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Quilting Book Review – Free-Motion Block Designs

Free-Motion Block Designs, softback published by C&T Publishing. ISBN 978161745625, price 9.99 in the U.K. available from www.searchpress.com

75 inspiring free-motion quilting block designs. Easy to see, easy to use and the spiral binding allows the pages to lie flat. The design is split over two pages for many of the designs however, so you need to hold the book at a slight angle first to see the genre of the design clearly. That’s far better than trying to hold open a book with a fixed spine. Useful for both domestic and longer machines, the designs come form various artists and they are all curvilinear designs. Lots of ideas and inspiration however there is no starting place marked on the designs, so it is difficult to know where to begin to stitch – you would have to work that out for yourself.

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Quilting Book Review – Free Motion Design AllOver Patterns

Free Motion Design AllOver Patterns, softback published by C & T Publishing. ISBN 9781617456237, price 9.99 available in the U.K. from www.searchpress.com

75 free motion designs for all-over quilt patterns. Spiral bound so the book lies flat, but many designs are over two pages. Line drawings are clear and as such this book could inspire quilting patterns to use and develop. However if you are new to free-motion, this book does not provide an arrow where to start stitching. The designs may have appeared in other published books.

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Book Review – Log Cabin Variations

Log Cabin Variations by Annie’s Quilting. ISBN 9781590128817, price 10.99 in the U.K. available from www.searchpress.com

Everyone loves a traditional block and log cabin tends to be a favourite. It’s also a favourite to swing the changes. There are 9 possibilities to do just that in this book. Find 9 patterns, with instructions and techniques in this book that has superb photos. It’s hard to chose a favourite quilt; I liked them all. The skill levels are graded. The patterns include table runners, a baby quilt, full sized quilts and smaller quilts and a quilt that uses scraps. There is also a techniques section on raw-edge fusible appliqué, a butterfly template and a quilting basic section. Superb variety of quilt patterns offers good value for money.