Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Quilt Book Review – FOLK-ART FAVORITES: Quilts from Joined at the Hip

FOLK-ART FAVORITES: Quilts from Joined at the Hip; That Patchwork Place; Martingale & Company; 80 pages; 2009.

The minute this book arrived in the mail, I was quite taken by it. Before I even opened the book, the cover quilt caught my eye with it’s bright, cheery, b958_mediumperfect-for-scraps look. This book is “folk art” but with a modern twist, with 12 projects – including a full-sized quilt, four seasonal door banners, pillows, and a wonderful sampler wall hanging.

For me, I want any book about quilting to be diverse in it’s offerings and not require a certain line of fabrics to accomplish the look of the projects inside -- and that’s exactly what this book brings to it’s reader. Designs are easy enough for an advanced beginner, but unique enough to offer quilters of any experience a sense of accomplishment when any of these projects are finished. These are projects that are not overly time-consuming. You will have plenty of time to complete the 4th of July door banner for the upcoming holiday.

Overall, FOLK-ART FAVORITES offers a well-rounded group of patterns with easy to understand instructions. Although the Folk-Art title might put off some of the more modern quilters, don’t let it. These are Folk-Art with a modern twist designs that should appeal to all quilters.

35 comments:

grendelskin said...

Sounds like a keeper! I like a pattern that doesn't demand a particular fabric line or style.

Rachael Adele said...

Thanks for being so generous!

Colleen said...

Sounds like a great book. Nice web site.

Ginny said...

I just love patterns that you can pick your own fabrics, I like to use what I have on hand expecially in the summer months when my income is cut in half and I cannot afford to purchase "just the right fabric".

This seems like a nice book, and I would love to make a 4th of July quilt as is it our year to host the neighborhood party!

Thank you for this opportunity to win this book. I love your site, I am all about quilting on a budget!
Ginny

Auntie Em said...

The cover quilt alone would draw me in. Thanks for the chance to win!

Evelyn said...

I love the flowers on the front of that book. I was thinking about doing something similar for a sort of wall hanging to go over my bed. Actually, I was thinking of something more complicated, but I love the look of this one too. And maybe simpler is better. :-)

Jen said...

I'm intrigued by the quilt in the cover. :)

Andee said...

Great review, looks like a book I would enjoy. The cover picture is enticing!

Lisa Handly-Stewart said...

I love the pattern on the front. Great review

always_317537 said...

I love quilts...this book looks fantastic! Thanks =)

always_317537(at)yahoo(dot)com

GloJoeSews said...

I like both--choose my own fabrics AND have a sample to look at cuz sometimes color choices change the way a pattern looks and I'm not always "hip" to that. I like that it's folk with a modern twist. Hope to win it and try something out.

mharpole said...

The bright, cheery, perfect-for-scraps look always grabs my attention. I enjoy your blog.

Sue Cahill said...

I am always on the lookout for bright, happy scrap quilt patterns and this book looks like it would be perfect for me.

Thanks for the review.

Sue Cahill (sbonetsue at yahoo dot com)

Bebesboutique said...

The front of the book would attract me also. I really enjoy folk art books. They usually have a lot of appliqui patterns. I like to appliqui but use newer type fabrics. Good that this book doesn't just use fabrics in certain lines, I like to mix them up and rarely buy my fabric in "lines".

Tina said...

I visit just about every day! I love the cover.....easy and springy!

free indeed said...

I like the cover quilt. I've not experimented much with fusible applique, but would like to. I'd be able to turn out a few more wallhangings and table runners that way. Looks like a contemporary folk art book....thanks

Kris said...

The quilt on the cover would've gotten me intrigued enough to enter the giveaway but your review completely convinced me. Folk art with a modern twist sounds great!

Rhonda P. said...

Looks and sounds like a great book. I might have to look for that one at my LQS.

autumnesf said...

I also dont really care for books full of specific patterns for certain lines of fabrics. This one sounds good!

Becky said...

I like the idea that the quilts can be made using my stash/scraps and not a particular fabric line. I like primitive quilts. Would love to see what these fabulous designers do with "modern primitive."

Thanks for all your reviews and recommendations!

valerie boudier said...

I really like the look of that book - just my sort of thing

Gwen said...

The cover quilt is charming. Thanks for the review and chance to win the book!

Jennifer said...

I'd love to get a copy of this book. I'll have to look into it. Thanks for the review!

Dinah said...

Hello, if the cover quilt is typical of the patterns in this book, I would love to have it. Of course, I would use my stash fabrics to make quilts from it! Dinah

SewDivaDiane said...

This looks like a book that belongs in my library!
You have a great blog! Keep up the good work.(Ooh, I hope I didn't post twice-sorry if I did!)
Diane

Di said...

Looks like a great book for creating happy scrappy quilts - my favourites! Thanks for a lovely giveaway.

Anya said...

Great giveaway. Count me in, please. Thanks for the chance.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

This sounds like a great book. I would love to start by making the project on the cover - so cute!!!!

Joyce said...

Great cover for the book. Joined At The Hip are amazing books

throuthehaze said...

i love the quilt on the cover!
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

quiltmom said...

I do come to visit your blog often- to read about new books, see new quilters and check out some other blogs that I might have seen.
I think the folk art book looks fabulous- someone will be a lucky winner..
Thanks for helping to make connections..
Regards from a Western Canadian Quilter,
Anna

Victoria M. said...

Thanks for your review. The book sounds great...no special fabrics required, different kinds of projects, folk art theme...I'd love to win it.

Wendy said...

I previously purchased a pattern from Joined at the Hip and remember it for it's clear directions and details. I also remember loving many of their designs so I look forward to seeing this book. Thanks for the opportunity with your giveaway.

Kathie said...

OH my looks like a great book!
thanks for the review and the opportunity for me to may own this book?
thanks
Kathie

Joy said...

Darling quilt on the cover. Looks like it would be fun to make.
Joy