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Flower Power Patchwork by Anne-Pia Godske RasmussenFlower Power Patchwork

This book has over 25 bright and cheerful projects either incorporating floral designs, or using floral fabrics alongside traditional patchwork & quilting techniques.   There is a great range of projects from bags, cushions and quilts to pin cushions, notebook covers and a pencil case, there should be something for everyone to make.

I love the bright and colourful prints that have been used on the projects and they have used colourful diagrams which match perfectly and make this a very cheerful book.  The projects have step by step instructions, a materials list and lots of useful diagrams as well as templates at the back of the book and a techniques section at the front. 

This book is published by Search Press 

Linen & Lace by Linen & Lace by Chantal SabtierChantal Sabatier

This book comprises of 24 projects made using linen and lace.  These beautiful projects have a timeless/vintage feel about them and would make great gifts for recipients of all ages, or of course to keep for yourself.   The projects are divided into 4 sections: at home, for yourself, celebrations and little gifts. 

I find it amazing how such delicate, muted colours can have such a stunning effect, I particularly loved the bags & the star cushion from the front cover.   Each project comes with several pages of instructions, images & diagrams as well as useful tips scattered throughout. 

This book is published by David & Charles

 Making Cushion Covers

Making Cushion Covers by Debbie Shore

Making cushion covers are a great way of revamping your home, and they are a good project for learner sewists to start with.  This book features 26 designs of varying complexity and incorporating different techniques such as piping, ruffles, appliqué, shirring & patchwork.   I think this book would be ideal if you wanted to learn/practice new techniques.

The introduction section covers equipment, trimmings, different stitches and how to fit aMaking Cushion Covers zip.  The projects themselves have step by steps instructions with photos for almost every stage too, ideal for people like me who like a visual guide. 

My one criticism of this book is that the lighting is pretty poor in some of the photos, making some of them quite dark & gloomy and not showing the cushions off as well as they could.  It’s the one thing which brings down an otherwise great project book.

This book is published by Search Press