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3-Fabric Quilts: Quick Techniques for Simple Projects [Kindle Edition]

Leni Levenson Wiener
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Book Description

Quick and Modern Quilts, Easy as 1-2-3!

Selecting fabrics and making great quilts has never been easier! In 3-Fabric Quilts, Leni Levenson Wiener gives you the tools to make twelve fantastic quilts that each require only three fabrics. With each quilt composed of geometric squares, rectangles and strips, cutting and piecing has never been so fast and simple.

Inside, you'll find:

  • Advice on choosing the three fabrics, including tips on understanding color, value and print scale, making fabric shopping easier than ever.
  • Illustrated instructions for twelve 3-fabric quilts, each with yardage requirements and instructions for a small and large size.
  • A unique quilting template for each project, specifically designed for the quilt.
  • Basic rotary cutting, piecing and finishing instructions.
  • Fun, fresh, contemporary fabrics, layouts and patterns, perfect for gifts or to decorate your own home!
No need to stress about choosing lots of coordinating fabrics. With a few simple tricks and tips, choose just three fabrics and one of 12 fabulous designs and you'll be on your way to a gorgeous finished quilt!

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Leni Levenson Wiener is an art quilter and instructor living in New Rochelle, NY. She has authored two books for Krause Publications: Thread Painting (2007) and Photo-Inspired Art Quilts (2009). She teaches workshops and classes that range from beginner quilting through art quilt techniques. Her work can be seen in many prestigious Art Quilts shows across the US and abroad. Leni is a Professional Artist Member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA).

Product Details

  • File Size: 28392 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications (August 16, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057XZMOE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,980 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Gem! May 6, 2012
This is without exeption the best and most helpful book I have read for beginners and established quilters alike. If, like me, quilting if fairly new to you (and you have bought every book under the sun) then this book is invaluable. From exciting colourful choices, and more importantly, to giving the novice the courage to go ahead, use the fabrics you love, and finish your quilt.

However, what makes 3-fabric quilts an exception is the way in which the use of colours and how to mix and balance all kinds of designs and "get it right", is laid out in wonderful illustrations and easy to understand explanations of why we sometimes get it wrong. This is a book for all quilters and I cannot praise it enough.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made my first ever quilt using this book! September 11, 2012
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This book was so helpful and easy to follow. I'm in my late 20s and new to quilting. From my personal experience I think this is a great beginners first quilt book if you actually want to make something and finish it in a viable timeline. I bought 3 other books and this one was the best for me as the projects are realistically accomplishable for newbies. My quilt looks great and I'm now more confident for it. I wanted to start basic so as to not be scared off by a daunting mammoth project that I would discard and never finish. The pretty pictures and easy to follow diagrams made following the step by step instructions a breeze. Even I managed to create something cute and finish it!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book November 26, 2012
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Lots of great samples and nice quilts that would be easy to make but look difficult and look like they use more than 3 fabrics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3-Fabric Quilts December 14, 2012
Beginning and experienced quilters alike will love this book. It gives courage to beginning quilters by presenting many wonderful projects using only three fabrics, and making the quilts simple enough that not only are they able to finish the project, but also without compromising beauty and eye appeal. Experienced quilters will be inspired by the manipulations of simple blocks and color to make a project one they can accomplish quickly with astounding results, also. The beautiful color pictures and clear text make each project easy to understand, with mutliple lay-outs of the blocks illustrated. I found this book completely inspiring; I have finished one quilt and I am on to the next! Don't hesitate to buy won't regret it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! November 25, 2012
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This book has directions for several simple to sew but clever and beautiful quilts. I recommend it to experienced as well as beginning quilters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love These Patterns! May 31, 2013
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I have been quilting for 8 months, and this has been one of my favorite quilting books so far. If you are very experienced, the info at the beginning may be too basic. But I really appreciated the section on how to choose coordinating fabrics based on design print, color value and scale. This has been invaluable to me. I also love the concept of making a quilt using three fabrics. I can often find fabric on sale by the yard, and to only need 3 different fabrics to be able to make a quilt is wonderful and affordable! I love many of the patterns, and have already made started a small quilt based on the modern basket weave. It's turning out beautiful, and I'm sure I'll use that pattern again and again.
If I were to give one suggestion for improvement, it would be that the small quilt patterns be lap size or toddler size rather than 36"x36" or 40"x40". 36"x36" is just too small for usefulness to me. But I am adding additional blocks and making the pattern into size appropriate for a lap quilt so I can give it as a gift, and that isn't difficult to do at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly What I Was Looking For! August 28, 2013
By Renny
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I am a beginner quilter and this book is just what I needed. I am involved in the Prayer Square Ministry at our church and I needed simple squares that are not only easy to sew quickly, but have a sense of style as well. Limiting yourself to just three fabrics truly does help to not only save time, but makes better use of all the fabric.
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More About the Author

Leni Levenson Wiener has published four books, Thread Painting, Photo-inspired Art Quilts, 3-Fabric Quilts and the newly released Pictorial Art Quilt Guidebook. Her art quilts are exhibited around the world, and she is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of Exhibitions for SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates), an international organization of art quilters.

Besides teaching a variety of quilt classes locally, Leni also gives workshops based on all four books and does talks and trunk shows of her work. She has a blog: and a website

Pictorial Art Quilt Guidebook is now available. This book is essentially a workshop with Leni you can do at home, the book will take you through each step from photo to finish and even include some mis-steps so you can see how Leni evaluates things that aren't going well and makes changes. You will also find a guide for common elements in art quilts and how to achieve each with a single fabric, two fabrics or multiple fabrics. These include things like water, grass, hair, skin, animal feathers and fur and a whole lot more. You will also find a helpful Art Quilters Value card that you can cut out of the book and use to help make fabric decisions--or you can purchase a laminated card --visit for more information.

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