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I’ve been really excited to see this book, because I love the art of quilting, but my living space and ancient sewing machine could never accommodate a full-size quilt project. I adore the idea of these smaller projects, turned into decor or household items.
In terms of educational quality, Whip Up Mini Quilts offers text-based instructions with some nice illustration. The initial sections cover piecing, applique, and various embellishment techniques as well as backing, basting, quilting, and binding. All the pieces are here to complete the book’s projects.
If you’re a beginner, you may need more visual reference, but anyone else should have no problem with these instructions.
For those wanting to reproduce the projects in the book, there’s a set of full-size templates for all the designs, bound into a handy envelope inside the front cover.
I love the diversity in this project set! It’s an inspiring mix of techniques and visual styles, grouped by themes:
- Modern Folk
- Modern Elegance
- Punk, Pop, and Politics
- Memories and Storytelling
(This piece, by Sarah Steedman, uses applique and simple embroidery to great effect.)
Lizette Greco‘s treasure map quilt makes me very, very happy.
I love that the book offers quilts-as-toys, quilts-as-pillows, quilts-as-placemats, and quilts-as-wall art.
Here’s a great simple quilt by Shannon Lamden – I love how the bold fabrics carry the design.
This is another of my favorites – Victoria Gertenbach‘s grasshopper design. The quilting is done with hand embroidery, which adds some interesting dimension – and I love the addition of the buttons.
Okay – just one more. Kathreen designed this simple nine-patch shibori sampler. What a great project for playing with fabric-dyeing techniques!
There’s a nice glossary of quilting terms in the back, and, because it’s from Chronicle Books, a very useful spiral binding.
Whipup Mini Quilts is a great inspiration book to get you thinking about quilting in new ways.
What about that giveaway?
Oh, right. The nice people at Chronicle have donated a copy of this book for a giveaway! To enter, leave a comment below and tell me how you’d like to use a small-quilt project – as art? As tote? As runner? Some other way?
You have until noon PST on Friday, June 4th. Good Luck!
UPDATE: Congratulations to Shae, our winner! This drawing is now closed.