What a strange little book! I probably wouldn't make the majority of these projects, HOWEVER, this book had some GREAT DIAGRAMS!! It showed techniquesWhat a strange little book! I probably wouldn't make the majority of these projects, HOWEVER, this book had some GREAT DIAGRAMS!! It showed techniques for applique, folding seams under, piecing things together, etc. Finally a way to SEE what people are talking about when they describe these mysterious ways to sew.
She had a technique I haven't seen anywhere, which is to sew the quilt batting to each block as you go, and then sew them all together. Different!
One downside was that I don't think she included the seam allowance in her measurements . . . too complicated for me.
Also the book had "arty" photos with one model who never showed her teeth and you couldn't even see some of the projects very well. Some of the pictures were strangely depressing. Strange all around!
Oh yeah, and who just sews new patches onto the top of their patchwork rug when it gets dirty? EWW!
Still, the thorough diagrams were amazing (compared to other books I have read)....more
Ha ha ha! I found this book to be really amusing because of the included Weekend Planner sections for each project, where she tells you how to break uHa ha ha! I found this book to be really amusing because of the included Weekend Planner sections for each project, where she tells you how to break up the tasks over the weekend.
This book MUST be intended for people who live alone, or at the very least, don't have small children! I ask you: where am I going to get even 1 hour of uninterrupted time on the weekend (let alone SIX TO SEVEN?!) to work on these projects? And preschoolers aside, I have other weekend commitments, such as spending time with my husband, dog walking, grocery shopping, etc.!
She also assumes that you work outside the home and can stop off at the fabric store on your way home. I don't know why the majority of these projects have you starting with going to the fabric store -- don't avid quilters have a ton of fabric already? The energy expenditure of getting out to the fabric store and browsing around (though that sounds lovely) would take up a large chunk of my free weekend time!
Here are some gems that made me LOL:
* "Don't worry if shopping takes you all evening" (because no one is at home waiting to eat dinner with you, walk the dog as a family, read to them and kiss them goodnight) * "It will take six to seven hours to complete . . . . To me, that means I want to line up three movies in my DVD player." (BWAA HA HA HA HA HAAA!! If only the world worked that way!) * "Leisurely make a morning of shopping" (yes, it is so leisurely to grab my child's wrist every 2 minutes to keep her from digging through merchandise, not to mention the relaxation that comes with trying to ignore her increasing whining as she gets more and more bored!) * "At the rate you're going -- you will have time to be taken out to dinner tonight." (Wellll, yeah, if I'm doing all this quilting, I won't be cooking, now will I?) * "This might be one of those days that you stay in your jammies and slippers 'til noon." (Those days are a thing of the past, long shall I cherish their memory and sometimes cry over it!) * "Get caught up on your favorite HGTV program while hand-stitching the binding." (First, this is ridiculous because I cannot concentrate on sewing AND watch television at the same time. Second, no time for television. Third, I don't even have a television.) * "It's going to be a fun day of shopping and sewing!" (Really? Do people actually get to live like this?) *"Clear off the entire dining room table to make room to cut your fabrics." (HA HA HA, this task alone would take me 1.5 hours!) *"I like to take a weekend morning to sleep in" (Yes, yes, sometimes I can sleep in all the way to 7:00am! That extra half-hour is so refreshing.)
I just don't understand who has the ability (or desire?) to keep their entire family out of their way and spend the weekend in solitude, feverishly quilting and ignoring everything else. Maybe I'm doing something wrong in my life; maybe I SHOULD be able to find time for personal projects on the weekend. Sometimes I do manage to eke out a couple hours PER WEEKEND, and that is amazing and great. But mostly, I have a lot of other things to think about -- and abandoning my husband and child is not usually one of them! Maybe this author assumes there are grandparents standing by to babysit. Ah, that must be nice, but for me each set of parents is 1500 and 3000 miles away.
She must assume you live with someone, though, because there are a few references to asking "someone" for a backrub, and having other people serve themselves muffins for breakfast because you're not cooking, and having brunch with the family.
I think the author must be a loner. She's just making up the family stuff.
The ONLY project I think is realistic is her Block of the Weekend mini quilt. Here she says to only make one "block" per weekend (and start and wrap up) over six weeks. THAT I could do!
Also, this book is not for beginners. By chance, I think I already know what "basting" is (and it's not covering your project with turkey drippings, ha ha!) and also now I understand "fat quarters". But I had to guess "sashing" by context (and possibly "obese eigths"?), and I still don't know what she means by "send it out to your machine quilter". Are there people sitting around who make all those quilt lines for you? How could you even FIT those crazy designs on a giant quilt through a sewing machine anyway? Another totally useless instruction is: "Quilt as desired". Huh?! And as for batting, I still don't know if it should be cotton or polyester, and what thickness . . . .
Her fabric cutting chart was hard to understand. She's got a column for "First Cut" and then one for "Second Cut", but is that second cut supposed to be done on the fabric piece you just cut first? The measurements don't add up, so there would be a LOT of wasted fabric. Why would I cut a strip first at 42" long if the two strips I want from it are only 13.5"? Wouldn't I cut a strip that is 27" long? Same for the batting and backing: why are they cut larger than the "quilt top"?? You just cut them down to the size of the quilt top anyway!
Well, I found this book at the library as inspiration for a quilt for my daughter, but I won't be actually using it. At least it gave me a good laugh!!
I do think I will copy out a couple pages of her directions in the back, and the Block of the Weekend and Chinese Lantern quilts. They are definitely not one-weekend affairs, but perhaps when I get better, I'll try making them....more
I don't even remember where I read the excerpt from this book, what about that excerpt made me think I would enjoy it, and what made me put it on holdI don't even remember where I read the excerpt from this book, what about that excerpt made me think I would enjoy it, and what made me put it on hold at the library, but I did all those things. And I read it. And parts of it were OK, but overall I hate this woman. I can't even get into all the reasons why (I'd have my own essay on here), but let's just say that she has some attitude, perspective, logic, and ego PROBLEMS.
Whatever, lady!! I hope your children grow up to be the complete opposite of you and your wacko concepts....more
Bizzaro book that is mostly just pointless. I skimmed 100 pages in about 15 minutes and still didn't finish. I just cannot be bothered with all theseBizzaro book that is mostly just pointless. I skimmed 100 pages in about 15 minutes and still didn't finish. I just cannot be bothered with all these sub-par books anymore! Life is too short!...more
I'm sorry, I just couldn't make it even INTO this book. I was already in high school; I don't need to suffer through it again. I don't normally say thI'm sorry, I just couldn't make it even INTO this book. I was already in high school; I don't need to suffer through it again. I don't normally say this, but: BOOOOO-RING!! Also, the author has NO IDEA how to make references properly (there are no footnotes) and that pissed me off. He could have fabricated the whole book. I would call it "historical fiction" because it was not properly documented!!!...more
This was a good, solid book. Reading went quickly, and it was moody and suspenseful. Towards the end I did get a bit confused, but it all pulled togetThis was a good, solid book. Reading went quickly, and it was moody and suspenseful. Towards the end I did get a bit confused, but it all pulled together. Overall, I wanted to like this book more than I did, but hey, what are you gonna do?
I liked the journalist's method of sharpening and lining up her pencils for marathon writing! :)...more
This was a great book! It was funny, thoughtful, and had a bunch of great recipes (yes, we made some of them at book club!) Highly recommended by critThis was a great book! It was funny, thoughtful, and had a bunch of great recipes (yes, we made some of them at book club!) Highly recommended by critical me. :)...more
This book was alright. I loved Bridget Jones, so I was excited to read more, but this book was a bit of a disappointment. First off, it's based in traThis book was alright. I loved Bridget Jones, so I was excited to read more, but this book was a bit of a disappointment. First off, it's based in tragedy -- that right there makes me sad for the whole book. Then, all the stupid texting nonsense . . . eh, stupid. OK, I'm downgrading this from 3 to 2.5 stars -- it kept me reading, but maybe we didn't need to hear about an older Bridget Jones. Or at least, I would have rather kept that story in my imagination. Now this silly tale is "canon", oh well....more
**spoiler alert** Book club had JUST done a lousy book about going off into the jungle (See _The Piano Tuner_), then along comes this book about going**spoiler alert** Book club had JUST done a lousy book about going off into the jungle (See _The Piano Tuner_), then along comes this book about going off into the jungle. So I had already had enough of the jungle -- so that may have primed me to not really want to read this. I kept putting it off until a couple days before book club, and then I only read 80 pages and asked my mom for a synopsis (she was joining us at book club, too!). From what she told me about the plot, I'm REALLY glad I didn't read the rest of it! It just sounded stupid. However, from what little I did read, at least the author knows how to write.
It would have been more engaging if it weren't starting off in tragedy. Honestly, you're really not going to "hook" me with a tragic death (or WAS he dead?) in the first few pages.
I tried reading another one of this author's "amazing" books a few years ago, but it was totally confusing and I didn't know how it was supposed to be all wonderful when dealing with these scary tragic events. Who sits around mulling over tragedies and then writing about them??? Not healthy....more
This book was lame. I kept waiting for something to happen. Along the way, the writing is forced, there are interludes of extraneous information, andThis book was lame. I kept waiting for something to happen. Along the way, the writing is forced, there are interludes of extraneous information, and the ending is confusing. You can tell the author did a lot of research, but I kept thinking, "you didn't have to cram all your research into this book!"
Also, dude? Use quotation marks!! Why he tried to write some passages without them is beyond me. Eh, once I started skimming it became more bearable, but it was still stupid overall....more
Irritating. Depressing. Pretentious. The author thinks she's being "meaningful" and "poetic", but her writing and her attitude are both crap. I couldIrritating. Depressing. Pretentious. The author thinks she's being "meaningful" and "poetic", but her writing and her attitude are both crap. I could barely make myself read beyond the first chapter, but got to page 40 and skimmed the rest. Unsettling, leaves you in a bad mood. BLECH! Also: who loves nature and also burns her trash on the beach for the ocean to wash away?! Crazy lady, I do not understand you.
(This month we had two books for book club, and I wish I had read this one first! Then I could have skimmed it, forgotten about it, and simply enjoyed the GOOD book, _La's Orchestra Saves the World_. I was somehow tricked into thinking this book would be "deep" in a way I like. WRONG!)...more
I liked this book quite a bit! The writing was very nice and pulled me in. Ultimately, I think that not much happened in the story (OK, aside from WWII liked this book quite a bit! The writing was very nice and pulled me in. Ultimately, I think that not much happened in the story (OK, aside from WWII of course) -- but on the very last page, you get a glimmer that there may be something going on in the future.