ISBN-13: 978-1607058472
- Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 20.7 x 1.1 cm
I was given a review copy of the book by C&T Publishing however this review and all opinions are 100% my own, I was not told what to say. Amazon links are affiliate links.
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