Piecing Makeover by Patty Murphy is the book I needed but didn’t know I did. I ran into Patty at Quilt Market in 2017 in the Convention Centre’s cafeteria – I think we bonded over the taco bowl salad – and we got talking about who we were and what we were doing and Patty was there promoting her book Piecing Makeover. She was really excited about it and we talked briefly about what it was, etc. but in the throng of all the new people and conversations I completely spaced on following it up when I got home. Luckily for me (and my piecing) Patty tracked me down and asked me if I would like to have a look at her book and review it on my blog. Never one to say no to a fellow C&T Publishing author I agreed.
I’m ashamed to say that I really expected this book to be another project based quilting book; light on the useful information and heavy on the patterns. But it’s not! It’s a book all about improving your piecing and patchwork skills. In fact, there’s no complete pattern in the book at all. Patty uses a variety of traditional patchwork blocks as the basis for delivering her wisdom and I love it. Every block in the book is a teachable lesson in improving your skills, from the very basics to the complex.
Having been primarily self-taught this book covered things that I took for granted that I just inherently knew about patchwork (like cutting fabrics!) and showed me a better way to do things. I was even a little thrilled to see some of the things that I’d taught myself and thought unique to my style of working covered in Piecing Makeover. (I love it when I can bond with an author over a shared way of doing things while reading their book.) Patty has even covered the things I fear most: curves.
I picked this book up and flicked around it looking with excitement at all the information and helpful photos and knew immediately that I’d need more time with this book. I can see myself using it as a reference tool while I work, just keeping it tucked into the primary position on my workspace so I can grab it as I need it. Dare I even say it, but this is the perfect book to accompany Fussy Cutters Club. Let Patty teach you the foundations while I teach you how to apply fussy cutting to those skills.
Now I know that with a book review you’re supposed to rave about a book, but that’s not my style. If it’s crap, I’m either going to write back and let the author know that I don’t think it suits my community or I’ll write a balanced review pointing out the good with the bad. Here’s my review of this book in a nutshell: I bought a copy. When I’m provided with books for review it’s always eBooks – rarely does a publisher provide a hard copy. Now I love a good eBook for the convenience but my heart lies with the hard copy. I love to be able to pick it up and hold the words in my hands while I read. I love to be able to flip between the pages and not have to worry about the screen locking while I’m off working on something else. I love books.
In the years that I’ve been writing in this space I’ve only ever bought a copy of the book I’ve reviewed once. I’ve now added Piecing Makeover to that short list. I learned so much from this book in the first couple of chapters that I knew I had to have a copy. I even added the eBook to my in-flight reading list for my trip to Quilt Market because I wanted to spend more time with it so I could let the lessons sink in. For those of you that are participating in the Tula Pink Butterfly Quilt Sew-along you’ll know that I’m yet to tackle the curved blocks in the quilt. Curves freak me out somewhat irrationally, but they do. Curves and equilateral triangles are my quilty nemesis. But not now, I’m seriously going to come home from Market and conquer these blocks with the help of Patty Murphy’s Piecing Makeover.
Win a Copy of Piecing Makeover by Patty Murphy
Because I love you all and I think that no quilter should be without a copy of Piecing Makeover by Patty Murphy I’m giving you a chance to win a copy. Simply leave a comment on this post telling me what your quilty nemesis is and you could win a copy (a bonus way to enter can also be found on my Instagram account by clicking here – look for the book cover in amongst all the Quilt Market photos). Competition is open internationally. US Residents will receive a hard copy while international peeps (like me here in Australia) will receive an eBook. Competition closes 11:59pm 4 November. Winner announced in the 6 November Gnome Gnews (click here to subscribe).
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