Book Review

Book Review - Elegant Embroidery

Another beautiful embroidery book from Reiko Mori.

 
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Image courtesy of Martingale

 

Elegant Embroidery is full of elegant embroidery designs, as the name implies. These designs use simple embroidery stitches and include projects such as totes, boxes and more. While complete instructions are included for all of the projects in the book, I could certainly see other possibilities for these designs.

The embroidery designs in this book are exquisite, detailed, and oh so appealing!

 
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Image courtesy of Martingale

 

The book is divided into different sections, grouping similar designs in each section, such as Black Collection, Marine, and Flower. Some of the designs in the book include ballet slippers, a gorgeous evening gown, and even a vintage sewing machine!

 
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Image courtesy of Martingale

 

 Elegant Embroidery also includes a comprehensive section on embroidery stitches with tips for doing hand embroidery. Full instructions on how to make each of the projects in the book, with diagrams, are also included.

For a closer look at Elegant Embroidery, click on the image below.

 Get your own copy of Elegant Embroidery here.

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Book Review - Floral Motifs to Embroider

If you love floral embroidery designs, you will love this book by Reiko Mori. There are dozens of beautiful designs in this book that look complex – and will take a bit of time to complete – but they all use standard embroidery stitches.

 
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Image courtesy of Martingale

 

The appeal of these designs is that they are created with a combination of small floral motifs, which, when all stitched close together, create the final, larger designs.

There are unusual designs in this book that I haven’t seen in other embroidery books, some that would be perfect for a bride and her attendants. Complete instructions and information about hand embroidery are included in Floral Motifs to Embroider.

Although I haven’t heard of heirloom embroidery (like heirloom quilts), I could certainly see how these designs could be used to create heirloom projects. In addition to the designs, complete instructions on projects using these embroidery motifs are included in Floral Motifs to Embroider.

 
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Image courtesy of Martingale

 

 I found these designs appealing as they are more intricate than I’m used to seeing in embroidery books and I loved how various small floral motifs were used to create the larger designs. In addition, the designs in the book are ones that you don’t usually see, such as the Japanese traditions designs, the alphabet birds and the tea cups – my favourites!

 
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Image courtesy of Martingale

 

 To get a closer look at Floral Motifs to Embroider, click on the image below to watch the video.

If you want to create unusual, intricate embroidery designs, you’ll need to check out those in Floral Motifs to Embroider.

Get your copy of Floral Motifs to Embroider here.

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Book Review: Lunch-Hour Wool Minis

Lunch-Hour Wool Minis by Kathy Brown is another book in the Lunch-Hour series from That Patchwork Place. It includes 14 small wool appliqué projects which are portable and small enough to complete quickly. 

 
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Photo courtesy of www.martingale-pub.com

 

I'm really enjoying the various books in the Lunch-Hour series as they are small enough to finish quickly and many of them are portable. I love appliqué and hand embroidery and this book has projects using these techniques. If you haven't seen my reviews on some of the other books, just click here.

Kathy includes information in the front of the book explaining the type of wool to use in these projects and her best tips for wool appliqué. This is very helpful if you have never worked with wool before as it is a bit different than using cotton fabric.

 
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The projects in Lunch-Hour Wool Minis include wall hangings and other similar type projects, but there are also some more unusual projects, such as adding wool appliqué to an oar or to a key holder. 

 
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Photo courtesy of www.martingale-pub.com

 

To see more of the projects in Lunch-Hour Wool Minis, click on the image below to watch a video on my YouTube channel.

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Book Review - Moda All-Stars Lucky Charm Quilts

The Moda All-Stars have published another book! Well, actually That Patchwork Place has published the book, but it is another one in the Moda All-Stars' series.

Lucky Charm Quilts includes 17 patterns that use charm squares or 5" squares or nickel squares. Whatever you call them, you'll find lots of projects for them in this book. As with their other books, royalties from Lucky Charm Quilts are going to charity, so that's an added bonus!

There are a variety of techniques used in these projects from pieced to appliqué, so there is something for every quilter. There is also a variety of project sizes in the book from table runners to pillows to lap quilts. Some of the patterns use more than one charm pack, so be sure to pick up several of the same line when you're next at your local quilt shop. :)

To see more of the designs in Lucky Charm Quilts, please watch the video below or on my YouTube channel.

Get your own copy of Moda All-Stars Lucky Charm Quilts so you can make wonderful projects with your charm squares.

Leave a comment below to let me know your favourite pre-cut to use in your quilt designs.

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Book Review - Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3

I love free motion quilting and am always looking for a good book to add to my quilting library all about this topic. I've found one in Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 by Lori Kennedy.

You may already follow Lori's blog, The Inbox Jaunt, where she shares information and free motion quilting designs. (If you aren't familiar with her blog, you should check it out). In Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 Lori shares many of her free motion designs and provides lots of information on free motion quilting. 

One of my favourite things about this book, other than the amazing content, is that the book is ring bound. This allows you to lay the book out next to your sewing machine and use it as reference as you stitch out one of the over 60 designs in the book. Very handy!

The book is divided into sections based on the shapes of the designs, making it easy to find a swirl-type design or one that uses another shape, such as a leaf. Due to the type of information in the book, you would expect, and hope for, lots of reference photos - and this book has those. Lori stitches out her designs on solid colour fabrics so it is easy to see the design details. 

Watch the video below or on my YouTube channel to see more about Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3.

If you want a good reference book on free motion quilting, you will want to get your own copy of Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3.

Do you love to do free motion quilting too? Leave me a comment below as to your favourite type of free motion design.

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