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Book review: Quilt it with Love: The Project Linus Story by Mary Balagna and Carol Babbitt

Quilt It With Love: The Project Linus Story benefits Project Linus. If you’re not familiar with Project Linus, it’s a nonprofit organization that brings homemade blankets to children in need. They have been in existence since 1995 and have 400 different chapters nationally in all fifty states. Volunteers of Project Linus have made and donated more than four million quilts to help children in need. Children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need are gifted with these beautiful blankets to provide warmth and security.

Quilt It With Love tells the story of this nonprofit organization and the volunteers who make it their mission to provide children in need with a special quilted blanket. The book contains over 20 quilt patterns and the stories of the volunteers who created them and the special children who received them. Quilt It With Love starts out with quilting basics for those new to quilting. You will learn about basic quilting tools and supplies that will normally be needed. The book will also explain basic quilting techniques like pressing, applique, and paper piecing. There are lots of drawings and diagrams as well as photographs of quilts in this section to make understanding the basics much easier.

Each quilt project has its own chapter. There is a gorgeous full color photograph of the quilting project featured along with a detailed list of supplies and directions for assembly. Also included are diagrams and photographs to explain the quilting process. Each project also has a guide to show how difficult the quilt is to make. I found this very helpful since I am still a beginner. I love reading the stories of the people who made the quilt and who it was gifted to. The quilts are really so much more than simple quilts. There are some that are game boards or have windows or pockets that open up. There are quilts with signature blocks sewn onto them that make them a wonderful keepsake.

If you’re looking for a book with unique quilting patterns, Quilt It With Love is definitely the book you need to get. This book will be available on October 2 and can be purchased from Amazon. Order your copy of Quilt It With Love: The Project Linus Story: 20+ Quilt Patterns & Stories to Warm Your Heart. A portion of the proceeds from this book goes to Project Linus.

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