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Book Review: Pretty in Patchwork Holidays by John Q. Adams

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Some of my fondest memories of my grandmother are the Christmas patchwork projects we received from her. She used to love to quilt and made the most beautiful quilts for our bedrooms. Quilting is a skill that I never mastered but I always admire the Christmas patchwork projects that I see at our local craft fairs. If you enjoy patchwork projects, Pretty in Patchwork Holiday will show you 30-plus seasonal patchwork projects to piece, stitch, and love.

The projects included in John Q. Adams’s book are perfect to make for yourself, your home, or to give as a gift to someone special. The book will show you how to applique, piece, and embroider a great selection of holiday projects. Just a few of the types of items you’ll find are hostess gifts, baby quilts, and pieced Christmas ornament projects.

The book begins with an introduction to the basics which includes selecting the materials, including fabric, threads and embroidery floss, and batting. Also included is a discussion of the tools needed – what should be in your basic patchwork tool kit. You will also learn the basic techniques including templates, cutting, strips, the log cabin, English paper piecing, applique, embroidery, quilting, and binding.

Each of the projects has its own section and is prefaced with a large, full-color photograph of the finished result. Each project includes a detailed materials list along with the finished size of the project and the seam allowance. There are step-by-step written directions on how to complete each project along with detailed drawings and suggestions for variations on it. All of the necessary templates needed to complete each project are located in the back of the book. You can photocopy them so they can be used again and again. Also included in the back of the book is a bunting chart for reference. You can also read about each designer whose projects are included.

I really appreciate the variety of projects included in Pretty in Patchwork Holidays. I like that there are projects of every size, whether you are interested in creating something larger like a baby quilt or something smaller like a patchwork ornament. The smaller projects are noted in the Table of Contents with a green *mini project* next to the title. If you plan on making Christmas patchwork projects, Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays: 30+ Seasonal Patchwork Projects to Piece, Stitch, and Love is definitely the book you need.

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Ellen is a busy mom of two teenagers who left the corporate world in 2008 to focus on a more eco-friendly life. She lives in rural Vermont where she juggles family, two blogs and a career in social media. You can find her at http://www.confessionsofanover-workedmom.com/ and http://the-socialites-closet.blogspot.com/.