When the opportunity arose to do a book review for the new One Yard Wonders: Fabric by Fabric book, I was eager to check it out. It's significantly larger than its predecessor, as you can see, so I was intrigued. It also opens up nice and flat, a new feature that really helps. These might be little things, but they do make a difference when I think about how a publisher assembles a book...and whether they truly have their audience in mind.
their first book a couple of years ago for Christmas and raved about it so much that my sister ended up buying the book for herself. We both made several projects but, like many, got frustrated when several patterns ended up having errors. The publishers were great about quickly posting solutions and updates on their website, but I have to say it made my sister and I hesitate when we heard there was as sequel of sorts coming out. In fact, it's made me hesitate to buy any sewing book hot off the press because this has happened with many books in the last few years; the Sew Mama Sew blog actually made a public appeal about this trend last January.
This is why it was so important for me to have a chance to at least try out a project before reviewing the book. Of course, I'm only reviewing one project, but if you scroll down you'll see posts from other reviews on this blog tour and additional projects have been discussed as well. I'm really pleased with the Kaleidescope Table Runner project and found it to be a great first step into quilting. OYW's instructions were clear and concise and the illustrations and photos were helpful without being too many.
Drawbacks about this book could be the following, depending on your situation: there are a lot of clothing items in this book, especially for small children; if you're outside of the US, some of the items needed for a project can be expensive/hard to find; about 5% of the projects are just really random (e.g., umbrella, pig & piglets, sewing machine-shaped plush).
There were many other blogs on this tour, but the majority of them didn't feature a pattern. I kind of think that's what makes it, so check out these blogs that reviewed not only the book, but one of its patterns (and a few more blogs to come):
12/17/2011 Two Brown Birds
12/21/2011 Emily Steffen
January ‘12 Lu Lu Carter
January ’12 Fiberosity
January ’12 Obsessively Stiching
January ’12 No Bad Days
January ’12 Craft & Cackle
January ’12 AfricanKelli*Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of the book, but this post reflects my honest opinion. There are no affiliate links.
What do you think? Would you be interested in this book? Any projects stick out to you? Are you interested in more book reviews on occasion?