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Strip Savvy - Quilt Book Review



Everyone has 2 ½” strips languishing away in their stash. This is the most common size of strips that quilters use and is particularly popular in a pre-cut form. Quilters use 2 ½” particularly for binding and making half square triangles.

Quilter Kate Henderson has created a wonderful publication that sets about using those errant 2 ½” strips and has designed 18 fabulous quilts that are not only unique designs but scrappy quilts; very close to this quilters heart is using up scraps.

The book is titled Strip Savvy – 2 ½” Strip Quilting Designs and is written by Kate Henderson. I received a complimentary eBook from Martingale recently.

Not to put too much emphasis on it, but Kate is an Ozzie quilter, who hails from the great state of Western Australia. Kate has a blog titled “Never Enough Hours” and here’s the link: http://neverenoughhours.blogspot.com.au/
Kate describes her quilts as traditional with a modern twist and I think that description is very apt.

These quilt patterns are very unique, bright and happy designs that will suit any bedroom décor, because they’re scrappy quilts. Some of the quilts come with borders, others not.

What I really like about this publication is that Kate has taken the time to give in depth general instructions at the front of the book. Most authors like to put their general information at the back. I like the idea of having information at the front so that I’m more inclined to read through these instructions before embarking or attempting one of the patterns.

Kate’s instructions are very clear and well written, and the diagrams and photographs are well focused and situated in harmony with the written instructions.

Because this publication has a narrow focus on 2 ½” strips, the instructions are very simple and easy to understand – take a strip cut it a certain length etc.

I have found this quilt book to be very informative and I believe it would be a very good addition to any quilter’s library. In my view, this book would be best utilised by the beginner to intermediate quilter and I thoroughly recommend it to any budding quilter.

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