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American Jane's Quilts for All Seasons: and Some for No Reason Paperback – Bargain Price, November 24, 2008
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For each season, this book offers exquisite quilts. Start the spring season with the gorgeous appliquÃÂ©d and pieced daisy quilt.
For summer there is a lovely whimsical checkered quilt with cherries and chickens. The designs for fall feature apples and fall foliage. Two of the autumn quilts are in traditional autumn colors. This has a gorgeous appliquÃÂ©d folk art Christmas quilt decorated with holly leaves and berries, pineapples, and a Christmas tree.
These wall quilts come in a range of sizes. For each quilt, this has a list of fabrics, a cutting chart, and color illustrated, easy to follow, step-by-step directions. There are full-size templates and layouts as well as suggested quilting designs. The introduction covers all of the basic sewing and quilting techniques, including the binding and quilting. The author carefully explains strip piecing and appliquÃÂ©. --Connie Krochmal, bellaonline.com
American Jane's Quilts for All Seasons ... and Some for No Reason, the full title of Sandy Klop's new Martingale & Company book, gives just a tiny hint of all the whimsy and fun inside. The 14 fully-patterned quilts are divided by season, and include beautiful pieced and appliquÃ©d designs, all with Sandy's unique, folk-art flair. --From McCall's Quilting magazine
About the Author
Back in California in 1984, Sandy continued to expand her interest in quilting and improve her skills. She worked at a local quilt store and began teaching classes. In 2000, she published a series of three quilt books. In 2002, she started creating her own pattern and marketing them under the name American Jane Patterns. The following year she was invited to become a fabric designer for Moda Fabrics.
She has had quilts displayed at Houston Quilt Market and at the Pacific International Quilt Festival. She has 130 quilt patterns on display on her website.
Home: Walnut Creek, California
Top Customer Reviews
In collecting fabrics for my projects, I'm already wishing that her directions for fabric amounts were easier for a beginner to cope with. For example, directions to assemble 3 yards total of assorted fabrics doesn't really tell you what size of cut to get. A quilter with intermediate or advanced skills, of course, can certainly figure it out by measuring the size of the templates. Someone just starting out might not think of it.
Overall, however, the book is appealing from start to finish. Whether you actually make any of the projects or not, it's great eye-candy for armchair enjoyment.
Each pattern gives a skill level and the finished block and quilt size. A materials and cutting list is next with tips on seam allowances and strip length. A full color photo of the quilt with a paragraph about it is next, followed by detailed directions on creating the blocks. Lots of graphics help to understand the written words. Borders and finishing suggestions are the last of the written pattern.
Tips are given through out the book and are found in colored boxes with wavy tops. Any templates that are needed to complete a quilt are given at full size. This is very nice as you don't have to run out to the copy shop to get enlargements. Eight of the fourteen quilts are done in piece work only; the other six have appliqués on them.
The last page has a photo of the author and a four paragraph bio. If you like retro quilts, this will give you 14 reasons to make one. And you have the option of doing either pieced quilts or appliquéd ones!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book , Sandy gives very good instructions, I will probably make quite a few of the quilts.Published 8 months ago by georgia.
Book was better than I expected. Several projects that I'm wanting to try. Book was well written with easy to follow instructions.Published on January 31, 2014 by Lynn Sant
This is a beautiful book and it includes patterns suitable for all levels of quilters. If you like appliqué you will find a wonderful and different looking Christmas quilt... Read morePublished on December 23, 2013 by Olivia O'Sullivan
Sandy Klop's quilts are design stars. I became very interested in her work after reading about her in one of my quilting magazines. Her use of color and design combos are fabulous.Published on December 18, 2013 by D. Bast
The cover quilt is exactly what I was looking for--something pretty and traditional to use my stash scraps. The instructions are clear and the results are beautiful. (:Published on December 17, 2013 by Misc Maggie
Again another great book from Sandy, I keep reading it over. The designs are timeless. You will not be disappointed with this bookPublished on November 14, 2013 by Yvonne Harding
I have to admit I haven't made any of the quilts, but there are some real beauties in here. I love Sandy's use of colors and fabrics. Read morePublished on September 15, 2010 by Tonya R.