Tuesday, March 16, 2010

{ Book Review } Cozy Modern Quilts by Kim Schaefer


Cozy Modern Quilts: 23 Easy Pieced Projects to Bust Your Stash
Copyright 2009, Kim Schaefer
Published by C&T Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-57120-622-0
MSRP: $19.95

The I'm Just A Guy Who Quilts Review:

I purchased this book in late 2009 after stumbling upon it during an Amazon.com search. I was looking for a book with easy to follow, modern quilt design patterns and I found this one by author Kim Schaefer. Cozy Modern Quilts has patterns for Lap Quilts, Wall Quilts, Table Runners and Placemats; any of which could be easily adjusted to create larger projects. One could simply add more blocks to any of these patterns and create bed size quilts.

The directions for each project are very simple, well written and are only a few pages long. Picture layouts are included throughout. The author manages to fit a large amount of information in a thin, 64 page book. I would say that both experienced quilters and beginners would delight in the array of patterns provided. Depending on the amount of time you dedicate for creating, any of these quilts could be pieced in a weekend.

Kim describes this book as "suitable for all skill levels" and the projects as "containing no tricky measurements or stretchy bias edges." A fun aspect of this book is that each pattern is made up of only 2 shapes; the square and rectangle. She encourages you to make them as scrappy as you want and customize the patterns to your own personal taste.

I found that the only aspect of the book that I didn't like was how unattractive the fabrics were that the sample quilts were made from. Even though the designs of the quilts are modern, there were lots of blenders and country florals used. This must be where the "cozy" label takes shape in the title. No name brand fabrics are contained in these pages. I would have liked to see more time and thought put into fabric choices. This one aspect really hurts the market appeal of this title in my opinion.

Interior Shots of Projects:




The Final Word!

Certainly a great book to give anyone who quilts lots of inspiration, but don't buy it for eye candy. Buy it for the versatile, modern patterns! If this book was reissued using current market fabric trends I'm sure it would be a big hit.

6 comments:

  1. I too bought this book and totally agree that the fabric choices for the sample quilts could have been much better. I have also found some of the instructions to be strange and not at all the most efficient way to make a quilt. I am currently making the last quilt you have pictured and I basically re-wrote the instructions for myself.
    Great review!

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  2. Just a second to Ryan and Jennie - I too have this book and have the same thoughts. I'm eager to try a couple of the patterns with some newer, trendier fabrics.

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  3. Very interesting review, Ryan. You know, I have seen this book before and like the "idea" of it, but I have to admit I was turned off by the fabric choices, too. I will give it a second look.

    joan

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  4. Great review, I am in agreement 100%, fairly icky fabrics are not inspiring at all.

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  5. Just ordered this book from Amazon. I am looking forward to it. Thanks for the review. I am new to quilting and it has really been the fabrics that drew me in. I try really hard to look past other people's fabric choices and look at shapes and design.

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  6. I stumbled onto this book actually this past weekend at Joann's (thankful for the 40% discount coupon) and bought it. I am really looking forward to using it. As a beginner quilter, I find that ALL of the patterns are doable (can't say that with any other book or magazine yet). And I haven't seen other patterns similar for most of the projects.

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