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Spectacular Rectangles - Book Review
At last, a quilt book that takes the beginner onto the next level. This book is great for those quilters who are looking for a challenge and the chance to create something unique and unpredictable.
There are heaps of quilt books available for the learning, just starting out quilter and a few that are available for the consummate quilter who has the skills for the advanced quilt making. There are not a lot of books that take the beginner and guide them through the intricate up-skilling that is required to be comfortable in the next level.
The basic design challenge of each of the twelve quilts is the humble rectangle. Ilene has explored various ways of setting these shapes together, but with a really unique twist. Ilene has incorporated regular patchwork shapes such as the drunkards path, log cabin and French braid into the unusual rectangular setting. The results are some of the most stunning quilts I have ever seen.
The fact that Ilene uses mostly Batiks probably influences my delight of these quilts. I just love Batik fabrics and the possibilities of what you can do with them.
The photographs in this publication are fantastic, as well as the simple and clear instructions. Ilene has taken the time to break each skill component into simple steps that can be easily understood. I particularly like the way she describes the fabrics and the easy cutting tables.
I like that Ilene has featured in little boxes, some of the special skills required, for instance a great set of instructions and diagrams for sewing curves seams. One doesn’t need to refer to other quilt books for techniques. Ilene has got them all covered in this great publication.
The book is published by That Patchwork Place, Martingale and Company. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publishers.
I thoroughly recommend this wonderful quilt book to the quilter who is looking to step up their skills and make a truly unqiue quilt.
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