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  • Publisher: C&T Publishing
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 17 August 2016
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781617452574
  • Stock: 7 in stock
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 370
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: £25.99
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Piecing Makeover


Simple Tricks to Fine-Tune Your Patchwork by Patty Murphy

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Book Description

Perfect your patchwork with a visual, step-by-step guide to 21 popular quilt blocks. Piecing expert Patty Murphy shows you how with fail-proof techniques that can be used in all types of quilt designs, from traditional to modern. Say goodbye to patchwork problems like mismatched seams, blunt points, and too-small blocks, and learn to avoid common mistakes in sashings, borders, and bindings. Though mistakes happen to all of us, these easy techniques will help beginning and intermediate quilters achieve quiltmaking success every time.

About the Author

About Patty Murphy

Patty Murphy has been sewing since age six and loves to share her craft with anyone who will listen. Her work has been featured online and in several books and magazines. Patty teaches regularly at Intown Quilters in Decatur, Georgia. pattymurphyhandmade.com


Very Kerry Berry

I enjoy reviewing books from time to time and I choose the titles carefully; I only have limited shelf space and I want something I am going to use, not just coffee table inspiration (although I don't totally rule that out!).  I saw Piecing Makeover by Patty Murphy and it's alluring strap line, 'Simple Tricks to Fine Tune Your Patchwork' and I had a feeling with my love of quilting tips it was going to be my kind of book...

If like me you like finessing your piecing and learning new tricks to improve your piecing accuracy, this is the book for you.  I'm not familiar with Patty but her blog is here is you want to read more about her.  It's easy to read with a photo rich layout, so you can get up close with common piecing issues and be given common sense and easy solutions to those problems.   Either work you way through it for a bit of everything or head straight for the contents page and choose a particular block or feature that you'd like to discover techniques for and read some common problems and their solutions. 

As a fan of piecing/quilting tips - as well as Pinterest boards I keep a photo folder of screen grabs of some of the best I see online - I did wonder if there would be sufficient new stuff for me but yes, there definitely is.   Patty's advice is  knowledgable but not judgemental or dogmatic, e.g. in the basics section at the start of the book, the age old pressing seams debate is addressed in bullet points.  Some quilters like to be told- definitely press one way/open etc. but I feel the decision needs to be based on many factors- fabric colour, bulk, the sort of quilting that will be used etc. so I agree with Patty, firstly you need to know what the different options are and then "Overtime you will learn to anticipate the best way to press a block and think it through before you start".

I wanted to test a new tip on a project so I plumped for half triangle piecing.  I had some cushions in mind using some souvenir fabrics bought in Amsterdam on a summer holiday plus some stash fabrics and the only way I had thought for piecing large half-rectangle triangles was hand drawn paper piecing templates on very large paper- I was planning on making 18" square cushions so larger than A4/letter paper allows.  Patty suggests a method and I carefully followed her with some test fabrics.  Like many of you I'm sure, I often have a mental block when working with diagonals so I referred constantly to the photographs, made sure my diagonals ran the same way and it worked a treat.  It is still a tricky shape; once the block is pieced it needs trimming down and I put washi tape on my ruler to help with this as you can't line the ruler with the 45 degree diagonal line like you would with a half-square triangle.  

I'm working my way through this book.  The pictures are large and there isn't too much text on the page so I find it a great book to read whilst sitting on my bed and I mark pages with post-it notes or commit tips to memory.

As you can see, the Problem-Diagnosis-Solution concept repeats all the way through the book.  In amongst the various advice there are some great rescue remedies for that moment when you think you've really messedup.  Sometimes those moments create the defining feature of a quilt although it  doesn't tend to feel like that when you realise your border fabric is 4" too short or you've trimmed a block a little too much.

Full review and images: http://verykerryberry.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/piecing-makeover-patty-murphy-book.html


Crochet Addict UK

Wow this book is packed with everything you should know that will help you as a quilter. The book helps you with some basic techniques and how to solve common problems. It gives you what you need to know to build a foundation of skills that can be applied to your quilt making. Even if you feel that you are already quite good at quilting I am sure you will find information and skills that will help you perfect your techniques. The pictures are large and clear so you will easily be able to see what you should be doing. This is the kind of book I like to read
through and mark off the things that are important to me. Then I will be using it to jog my memory as I get to each part of making my quilt. There are so many solutions to different problems when you are quilting.
You will not believe the amount of information held within. Whilst it takes you through different techniques
it also takes you through making different blocks. It shows you step-by-step how to make each block
and how to make it in different formats.  I love the fact that it even takes you through how to cut the fabric to create the different blocks as well as how to sew them together. As a newbie to quilting this book is fantastic.
So much information that you will use on every quilt you will make.


Traditional and modern designs for blocks with flawless construction. Step-by-step photos help beginners and intermediate quilters achieve perfection in quilt blocks. No more mis-matched seams. These professional tricks will fine-tune your patchwork and keep your lines in line. It's true sadly, that as a beginner quilter, I had mis-matched seams and would get frustrated that my blocks did not match up. It happens. This book will solve your problems and boost your confidence. The contents are: Tools, Cutting and Sewing, Pressing, Building Blocks, Classic and Modern Favourites, Putting It All Together. From cutting perfect strips, to tips I wish I'd known when I started quilting. This book is a perfect primer to make your patchwork perfect.

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