I’m a big fan of Michael’s first book – Quilting Basics (read my review here) – it was fresh and modern, and easy to follow. So, when I heard he had a second book coming out I jumped at the chance to review it.
His new book – Modern Quilting published by Cico Books – has 25 projects ranging from small things like a pouch or fabric boxes to full size quilts. The book starts with a comprehensive techniques section full of tips and techniques to ensure accurate piecing as well as guides to basting, quilting and binding your quilt. As with his previous book there are lots of handy colour diagrams as a visual guide, as well as photos of the finished projects.
I like that there is a good range of projects from big to small, not all of us have the time or desire to make a full-size quilt. This one gives you many quilted projects of all sizes that you can make. The projects are divided into 3 sections:
Accessories and gifts – including an English paper pieced pouch, a patchwork height chart, a large floor cushion, a colouring book and pen/pencil holder, a retreat bag for taking your sewing supplies to classes and groups and a very clever sewing machine cover that transforms into an ironing mat (see picture above).
Blankets and Quilts – With projects ranging from mini quilts to full size quilts, tackling techniques like sewing curves (do take a look at this guide from Michael on sewing curves), using templates and sewing y-seams. Don’t worry there are also some simple designs using squares, strips and triangles for those of you who are new to quilting. I especially loved the Orbie Quilt shown above.
Home Décor – The projects in this section are place mats and coasters (a great project for trying y-seams on a small scale), double oven gloves, a mini quilt and a Rubik’s cube doorstop. I’m planning to have a go at the coasters because I haven’t sewn y-seams before, and the double oven glove (shown above). This is the smallest section in the book but between this and the first section around half the book is small projects/quick makes and half larger/longer projects, which is a good ratio. At the bottom of this review you can find a collage of some of the other projects from the book.
The only disappointment for me was that not all the templates in the back are at full size. As someone who lives in the middle of nowhere with no way of increasing templates it limits the projects I can make. But that said it’s only 3 projects which have smaller templates not all the projects so it’s better than some books that have all the templates needing enlargement.
I think this book is a great follow up to Quilting Basics, giving you new techniques, and lots of new projects to make.
Find out more about this book, or order it on the Make Etc website.