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"Scrap Quilt Celebration" Book Review posted: 11/30/2004
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Title: Scrap Quilt Celebration
Author: Edited by Karen Bolesta
Publisher: Rodale
Pages: 250
Publication Date: 2002
Suggested Retail Price: $22.95
ISBN #: 1-57954-555-6

Review: By Dori Hawks

I love to make scrap quilts, don’t you? I always feel good about using up those leftover pieces from making other quilts, and as Karen Bolesta says, “There are still other times when creativity strikes and I head upstairs to my sewing room, pull out a couple of long forgotten and oddly shaped fabric scraps, and whip up a small doll quilt in no time at all.” The scraps are there waiting for an inspiration to strike you.

This book that Karen edited is a group of quilts that were originally published in books from the Rodale, Inc. Classic American Quilt Collection series. It is great to have these favorites all in one book. There are 24 quilt projects in the book, and many of them are variations on traditional themes. From Sister’s Choice, to Schoolhouses, Nine Patch, Log Cabin, Sunshine and Shadow, and continuing with Job’s Tears, Grape Basket, Double Wedding Ring, and others, the variations will give you many ideas for quilts for gifts or for your own collection.

The instructions are thorough, illustrations clear and abundant, and there are many special little tips within the patterns to help you complete the quilts. There is a good section at the end of the book called Quiltimaking Basics with excellent instructions on the different techniques used throughout the quilts, including foundation piecing, appliqué, double wedding ring settings, and several others to help you with the more involved patterns. There are even sections on piecing the back, quilting, and binding.

This is a great book with many patterns that will keep you busy for a long time. The book has several quilts in it that could be used as raffle quilts for your quilt guild. (Some of them actually were raffle quilts.) The color selections used in the quilts in the book are excellent! This would be a great book for your personal or guild library. Look for this book at your favorite quilt shop!

Publisher Phone: 1-800-848-4735
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©2004 Dori Hawks
Note: The quilt on page 140 titled “Sister’s Choice” was done by the Kingwood, Texas area guild was made as a raffle quilt. The quilting was done by Dori Hawks. You can also see close-ups of this quilt on page 1 in the book.

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