I decided to treat myself. I had a $50 gift card for Amazon, so I added 39 cents to it and purchased these three books, all of which have been sitting in my cart for quite some time! Have I ever mentioned that I am a complete book NUT! I love books, but I especially love craft/sewing/quilting books, it truly is a weakness for me, I am rapidly running out of space to store them all! I really lucked out with this bunch of books, because I will honestly say that all three are fabulous!
The first, Sew Serendipity Bags by Kay Whitt is a book filled with 12 different bag patterns. I love her style of books and patterns, she hand draws all of the instructional pictures, and this creates such a nice effect in the book, and such clear instructions. Not only do I want to make this bag shown on the cover, there is a diaper bag pattern that makes me want to make another, even though I totally don't need it! At the beginning of the book she goes over all the basics of handbag making and supplies needed, and I really think this is such a great resource of information, and so clearly written and illustrated! If you make handbags, this one is a must!
As soon as I learned that I was having another little boy, I knew that I NEEDED to get this book. This book, Sewing For Boys is one of the first, solely devoted to sewing for boys, which is a much needed thing in the book/pattern market. If you only have boys, then you know that the boy clothing world is seriously lacking in patterns and cute ideas for little boys. Everyone thinks about sewing for girls, but the poor little boys of the world get overlooked. Not anymore, thankfully! I love the classic designs in this book that will withstand the test of time and aren't "trendy." I really think this one will be just as relevant 10 years from now, as it is today, which is really nice since this book ranges from infant sizing to size 7. I want to make almost everything in this book, and hope to at some point, I really love all the pants patterns in this book, and do hope to make them sooner than later. My only complaint, is that there are really only 2-3 infant patterns, and I do wish they had a few more for that size range. On a whole, that really is a small complaint, and once again all the instructional pictures are very clear to understand and read. If you want to sew for your little boy, then grab this book!
My last book purchase, Modern Blocks is definitely my favorite of the three. I have already mapped out all the blocks that I want to eventually make, and that list is really long! Each two page spread contains instructions on how to make the block, a 6" image of the block (exactly 50% scale, because all of the blocks are 12" finished blocks,) and basic information about the block. The simplicity of this book makes it that much more appealing, and since there are 99 blocks, you are bound to find something you just "have to make!" Since the blocks are submitted by different designers, there is quite the variety ranging from applique, embroidery, paper piecing and traditional piecing. I really hope they keep this series of books going, because I would love to have volume 2, 3... and so on! This would be the perfect Christmas gift for that special quilter in your life!
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