Fun with Fat Quarters: 15 step-by-step projects with essential techniques to kick-start your sewing (Paperback)
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Containing 15 fresh, fun fat-quarter projects, from doorstops and drawstring bags to tablemats, aprons and cushions, this book is ideal for sewers of all abilities. It starts with a comprehensive techniques section, guiding you through a variety of useful techniques, from inserting a zip and sewing buttonholes to creating patchwork. The techniques are fully explained and are combined with easy-to-follow step-by-step photography. The book then leads on to the projects; each contains inspiring photography, instructive hand-drawn illustrations and heaps of handy hints and tips. Each project is made from fat quarter fabric, but there is no reason why you cant cut your own or use up some of your cherished left-over stash fabrics instead.
About the Author
Internationally accredited sewing machine expert, Wendy Gardiner, has been editor of leading sewing magazines, Vogue Patterns, Sewing World and Sew Hip and has produced major books and DVDs on sewing, which she passionately promotes as a fun, affordable hobby. She runs a sewing resource website, www.isew.co.uk which is packed with projects, tips and techniques. Wendy also teaches, runs creative sewing weekends and is a regular guest presenter on shopping channels Ideal World and Create & Craft TV.
Library Journal review by Sarah Sieg
"Gardiner (The Sewing Machine Manual) begins this sewing guide by defining the standard cut of fabric known as fat quarters and explaining how they are made. These definitions, plus materials and tool lists are clearly written, and a mix of photographs and illustrations aid in understanding concepts and techniques. As a delightful bonus, the sewing basics section includes projects—flowers, doorstops, party clutches, pinafores, mats, pillows, and more—to further practice and improve skills. There are also multiple bag patterns: drawstring, reversible, disappearing nine-patch, and quilted. Written by a British author, this book employs metric measurements, although conversions to inches and more are also included. The projects are utilitarian, giftable for adults and children, and just right to make for oneself.
VERDICT A well-written title with excellent basic sewing directions geared toward moderately experienced sewists. Purchase where fat-quarter books are popular."