Barbara Groves Simple Quilts from Me and My Sister Designs

Last updated date: February 12, 2020

DWYM Score
8.6


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 14 expert reviews, the Barbara Groves Barbara Groves Simple Quilts from Me and My Sister Designs placed 9th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note February 18, 2020:
Checkout The Best Quilting Pattern for a detailed review of all the top quilting patterns.

Expert Summarized Score
8.3
1 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
235 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Simple, fun quilts that are perfect for beginners. You’ll still need instruction on basic finishing techniques, but this book will help you stitch up great quilt tops quickly.
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What experts didn't like
Some fantastic looking quilts with good instructions on how to cut them out, but no instructions on how to assemble the quilt, add the backing, add the binding or do any of the hand/machine embroidery. The book does mention certain links in it but I expect to be able to have instructions in front of me and not go searching for them! Very disappointing and a waste of money.
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From The Manufacturer

Known for their exciting use of color in quick and easy quilts, sisters Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson present a value-packed collection of popular projects.

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An Overview On Quilting Patterns

Part of the fun of making a quilt is seeking out the fabric you love and picking the perfect pattern. Several factors go into selecting a design that suits your needs, so consider them all to make the best choice.

First, think about your skill level. An intricate design might make the perfect gift for a new baby or decor piece for your home, but if it is too difficult, you might be unable to complete it. Something simple, yet lovely, such as a layer cake pattern, might be a better fit.

Consider the purpose of the quilt. If you want to sew a bed covering for a young child, something with a cute design might be appropriate. A wall hanging for your bedroom should complement your decorating style.

Another important consideration is the method. Do you want to quilt freehand? Do you prefer to use tools such as templates and rulers? Determining your abilities and deciding what type of work you want to do on the quilt will narrow your choices down to a smaller selection.

Finally, follow your heart. Once you have created a shortlist of choices that meet your wants and needs, choose the one that makes you the happiest.

DYWM Fun Fact

The word “quilt” comes from the Latin word “culcita,” which means stuffed sack, mattress, or cushion. Only in the last century has the name come to describe all sorts of bed coverings.

However,  the art of quilting has been around for centuries. There is a carved ivory figure in the British Museum of an Egyptian Pharoah donned in a quilted mantle dating back to about 3400 B.C.

Quilts were once primarily owned by the wealthy. In colonial America, only women who could afford thread and cloth, which were very expensive, and had the leisure time to spend on this type of craft were able to stitch decorative quilts for themselves.

The Quilting Pattern Buying Guide

  • Wash all of the fabric you are going to use for your quilt before you begin unless the care instructions state otherwise. If you don’t prewash, you run the risk of the colors running after you make the quilt.
  • Instead of the tedious task of pinning quilt pieces, use water-soluble glue to line them up in preparation. When you have finished the quilt, toss it in the washer to remove the glue.
  • Make sure you have enough fabric before you get started. Buying an extra half-yard could save you time and stress, especially if you cannot find more of the material after your original purchase.
  • Pressing the material beforehand will net more beautiful results. Pieces that are not pressed can be wrinkled and ill-fitting. On the flip side, pressing too hard could cause warping, so iron gently.
  • Mixed fabrics can look amazing and have sentimental value. However, unless you are an experienced quilter, sewing squares of different, unique material together can be challenging. If you are just starting, stick with one type of fabric. The best choice is 100% cotton.
  • Start small. Don’t overwhelm yourself with an intricate quilt from the get-go. Choose something manageable, such as a table runner or baby quilt. You will learn a great deal about quilting and reap the rewards more quickly, which might motivate you to follow through with a larger quilt.