Thursday, March 31, 2016

Have a Day? Make a Quilt!

Quilters are always looking for fast and easy projects for gifting. We want patterns that are adaptable to different fabric choices, interesting yet simple, and with no-fail instructions.

In 24-Hour Quilting Projects Rita Weiss offers twenty quilts of all sizes that can be constructed in a day--or less! Most are pieced patterns based on traditional blocks including the Log Cabin, star variations, nine-patch, and pinwheels. She includes several quilts that combine appliqué and piecing. Each pattern tweaks the traditional block for an interesting twist.

Also included is a full page color photograph of the completed quilt, materials and yardage lists, step-by-step instructions for making blocks, borders, and completing the quilt, and a useful color picture layout of the competed quilt.

I especially was impressed with her general quilt making instructions with great information for beginning quilters. Her rotary cutting guide is detailed with lots of photographs and includes instructions for right and left handed persons, She also has guides for 'stitch and flip' methods, chain piecing, binding, fussy cutting, and appliqué.

Originally published in 2005 24-Hour Quilting Projects is now republished by Dover Publications. The fabric choices and colors in Weiss' projects reflect her preference for bright colors and the prints of 2005. For instance, her Angel Fantasy includes a print of angels which is no longer available, but today's quilter can choose one of the wonderful new prints available as a feature fabric.

I received and ARC through NetGalley for an unbiased review.

24-Hour Quilt Patterns
Rita Weiss
Dover Publications
Publication Date: March 12, 2016
$19.95