Jelly Roll quilts and more - 02/06/2010
Reviewer: Robin F from Bexley, OH
This easy to use guide to quilting is colorful, inspiring and encouraging. Ms. Einmo talks directly to her reader and gives tips along the way which will help beginners and experienced quilters alike. The easy to follow directions with helpful illustrations and colorful quilts to drool over will inspire you to create. There are also recipes and ideas for having a "girls night in" for quilting so you can share the ideas in this book with your quilting friends.
Jelly Roll Quilts and More - 02/01/2010
Reviewer: Ami Simms from USA
Enthusiastic, bubbly, energetic…I’m not describing a new delicious soft drink, but your new quilting guru, Kimberly Einmo. OK, she may be caffeinated too, but in a good way. Einmo, by the way, is like Einstein. The E is silent.
In her new book Jelly Roll Quilts & More (AQS, 2010) Kimberly shares 14 quilt patterns all made with, as the title implies, Jelly Rolls. For the uninitiated she defines Jelly Rolls and various other types of these pre-cut fabric strips like Honey Buns, Layer Cakes, Charm Packs, and Turnovers. Who knew! (She also offers yardage requirements if you’d rather use up your stash.)
Each pattern is introduced with a personal little story, recipes for gooey deserts, snacks, and soups are interspersed throughout, and there are scores of tips and invitations to Try This! Kimberly’s “extras” make the book a fun read. She speaks to the quilting lifestyle rather than just offering a pattern book. She even includes a fun “how-to” chapter to host your very own Jelly Roll Retreat with your quilting friends!
Like having a friend in your sewing room - 01/27/2010
Reviewer: Pat from Oreland, PA
This book offers a different approach than many of those currently out there on the market, and I found it to be a refreshing change. It reads a little bit like a blog & goes in a similar (but not identical) personal/chatty direction that a famously exuberant male quilter used in his magazine. But it’s all Kimberly Einmo. Her unique voice comes across loud and clear in the book. There are tons of us out here who really respond to that. Even my totally nonquilter, non-artistic-in-any-way-shape-or-form sister was impressed. She said that looking through the book gave her more of a sense of what I go through to assemble a quilt, but in a way that made sense even to her. And she liked the recipe for Nuts & Bolts!
I think many quilters are looking for this type of approach to quilting, and Ms. Einmo is "a right person at the right time" to help the process along. If I were a brand new quilter (I'm probably "intermediate"), I would not be intimidated by the book. I'd be encouraged to try some of the quilts, feeling that, as the author says in her introduction, that I had a friend who knew what she was doing right by my side as I worked.
The book appeals to more experienced quilters as well. I’d be willing to bet those quilters will love the quilt designs and be able to find tips that will make their quilting life easier and their quilty outlook refreshed. The fact that the quilt designs don’t look “dumbed down” because they employ pre-cuts is huge. I can see an experienced quilter enjoying the simplicity of using pre-cuts, but also enjoying the fact that the resulting quilts don’t LOOK simplistic.
Although you don't need to use the tools recommended by the author (a triangle/flying geese ruler and a ruler designed especially for pre-cuts), they are very helpful, making the subcuts so much easier. One of the other many thoughtful touches is that directions are also provided for those who want to use fabric from their stash instead of (or in addition to) the pre-cuts.
Useful book, fresh approach, great tips, very nice designs and impeccable, well thought out directions. Buy it and enjoy!
Jelly Rolls are not for Breakfast! - 01/26/2010
Reviewer: Penny Haren from USA
This book is simply a good read! Jelly Roll Quilts & More by Kimberly Einmo is a pleasant surprise. After all, who would think someone could come up with ANYTHING new and creative with 2 1/2″ strips – let alone a baker’s dozen – but she does! They are not only creative, they utilize the fabric to its full potential. And, if you want to use your stash, there are cutting instructions for that too. --Penny Haren, Checkers Newsletter, http://www.checkernewsletter.com/?p=2620