Good MONDAY ! REVIEWS  morning everyone.  Today I’m reviewing fresh quilting by Malka Dubrawsky, published by Interweave (2010).It’s a very attractive book with excellent illustrations.

fresh quilting, Fearless Color, Design & Inspiration by Malka Dubrawsky
fresh quilting, Fearless Color, Design & Inspiration by Malka Dubrawsky

What is covered in the book?
The first chapter on materials and tools will be more useful to a novice than to an experienced quilter but is still valuable. The second chapter on essential techniques for patchwork, quilting and finishing will be a good refresher or guide for both experienced and beginning quilters.  Malka covers preparing fabric, cutting and types of stitching. By the third chapter she starts presenting her projects. What projects are presented? The projects are divided into two main categories, patchwork projects for home, family and friends and fresh quilts for wall, bed and baby. Projects vary from pot holders to nine-patch kitchen curtains, a mix-it-up patchwork scarf. Some great gift ideas here. In the second section, Malka offers a modern take on a baby quilt, a picnic quilt and several other unique designs.


Needle Cover
Needle Cover

Who would enjoy this book?
I think this book would be good for the intermediate or advanced quilter who wants to do more of their own creations and is leaning towards a modern style. Although instructions are quite detailed, a person who has never sewn before would find some of the projects difficult. That said, a beginner might get inspired to be creative and, as Malka herself said, “My best piece of crafting advice came from a wiser and more experienced crafter friend, as I was struggling to understand a pattern, worrying that I hadn’t interpreted the instructions properly. I asked for advice and she said that if I didn’t understand the directions, I should just wing it.”

Baby Book Crib Bumper
Baby Book Crib Bumper

Contains many beautiful, fairly fast projects that will make lovely home décor pieces or gifts. Might be worth looking at for ideas for Christmas gifts. There is nothing like a stylish hand-crafted gift.

There are drawings of designs but no full-size patterns.

Where to get it?
It is available through Interweave in digital download. as both Kindle and paperback editions via and through the Vancouver Island Regional Library.

Details of the book:
Publisher: Interweave
Language: English
ISBN-13: 9781596682351