Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Quilt Book Review – SIMPLE COMFORTS by Kim Diehl

61eOhQrc%2BvL__SL160_Simple Comforts: 12 Cozy Lap Quilts by Kim Diehl; published by That Patchwork Place, Martingale Company; 112 pages; MSRP $28.99; Amazon Price: $19.13*

Kim Diehl, author of Simple Blessings, Simple Seasons,and Simple Traditions, is known for her quilt designs featuring traditional patchwork combined with charming appliqué, and SIMPLE COMFORTS is no exception. Kim’s designs have a definite “country” feel to them, without that “kitchy” look that country can sometimes get.

Although eleven of fourteen patterns in the book are listed as “lap quilts”, they would be easy enough to create a quilt of any size by simply adding additional blocks or borders.

Diehl’s guidelines on “Fabric Selection” is well worth reading, as she describes her rather unique approach to choosing fabrics for her quilts, which she classifies as “traditional/formal”, “make-do”, “planned scrappy” and “completely scrappy”.

Although Diehl gives thorough and easy to understand instructions, I would not suggest this book for a beginner quilter. But for those who enjoy appliqué on traditional piecework, this book will offer you a nice variety of quilts to inspire you and to decorate your home when your projects are completed.

*Amazon Price is subject to change.


Anya said...

Another great review. Thanks.

Chris from NJ said...

I have the perfect fabrics in my stash to make one of her lap quilts and we do need a new lap quilt. I would love to win this book!
Chris in NJ

pojeda said...

This looks like a book worth having in my collection! Love the patterns!

SewDivaDiane said...

I have 2 of Diehl's books. They are gorgeous and well-written.

Cherold said...

This looks like a great book...I must add it to my library! Thank you for the review.
Cheri S

Tozz said...

I love Kim Diehls designs and please enter me in the giveaway...I would love to win the book. :) Thanks

Anonymous said...

I love Kim Diehl took a workshop with her and it was great
would love to add her book to my library thanks

Cathy said...

Lovely book! I'll have to check it out!

Susan said...

I make mainly lap and small quilts, so this is a book that I'll be picking up for sure! Thanks for the review and enjoy the time with your grandson!

WoolenSails said...

I love her patterns, have a few in my magazines that I want to make someday.