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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Just in time for Mother's Day...

Do you need a sweet and simple gift to make for your Mama, Sister, Grandma, Aunt, etc.?  Take a look at SWEET & SIMPLE PATCHWORK GIFTS by Hisako Arai and Yoko Sanjo.  This book has 25 projects using classic quilting motifs like hexagons, log cabins, and squares.

My Mama was looking through this book at Easter and she thought the "house basket" was cute.  Thanks for the tip, Mom!  It looks totally doable.  I'll post a picture (if I get it done in time....) Of course, I latched onto the great bags and tote patterns shown.  (My name is Jeanne, and I AM a bag-a-holic!)  There are also wall quilts, pot holders, throw pillows, table toppers, and lots of bags--big and small. 

Even though the projects may not be super original, I love the clear instructions given for each project.  In addition, there is and excellent section that explains how to accomplish each type of motif.  There are pictures from the front of the piece and the back of the piece.  Because of the importance of setting your seams when quilting, these great front/back pictures are an awesome tool for new quilters.  It is also helpful if you are an experienced quilter that maybe is not as comfortable as you would like with log cabin or hexagon quilting.  Also, they show two different ways of accomplishing the hexagon quilt--plain sewing and the English paper piecing method.  It's worth your time to check it out at your local library.

Have an awesome Wednesday, and take care of you!

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