Reviewing notions, fabrics or even thread is one of the happiest elements of my role as a Blogger for this website. So when a package arrived in the post I was intrigued. This fabulous Maker’s Workbook – Quilting popped out of the package courtesy of www.patterntrace.com . It was certainly more exciting than the 10 metres of cotton webbing I was expecting!
I was immediately impressed by the simplicity of the look of the workbook. It has a feel of being environmentally friendly with its front and back cover and section dividers in the same colour and style. It is spiral bound and the pages move freely as you flip them. The font and layout of the booklet is user friendly too. There is also a handy ruler on the back cover in both inches and centimetres. It retails at £12.50 per workbook.
The Maker’s Workbook ~ Quilting has different sections starting with an Index, Meet the Maker and Quilting Goals pages.
The Quilting section has 20 double page Project Idea sheets which includes a sketch area for your design.
The Block section has instructions for 6 blocks to get you started and a list of other blocks you might like to try, including one I’d never heard of! I even tested one out as you will see later on in the blog.
The Design section has pages of different ‘grid’ patterns (as shown below) for you to make your own designs with.
The Reference section provides some handy sizing guides, a HST and Binding calculator and a Glossary.
So …. I thought I would try out one of the blocks shown in the workbook. In my last blog for UKQU.co.uk I made block number 3 of my Sample Block Book, the Shoo Fly block made today becomes block 4 of my sample book!
Following the instructions I cut out my pieces and made up the block. Written instructions for the cutting size and visual diagram for the assembly. It was that easy to make!
For anyone not familiar with making Half Square Triangles (HST) there are some written and visual instructions included in this section, so it’s suitable for beginners too.
I really enjoyed using this workbook, and, if you enjoy keeping track of your quilt projects this is an excellent way to document them and keep track of your ever growing confidence in quilt making. Also makes a handy reference to return to in the future.
Of course I checked out their website to see what else they offer too. For anyone wondering what to buy as a gift for a ‘crafty’ friend you will be pleased to know that as well as this Quilting workbook ,there are also Maker’s Workbooks for Knitting and Sewing using the same format as this one.
And … looking through their blog pages, I came across instructions on how to make an expandable wallet to add to the workbook – a great idea! https://www.patterntrace.com/expanding-your-makers-workbook/
There was also a link to a pdf to print off extra pages and I’m sure they will be adding something for the quilting workbook too!
Happy sewing everyone