“Scrap Republic” by Emily Cier

Monday, October 10, 2011

Emily Cier is the talent behind Carolina Patchworks patterns. Her latest book is  Scrap Republic. If you are a scrapaholic, or just want to make a dent in your scrap pile, I can recommend this book. The author gives you eight projects with directions for using scraps or yardage if you prefer a more controlled colorway. I would rate half the projects as suitable for beginners and the balance for intermediate piecers. Although none of the patterns is really difficult, there are circles, curved piecing, and bias edges to contend with in some of the patterns.


The author’s love of color is immediately apparent and the design sensibility definitely leans towards a contemporary feeling. There are basic quilting directions included in the book, but they are almost cursory in nature. I would not look to this book if you need extensive instruction in this area. That said, most of the patterns are pretty simple and you can almost figure out how to put them together by looking closely at the layout diagrams.


There are good ideas about sorting your scraps and figuring out how to determine what color a piece of fabric is. This is not a book with detailed organizational suggestions about cutting your scraps into strips or squares and storing them in a studied way.  The author has a simple way of sorting scraps which I found appealing and easy to follow.


The instructions include ideas for alternate piecing of blocks in case you don’t care for the block that is shown with a particular pattern. I enjoyed looking through this book and will definitely be making one or more projects from it. “Plumb” and “Beeline”, two of the quilts in the book, especially appeal to me because of their simplicity. I can see a quick baby quilt resulting from either of them.