Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Cozy Modern Quilts: 23 Easy Pieced Projects to Bust Your Stash
Copyright 2009, Kim Schaefer
Published by C&T Publishing, Inc.
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.