For every beginner who's eyed today's fabrics and yearned to make an eye-catching quilt--this is the book! Novice and experienced quilters alike will find oodles of inspiration in the contemporary colors and fresh designs of these 11 exciting projects.
- Discover the secrets of color, value, and fabric selection for creating quilts with visual impact
- Learn a variety of easy methods for cutting, piecing, and applique
- Enjoy whimsical applique motifs that include a giant birthday cake, a bird, jumbo circles, and more
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See the feedsack-repro look of the fabrics on the cover quilt? Yet a fresh, modern sensibility? This whole book breathes fresh air into quiltmaking, combining striking fabrics, simple patchwork, and a touch of whimsical appliqué. These are projects that anyone would love to have around their house.
The quilt “Charming Garden” can be made using precut 5" charm squares for even speedier results. How simple, and how charming! I love the rickrack piping and the bias striped binding. Sarah provides coaching on how to use the values within the charm pack.
How about the cute “Birthday Bash”? You can hang it whenever there’s a birthday at your house.
Fast, Flirty, and Fun starts out with sections on Color and Value and All About Fabric. As the author says, “Nothing will do more to make or break a quilt than these artistic qualities.” Her quilts certainly demonstrate her savvy with both! Then we move on to cutting and piecing principles. My favorite one is, “Don’t use your rotary cutter when you’re tired.”
The section on Appliqué Basics includes information on fusible-interfacing, raw-edge, and wool appliqué. All on the easier side and very good methods to have in your appliqué bag of tricks.
There’s a section on quilting and finishing, and 11 darling projects ranging from wall quilts to table toppers to nap quilts. They all have that fresh, modern sensibility that is so in tune with today.
From Barbara Rhoades, “Jackie of All Trades,” Amazon.com
Seventeen pages begin this book with all types of basic information covering things such as color and value, the fabric itself, cutting and piecing, applique and quilting and finishing the project. The eleven projects include small to large quilts. Each project has a color photo of the finished item with the finished block and quilt size given underneath. The materials and cutting lists are detailed enough to be sure you are on the right track. Assembly directions are clear and have graphics to help make sure you are sewing the blocks correctly. If templates or applique shapes are needed, they are included at full size. The finishing directions include how the author quilted the item.
Circles, squares, diamonds and strips are the shapes that make up these quilts. The appliqué designs include flowers, a birthday cake in layers, and birds. There is something for every quilter in this book. I can’t wait to make several of them.
Review from Stick Your Nose in a Book: Quilting Book Reviews by Jennifer Zoeterman
The focus of this colorful book is on using all the great fabrics available. The eleven projects are not difficult and are mostly wall quilt to baby quilt sizes, with a few larger ones included. Many of the patterns are based on charm squares, jelly rolls and layer cakes, with regular yardage included. My favorite quilt is "Dripping Diamonds."
Sarah Bisel was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She currently resides in sunny Arizona with her four beautiful children and the most wonderful man in the world. Sarah enjoys her hectic lifestyle. After a long day of doing dishes, laundry, housecleaning, giving hugs, wiping hands, and helping with homework, she finds joy spending time in her fabulous sewing room. She wants to share her love of quilting with others and hopes as new quilters are born, more little pieces of her heart will be spread to friends, family, and neighbors.Visit Sarah's website
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