PLANET PATCHWORK QUILTING BOOKBRIEFS, #6

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BookBriefs provides subscribers thumbnail descriptions and reviews of new (and sometimes not-so-new) quilting books on the market, along with links to where the books can be purchased through The Planet Patchwork Quilters' Bookstore. (Just click on the title.) All prices listed are retail. We offer discounts on most books.

A New Twist on Triangles
Mary Sue Suit
That Patchwork Place 1999
96 pages
MSRP: $25.95

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1564772470/planetpatchworkA/



If you're looking for something new in your patchwork, this might be the book for you. As the author says, it was written for the quilter who is "ready for a challenge beyond the perpendicular." 

The patterns in "A New Twist on Triangles" are constructions of right (90 degree) triangles, but each right triangle consists of at least two smaller angle triangles: the symmetric "kaleidoscope" triangle and the asymmetric "wing" triangle.

This combination makes for some interesting and fun designs: stars, pinwheels, lovely flowers, a Christmas wreath and more.


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Quilt It!: Quilting Ideas and Inspiration for Patchwork and Applique
Barbara Chainey
That Patchwork Place 1999
192 pages
MSRP: $29.95

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1564772764/planetpatchworkA/


So you've found the perfect block for your quilt, but it still looks a little plain? "Quilt it!" has the quilt design that will properly dress up your project. Thirty different blocks, including traditional pieced, appliqued, and foundation pieced, are featured in the beginning of the book. Several quilting patterns are provided for each.

Or maybe you've got your whole quilt put together, but you're unsure how to finish it? There are quilt patterns here for combinations of four blocks (a variety are shown) and for entire quilts, whether the blocks are set edge to edge or on point.


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Fabulous Feedsack Quilts: A Pattern Book
By the Editors of "Traditional Quiltworks" magazine
Chitra Publications 1999
31 pages
MSRP: $12.95

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1885588259/planetpatchworkA/


"Fabulous Feedsack Quilts" is a collection of fourteen patterns, especially intended for making quilts of feedsack fabrics. Even if you don't want to work with feedsack fabrics, though, these are good fun patterns for general use.

My favorite is called "Dream of Blue Roses", which looks like a great introduction to curved piecing. A great thing about this pattern is the way the areas of light and dark fabrics create a secondary pattern of interlocking rings.

Included with each pattern is an indication of its difficulty (one to three thimbles), instructions, templates for oddly shaped pieces, and a color photograph of the finished project.


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101 Fabulous Rotary-Cut Quilts
Judy Hopkins & Nancy J. Martin
That Patchwork Place 1998
272 pages
MSRP: $29.95

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1564772403/planetpatchworkA/


For some reason, my favorite quilts in this collection are both astronomical. "Comet" (page 65, two spools of thread of difficulty) is a concoction of squares and half square triangles that gets its dramatic look from boldly contrasting fabric colors. "Milky Way" (page 140, also two spools), on the other hand, can be done monochromatically. It's an interlocking set of friendship stars accented by small four patch squares. 

This book is a seemingly endless series of intriguing patchwork patterns. In addition, there is an excellent section of the use of the rotary cutter, from simple straight and bias cuts to cutting and strip piecing half and quarter square triangle units and cutting from strangely shaped scraps of fabric. 


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Favorite Foundation-Pieced Minis
By the Editors of "Miniature Quilts" magazine
Chitra Publications 1997
33 pages
MSRP: $14.95

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1885588135/planetpatchworkA/


There are some fun miniature quilts to be found in this book. I'm drawn to the "Santa Sampler", personally. There's a variety of pattern types represented here. For the beginner or anyone who wants a quick and easy project, there are  patterns like "Sailboats" (three iterations of a nine piece sailboat block). If you want more of a challenge, there's always "Pineapples in the Garden". The block for that project is 2 3/4" square with forty-five fabric pieces. 

The instructions for the quilts are brief. The foundation patterns are provided, though, along with a color photograph of each project, and full color assembly diagrams in many cases. Additional color photographs are located in a special gallery section.

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The Best of Miniature Quilts, volume 2
By the Editors of "Miniature Quilts" magazine
Chitra Publications 1999
32 pages
MSRP: $12.95

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1885588240/planetpatchworkA/


Still looking for more miniature quilt design ideas? You're in luck. Volume 2 of "The Best of Miniature Quilts" has quite a variety to choose from. Some of these pattern utilize strip piecing, some foundation piecing or templates or applique. The results are similarly varied, from geometrics to gingerbread men in plaid overalls.

The instructions are brief, but the color photographs and the black and white and color diagrams provide additional assistance. Plus, each one includes a short blurb about the person who made the quilt and their inspiration.


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Easy Traditional Quilts: Stars
Christiane Meunier
Chitra Publications 1999
31 pages
MSRP: $12.95

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1885588232/planetpatchworkA/


Christiane Meunier knows stars, and it shows in this collection. There are thirteen different stars featured here. Brief instructions, a color photograph, black and white assembly and instructional diagrams and templates where necessary are included with each pattern. 

The traditional stars are represented by the Ohio stars, among others. There are some pretty unique stars here as well. I especially like the variations, like those in "Star Explosion" and "Starry Path."


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The Nursery Rhyme Quilt
Bonnie Kaster
That Patchwork Place 1999
31 pages
MSRP: $14.95

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1564772616/planetpatchworkA/


I left this one for last on purpose. It looks like a single pattern book, but in reality, it has instructions and patterns for nine different nursery rhyme quilt blocks. If you don't like the layout of the showcase quilt, you can have a lot of fun mixing and matching.

The title quilt itself is gorgeous, though. Bonnie Kaster did an excellent job with her fabric selection, for one thing. The hair on Little Miss Muffet looks like real hair. The combination of careful applique and quilting gives each
story block a three dimensional quality.

"Mother Goose", "Jack and Jill", "Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary", "Little Miss Muffet", "Little Bo Peep", "Hey Diddle, Diddle", "Hush-a-Bye, Baby", "Jack, Be Nimble", and "Little Jack Horner" are all represented in "The Nursery Rhyme Quilt". While the quilt contains no text, the patterns all include an excerpt from the relevant rhyme.


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