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Book Review of The Practical Guide to Patchwork

Hi Guys!

I am so excited to share this book review with you!


This wonderful book is by Elizabeth Hartman, who blogs over at Oh Fransson.com, and I absolutely love this book!  First of all, let me say…I am very much a beginner quilter and there are still questions floating around my head.  I often look at my piecing and wonder if I am doing this right.  Well, this book answered most of my questions and gave me a better understanding of the process of quilting.

This book is broken into 4 sections

  • The Basics    This sections really covers everything you should know as you are starting on the quilting journey.  As I read this section, I found myself realizing just HOW MUCH I was doing wrong!  I felt good when I went back to my projects because I was more confident in my quilting.  
  • Projects to Get You Started  These projects are simples but very interesting designs.  There are three projects in each sections and I found myself wanting to do all three.  These projects also helped me understand how to read the patterns.  
  • Projects for Confident Beginner  There are also three projects in this section.  All are interesting but not overwhelming in the directions.
  • Intermediate-Level Projects  I really liked the patterns in this section especially the “Birdbath” project which I may make for my husband.  

I also, in the past, have been intimidated by quilt patterns.  Elizabeth’s instructions are clear and concise and she even gives quick reminders or redirects you back to previous instruction just in case you did not “get it” the first time.  With that said, she provides 12 Quilt Projects and I plan on doing the following (at some time):

  1. Fenced In
  2. Snapshots
  3. Small Plates
  4. Valentine
  5. Superstar
  6. Birdbath

I would indeed suggest this book to any new quilter like me!  As proof in my understanding, here is my very best quilt so far:


I have named this quilt “64 Reasons I Love You.”  There are 64 squares!  I will be posting about this quilt tomorrow and all I am currently working on.  I am working on a lot!  I also just purchased some fabric and received some great sewing Christmas gifts.

I do have some reminders ….or suggestions for you.  First of all, register for the Spoonflower Giveaway (Here) and to check out Elizabeth Hartman’s Blogger Choice set of fabric over at the Fat Quarter Shop (Here).

Until Tomorrow! Quilt Pretty!