I am a bit excited to share with all of you a little bit of news that I am honored to be allowed to do some book reviews for C&T Publishing aka: Stash Books. I could not be more thrilled to start out by reviewing over:
Well, as the saying goes write what you know about and I know how to critique! I also know first hand on what it is like to be a Moda Bake Shop Chef as well. So to see other fellow chefs being asked to comply projects for the Sweet Celebrations book is an honor to see. In case you are wondering this is Moda Bake Shop's second book and I believe that Sweet Celebrations exceeds far greater than Fresh Fabric Treats. My reasoning for mentioning this is because there is something for everyone to be creatively celebrative about. There are all kinds of projects to choose from. You could go the traditional route with making For You...For Me quilts by Jo Kramer and Kellie Kramer. Which by the way this pattern is very clever in getting two quilts out of one by using the left over scraps from the Dutchman's Puzzle quilt an extra jelly roll to make the Ohio Star quilt.
Now we all know that making quilts for men are a tough find but there is a chapter in the book for that problem as well. But what I love (even though I am not Jewish) is the fact that there is a Hanukkah quilt in the book called Festival of Stars Hanukkah Quilt by April Rosenthal. As I said before I am not Jewish but I would not even mind having this quilt hanging around my home for the Christmas holiday and well in to January.
Even though I am not a big fan of Valentine's Day I really love how clever this Love Notes Pocket Quilt by Amy Smart can go anywhere from home to the class room. There are also a few other Valentine's Day projects in the book that can also go from home to the class room as well.
If you ask me what my favorite project out of the whole entire book is, it would be the Falling Leaves Collection by Angela Mitchell. I love the fact that Angela mixed modern and traditional together to make this wonderful fall collection.
If you also asked me if I would gift this book my answer would be: Yes, yes I would. I would even go and buy this book in a hard copy if I ever get the chance. That is how much I really like it and believe that a hard copy of this book would be a great addition to my growing book collection. Would I make every single project from this book? No, but there a quite a few projects that do tickle my sewing/quilting bone beside the Falling Leaves Collection. For instance if I still had any little ones in my household I would not mind making the Tulip Easter Basket by Mary Lane Brown. I believe that this little gem if changing out the fabrics from spring to fall would make a great Halloween candy basket as well.
Beyond my likes there are more amazing projects from birthday hats, to lunch bags, to celebrating your school spirit and much more!!! As I mentioned before there is something for everyone in this book. All the directions are clear and precise, and the nice thing too is that there are instructions for those of you who do not know how to complete the finishing touches for your quilt. Also all the templates for each project are available in the book, in which most of them require being blown up by a copier to actual size. Lastly included are all the fabrics used in each project and at the end of the book there is a small bio on each chef that contributed to making this book possible.
Congratulations Lissa Alexander and the Moda Bake Shop Chefs for a book well done!
Sweet Celebrations with the Moda Bake Shop Chefs is now available and can be bought through C&T Publishing or any book store retailer.
*Note: All photos are courtesy of C&T Publishing!