Book launch and review SWQBE

For the book launch of their new book Scrappy Wonky Quilt Block Extravaganza by Shannon and Jason, I was asked to review and tell you my thoughts.

I’ve not been involved in a book launch before and so I am learning on the go. I was quite excited to receive a hard copy in the mail and have browsed the ideas and projects a number of times. Fun fact: Iwill be giving this copy away to someone in Australia! Join the draw below.

Scrappy Wonky… The official description

Learn how to use scraps, odd cuts, and small fabric treasures in unexpected ways to create one-of-a-kind quilts.

Create stunning contemporary abstractions of iconic quilt blocks! With no sewing experience needed, learn how to create stress-free wonky quilt projects with these templates and techniques as your guides. Step-by-step tutorials and detailed layout diagrams will show you how to create wonky quilts that include half-square blocks, curves, slash-and-insert strips, and many more!

Working through each block style will develop your skills by levels until even the most complex blocks make sense and can be achieved with the bridging techniques of this book. Projects are beginner-friendly, allowing access to quilters of all skill levels.

  • Explore 13 accessible and beginner-friendly projects to create iconic impressionistic quilt blocks
  • Learn how to finish off different block styles with easy-to-follow techniques
  • Discover a freeform version of your craft to create modern, impressionistic interpretations of traditional quilt blocks using scraps, odd cuts, and small treasures of fabric

The projects range from quite small to full size bed quilts. There are even some fashion items to inspire.

The book…

Full of colour diagrams and good instructional pictures, the authors are encouraging you not to get too caught up in the right way to achieve the results, but embrace the wonk and go for it!

There are however many pages of instructions and terminology to help you make the best project you can. The language used is encouraging and helps me feel I can make this project without too much angst.

I like that this book talks about the quilting aspect of the projects and shares some ideas for them. As you know I like to encourage creators to complete their projects and I think supplying the info that helps all areas of that is important.

Non of the projects are overlay hard, some of course are more of a challenge, but I would say a confident beginner can accomplish these projects.

The project are a fantastic way to reduce your scraps and make the most of the fabric you have bought. There are a couple of projects that I might change how I would do it as an experienced creator, but that would be to maximise the larger scrap pieces. Then again, I could just use the extra pieces in some of the smaller projects in this book, right!?

The Authors

Shannon Roudhan and Jason Bowlsby share with us the inspiration for this book and how their earlier lives have influenced their designs.

A book review of the Scrappy Wonky Quilt Block Extravaganza, plus some pics of the fun projects and a chance to win a copy.

Need some more inspiration?

You can head over to C&T Publishing to grab your copy of the Scrappy Wonky Quilt Block Extravaganza.


Want to win a copy?

I have one copy to give away to someone in Australia. Add your name to the draw by filling in the form below. The book is launching now, and I will draw the recipient at the end of July. Feel free to share this blog post with a friend who might like to receive this new book.

Again, due to postage, this is available to Australia only.

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