Mollie Makes is a monthly Magazine, not one I have ever read, so when their new book ‘How to Quilt & Patchwork’ arrived for me to review I didn’t know what to expect.

The book is divided into several sections, there are 15 projects, these include cushions, picnic blankets, a tea cosy, a bean bag, a bag and an apron to name but a few. The projects are all relatively small and quite quick to make.

Lots of Half Square Triangles

There are several different contributors to the the book, and each tells their ‘Patchwork Story’ alongside the pattern, I found this to be a really nice touch.

The instructions are quite clear and concise, with diagrams and lots of very colourful photographs for each project.

The projects are probably aimed at the beginner to intermediate level rather than an advanced stitcher, but there are some really nice little projects if you want to make small gifts for birthdays and Christmas presents.

I love this, it’s a pity I don’t drink tea

Following on from the project section, there’s information about the tools and equipment required to make the projects, I found this quite unusual, this information is usually found at the beginning of the book, but I wonder how many people skip over this part in other books, and head straight for the projects. I know I do….

The next chapter covers techniques, these include using templates, rotary cutting, English paper piecing, decorative stitches, foundation piecing and several more. Again, there are lots of pictures to help explain the various techniques.

The next section covers the construction of blocks, from simple rail fence to piecing with curves. Basic appliqué techniques are also covered.

The assembly of blocks, sashing and borders are also covered as is the layering, quilting and binding.

Overall I would say this is a very good book for someone who is new to patchwork and quilting, with lots of topics being covered and a variety of projects so you’re sure to find something that appeals to you. In saying that, this would be a useful book for anyone at any level to have on their bookshelf. The projects range in difficulty allowing a beginner to progress their skill level with lots of information available to complete all of the projects in the book. It’s bright and colourful, and I also think it would be a nice book for an enthusiastic child or teenager who likes to sew.

Carol Munro

Responses