When I was first asked to review Jen’s book, I was concerned that my now proclaimed disinterest in scrappy quilts would unfairly influence my opinion about the book. Ultimately I love Jen’s work and wanted to learn more about her quilt design process. Boy am I glad I gave it a chance!
The book is organized into three sections with nine quilt patterns, seven pillow patterns, and two appendices with quilt design and technique information. Each quilt pattern includes a picture of the quilt in a gorgeous setting, illustrations for almost every step and detailed shots of important steps along the way. The illustrations are extremely helpful to me. They help me see how the quilt could look in different fabrics. In addition to illustrations about the piecing of the quilt, there are also assembly diagrams to help you piece the components together. Here is an example of a detail picture with hand stitching along with a quilt assembly diagram next to a full size quilt picture:
Out of the nine quilts in the book, there are several quilts I want to make. Here are a few:[twocol_one] [/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last] [/twocol_one_last]
I love how Jen integrates hand and machine piecing. Her designs are fun and applicable to many different color ways. I can easily see Flutterby made in two colors with a low volume background.
Before I start on those quilt patterns, I might “need” more pillows. How can you resist these? Have I mentioned that I am a complete sucker for hearts?[twocol_one] [/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last] [/twocol_one_last] Even if none of the patterns appeal to your taste, the book provides instruction on hand piecing, machine piecing, and quilting. The appendices are a bit wordy but there are some illustrations to help visual learners.
After talking with Jen on the podcast, I realized how her goal is to enhance your sewing skillset so you can accomplish your own creative goal. She is not interested in “converting” people to be scrappy quilters. She wants you to have fun and if she can be a part of that process, she wants to help. I am grateful for our time together and love adding this book to my library.