Saturday, October 13, 2012

Time for a little ‘Christmas Magic’…

Yesterday I received a complimentary copy of ‘Christmas Magic: Decorative Ideas for Winter and Yuletide Patchwork’ by Ingrid Perra!


‘Christmas Magic’ a hard cover book chalk full of ideas for Christmas time…pillows and placemats, tablecloths and blankets…and more, much more!  All the projects are simple, stitched projects perfect for the beginning quilter/sewer! 

I really admire the author, as Ingrid Perra turned her hobby into a flourishing and fun business when she established Country Quilts, a patchwork company!  How great is that!

The first part of the book gives a detailed and thorough description of all the tools needed to complete a patchwork project, from rulers to threads to needles.  A great resource for someone who is just starting out!  P1200311

The second part of the book is called ‘Basic Patchwork and Quilting Course’…and it is just that…a complete course for the beginning quilter!  Detailed instructions on working with different blocks…squares, triangles, templates and putting together the pieces to form the blocks, then moving into the quilting part of the process.  Ingrid even tackles appliqué by machine and by hand and of course how to make and put on bias binding.  Again GREAT for the beginner! (Do you see a theme here?)P1200312

All of this before she even gets to the projects!  The projects are wonderful and simple enough for all beginners!  They are clearly written and fully illustrated making it a snap for anyone to follow! 

How adorable are these placemats…they would be fast and easy and make the perfect gift for anyone!  P1200314

And check out the Advent House…the shades rolled up to reveal a button…then the child lifts one side of the roof to find the matching button and sack..filled with goodies!!  How fun for a grandma to have on hand for a visiting grandchild!  I really like this one!P1200316

I also loved this sweet tablecloth…fast and easy and what a lovely gift it would make!  P1200317

I don’t want to show you everything…but there is definitely a theme running through this book…that is, that it is geared for the beginning quilter!  But even if you are intermediate or an advanced sewer, you will find something to make your Christmas just a little more special!

Thank you to Christine at Schiffer Publishing for sending me this book!!


Schiffer Publishing specializes in Arts and Crafts, Woodworking and House and Garden D-I-Y Books! 

Just look at their Rug Hooking and Quilting Section…and it goes on and on…different and unusual books too!  Books that you won’t normally find at a Quilt Shop.  Go ahead…check out their on-line shop HERE!  You might want to start your Christmas shopping a little early! :o) I mean really…who doesn’t love receiving a good book?!


Thanks again, Christine!  Any time you have a new book that needs to be reviewed, feel free…:o) I love books…especially quilting books filled with wonderful quilts and projects!!   You know where to find me!!

Speaking of BOOKS…If you are a teacher and live in the Victoria area there is a Teacher’s Garage Sale TODAY!!  It’s at Uplands Elementary on Henderson Road near the University of Victoria.  Be there or be square!

Have a super Saturday and Happy Quilting!~P


  1. Looks like a fun book. I have lots of Christmas books and patterns that I want to make, so no new ones for me.



  2. Check out the giveaway on this site.

  3. Oooooh! Love that Advent House! What a clever idea!

  4. Looks very interesting! I just inherited a ton of batting for quilting and don't really know a thing about quilting. Aren't you clever!

  5. I have 'Christmas Magic' in German, given to me as a gift by a german friend last year. The fleece blanket on (my page 38) is a super quick make, and looks great in greens and reds! :)