Thursday, August 6, 2009

Book Review - More Quick Rotary Cutter Quilts

More Quick Rotary Cutter Quilts by Pam Bono Designs is an excellent book for both the beginner and experienced quiter. The patterns include a variety of techniques. There are many unique patterns (cats, dinosaurs, sunflowers, among others) which are made completely without the use of templates, despite their complex appearance. Detailed cutting instructions allow the construction of these blocks entirely from rotary-cut pieces, assembled without need for paper piecing, applique, or templates.

Among the unique designs and shapes, are some more familiar traditional block techniques - log cabins, irish chain, pinwheels and flying geese all find their place in the various patterns in this book. The instructions are clear, step-by-step, and easy to follow. Bright diagrams complement the descriptions, and ensure that your piecing results in the desired result.

In addition to the beautiful quilts in this book, there are many techniques described which may benefit both the new and the experienced quilter. Quick piecing of half- and quarter-square triangles; strip piecing, and chain piecing are all detailed. In addition, how to measure borders, marking your quilting pattern, and quilting techniques are all described. A nice addition to the book is the quilting suggestion provided for each quilt. For the new quilter, unsure of how to tackle the final quilting, suggested patterns and techniques are provided for each quilt, to help ensure you a complete project. No more staring at that quilt wondering how to tackle that final step. You can branch out on your own and "quilt as desired", or follow the suggestion provided if you hit a "quilter's block".

An excellent addition to any quilting library. Even after you complete the quilts you love, the tips and techniques will continue to be referenced.

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