Book review: “Sensational Quilts for Scrap Lovers” by Judy Gauthier = 4*

Any book that can offer me ideas for using up my (never-ending pile of) scraps is going to hook me in for sure! Add beautiful colours and designs to the equation and I’m in!

The first thing to say is that this book classes scraps as anything from 3.5″ to less than fat quarter size…none of the designs use pieces that are less than 3.5″. If that’s the size of your scraps then this book is sublime but if your scraps are much smaller (say from English Paper Piecing) then this book may not be as applicable and/or you’d have to edit the fabric requirements/pattern sizes to work with your stash. It isn’t a problem, it is just something to be aware of from the start. Now, let’s look at the beauty of this book!

Even the contents page is sumptuous and worthy of framing in itself!

Judy starts with the crucial part of her scrap-loving quilts: colours, tints, tones, shades and combining them! This is a really key aspect and it is beautifully put together, explained and visually presented.

Judy also looks at curves. Curves can be quite daunting and, before getting to the quilt designs, Judy guides you through the process of measuring, cutting, marking and sewing your circles with visuals and written instructions.

Now the foundations are in place…it is time for some scrap-loving quilts!

I can’t think of a good enough adjective to describe the deliciousness of these designs, their richness, their beauty and their style! There are 11 quilts in the book and each, and every single, one of them is a stunner!

Each quilt starts with the stunning photo along with the materials you’ll need, the cutting information and information about the design and top tips for making it. Following this, there are easy to follow step-by-step instructions for making your own version of this quilt from your scraps.

Each step has written instructions and clear visual images to guide you along the way.

This is a really beautiful book full of incredible images and designs for using colours creatively with the fabric offcuts in your stash! The photography is stunning and plentiful. The only thing that I felt was missing was a ‘sewing level guide’. I’d have loved a ‘sewing level’ alongside each project as some of the instructions look quite complex so it would help to know which patterns are an easy way into beginning to stitch scraps so that you can then progress to the more complex designs (or just jump straight in with the complex designs!)

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