Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Creating Celebration Quilts by Cyndi Souder---Review

Creating Celebration Quilts--Your Guide to Making Memory Quilts is by Cyndi Souder and published by Schiffer.
ISBN 978-0-7643-4350-6

The first thing that I want to say is that this is a guide book. The book shows many ideas for memory quilts but does not include the patterns for making them.

The book is divided in 3 sections. Section 1 teaches you how to use a celebration quilts worksheet to map out what you want on your memory quilt etc.
There are lots of examples.
There is a reproducible worksheet to use over and over.
There are 5 examples of quilts and their planning using the worksheet.

Section 2 starts out talking about your toolbox? What is your toolbox? It's many things....all of your experiences pertaining to art and sewing....DVD's you've watched, classes you have taken, any sewing at all that you have done, even finger painting in Kindergarten.

The items in section 2 will add to your toolbox. Subjects include taming the difficult, using photographs, quilting tips, hanging sleeves, and all about labels.

The book ends with Section 3. Section 3 has 10 pages of a gallery of Celebration Quilts and the story behind each one.

I belong to the Heart of Kansas Quilt Guild here in Hutchinson, KS.
I took Creating Celebration Quilts to our last meeting and had several of the ladies take a look at it. Some asked that I not mention their name in my post, so I will just put all comments in quotes.

"This isn't too bad."
"I love the idea of teaching how to use the worksheet and then how to make labels."
"I like the variety of beginner to advanced in the examples"
"It's handy how they show the layout for planning."
"There are good ideas in the book, but I like to see measurements and step by step patterns in the books that I purchase."
"Good ideas and modern."
"Some of the patterns in the examples are really neat ones, and you can figure out how to make them on your own if you would like a quilt like that."
"I agree with the other lady that I do like a book that shows the patterns."

Disclosure: I rec'd a copy of Creating Celebration Quilts from the publisher for the purpose of my review. I was not compensated in any way and all opinions are my own. Post does contain my affiliate links.

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