Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Zen and the Art of Quilting - Sandra Detrixhe


If you are looking for spiritual guidance, this is not the book for you. If you are looking for quilting patterns or pictures, again, look elsewhere. However, if you have some time and want to read about someone else's thoughts on quilting, it may be your cup of tea.

Chapter by chapter we learn about all the elements of making a quilt, from fabric selection to the finishing touches, with many detours into stories and experiences of the author (and of others). There's even a little bit of history thrown in.

Perhaps I didn't pay close enough attention, but I kind of missed a lot of the zen-y bits. And I didn't really learn much about quilting either. I also wasn't all that interested in what Jane Smith or Mary Jones did or what they thought about this and that. In your own circle of friends, stories such as these are great because you care about the people involved, but it's hard to get interested in people you don't know.

It's not a bad book, as such. It's just that I would rather be quilting....

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