We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Joelle's new book, Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts! According to the UPS website, our shipment will be arriving at both Purl Patchwork and purlsoho.com on Monday September 10th!
Joelle's second book is a beautiful collection of heartfelt gifts that can accommodate any busy crafter's schedule and skills. You'll find a wealth of inspiration and patterns for all sorts of projects, arranged according to the amount of time required to complete them, from about 2 to 12 hours.
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GORGEOUS PROJECTS TO GIVE OR KEEP
There are 30 inspiring projects to appeal to various skill levels and styles, from pincushions to bedspreads! Here are just a few:
Kelly's Pincushions - From the 2-to-4 Hours Gifts chapter, created by Joelle's dear friend Kelly McKaig. These pincushions will make a special and useful gift for all of your sewing friends!
Super Quick + Easy Baby Quilt - From the 2-to-4 Hours Gifts chapter. It really is!
Puzzle Ball - From the 4-to-8 Hour Gifts chapter. This piece makes a great gift for children and babies.
Follow-The-Lines Baby Quilt - From the More-than-12 Hours Gifts chapter. This project was lovingly hand-quilted by our friend and Purl Patchwork's quilting teacher Cassandra Thoreson. Its a great way to make an intimate acquaintance with this charming print from Alexander Henry.
Color-Wheel Quilt - This is one of our favorite projects from the More than 12 Hours Gifts chapter.
Peanut, the Wee Elephant
From the 4-to-8 Hours Gifts Chapter. Hilary Lang's bashful baby elephant just couldn't be sweeter! The book includes full-size templates to assist you in making your own sweet elephant.
Colored Pencil Roll
From the 2-to-4 Hour Gifts chapter. Kathy Mack created this beautiful linen tool pouch for your favorite young artist with a bright surprise on the inside.
TECHNIQUES, TOOLS, AND MATERIALS
Readers will find that in addition to the rich projects in the book, a substantial section is dedicated to dissecting the essential tools and techniques that every confident crafter must know. Even in describing the elements of a basic tool kit or discussing pinning techniques, Joelle shares her own indispensable tips on how to cut corners without sacrificing quality. Everything from preparing fabric, cutting, sewing, and quilting are detailed with "techniques that I rely on most often" in addition to techniques that are "simple and direct".
Insights on choosing the perfect materials for every project will help build a fundamental knowledge of natural materials, like silk, wool, and even vintage fabrics. Cotton thread, cotton batting and stuffing, and cotton prints are traditional sewing materials that find fresh life among Joelle's sensible, stylish projects.
AND MUCH MORE!
There is just so much to see and do, whether you have a whole afternoon or just an hour! Making and giving handmade gifts is so rewarding; we hope Joelle's new book will inspire you in your endeavors!