It doesn't seem possible! See one simple block--Squares within Squares--morph into an astonishing variety of completely different quilts. Barbara Douglas rotates, resizes, and rearranges this block to create 14 stunning projects.
- Discover a block so easy a child could make it, and quilt designs so sophisticated that advanced quilters will want to
- Create projects of all sizes, from table runners and lap quilts to bed-sized quilts
- Make simple changes in value placement to create movement and produce intricate-looking designs
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I was interested to see how far it was possible to stretch the idea of 14 quilts from a single block. I admit I was a bit skeptical, but the results prove me very wrong. All the quilts use the square within squares block, but each one is different. This is achieved by careful colour and value placement, block rotation and thoughtful border layouts. The block itself is extremely easy to make, and Barbara gives a strip pieced and patch by patch method. Beginner quilters would have no problems with any of the projects here, although a couple of designs require a little concentration on the layout stage. But more advanced quilters would still benefit from the lesson in taking an apparently simple block and playing with fabric and block placement. This is an interesting concept, which produces a wide variety of finished quilts.
Barbara Douglas started sewing at seven years of age and quilting at eight, when her grandmother gave her a pair of scissors, a pencil, and a 3" cardboard square to trace around. With these tools, she made her first Nine Patch quilt. She began teaching quilting in 1989 and started her quilt-pattern design company, Stone Cottage Designs, in 1999.
Eclectic in her quilting style and designs, Barbara loves the art and design of traditional pieced and appliqued quilts, as well as the more contemporary style of fiber art. Her real love is the exploration of what fabric and thread can do. She shares a "dungeon" studio space of their 75-year-old stone cottage with Duane, her woodworking husband of 38 years.
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