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Mini Quilts: Fresh, Fun Patterns to Quilt in a Snap    by Jodie Davis & Jayne Davis order for
Mini Quilts
by Jodie Davis
Order:  USA  Can
Taunton Press, 2014 (2014)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

If 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.

Mini 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.

The 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.

Each 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.

Where 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.'

To 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.

Next 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.

There 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.

If 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.

Finally, 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.

Jodie 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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