I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time passing by any books about sewing! Especially ones by authors I like! Loving quilting as much as I do, and thinking of myself as a beginning quilter in many ways, I decided to check out Emma Hardy’s new book, “Quilting in No Time.”
There are 50 step-by-step projects that are intended to be weekend projects. This makes it a great book for beginners because the projects aren’t extremely time consuming or hard. But the book also has a lot to offer to those that sew or quilt more, but want a quick project to do. A lot of the quilting projects are patchwork, but not necessarily quilted. Some are tied with thread, or tacked with buttons. Anyone can make the projects more challenging by doing some machine quilting, or playing with color combinations to challenge the eye on these projects.
Here is a sampling of the types of patchwork you can find in this book:
This table runner is made of strips that are narrow on one end, and wider on the other. You can see that she provides illustrations to help you through the directions.
Here’s another patchwork technique – A Log Cabin Pillow Cover:
A Crazy Patchwork Pillow:
I think that pillows are a great way to learn a new technique. You can later apply those techniques to larger items.
The pillow is assembled in a nine-patch format, but uses the crazy quilt technique. And here is something that is a lot easier to make than it looks:
These flower placemats are adorable, and she has an easy technique that was used to make the center!
Here is a Notebook Folder where the outside is made by handsewing rather than on the sewing machine:
The outside is made of fabric hexagons using paper templates to shape and sew them together. This technique is something that you can take on the go, or do in front of the television rather than sitting at the sewing machine. As you can see, the projects in this book allow you to learn a lot of different patchwork techniques, without having to spend a great deal of time on each one.
Emma has once again divided the chapters in the book into different spaces you may have in your home (and outside). 1. Relaxation Spaces, 2. Kitchens & Dining Rooms, 3. Bedrooms, 4. Work & Play Spaces, 5. Laundry & Bathrooms, 6. Outside Spaces.
There is a Technique section in the back of the book where Emma explains sewing techniques that will help you with any of the projects:
She has a lot of illustrations and photos throughout the book to help you through each project and to give you a good idea of what the finished item should look like.
After the Techniques section there is a page of Resources for supplies, and templates to use in the projects. Some templates are original size, others will have to be enlarged:
With so many projects to do, the book is a great value! I would definitely recommend someone that wants to learn to do some patchwork and quilting to start here. And those with more experience can still make the projects more challenging by adding their own touches or experiementing with color placement. There are a lot of good gift ideas that aren’t incredibly time consuming. Whip up a sofa quilt for Father’s Day!
I’m sure he’d love it!