With a something for every occasion, this go-to resource has the perfect quilt to express any sentiment. Whatever your skill level, you can stitch gift quilts the recipient will appreciate.
- Find 19 engaging quilts that are easy to piece, satisfying to construct, and simply stunning
- Create a memorable outward sign of caring for any occasion: birth, graduation, housewarming, wedding, anniversary, deployment, illness, and more
- Choose fabrics to enhance the message of each quilt--use precuts and scraps as well as yardage
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This is a lovely collection of 19 modern quilt patterns that are pitched as being designed to send the right message when they are given as gifts. The patterns are split into two sections: "Quilts to celebrate" and "Quilts to comfort". There's a mixture of designs, both traditional blocks made modern with fabric choices, and modern designs using modern layouts and fabrics. There's a mix of prints and solids too; personally I find the all-solids quilts the most striking, but that's just a matter of taste. Particular favourites are Pathways, It Takes Two and Turnaround which use Kona Cottons from Robert Kaufman and Pure Elements by AGF Fabrics. Fabric choices, whether by yardage, pre-cuts or scrap, are key to the designs 'working' with these quilt projects.
Review from Generation Q Magazine, January/February 2014
Rachel's debut book is a delight of simple projects with lots of graphic impact. Her intent is to provide flexible patterns for quilts that will celebrate or comfort your loved ones. She succeeds soundly with the beautiful "Happily Ever After", which would make any newlywed couple smile with joy, to the thought-provoking "Turnaround" made from gorgeous solids. What we really like about this book is that Rachel has provided a diverse group of patterns that promise a solution to any project issue. Want to use some bigger cuts to show off a fabric's design? Try "Hopscotch and Ribbons" or "Sweet Treats". Need to sew something fast? Try "Epilogue". Prefer repeated block quilts? "Unconditional" will make you smile while still offering a modern take on a symmetrical pattern. Way to go, Rachel!
Review from Quilter's Connection, Spring 2014
A quilt for every occasion - from births, to housewarming, to weddings! Rachel, of the blog psiquilt.com, has created the perfect go-to project book with 19 simple but heartwarming quilts in all sizes that you can make for loved ones to show you care.
Review from Modern Patchwork, Spring 2014
Quilter Rachel Griffith offers a collection of 19 modern quilt patterns designed with gift-giving in mind. Rachel acknowledges how quilts play a role in happy and sad times, celebrate a marriage or birth, and comfort those dealing with loss or illness. Many of these patterns could be worked up quickly by advanced beginners and up - because, as we all know, sometimes we don't have as much time to get that quilt gift finished as we'd like. The project quilts vary in complexity and size, offering numerous possibilities. Rachel completes the book with a helpful quilt-making basics section. This resource would be a wonderful addition to a quilt pattern library for the next time you need a lovely quilt right away.
Rachel was born and raised in northern Georgia. She grew up in communities where family held a strong bond, and the influence of her elders and family members led her to a niche in quilting.
When not busy piecing fabrics and stitching patterns, Rachel has committed herself to becoming a traditional quilter with a modern twist. She travels far and wide for ideas and inspiration, teaching others the finesse that is quilting.
She and her husband, Shane, currently reside near Cleveland, Ohio, and have four beautiful children in which they invest their time and love. In her spare time, Rachel loves to research her family's historical records and delve into the rich tapestry of her genealogy. She adores brisk fall weather, and especially enjoys Starbucks coffee from the sidelines of her husband's football games, where she watches him coach.
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