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  • Paperback: 111 pages
  • Publisher: C & T Pub (June 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157120847X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571208477
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Inspired by her admiration for historical quilts, Cherri House presents a fresh combination of traditional and contemporary quilt making in this collection of patterns for what she refers to as glorified utility quilts. After browsing through the images in the book, you will never view an urban scene in the same way. House has a brilliant eye for pulling basic patterns from everyday city sight - the sides of buildings, airport runways, tires, and even barcodes - and transforming them into fabric. She translates these sights into simple, geometric quilts whose patterns are achieved through the repetition of basic shapes and straightforward construction techniques, often sewn together in horizontal rows. While House's easy-to-follow instructions make it possible for quilters to re-create her patterns exactly, she also encourages individuals to interpret the designs loosely and use them as jumping-off points for their own unique work. Whichever approach you take, House's patterns will train you eye to discern the underlying quilt patterns in the most unexpected of places. (Quilting Arts, August 1, 2010 )

As quilters, we frequently find ourselves looking for and discovering hidden geometries in the most unusual places. City landscapes present themselves as a quilting wonderland, particularly for those of us who gravitate towards angular quilt designs. Designer Cherri House has captured her love of urban architecture in her new book. This straightforward book presents 12 clean quilt designs that, as described by her daughter Lizzie, perfectly marriage form and function. This book is great for beginning quilters, modern quilters and quilters looking for non-fussy design. Cherri's use of solid rather than patterned fabrics keeps the emphasis on the quilt's architecture and design. Color placements in many of the designs have a decidedly masculine feel which makes this book perfect for those of us constantly o the lookout for quilts we can make for the men in our lives. (Quilter's World, October 1, 2010 )

This book was so worth the wait! One of the first offerings from C&T's new imprint, Stash Books, City Quilts just drips with mod style, which is defined by quilts made with lots of solids, simple lines and easy construction methods. What's even cooler is Cherri takes us through her design process. Surveying her hometown of Houston, Texas, Cherri shows us how to hone in on repetitive images in urban architecture and translate those images into quilts. The quilts may be simple in concept but they come off as sophisticated because of the overall design. The patterns come from the play of solids, not from printed fabrics. Should you buy this book? Even if you don't luv the growing return to solid quilt fabrics, you'll learn more about how color and pattern work together. Worth it! (Quilter's Home, 10/1/10 )

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Cherri House is a quilt designer and co-owner of the Cherry House Quilts design company.

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This book is a great addition to anyone's quilt library.
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I am very interested in quilts using only solid fabrics and I love each and every design in this book!
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Includes some excellent projects with easy to follow instructions.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tammy Gilley on May 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
In City Quilts, one of my favorite quilt designers, Cherri House, demonstrates how basic geometric shapes and the use of boldly-colored fabrics can create the breathtakingly beautiful quilts. The patterns and textures of cityscapes, both architectural and the layout of a city itself, inspired these quilt patterns. The simple lines and shapes in these quilts coupled with the bold use of color provide a "wow" factor that is sure to delight quilters from novice to expert.

I especially loved Cherri's discussion on color, and her reference to "a quilter's palette". She gives a brief, but thoroughly informative discourse on color schemes, which serves as a springboard in one's own palette discovery or a challenge to an quilt dog to try some new color tricks.

In City Quilts, Cherri shows us how we can train our eyes to see more than what's in front of us, and to see a quilt in everything. Bravo!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Laura Lake on June 12, 2010
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got my copy of out own Cherri House's book, "City Quilts" yesterday and it is lovely! Although it has patterns with yardage, etc, the part I found really wonderful was the in depth look at Cherri's inspiration, discussion on using solids in a painterly fashion, and the eye candy quilts. The quilts take their inspiration from urban landscapes, and I found them absolutely wonderful. I am planning on making almost every quilt in the book, albeit without the usual level of attention to the quarter inch.All of the quilts look as though they would be just as wonderful made in a liberated fashion, and all of them use solids. The directions look clear, with the caveat that I never really follow directions, so I may not be the best judge, (smile)
Worth buying for the photos alone!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Waldman on June 1, 2010
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I love this book! Cherri House has a wonderful design sense and explains her process well. Her patterns are simple but very effective and the colors just sing! I've never quilted with solid fabrics before but now I'm itching to go out and create a whole new stash -- and to start paying more attention to the designs in my own city.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Judy Chaffee on July 1, 2010
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Here is a perfect example of a creative individual who can make it "understandable" for everyone. The book is easy to follow, one can see how she arrives at her designs through great visual examples. Bravo for your use of solids. This is one beautiful book, I am so glad I purchased it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Happy Quilter on August 18, 2010
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I didn't have high expectations for this book, primarily because it looks like the content would be fluffy. But, I bought it anyway and was delighted with the content. While many pattern books for quilters focus on complicated designs for the intermediate and advanced quilter. This book reminds us to keep the designs simple, let the fabric, color, and value do all the heavy lifting. The ideas are contemporary, clean and fresh. There are wonderful examples of sashing, when to use it, what size it should be to create the effect you want. There are examples of traditional blocks/quilts using today's colors with updated quilting designs (just in case you are tired of feathers!). I highly recommend this book to all quilters, regardless of expertise level.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J Harkins on June 26, 2010
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A friend of mine already made the quilt that is on the cover. The fabric was not all available from one source, and it had to be ordered and shopped for.
It appears this book will make monochromatic fabrics popular.
I find the quilts very interesting because they have the intensity of the colors in Amish quilts, but also have contemporary designs.
Many of the patterns are great for "man quilts," as well.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Sometimes Crafter on September 17, 2010
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A wonderful book, full of all sorts of new inspiration and lots of words of wisdom. Once in awhile, I like a book that I can really sit down and read. Something that really gives me new insight into quilting and offers me a different point of view, and this book delivers on all of those counts. And then of course, even better, there are so many wonderful patterns to take at face value, or adapt and make your own. All the quilts are done with solid fabrics, such a change from what we see in most books today. Most important of all with this book is the idea of looking around you and seeing pattern in everyday life and then learning to create from it. It is not only a book of beautiful quilt patterns to make, but also a book for teaching you how to see quilt patterns all around you. Definitely a book that you want in your crafty collection.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By megan williams on July 18, 2010
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I have followed Cherri House in BLOGLAND for a long time and have frequently made/purchased her patterns. This book full of her 'city quilts' is inspiring. Easy to read, follow and make any one of these quilts. The pictures are fabulous and the writings of her very talented children just add up to a truly great quilt book. You need THIS one in your library!
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