I have been very fortunate to receive a complimentary copy of one of the latest publications by Martingale Publishers. Itís titled Cute Quilts for Kids and the author is Kristin Roylance. Kristin is a patchwork quilt designer as well as a mum to six children.
Kristin realised whilst looking for suitable patterns to make childrenís quilts that there wasnít much for children that was interactive or different so she got busy and started to design her own patterns.
Kristin has managed to produce quilts that are truly unique, each with a blend of embellishment and touchy feely elements that will delight any child. All children love to touch and feel and fiddle (hence the many taggie quilts out there at present), and Kristinís distinctive additions to her quilts will provide much enjoyment to inquisitive little hands.
To top it off, Kristin has a lovely sense of color and has used her gifted sense to achieve great results.
I like that the publication begins with a thorough run through of the main techniques used in the book, and also offers a chance to brush up on certain elements that quilters may not be too familiar with.
The diagrams in this section are clear, but could have been a bit larger in presentation to make it easier to correlate between the words and the diagrams.
Kristin then presents 9 absolutely gorgeous quilts to make. Each of these quilts has been well designed with just a small element of 3D embellishment Ė enough to tantalise without overwhelming the complete design. The quilts have very cute names such as Ladybird Landing, Anchors Away, Butterfly Kisses (my favourite), Riff Raff Ruffles and Tu Tu Cute amongst others.
Each of the quilts instructions are set out very well, with simple easy to read language and well supported with diagrams and photographs.
I think this book is simply a standout amongst a lot of childrenís and baby quilt designs and I congratulate Kristin on her ability to translate her patterns into quilt instructions that can be understood by the novice and more experienced quilter.
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