Monday, December 24, 2012

Review:Creating Children's Artwork Quilts by:Shannon Gingrich Shirley


About the Book:
Do you have your children’s artwork hanging on your walls or refrigerator doors? Have you saved their artwork since they were young, but you don’t know what to do with it? This fun, do-it-yourself quilting book offers a chance to preserve your children’s artwork by incorporating it into quilts and other fiber art projects. Small quilts for wall hanging or full-size quilts for snuggling will be enjoyed all the more when they are decorated with these childhood keepsakes. Projects range from simple and quick to elaborate and time-consuming works of art. Chapters include artwork selection, techniques, combining multiple pieces of art, product lists, and a glossary of terms. A gallery of completed works will inspire your own creative ideas. Instruction for both novice and seasoned quilters is provided. What a great way to recreate and preserve the artwork from the special children in your life.

About the Author:
 Shannon Gingrich Shirley is an award-winning quilter. She has shared her eclectic variety of quilting styles at many workshops and lectures. She lives in Northern Virginia.

My Review:
First of all, anyone that knows me, knows that I love to quilt. Because I'm a homeschool mom I have very little time. But another thing I have always wanted to try was applique. I have always enjoyed it. Even as an eight year old child I would be found digging through my mother's fabric scraps to piece together a picture. It wasn't until I had gotten older that I realized that I was doing applique. I just think it is very simple and just beautiful pieces of artwork. This book was an awesome idea.

 If you are like me you find yourself with mounds of clutter every where and you are always throwing things away.And unfortunately my children have drawn masterpieces only for me to throw them away because it was just too much STUFF. Well you and I don't have to get that drastic anymore. Ms. Shirley has put together a very informative book on how to go about taking your children's artwork and putting it on display. She has full color photos and careful instructions on putting your ideas along with your precious babies and making something lasting.

**Disclosure** This book was provided to me for free for my honest opinion from the publisher.