Sunday, July 20, 2008

Review: 101 Fun-to-Quilt Pot Holders

Do you want to make potholders or are you just looking for some interesting quilt blocks? 101 Fun-to-Quilt Pot Holders by Trice Boerens is full of clever blocks.

101 Fun-to-Quilt Pot Holders contains an assortment of pieced and appliquéd blocks, arranged by theme. Some blocks are embellished with embroidery. The themes include:

  • Through the Window,
  • Creative Cook,
  • Town Square,
  • Bright Ideas,
  • All in a Row,
  • Rays of Sunshine,
  • Checkered Past,
  • English Garden,
  • Organic Garden,
  • Falling Leaves,
  • Dramatic Impact,
  • American Pride,
  • Fascinating Twirls,
  • Down-Home Fun,
  • Spinovation,
  • Fresh Fruit,
  • Butterfly Beauties,
  • Spring Florals,
  • French Countryside,
  • Fruit Baskets,
  • Make Mine Diamonds,
  • Time Will Tell,
  • A Little Fishy,
  • Lazy Hazy Days, and
  • Holiday Fun(i.e., Christmas & winter)

The book has templates for almost all block pieces, including squares, rectangles and triangles. If, like me, you prefer to rotary cut your pieces without templates, you’ll have to measure templates to determine cutting sizes.

Most blocks finish to 8 inches squares, but there are a few rectangular blocks that finish to 10" by 7" or 7½" x 9". WARNING! These are not blocks for a brand new quilter. Most of the blocks have at least 15 to 20 pieces in an 8 inch square. Many pieces finish to 1 inch wide or less. Know how to cut precisely and stitch an accurate ¼" seam before attempting most of the designs in this book.

Whether you want to make a few potholders for a gift or are looking for blocks for a quilt, you’re sure to find inspiration in 101 Fun-to-Quilt Pot Holders.

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