Sunday, June 19, 2011

Book Review: Simplify

Simplify with Camille Roskelley: Quilts for the Modern Home

Author: Camille Roskelley
Publisher: C&T Publishing

I wanted to buy this book as soon as I knew it was in the works. Camille just has a certain something that appeals to almost everyone. In addition to the cutest darn smile, she has a talent for making things look so easy. Read her blog Simplify for awhile and you will see what I mean. Whether it’s designing, quilting, writing or photography, she rocks at it. You can tell that she loves what she does. Maybe that’s the secret!

The Projects
The book has a great mix of small and large projects. Tabletoppers, pillows, baby blankets, wall hangings, quilts....they’re all in here.

The Patterns
The patterns are described very well and the diagrams are clear and concise. I always love it when the designer takes the time to illustrate how to efficiently cut out pieces from a fat quarter.  The patterns make great use of pre-cuts.

The Photography
Gorgeous. No other word for it. Whether it’s a close up of a quilt or cute little boy toes sticking out from under a quilt, everything is styled beautifully and photographed impeccably.

Immediately Fell In Love With
Raw edge binding. I’ve never seen this before and I love it! For a casual style of quilt, it adds a great extra bit of texture.

My First Project Will Be
Coming Home tabletopper. I have some Fig Tree Breakfast at Tiffany’s charm squares that would be perfect!

And if you don’t want a red & white polka dot chair after flipping through this book, there is something seriously wrong with you :-)

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