That Patchwork Place $26.99

ISBN: 978-1-56477-980-9 (s/b, 96 pages)

At first glance the title of this book could be off-putting, however beneath the cover is an interesting and challenging book. The author has put together a sampler quilt made up of a variety of blocks, some of which the more experienced quilter may recognise, others will be unfamiliar. The diagrams are in colour with good illustrations. The text is well written and clear instructions are given with step by step details. Some of the blocks use templates, some are foundation pieced and others are rotary cut. Lisa takes the reader through choosing and preparing the fabrics; cutting; the sewing techniques used; quilt assembly and finishing. The blocks range from a simple triangle rotary cut, known as Manna from Heaven to the more complicated foundation pieced Hosanna. Blocks measure 14in square and so are quite manageable. The author has given a biblical name for each block, but some readers may recognise them under another name. This is a well laid out book, both interesting and inspiring with lots of possibilities to mix and match designs. There is a pattern for a four block quilt which would be a great start to try out your favourite blocks, or if you feel adventurous you can try out the twenty block sampler using all the blocks. I am sure most quilters will find something of interest in this book.