Books on Monday is back! For our first book of the new year, we are looking at A Paper-Pieced Garden: 27 Mix-and-Match Blocks Plus Unique Quilts by Maaike Bakker and Francoise Maarse.
We all know that I have been avoiding appliqué for years! Well, some of the paper-pieced flowers in this book can protect me from having to ever learning to appliqué! (Well, technically some of these designs include some appliqué for the stems and leaves and other details.) But I digress. This isn’t about me.
The book begins with an Introduction with a little bit of information about the authors. Next comes a page long discussion of Color and Fabric, followed by several pages each on Paper Piecing, Constructing the Quilt, Adding Appliqués, and Finishing the Quilt. The Projects section contains seven garden-themed projects. After this comes a Gallery of Quilts containing pictures of seven quilts also made with the block patterns. Then come the Block Patterns, 28 different paper-pieced flowers, animals, cherries, mushrooms, and vases that you can use to design your own quilts. Next are the Appliqué Patterns (mostly leaves and stems) followed by Triangle Patterns and Quilting Designs. The last section is About the Authors.
These blocks are gorgeous designs and I can see myself using them in projects, even if not the exact projects in the book. For me, this book is a real keeper!