Show off your fabrics in big-piece quilts! Easy enough for beginners, intriguing enough for seasoned quilters, these designs will put your fabrics on center stage. Find over 15 great patterns for theme prints, Asian prints, batiks, pastels, and more.
Quick and easy, these quilts are perfect for retreats. Most projects are made from squares, strips, or rectangles, and a few feature large triangles just for fun. Piece one (or two) this weekend!
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Deirdre Long, Entertainment Editor
One of my goals this year is to make several quilts to give as presents. I've gotten one of them started, but I got in too deep and lost my inspiration after hours of stitching small triangles and squares into bigger squares. I needed a pattern that would piece together more quickly and simply. That's when I found Simple Style: Easy Weekend Quilts. Diepersloot's modern, big-piece patterns can be sewn together in just hours, which is great for beginner quilters like me. The first part of the book gives all the instructions you need to get started quilting, from seam allowances to setting, borders and binding.
From Connie Krochmal, quilting.suite101.com
This wonderful title was released by Martingale/That Patchwork Place. All of these 20 easy, strip pieced projects are recommended for novices. If you have special prints that are hard to work into quilts, this book has very innovative designs. Among the quilts are table runners, lap quilts, bed quilts, and wall quilts in assorted sizes, along with baby quilts. There’s a design to suit every situation. These are luscious, irresistible quilts.
Many of these are made from simple squares, rectangles, and strips. In addition, this also has easy star and hour glass designs with no-fail triangles. The quilt blocks include the four-patch, nine-patch, Log Cabin, and Brick. The designs feature Asian and beach themes as well as fruits, flowers, and picnics. Some are of seasonal interest, such as a Christmas quilt. One has a very lovely black and white color scheme.
For each quilt, it has a list of materials, a cutting chart, easy strip piecing instructions, layouts, and color illustrated instructions from start to finish. This title also covers all of the quilting basics, such as adding borders, binding, and so on.
Sara Diepersloot lives in Scotts Valley, California, with her husband and four children. She has a degree in fashion design and pattern making from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco. Sara loves to scour quilt shops for new fabrics and inspiration, and she especially enjoys incorporating novelty and large-scale prints into her designs. Being a busy mom, she knows the importance of designing quilts that are easy to complete but still satisfy the desire to make something beautiful.
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