Love Jelly Roll Quilts: A Baker’s Dozen of Tasty Projects for All Skill Levels

Jo Avery et al. Stash, $22.95 trade paper (96p) ISBN 978-1-61745-955-9
Six quilters contribute to this useful treasury of ways to use scraps, specifically Jelly Roll fabric strip bundles, in pleasing and often whimsical projects. All but one of the designers, American Natalie Santini, hail from the U.K., while their creations originate from either Love Patchwork & Quilting or Today’s Quilter magazines. Santini’s “Good Karma” has dominant “mellow yellow” tones and is edged with flying-geese diagonal patterns; her “Candy Crush” poses pastels in a skull pattern meant to “reclaim the Day of the Dead for the living.” Several of the patterns represent current reinterpretations of classic designs. Avery’s “Granny Squares” uses the titular piece of fabric for quilting, rather than the customary crocheting, while Susan Briscoe reinterprets an Edwardian Welsh scrap coverlet for her “Dryslwyn Dreams” design (an exploded assembly diagram helps visualize putting this one together). Alice Hadley designs a quilt, pillow, and comforter for an infant’s nursery in “Cuddle Up,” and Nicola Dodd offers florals in “Baskets in Bloom.” Changing things up from the other projects, her “Brilliant Birds and Buds” can be worked on outside the sewing room—it involves appliquéing scraps into flower gardens. As Forster writes of her “Woven Rainbow” design, the simple quilting projects collected in this charming compendium will “put a smile on anyone’s face.” (Feb.)
Reviewed on : 12/02/2019
Release date: 02/01/2020
Genre: Lifestyle
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