I had a really hard time choosing the book I wanted to review from C&T publishing. Their titles by talented artists and designers are of exceptional quality. Some of the titles I considered were Convergence Quilts because I’ve seen these quilts at quilt shows and they are a great way to use beautifully textured hand dyed fabrics; Quick Star Quilts and Beyond because star quilts are always terrific; A Touch of Felt because I have a drawer full of colorful wool roving and I’ve seen this author’s beautiful projects on craft shows; and Fast Fun and Easy Fabric Boxes because when I made Fast fun and Easy Fabric Bowls from another book from C&T, they were a huge hit with my extended family and all my kids’ teachers.
It so happens that I am a person who likes to read and follow directions. You do need to read her cutting instructions. Fortunately, this book has great tips about fabric selection, making templates, and cutting the pieces. As in other C&T books, each step is carefully illustrated or photographed to help keep you on track.
It is really important to fold the fabric the way that the author describes. You need to have four layers with a folded edge that is about 3/8 inches below the raw edges.
I made templates for a 9 inch block. Five sizes of templates are offered in the book. No enlarging on a photocopier is required. Hooray for that! Using a rotary cutter is preferable to scissors because they are more accurate. I was super careful, but I did nick off a bit of my cardboard template toward the end of the cutting.
There are only three shapes required for this block. I cut shapes from this green and another pretty red fabric and I started pinning.
You need to pin just a little bit at one end of the curved unit you are going to sew.
I made a simple video to show you how to do the seam. In the video, I call this a “block” but this is only one unit and not the whole block. Also, in the book the author recommends using the concave curve on top. I did it upside down, but it still worked out.
I added some more units all the way around my block. I was able to get the points to match up!
Although the block went together easily, I think I needed to do a little bit more trimming because the finished top doesn’t really lay flat. The experienced author assures that once the batting backing and quilting are finished, this puckering will not be noticeable. Even so, I might still go back and try to fix it. I’m sorry I don’t have time to do all that for this review.
The book has detailed instructions for a variety of projects using the Winding Ways block. There is also a section with general quilting instructions for how to do a top-batting-backing- sandwich, quilting, and binding.
- Detailed, illustrated instructions that anticipate your fears and confusions in a very readable style.
- Beautiful projects showcase this versatile block
- Curves really aren’t that scary!
- Didn’t come with templates. I really want those templates.
- Although the projects are all marked as “Easy”, I think they are only easy for experienced quilters who already know how to keep a consistent 1/4-inch seam allowance.
- You do need to read the instructions. This may or may not be a “con” for you.