Jo Colwill is an expert patchworker and quilter with over 25 years experience, and her latest book, Patchwork Quilts & Gifts, contains projects big and small that will delight you. Take a look below for an exclusive preview of Jo’s gorgeous new book…
Based on the most popular classes she runs at Cowslip Workshops ?(a well known quilting and patchwork centre), Patchwork Quilts & Gifts contains patterns for ten large quilts, including full sized bed quilts and large wall hangings, as well as 10 small patchwork projects. Jo has also included invaluable advice and instructions to help you master a range of techniques such as template-free and bondaweb applique, hand and machine quilting, embroidery and embellishing.
I hope you enjoy this preview – I’ve picked out a few of my favourite projects, but there are lots more to enjoy inside the book.
So what’s inside?
The projects range from big to small, so there’s something in here for every time frame and ability. My favourite of the ten large patchwork quilts is the Picnic Flowers quilt (bottom right). The flower motifs throughout this book are really simple and effective – as you can see with the Daisy Pie Crust Pincushion (center) and the Spot the Daisy throw (bottom left). There are also some gorgeous seasonal projects like The Holly and the Ivy quilt (top left).
The Bouquet Cushion – the appliqué is worked on a pieced background to give depth and interest, and this is a great project for using lots of pretty fabric scraps.
Raggy Jo’s Rabbits have loose fitting, removable clothing – make seasonal outfits and use them as a cute decorations3, or children’s toys.
Scandinavian themed homestyle is a favourite of mine and this Scandinavian Horses cushion is no exception! I love the contrasting red stitching.
To see more from inside the book, take a peek at this video!
I hope you really enjoyed this sneaky peek inside Patchwork Quilts and Gifts. If you want to find out more about the talented Jo, then watch our Meet the Maker video, in which Jo shows us around Cowslip, tells us about herself and reveals the secret of needleturn applique. To get a copy of her beautiful book, just follow this link – or if you’d prefer the eBook version you can find it here.
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