Book Review: "Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle", Jeni Baker

by Judy Tucker

Lucky Spool Media, LLC have published another winner! This publisher is putting out some of the best new quilting books. 

Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle by Jeni Baker was released in October.  I just picked up a copy. 

This is a great book for novice quilters and a good resource for experienced quilters.  Jeni demonstrates 3 different methods for making Half Square Triangles (HSTs).  Her favorite method makes 8 HSTs at a time.  The quilts in the book vary from somewhat traditional to very modern.  She has included chapters on color theory and color emphasis which is important for designing a quilt with just HSTs. 

The chapter I particularly appreciate is a library of 60 blocks comprised of just HSTs. All of the blocks have been pieced, they aren't just diagrams!  I have friends who like nothing more than standing at a design wall moving pieces around to see what happens!  And I admit to having fun exploring options in Electric Quilt 7 on the computer.  But sometimes it's great to be able to quickly see the possibilities for a block layout. This HST block library does just that!

The book also includes black and white grids for all the quilts in the book.  Jeni calls these a Quilt Coloring Book. The grids can be printed off and you can color the blocks to see how the colors you are thinking of using for a quilt will look. Fun!

As with all books from Lucky Spool, this is beautifully printed. It's a lovely addition to any quilter's library! 

CALENDAR NOTE:  The Proper Bostonian Quilters Guild has a Quilt Show starting this Friday, November 6 and continuing Saturday and Sunday. It's in the Monsignor Donahue Hall, St Theresa School, 40 Saint Theresa Ave, West Roxbury MA 02132.  There will be lots of great quilts, vendors, a Boutique table and a Cafe and a fabulous Raffle Quilt (click the link above to see it!). 2 of my quilts are in the show. Hope to see you there!