Today’s Books on Monday Feature is Paper Piecing Perfect Points: 13 Fabulous Quilt Patterns by Debby Kratovil. (Yes, the following link is an Amazon Affiliate link.) (And, yes, we did have a wedding this past weekend, but I’m scheduling this four weeks in advance so I don’t miss a Monday. You’ll have to wait for your wedding fix!)
I love the way paper pieced points look, which shouldn’t surprise any readers of this blog. They look complicated and elegant and we all know I like looking complicated. (Elegant is not necessarily my personality.) However, recently lots of the paper pieced spiky looking quilts have started to look alike to me. I’m not sure what my problem is or how I’ve gotten over-saturated, but when I first glanced through this book I kind of groaned to myself. At first glance they all looked alike to me.
Luckily, there was a second glance. During that trip through the book I marked nearly ever quilt as one I might like to make someday in the future. So, yes, the quilts in this book are pretty and look complicated and I might like to make some. Although, I might use the paper piecing foundations to make some designs of my own also.
In her introduction, Debby gives her top 10 rules for paper piecing. She points the reader to other books if general instructions for quiltmaking are needed. This makes lots of sense in this book. Most beginners would not be trying this!
In the next section she covers special techniques she uses in the quilts in the book and in her own paper piecing. Written paper piecing procedures always seem more confusing than video, but these were pretty clear to me. We’ll see when I try some of them later on.
Then we get to the quilt patterns. No one will be surprised to hear that each quilt has lots of points! That’s the point (pun intended) of this whole book! And there are several very pretty quilts in this book. One of them, Toile Garden Medallion, would be a beautiful way to display some large print fabrics. (Yes, points and large prints.) This may actually be the first one I try although the quilt in the book is not made from colors I can ever picture myself working with. But I am a sucker for flying geese circles. I also especially like Descending, Katie’s Point of View (the cover quilt), and Silk Compass. Definitely enough quilt possibilities to make this book a definite keeper.