Thursday, February 02, 2017

The Quilting Bee

The Quilting Bee. Gail Gibbons. 2004. 32 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: A group of quilt makers have come together to share their time and many talents piecing together a beautiful quilt.

Premise/plot: The Quilting Bee is a nonfiction picture book by Gail Gibbons. This book seeks to introduce the subject of quilts to young readers. It covers the basics as to what quilts are, how they are made, who makes them and reasons why people might make them, etc. We're talking basic. "A quilt is a warm bed covering made up of three layers. There's the top layer that usually has a colorful design, the cotton padding in between, and the quilt's backing."

My thoughts: My mom quilts. I always preferred sewing doll clothes because of instant gratification. I could finish a doll outfit within an hour or maybe two hours. A whole quilt takes much, much, much longer. But I think my mom would argue that they are MORE satisfying to make because of the investment. The planning, the preparation of cutting blocks, laying them out, sewing them together, sewing blocks into rows, sewing rows together, laying everything out at last and quilting. This book covers the basics. The text isn't thrilling necessarily, but, it's packed with basic information.

Text: 3 out of 5
Illustrations: 2 out of 5
Total: 5 out of 10

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