Dear readers, today I'm excited to share my thoughts on the book Pretty in Patchwork: Doll Quilts which Lark Crafts sent me for review a couple of months ago. Lark Crafts is generously giving away a copy of the book to a lucky reader, and Angel and I are throwing in some fabric to make your own patchwork projects, so read on!
Pretty in Patchwork is a new series by Lark Crafts. In this book, Cathy Gaubert leads a group of 20 top designers who contribute an array of patterns for doll quilts featuring applique, piecing, embroidery and more. Doll quilts are the perfect size to try out new techniques and quilt designs without the commitment of a full size quilt. The quilts featured in this book would look great as works of art on a wall.
There are so many projects I love in this book, I photographed over half the quilts when prepping for this review! I had to cut some pictures out, but trust me, they are awesome. The patterns feature a nice balance of traditional blocks and modern designs. There are several scrap-friendly projects and some adorable embroidery! As with many Lark books, the layout is fresh, clear and clean. The book begins with a great section featuring techniques and tips, and providing helpful explanations for things like paper piecing, stitches, binding and more.
But instead of talking about it, how about I show you some of my favorite projects from Pretty in Patchwork: Doll Quilts?
The following three projects are now on my to-do list (as if I needed more, ha!):
I love the fact that these small quilt projects make patchwork and quilt-making techniques accessible on a smaller scale. I had never made a star block before and decided to try my hand at the Maverick Star project. I was drawn to that one specifically because it uses linen, of course!
Instead of a sunny color scheme, I picked cold colors like aqua and chartreuse, one of my favorite combinations. The project came together super easily. I found the instructions very straightforward and clear. Instead of a doll quilt, for which I could not find a purpose since our wall space is very limited, I decided to turn this block into a pillow cover! I am sharing more photos and details in a separate post here, if you're interested.
It's a pleasure to write a review for a book I am thrilled to now have as part of my library! I'd recommend this book to anyone looking to learn new patchwork techniques, wanting to complete a quilt project quickly and just generally seeking some fun project inspiration. Thumbs up!
Lark Crafts is giving away a copy of Pretty in Patchwork: Doll Quilts to one lucky reader!
Angel and I are throwing in some fabric too, perfect for getting rolling on a patchwork project!
Along with the book, the winner will receive a scrap bag featuring some Anna Maria Horner and Heather Ross prints (yes, that is some infamous Heather Ross gnome fabric in the second photo, and VW bus too!), some Japanese fabric scraps, Tula Pink prints (Full Moon Forest) and more...
...as well as 6 fat eights of fabric including some Echo by Lotta Jansdotter, some Daisy Mae by Denyse Schmidt and more!
Please make sure and include your email address or a profile link in your comment so that we may contact you if you've won. We will leave the giveaway open through Sunday, March 4 at 12 midnight CST. We will select a random winner and will announce it here as well as contact them via email.
Limit one entry per person. Giveaway value: $30 USD. Void where prohibited.
Giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to Tammi (songsiren), our lucky winner. Tammi, we've emailed you. Thank you all for participating!
Big thanks to Amanda Carestio and Lark Crafts for their generosity! You can find Lark Crafts online here, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
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