Sunday, 16 October 2016

A Cat, a Nurse and a Journey: 3 Books

I have read 

  • Cleo: The Cat Who Mended a Family by Helen Brown
  • Nurse, Come You Here! More True Stories of a Country Nurse on a Scottish Isle by Mary J. MacLeod
  • Not Without My Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace by Andra Watkins

I'm not a theologian and this post is not going to be a Bible study, but because these three books include some subject matter that is contrary to Bible truth, I believe I must address that. 
The Bible says that only God has immortality (1 Timothy 6:14-16). In other words, we don't. There is no separate entity inside us that continues to exist after we die. As a matter of fact, the Bible says that souls can die (Ezekiel 18:4). The Bible refers to death as a sleep (John 11:11-14), out of which we will be awakened in the resurrection at Jesus' second coming (Daniel 12:2). As a matter of fact, the apostle Peter in his sermon on the day of Pentecost, makes it clear that King David is not yet in heaven (Acts 2:14-39, see especially vv. 29 & 34). So we don't go straight to heaven - or hell - when we die. While the thought of our loved ones being in heaven may be comforting, it's not Biblical. And the idea that some may already be burning in torment is a vicious lie that maligns the character of a loving God, and is really not Biblical either. Deceased persons cannot "come back" to visit the living. The spirits of the dead are not available to give us comfort or guidance because the dead are resting in the grave until Jesus returns. That's the Bible truth.
But what about these manifestations that appear to be the spirits of people who have died? The Bible also tells us that there are supernatural powers - angels - that can act in our lives. And that there are both good angels, working and cooperating with God, and evil angels, who are Satan's assistants. The evil angels are also known as evil spirits, demons and devils. These evil spirits can masquerade as our dead Aunt Matilda or George Washington or even our deceased pet. They can come to us "in person," in a dream or even a suggestion to our minds. And while they may seem to be helping or comforting us, this is all part of a subtle act in their goal of our ultimate destruction. The devil and his angels are very real. And they are not nice. That's why I consider books that portray ghosts, spirits of the dead or other supernatural manifestations as benign or even helpful to be especially dangerous. If we can be conditioned into thinking that these spiritual visitations are harmless or possibly beneficial by reading these types of books, then Satan has accomplished a major goal and we will be more open to his deceptions.
So, I will not share the link to these books on Amazon and will not even review them here or discuss their content because I will not encourage anyone to read them. I'm not saying they were horrible books, without any human interest value. I just don't intend to promote something that has such subtle dangers. 
By the way, I have by no means exhausted the Bible topics I have discussed above, so if you're interested in studying further, click on the Hell Truth or Ghost Truth links in my sidebar, or scroll to the bottom of my page and click on the Truth About Death link. 

Loom Knitting: 2 Book Reviews & Some Projects

I started out in loom knitting when I found 3 out of the 4 sizes of round looms at a thrift store (I later found the fourth size). I started with google and found some youtube videos and websites on various loom knitting projects. I began with a pretty basic cowl.

Basic Loom Knitted Cowl

Then I used a youtube tutorial to make a Seed Stitch Cowl:
Seed Stitch Cowl
This yarn is so bulky that I couldn't tell what the pattern actually looked like and whether I got all the stitches correct. Then I tried a hat 
and a scarf. I don't remember where I got the patterns for either of these. 
For Christmas, I bought myself the set of long looms. 
However, I felt like I needed a basic guide for using knitting looms. I like books and I really like to be able to have a handy reference that is available when I'm not on the internet. So far I don't own a tablet or a smart phone, so having to go to the computer every time I want to access information on a particular subject gets rather tedious. So I ordered myself a couple of basic books on loom knitting. 

Both books offer very straightforward instructions for the basics: casting on, casting off, different stitches and include pictures for clarification. The projects are mostly beginner to easy level with one or two intermediate projects thrown in for an added challenge. I would recommend both for someone starting up in loom knitting.
Starting with the circle loom book, I produced this At-Home-Comfort Sock from Premier Yarns Mega Brushed Chunky in Carousel: 
I didn't realize it was a striping yarn, but I just love the vibrant colours. The heel and toe were done in Red Heart Comfort Chunky. I'm not entirely happy with how the heel turned out, but for my very first ever sock, it's not too bad. Here's the finished pair: 
As a woman with size 11 feet, I added 3 rows to the 9/10 size foot and they actually ended up a little too big, but they will keep my ankles nice and toasty during the winter, especially when I'm working in the basement, where it's cooler. 

I moved onto a long loom project and started the Woodsy Warmth Shawl, using Premier Yarns Aurora in Rosehip. Initially I thought I'd give it a little more textural interest by using the twisted stockinette stitch instead of the regular stockinette. However, I realized this was going to use more yarn, so I ripped it out and started fresh using regular stockinette stitch. The pattern calls for a 4 (worsted) weight yarn, but this yarn happens to be at the heavier end of that weight category and has less yardage per 100 g ball than the yarn used in the pattern (Red Heart Collage), so I did end up buying more yarn just in case. 
As I was knitting along, I noticed that the shawl was longer on the sides than it was in the middle. I was hoping this was just a result of the stitches being on a loom and not a needle and would work itself out. While this is likely part of the issue, I then noticed that the loom was bowed inwards in the middle.
This was making the stitches looser on the ends and tighter in the centre. I assumed that it was because I was wrapping the yarn too tightly, but then I also noticed how I was holding the loom. 
While my hand is rather relaxed in this picture, it doesn't take a whole lot of pressure to bend the sides inwards, thus allowing you, unconsciously, to wrap the centre stitches tighter. This is not a subject that was dealt with in the book on long looms. Indeed, most of the pictures that showed the instructor holding the loom, it was in this position. So I made a conscious effort to hold the loom differently, either holding it only by one edge
or by holding it only on the end, where it won't bow.
Furthermore, as I really didn't want to rip out what I had completed so far (especially since I'd already ripped it out once when I decided to change stitches), I wedged a couple of nickels between the two sides of the loom.
This kept the sides separated while I wrapped and knitted the next few rows so that I could get my centre stitches back to the tension they should be. 
I actually packed this project (which was on the longest loom) into my suitcase when I went on vacation. I finished the main part while in Ontario and blocked and fringed it when I got home. And the finished project:
I'm very happy with how it turned out. This was a gift for my niece, Julie, for her birthday. 

Monday, 5 September 2016

The Quilt Design Colouring Workbook: A Book Review

I received a free Adobe Digital Reader Edition of this book from Net Galley for review. Unfortunately, with just a digital edition, I really couldn't play around with actually doing the exercises and colouring. But I loved it. I really don't like modern quilting as a general rule. Nor am I into the current colouring craze. But I can see the benefit of experimenting with colour in this type of book before you actually buy and cut fabric. And playing around with designs could be fun. I actually own The Quilters Coloring Bookwhich I picked up at a thrift store. This new book could be an exciting addition to my library. And it might actually help me like modern quilting! I at least liked the designs in this book. 

24-Hour Crochet Projects: A Book Review

Like 24-Hour Quilting Projects, this isn't a new book but a re-issue of a previously published book. Unlike the quilting book, however, I wasn't inspired enough by this one to buy my own copy. I received an Adobe Digital Editions copy from Net Galley, which, unfortunately had an expiry date. So I ended up borrowing a copy from the library in order to review it. 
As I've stated before, I actually like to create at least one project from a craft book that I review so that I can actually judge how well the instructions are written and whether the projects are worth making. However, I found the selection was limited in this book. In order to accommodate the time limitations in the title, a lot of the projects were hats and doilies. Who actually makes doilies nowadays? I originally decided on the Sunny Days Tank Top, intending to make it for my daughter. It called for "sport weight" yarn. One of my pet peeves is knitting/crocheting books that still use this terminology. It's rather ambiguous and I don't understand why these terms are still used when we have the numbers assigned to each category of yarn. It's much easier to substitute a yarn if I know it's a 3 weight, rather than a sport weight. The yarn the author used in this project was actually a 2 weight, Red Heart Luster Sheen, but Red Heart's Comfort Sport is a 3 weight. One would think that with "sport" actually in the name of the yarn, that would be the correct weight. And so I have always considered "sport weight" a 3. However using the number system would have eliminated the confusion. The "sport weight" yarn I purchased for this project did not work out at all. And as Luster Sheen is not a particularly economical yarn, nor readily available in my town, I turned to another project. Actually, 2 projects. 
I made Billed Beauty for my daughter and Heads Up for myself. 
I am writing this so long after I made the hats and returned the book to the library, that I can't remember which hat it was or even the exact details. It was either a double crochet increase or decrease, but the instructions were not complete. Fortunately, an experienced crocheter would have no trouble with this, but what about a beginning crocheter? And why didn't they catch this and correct it before they re-issued the book? I didn't check my guage - I never do - but Heads Up seemed kind of loose on my head and Billed Beauty a little tight. Billed Beauty called for a piece of plastic - it didn't say what weight of plastic or where you were supposed to find it, nor did it provide a template for cutting the plastic. I ended up buying a cheap binder in the back-to-school supplies and cut a piece off the front of it. When I first tried on Billed Beauty, I thought it looked like a chef's hat gone wrong. However, I think it looks relatively good on my beautiful daughter and hopefully the crocheting will relax a little after washing. A softer yarn might have worked better. This was Red Heart Super Saver.
This book included 2 or 3 afghan patterns, a few garments, multiple hats, but nothing that I found inspiring enough to recommend its purchase. 

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

2016 Fair Entries

Three fairs and 20 ribbons later, I have finished with fair entries for 2016. The total is 10 firsts, 8 seconds and 2 thirds. This year, I decided to add the fair in my town in addition to the fairs at a nearby village and hamlet, though I didn't do as well there as at the other two. The village and the hamlet tend to be more generous with their ribbons. I could have added another fair, but I will be hanging out with Phil in Edmonton this Sunday, so won't be available to pick up fair entries when this fourth fair is over. Maybe next year. And hopefully, I have learned my lesson to not enter classes for which I had not yet completed a project. Or even begun one. 
It happened this way: The entry sheets for the fair in town need to be in, in advance of the fair. This year it was July 27, while the fair was August 4, 5 & 6. I didn't have anywhere near as many projects completed as I wanted to enter, so I had to decide what I figured I could finish by the entry drop off date of August 3. I actually had a 5-day weekend before the fair, so figured I could get a lot done then. And I did, but I spent pretty well the whole weekend quilting. And my hands still ache from using the rotary cutter so much. 
Fair #1, as mentioned above, was August 4-6 with entries having to be in August 3. Fair #2 was August 7, with entries having to be in August 5. That meant nothing I entered in Fair #1 could be entered in Fair #2 as they would still be on exhibit until the end of the day on the 6th. However, Fair #3 was on August 10, with entries due on the 9th, so entries from either #1 or #2 could be entered in #3. So, I entered all of the #1 entries in the #3 fair, plus one from #2 and one that was only entered in #3. 
In the machine quilted category, I entered Stars Over Africa, which was a previously completed quilt. It won a third in Fair #1 and a second in Fair #3. 
I had the quilt top for Fractured Pinwheels completed, so I stitched up the backing and took it to my LQS on July 28, the first day of my 5-day weekend, and quilted it on the Long Arm machine. 
As you know, I prefer using pantographs to free motion, so I had to use the Handi Quilter 16, which is the machine at my LQS that has a laser stylus. All of the long arm machines are in the basement of the store, no windows, concrete floor and low ceiling. My head connected with one ceiling beam near the Handi Quilter a couple of times. The HQ16 was near the wall at one end of the basement, with an upper cupboard on the wall near one end of the quilting frame. I couldn't help but think of a limbo dancer as I maneuvered between this cupboard and the long arm frame - numerous times over the course of the day as I worked with my quilts. This machine had obviously not been used in a while as I had to do some serious dusting to have a clean area for my quilts. I also think it could have used a good tune/lubrication up as it didn't glide very smoothly. And I don't know why, but when I attempted to baste the edges of the quilts, which had been standard procedure when I quilted at the long arm studio, I couldn't seem to get it to work - the fabric kept bunching and puckering - and I finally gave up on basting. I managed to get this quilt done and it brought me a 2nd at Fair #1 and a 1st at Fair #3 in the crib or baby quilt class. Actually, at Fair #1, it was the Miniature Quilt class, with crib or lap in parentheses. Hmm, I never considered crib or lap quilts to be minitiature quilts before.  
I had been working on the Kimono Rose quilt from Asian Influences, a Fons & Porter ebook. I figured it would do for the Innovative Quilt class (must have 2 or more techniques) in Fair #1 as well as the Applique Quilt class in Fair #3. However, Friday, August 1st was the day I would have had to quilt it in order to get it ready on time for the first fair. Not only was I looking after my grandson that day, which would have made it very interesting trying to quilt, but I hadn't been able to get the quilt top finished. There's some pretty involved work on that quilt. Maybe for next year. Meanwhile, I had to come up with something for those classes for this year. Rummaging around in my fabric stash, I came up with what I might call "impressionist" butterfly fabric and I used that to try my hand at kaleidoscope quilting, where you cut 4 squares of the exact same part of the fabric pattern and rotate the squares to produce a kaleidoscope effect. I did two kaleidoscope blocks and two applique blocks to produce Kaleidoscoping Butterflies (the butterflies' antennae are hand-embroidered, by the way): 
I had grander plans for this quilt. I planned to put sashing between the blocks with alternating mini kaleidoscope blocks and machine embroidered butterflies as the cornerstones. As it is, it's only 24 inches square. With 4" sashing and borders, it would have been 36" square. Time, however, was not on my side, nor was the idea of quilting a 36" quilt on my domestic machine. I'm kind of disappointed that I didn't add the extras and perhaps it would have made the difference between winning a ribbon and not winning a ribbon in Fair #1. When I went to the fair and viewed the bench show, I was rather surprised that this one didn't win any ribbon at all, but chalked it up to the capriciousness of the judges. However, when I got my entries home and was removing the tags, I noticed a note written on the back of this one: "Not a quilt, beautiful techniques." Well, thanks for letting me know that my techniques are beautiful, but it's got a quilt top, batting, backing, quilting and binding: if that's not a quilt, what is it? But what can I expect from people that consider a crib or a lap quilt a miniature quilt? The interesting thing is the full name of this class is "Quilt, Innovative, mixed technique, 2 or more techniques, ANY SIZE." Perhaps it needs to be more specific and say, "any size over 48 inches" or whatever size restriction they want to enforce. However, it did win me a first place ribbon in Fair #3.
I also had to come up with a quilted wallhanging. I have a pattern for a stained glass type wallhanging that I wanted to make, but realized my time was too short for such a labour-intensive technique. I remembered that I had 20-piece layer cake of sewing-themed fabrics and decided to put my Twister ruler to use and made this pinwheel quilt top: 
However, I didn't end up using it for a fair entry because: a) it's 38" x 45" and I didn't think I wanted to quilt something that large on my domestic machine; b) I didn't really have a proper fabric I wanted to use for the backing; and c) all of the edges are bias cuts, so I really need to add a straight cut border as well. Too bad this one didn't make it to the fair this year, but there's always next year. And I've now used my Twister tool. It's my goal to use every one of my many rulers at least once. 
After spending all of that precious time on a quilt top that I decided not to use, I still had to come up with a wallhanging. Then I remembered that back when I entered the Moda mini quilt challenge, I had purchased the Picadilly Circus pattern and still had the fabric to complete it. Presto!
I decided to give it a different twist and add the fussy cut lion instead of another piece of the same fabric line. I'm still not totally sure if that was the best decision. I call it The Lion in My Heart. I added tabs for hanging as I really don't like hanging sleeves. There's no way you can get around hand-sewing the bottom edge. And I didn't have the time or inclination. This entry garnered me a 3rd at Fair #1 and a second at Fair #3. 
Amongst all of this quilting, I somehow managed to fit in some crocheting as well. This ridiculous hat, which is now property of my daughter, won a 2nd at the first fair and a first at the third fair. 
Damian's Choo-Choo Train afghan brought in a first place ribbon at both fairs in the crocheted afghan class. 
My Tunisian Crochet totebag placed 2nd in Fair #1 and 1st in Fair #3. As Tunisian crochet looks so much like knitting, I added a note to the tag for Fair #1 stating that it was Tunisian crochet. I failed to do this for Fair #3 and the judges moved it to a knitting category!
For Fair #2, I still have not given the Unbroken quilt to its intended recipient, so I entered it in the Large Quilt class, where it placed 1st. 
The Evening Snowfall quilt top has been finished for months. It was the second quilt I did on the long arm on July 30th. It was entered in the crib quilt class, though, as my daughter pointed out, there is not really anything warm and cuddly about this quilt, with the plastic-y coating on the fabric. I added tabs to this quilt as well as I intend to use it as a wallhanging, and can enter it as such next year in Fairs 1 & 3. It took a 2nd place ribbon. 
The finish on this fabric unfortunately reflects the camera flash so that you really can't see either the pattern on the fabric or the quilting, both of which are snowflakes.
In the Small Quilted Article class in both Fairs 2 & 3, I entered the Spools mini quilt. 
It placed first at Fair #2 and second at Fair #3. 
For the crocheted afghan at Fair #2, I entered Damian's Star, which placed second. 
I managed to squeeze in time to complete a second crocheted hat, so I could enter one in all three fairs. This one was completed first, but entered in the second fair, where it won a first place ribbon. 
I have the fabric for a paper-pieced quilt that I hoped to finish on time to enter in the Paper Piecing class in Fair #3, but that's a throw-sized quilt and the clock was ticking. However, my Paper Piecing class from Craftsy has the pattern for this Christmas Star, which is only 21" square. And I had Christmas fabric. 
I really love my fabric choices in this quilt. Unfortunately, I decided to use a quilting stencil that looks sort of like a snowflake to quilt over the centre star. Bad decision! First, I tried using my Pounce to mark the stencil. Does anyone ever have success using that stuff? All I got was a bunch of smudged, vague lines that I couldn't have followed if I tried. And, of course, it didn't show up at all on the white fabric, so I had to use a fabric marking pen to mark the pattern on the white. Then had to liberally douse it with water to remove the ink. I finally resorted to using that gold quilting paper to trace the pattern on, but there were so many small stitched areas that it took me forever to get all of the little bits of paper off of the quilt. And then it looks horrible - it really doesn't suit the quilt at all. And there's too much messy stitching, especially in the centre. However, I am happy with how the rest of the quilting turned out. I just used a basic free-motion loop-de-loop and it went relatively well. And it won 1st place, in spite of the ugly quilting!
That's it for this year! (Now, what am I going to do with all these quilts?)

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Gidget (1959): A Movie Review

It can sometimes be challenging finding a movie that's both appropriate for children and enjoyable by adults. So, when I saw The Complete Gidget Collection at my local library, and noticed that two out of the three movies were rated G, and the third PG, I decided to borrow it. I remembered Gidget as being silly and funny and thought it would make for some light-hearted entertainment, though I was puzzled by the PG rating on one of the movies. I was also puzzled by it being called "complete collection" as I knew there were more movies than these three.
A 'G' rating, in my books means it's appropriate for my Grandson to watch. He's not yet 4-years-old. Gidget was definitely not appropriate for a child of that age. Later, when I looked carefully at the back, I noticed that 'G' is the Canadian rating. The US rating is PG. My daughter has pointed out to me before that the US ratings tend to be stricter than the Canadian ones. Good point to remember for next time. However, neither my daughter nor I found it appropriate for us, either. It was very sexist, protraying the teenage girls, with the exception of Gidget, as boy crazy, that having a boyfriend is the be-all and end-all of a girl's existence, and the sole purpose of summer vacation is to chase boys. Okay, maybe that's a slight exaggeration, but it wasn't long into the movie before the girls were sashaying down the beach in their bathing suits, directly in front of the surfer boys' shack, just to attract their attention (with the exception of Gidget, who at first appears to be the only level-headed one).  I actually remember having fun at the beach, even as a teenager, without feeling the need to attract a male's attention. And I resent it when women, even teenage ones, are portrayed as mindless ninnies.
Another concern was the witless parents. Sure, I'd be happy to have my teenage daughter spend her summer vacation hanging out with a bunch of older, male surfer bums that I don't even know, without any other females present. NOT!!! And when Gidget comes home from the luau, whining that she's still "pure as the driven snow" to her MOTHER, no less, her mother fails to pounce on that and give the requisite talk about saving yourself, if not for marriage, at least for a committed relationship. Seriously, maybe I'm old-fashioned (yes, I am old-fashioned), but what kind of parent wants their daughter to engage in casual sex? And even if the parents did not believe in "saving yourself for marriage," how about the talk about birth control and safe sex? Yes, we might not have been using the term "safe sex" back then, but STDs did exist in 1959. And so did unplanned pregnancies. Neither of which is a joking matter.
And then there was the luau itself, which portrayed multiple couples lying on the beach "making out" in the middle of the party. "Get a room," as my daughter would say. Definitely not what I want my grandson seeing and nothing my daughter or I wanted to see either.
The scene where Moon-Doggie pushes Gidget under the water, while all the other guys are laughing, until Gidget doesn't come back up again, is infuriating. This is abuse, and there's nothing laughable about it. The idea that manhandling a woman is humourous is a frightening concept that has evolved into the rape culture prevalent today. That scene was especially offensive. The fact that Gidget went on to "fall in love" with the perpetrator of this abuse is very troublesome. There are too many women involved in dysfunctional relationships with abusive partners. We should never be portraying this situation as amusing entertainment, nor that the perpetrator turns out to be a "nice guy" after all. They never do and we should not be encouraging young women in the delusion that "he will change."
Four thumbs down for this movie, mine and Sophia's, and we definitely did not watch the other two movies in the set.

Monday, 18 July 2016

24-Hour Quilting Projects - A Book Review

I have to admit that doing book reviews for craft or cookbooks when you receive a free digital copy can be challenging. In order to review them, I like to actually cook from the cookbook, or make something from the craft book. Kindle is not the most friendly way to do this. It's a little more cumbersome to "flip" back and forth between pages on a Kindle, and pictures don't always appear to their best advantage and if you need to print anything out, or copy it, like a template, that's just not possible. Occasionally, I receive an Adobe Digital Edition of a book, rather than a Kindle edition. The pictures might appear better on my PC monitor than on the Kindle greyscale, but it definitely isn't as portable. And it's still not printable. Plus these editions have a time limit (54 days), so I've got a limited time to read and create.
 I received this particular book as an Adobe Digital Edition from Net Galley. One of the things I found challenging was that the fabric measurements - especially the fractions - were very difficult to decipher in this edition. I tried zooming, but they just became blurred. However, I could still guestimate and I bought sufficient fabric to make the Fractured Pinwheels quilt from this book. Unfortunately, before I had a chance to work on it, my copy expired. However, I did a little research and discovered that this isn't a new book at all. It's a reissue of this one: 
I borrowed the older one from the library so I could make the quilt and finish the review. Once I got the hard copy, I could understand why the fractions were so challenging to read in the digital edition. They're not even that easy to read in the actual book - quite tiny. There is plenty of white space on each page, so the publisher really should increase the font size, so that it's easier to read.
The "24 hours" in the title does not include quilting and binding. But most of the quilt projects have a substantially smaller time allotment than 24 hours. However, I did find that my project took a good deal longer than the suggested 5 hours, but it still was a relatively quick quilt top. And I didn't follow the directions exactly. I did some things out of order because I wanted to work up a few blocks so that I could get an idea of what it was going to look like. 
Here's the finished quilt top: 
I think it's a pretty amazing looking quilt that appears more complicated than it is to construct. After cutting strips, you sew the light strips together and the dark strips together, then cut the strip sets into 6-1/2" squares. Then you cut the squares on the diagonal. But you have to ensure that you cut all of the dark squares and all of the light squares the same way. That's the tricky part. But you just have to follow the diagrams in the book. I wondered why the author wasn't using the half square triangle technique where you draw a diagonal line on the back of one square, sew a quarter inch on each side of the line, then cut on the line. But I assume it's because it would make it a little complicated keeping all the squares going in the right direction. I followed the instructions for the first square, but I hate cutting and sewing on the diagonal. I have enough trouble keeping my squares square. So I decided to try the half-square triangle technique - and it worked. I had at least one square that I sewed together incorrectly, but I checked before cutting and was able to remedy it. And I finally got a system where I had the squares laid out correctly preparatory to drawing the lines.
The lighter squares are face down in this picture. This is the direction you need to lay all of them out if you want to do it this way.
Sorry, the line is rather faint in this picture, but this is the direction you need to draw the line, then place it directly over the darker square. 
One other thing I noticed in the cutting directions is that the author has you cutting more pieces than you need for the borders and binding. The first border said to cut 5 and I only used four. For the second border, I decided to cut what I figured I would need, which was 5 whereas the instructions called for 6, and I had plenty. Ditto for the binding, though I haven't bound it yet, so it remains to be seen if I will need the 6th one. I doubt it. 
Overall, I found the directions pretty straightforward and easy to follow. A few of the quilts look rather boring to me, but the majority of them are ones I would be happy to make. As a matter of fact, I liked this book well enough that I ordered my own copy. But I ordered the older copy for $2.96 plus shipping!