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Modern Holiday by Amanda Murphy

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Modern Holiday by Amanda Murphy is another book of sewing projects.  If you haven’t had a chance to look through recent posts, Colleen has reviewed several holiday sewing books.  Now it’s my turn.

3 out of 10 stars.  A better title for this book would’ve been “Christmas Quilts and Pillows”.  While I found the envelope backs of the pillows interesting, there wasn’t anything else that was new and fresh.


Here’s a list of the projects in this book, all 18 of them.

  1. Holiday squares quilt (flying geese pattern)
  2. Christmas gifts quilt
  3. Crossroads quilt
  4. Holiday wreaths quilt
  5. Holiday forest quilt
  6. Modern madness quilt
  7. Snowfall quilt
  8. Bloom quilt
  9. Trimming the tree quilt
  10. Three dimensional trees (see photo)
  11. Table runner
  12. Countdown to Christmas advent quilt
  13. Christmas stockings (see photo)
  14. Christmas garland tree skirt (see photo)
  15. Ornament pillows (see back photo)
  16. Tree pillows
  17. Snowflake pillows (see back photo)
  18. Snowflake coasters (5.5″ x 5.5″ squares)

The dimensional trees were my favorite project but I have a sewing pattern for these that works much better and has better shaped branches.  If you want to do this project, print the photo of the template on 8.5″ x 11″ paper so the tree fills the page, then blow up that photo according to the size you want.  You will need to cut six trees of fabric from this template.  sew each two together in a panel, leaving the bottom open to stuff.  Then lay all three “tree panels” on top of each other and sew vertically down the middle.  Stuff with polyester filling and sew the bottom (hand sew).  Voila, you’re done.

3 out of 10 stars.  One of my pet peeves is when authors plagiarize the works of others without giving them credit.  There are sewing patterns from McCalls and Simplicity that go back more than three decades with the skirt tree pattern, the Christmas stewing pattern, and the dimension tree pattern.  No accreditation was given for these and it should’ve been.  Don’t waste your money on this book.

Reviewed by Betsy.


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