Mini Quilts: Fresh, Fun Patterns to Quilt in a Snap
Jodie Davis & Jayne Davis
Taunton Press, 2014 (2014)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
f you are a quilter you undoubtedly have a box or two of leftover scraps from previous projects. The question is what to do with these lovely fabrics that you just can't force yourself to throw away.
ini Quilts: Fresh, Fun Patterns to Quilt in a Snap
by Jodie and Jayne Davis offers a workable solution to the quandary of how to use that fabric stash.
he authors present 20 thoughtfully designed 16 inch square quilt patterns along with step-by-step instructions for all sorts of wonderful quilt techniques to try.
ach mini quilt is a fun and worthwhile project in itself and the individual mini quilts can be used as components in a larger project like a tote bag, throw quilt or table runner.
here a full-size quilt can take months to finish, these mini quilts are not anything close to being as time consuming. '
Most of the quilts are designed for those with basic sewing skills,
' writes Jodie Davis. '
Look for the skill level assigned to each project and choose those that are comfortable for you. As you gain skills, work your way up to more advanced projects.
o tackle these projects you'll need a regular sewing machine and cutting tools. In the opening chapter you'll find a discussion of basic sewing and quilting skills you'll need. There are plenty of illustrations that cover the basic techniques.
ext up is a section that presents mini quilt patterns and techniques. There's information here on crayon painting, thread painting, decorative stitched circles, Seminole patchwork, frayed star, the stenciled quilt, and a traditional silhouette in fabric.
here are also sections on working in wool, creating colorful Swedish fold art in felt, making a wood duck, and crafting flowers reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts movement.
f scallops are more to your taste or you'd like to try your hand at a crazy quilt, appliqué, or more esoteric Yo-Yo quilt, you'll discover detailed instructions on how to create these mini quilts as well.
inally, the closing section offers templates and suggestions on how to expand a mini quilt project into a larger one utilizing more than one little quilt.
odie Davis is the author of thirty craft books and she is a quilting instructor. Her stepmom, Jayne, is a quilt designer.
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