Title: Ragged-Edge Flowers
Author: Laura Farson
Publisher: Krause Publications
Publication Date: 2002
Suggested Retail Price: $19.95
ISBN #: 0-87349-500-4
Review: By Dori Hawks
Having made a few rag quilts, I was intrigued with the idea of using flower shapes for making these types of quilts. Laura Farson has written several books on this method, and “Ragged-Edge Flowers,” the second one in her series, containing many variations and shapes for making flowers with her method.
Seemingly complex, Laura breaks it down into quick and easy steps. I have a tendency to read a book from the back to the front, and so I skimmed through the book that way, looking at each of the projects until I was at the beginning. Then, I thoroughly read the basic instructions, which made me immediately want to sit down and start one of the projects. Of course, I wanted to try the Octagon Daisy first off, but realized the Square Flower was much easier. Make one of these and you are hooked. I bet you can’t make just one flower or even just one quilt. You’ll want to try them all! They are definitely fun to do!
These quilts would make great retreat projects. Start the weekend off with the simple ones and work up to the more complex. Because the “piecing” and quilting is done in the same steps, there is no sandwiching and basting of layers. What a time saver, and what great, fun looking quilts you will have completed.
Laura’s instructions are organized, complete, and easily understood. The illustrations are clear, detailed and show each step very well. This is a book you will come back to often when you need to make a gift for that special someone.
Look for this book at your favorite quilt shop!
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