PATCHWORK LOVES EMBROIDERY – hand stitches, pretty projects by – GAIL PAN

Review by Lynn Robertson

How many of us over the years have bought books on quilting, looked at them once, then put them away on a shelf for the next however many years?!


Well, a few months ago I needed some stitcheries for a special project, and I happened to go to ‘said shelf’ and select ‘Patchwork Loves Embroidery’ by Gail Pan.


Browsing through the pages, I found just what I was looking for – small stitcheries with a garden theme, just perfect! (p32-38) The illustrations and directions were clear and concise, allowing me to incorporate them into a quilt – success in my eyes!


Fast forward a couple of months, and I’m now the owner of 2 more of Gail’s books – ‘Patchwork Loves Embroidery Too’ and ‘Changing Seasons’. These definitely won’t be spending time on the shelf as I’m already planning my next project!


Oh, and the quilt I made was for my sister in-law’s 80th Birthday, and she was thrilled with it!


Book Review - Simply Retro

Thanks to Kate for this review

I bought this book on a whim and thought I might make one or possibly two of the quilts, but I have already made four and am doing a fifth with plans to continue with some others.

I find the instructions clear and straightforward, well laid out with good diagrams. The quilt called " Dwell" was easy to increase in size to fit a king size bed.

There are tips along with each quilt and I found the section on quilting particularly helpful.

Although the book states it is for Jelly Rolls, Charm packs, Fat Quarters and more I made the "Framed" quilt using scraps from my store.

A most successful purchase!



English Paper Piecing

At certain times in our crafting lives we become a little more discerning about our choice of craft books.  We are often seduced by an extravagant front cover only to find, on inspection, that the book is indeed a disappointment, full of lacklustre projects, poor instructions or even a rehash of an earlier edition.

Sometimes though, a little gem makes an appearance.  One such book I have come across recently is ‘ Flossie Teacakes’ Guide to English Paper Piecing ‘ by Florence Knapp.


It’s a fine guide to the hand sewn patchwork technique of English Paper Piecing. ( EPP )

Florence covers the basic fundamentals, tested tips and prepares a thorough investigation of preferred tools.  She also delves into the areas of fussy cutting and fabric choices.

What I most enjoy about this book are the informative chapters on the history of EPP, the health benefits of hand sewing and a selection of profiles of influential exponents of the craft.

The book is packed with clear, detailed diagrams and instructions, pages of luscious photos and ends with some beautiful and inspiring projects.

This book is a keeper, a handbook you will revisit time and time again.


Published by  The Quilting Company 2018