Sunday 31 July 2016

Playtime Naptime Anytime Quilts ~ C & T Publishing ~ Book Review

Kim Schaefer

ISBN: 9781617451843
Publisher: C & T Publishing
Publication Date: 16 June 2016
RRP: £17.99

Available direct from Search Press.


What great fun!

There is something so special about making
a quilt for a child.
They make ideal presents and it is something
that will be cherished for years to come.

The book is packed full of fun and interesting quilts 
for varying levels of quilter.
Whether you are a first-time sewist or an
experienced quilter.

The designs use machine applique and simple
piecing techniques to create
amazing designs.

There aren't just basic quilts, there are also
growth charts, place mats, nap mats & a drum seat.

I love the idea that the designs can also be
increased or increased to create fun wall decor.
Or how about adding them to t-shirts!

If you love making things for children
then you really will love this book.
The designs are:
  • Dinosaur Stomp
  • Rocketing Through Space
  • Rocketing Through Space Growth Chart
  • Monster March
  • And Z
  • Jungle Jam
  • Color Block Cuddle
  • Princess Palace
  • Little Miss Mermaid
  • Nap Mats
  • Place Mats
  • Drum Seat

I love the ideas that run through this book.
Not only are you buying a children's quilts book,
you are also buying a book that can create
an amazing array of matching items.

Whether you are making something for
a girl or a boy you are sure to find
something fun and interesting to make.

There isn't a quilt in this book that I wouldn't
want to make.

The book has been well thought out
and is jam packed!
You will be making things for many years to come.

Great fun and brilliant projects.

Available direct from Search Press.


I received this book to review.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.

Saturday 30 July 2016

Cozy Fashion Accents ~ Leisure Arts ~ Book Review

by Becky Stevens

ISBN: 9781464743696
Publisher: Leisure Arts
Publication Date: 7 July 2016
RRP: £5.99

Available direct from GMC.


Leisure Arts offer an amazing array
of books and this book is a fantastic addition.

The book offers such good value for money.
It is jam packed with TEN Sets!!
Yes that's ten headband, boot cuff and scarf sets
for you to make.

Ear Warmer/Headband's are fantastic
as they are handy, they keep you warm
without having to cover your whole head.

Each of the sets has it's own unique look.
Some do this using different stitches
and some do this using different types
of yarn.

All of the patterns are in written format
and of an easy level.

The sets would make brilliant presents.

The book also directs you to where
you can follow videos online to support you.
The videos give you the support with the stitches
you may need help with.

With such a variety for such a fantastic
price, you can't get better value for money.

Available direct from GMC.


I received this book to review.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.

Friday 29 July 2016

Crochetterie ~ Jacqui Small LLP ~ Book Review

Crochetterie Cool Contemporary Crochet for the Creatively-minded
by Molla Mills

ISBN: 9781910254899
Publisher: Jacqui Small LLP
Publication Date: Aug. 18, 2016
RRP: £20.00

Available direct from Quarto Knows.


Beautifully practical.
I think that's the best way I can describe this book.
It takes practicality to a whole new level.
This is the most unique crochet book
I have ever seen.

Now this book isn't just a crochet book,
it uses other materials and methods
to take your crocheted projects to a 
whole new level.

You will learn everything from using
leather to create handles and other fasteners
as well as fabric to create linings and bases.

This book has also been designed to inspire
men as well as women.
It's designed to appeal to men to bring
them into the crochet movement.

The book is split into section:
  • Home
  • Clothes
  • Travels
  • Equipment
  • Basic Instructions
  • Maintenance

Each of the designs are practical,
imaginative and well thought out.
You will be amazed by the amount of
projects that are held within the book.

With each project there are step-by-step
instructions as well as pictures
to support you.

The crochet patterns are in written format
but there are also charts for so of the designs.

I love the different materials that are
used within the book and I really
like the way they are used with the 
crochet patterns to create extremely practical items.

There are quite a lot of projects that
are very masculine but there are also fun
and interesting ones as well.

There are some cute patterns for children,
I especially love the bee game.

The thing that most excites me is the
idea of following the instructions
to whittle your own crochet hook.
I am hoping this book will inspire
my son a bit more to learn to crochet.

Available direct from Quarto Knows.


Thursday 28 July 2016

Practical Sew & Mend ~ GMC ~ Book Review

Essential Mending Know-How
by Joan Gordon

ISBN: 9781784941765
Publisher: GMC
Publication Date: 7 Jun. 2016
RRP: £9.99

Available direct from GMC.


In past generations this information
would have been passed down each generation.
Unfortunately this isn't the case anymore.

I never learnt any sewing and mending skills
from my mother.
Previously most of us would use and throw away.
We wouldn't even think of mending something.
Now however we have realized
it's better to mend it and use things more.

In previous years I was almost scared
of sewing.
Now I am realizing there is nothing
difficult or scary about sewing.

This book is brilliant.
It takes it from scratch and teaches
you all the basics.

The pictures are extremely clear
and easy to follow.
It takes you through everything from
threading a needle to making a knot.

The book has fantastic tips that make
everything super easy.
Sewing straight has always been my issue
but with the useful tip in this book
this won't be the case anymore.

The book is broken down into sections:
  • Buttons and other closures
  • Seams
  • Hems
  • Fix & Repair.

There is just so much information in this book.
It's the kind of book that you keep in the
house and use time and time again.

No matter your level if you want
to learn how to mend and repair
different things then this is really a brilliant book.

This book is like having your mum or gran
showing what to do.

I have already used this book a number of times.
My sons trousers needed their 
hems moving
and I had to repair a split seam.
This book gave me the confidence to tackle them.

A brilliant book that really does show you everything

Available direct from GMC.


I received this book to review.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.