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"Pillow Power" Book Review posted: 11/10/2004
by Veronica Cox Printable Page
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Pillow Power Book By ExpresSew
Review By Veronica Cox

My granddaughters, age 8 and 10 and two neighbor girls, ages 9 and 10, tried these cute pillows. I guess they were a little young for this. They didn't do as well as they did with the Quilt Quest Book by ExpresSew. They cut everything out fine for the Neck Roll. When it came to sewing, though, they had a lot of problems. The pictures are in black and white, and they couldn't figure out what went where. They had trouble with the facings, which seamed easy to me, but I'm grandma, not a kid. They weren't quite sure about folding the facings over and then unfolding them. They had problems with folding lengthwise, too. They couldn't sew the facings with the free arm, and in this section, there is a help referral saying, “Confused? See diag. 29". This one is definitely for teenagers, or those children with a little sewing experience. I actually thought this would be easier than the quilt, I guess they proved me wrong.

The pillows are awfully cute and I whipped up several in no time, so the directions are correct, this needs to be made by older kids. You'll see from their pillows that there was not much of a ruffle, because they struggled with the free arm. After they finished their pillow, they didn't want to tackle any of the others. They said they would try next summer, and I think with their introduction to sewing and quilting this year, that they will be ready to tackle pillows next time. I may surprise them with some for Christmas.

This book and others are available from:
611 Frederick Street, 2nd floor
Hanover, Pa. 17331

©2004 Veronica Cox Home of The Appliqué Pressing Sheet

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