Wednesday, November 11, 2015

What's On The Bookshelf Wednesday - A Practical Guide!

Hi, all!

Time to get back on track - it's Wednesday, and that means it's time to take a look at the bookshelf again and see what's there!  My choice for today is a great book for both beginners and the experienced sewist...

The Practical Guide to Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman

Approximately the first third of this book is dedicated to some great basics, written in a friendly, instructive style that makes all seem possible.  Interspersed throughout the pages are tips that are helpful even for experienced sewists and even some that will help with troubleshooting common quilting problems.  

And then you get into the projects - twelve wonderful quilts divided into three categories - 

Projects To Get You Started...

I love this quilt - I'm hoping to use this stack of black and white fabrics I've been hoarding to make this one, but maybe adding a little pop of color or two!

And each design also features a great pieced back design, too!

Then there's Projects For The Confident Beginner...

Check out the alternate ideas for this quilt!

And I love this sweet appliqué quilt!

The last section is entitled Intermediate-Level Projects.  This is one of the quilts from that section, along with its alternate colorways.

This book feels really good, too - it has a matte-finish cover, with fold-over flaps on the front and back to mark your place in the book.  The photographs inside are on glossy paper and are beautifully clear and colorful.  And Elizabeth's directions are well-written and illustrated.

All in all, this is a useful book to have on your shelf.  Great designs, and it's a good one to lend to a newbie quilter who wants a book to help lead her into bigger and better quilting skills!


And that's what's on my bookshelf today!  Have you taken a look at yours lately?




  1. Looks like a worthwhile book to put on my wishlist! Great review. Thanks!

  2. Good choice, I have that book and it's a good one.

  3. I have been looking at my quilt books recently as I decided to donate some to my local library - I have been picking out some that I knew I would not be using, either have already used or knew they were not for me - I do believe there are 6 of them that went in the box so someone can enjoy them

  4. Ive got that book! I love collecting quilting books. Good idea to review some of them :)

  5. I love this book. It's so pretty, and the patterns are beautiful. My only beef is with the use of the word "sewist," which I can't stand. But that's a very minor complaint. 😉


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