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Dare to Be Square Quilting: A Block-by-Block Guide to Making Patchwork and Quilts Paperback – August 31, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307462366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307462367
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

BOO DAVIS is a designer, illustrator, and the founder of Quiltsrÿche quilt studio. Her quilts have appeared in The New York Times, Revolver, BUST, HOW, and British Vogue as well as on Boing Boing, UrbanOutfitters.com, and Thrillist. As a graphic artist she has received recognition from Print magazine, Society for Publication Designers, and Society of Professional Journalists, among others.

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I'm going to make the robot quilt next.
M. Raheja
This book is full of fun and unique quilts all made using squares and rectangle shapes.
The Sometimes Crafter
The instructions are very clear and easy for anyone to understand.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By CrystaciousD on February 10, 2011
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Ok, so I know you're not stupid, but I totally was about quilting! I tried watching videos online, reading tutorials and asking for advice and everything was just so confusing, then I bought this book and I can make a quilt. Seriously! Boo makes it so easy to understand by using not just print but diagrams as well. She also throws in a tiny bit of humor to keep you interested. I completely understood her instructions even when reading with a fever...and I'm pretty brain dead when I'm sick. Make sure to read the book from beginning to end! She gives so much helpful advice and many unconventional, but inspired ideas about construction. The quilts themselves are pretty awesome, as are the patchwork projects provided. I love the fact that Boo isn't some stuffy 60 year old trying to force us to make an art piece to be admired, not touched; she is all about using and loving your quilt until it falls to pieces in 150 years. I also LOVE her simple, user-friendly binding method. It's simplistic and totally modern and in the now. I was DYING to know what kinds of quilt designs were in this book and didn't like the mystery...I HATE surprises, but a complete list wasn't available. I'll try to label them as best as I can. These are NOT the given names of the quilt, just what they are in layman's terms:

Owl Quilt
Robot Quilt
Key Quilt
Tree Quilt (this one is a little weird because it's all squares, but cute anyway)
Alarm clock Quilt
Wiener Dog Baby Quilt
Deer/Stag Quilt
Skull Quilt
And 3 Modern Blocked Patterned Quilts

There are also "how-to's" on pot holders, an apron, a scarf, place mats, a table runner and MORE! BUY THIS BOOK! You won't be disappointed, I promise!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Holly James on September 13, 2010
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Awesome book. Great for beginners of the younger generation who want to make hip quilts. Also for the more advance quilters for ideas to add to their skills. I was very impressed with the modern art approach of making everyday designs with strips. Each quilt tells a story. Good color combinations. Easy to understand directions.
The owl is quite wise I will make him first.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By feysidhe VINE VOICE on September 16, 2010
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I have never quilted before, but when I saw the video for this book on vimeo, I had to have it. The quilts are super cool, and her instructions are VERY detailed. Be sure to read the introduction. She has a lot of detail there that will help you out, especially if you are a beginner. I am beginning my first quilt--the blue robot--and everything I need to know is in the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By skeptic101 on February 8, 2011
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I started sewing years ago, but was always turned off by quilting--probably because I subconsciously decided it was an old lady sport. A while back I came across an article in the New York Times about Boo Davis' quilts, and I was hooked from that moment on. Her quilts are fun and they made me laugh, and they weren't for old ladies. I purchased her book this Christmas, and have already completed one quilt. It took a lot of time, and some of the steps were tedious, but it was also a ton of fun. And it turned out looking great. Her projects are relatively simple, so you don't get hung up on tricky details. Her explanations are thorough and clear, eliminating much of the frustrations inherent in any sewing project. And she encourages you to explore your own creativity, not do it exactly as she did. If you're interested in sewing or quilting, I highly recommend this book. If you're still not sure, check out Boo Davis' website and look at some of her quilts. If nothing else, they'll make you smile.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Stern on November 8, 2010
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I am fairly new to quilting and enjoy collecting quilting books for the pattern and all the different techniques experience quilters use. I found this book to be a good on both fronts.

The technique section geared to someone with basic sewing knowledge and very little to no quilting knowledge. If you have never sewn I would recommend Sew Everything Workshop: The Complete Step-by-Step Beginner's Guide with 25 Fabulous Original Designs, Including 10 Patterns for a good book on sewing basics. I used the technique section to help me finish up a quilt from an other book that I was working on. She has a small section about the ratio of solids and different types of prints fabrics, which I found to be very helpful. Patchwork consisting of only squares and rectangle help you focus on the foundations of quilt making (like 1/4" seam, pressing and so one).

I really enjoyed the small section she added for each quilt that talks about the traditional technique that was modified for each particular quilt, for example hootenanny (on the front cover) is a modified version of log cabin. I found the quilts and projects are fun and refreshing, but I can see how it would not be appealing to everyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MetalReceptionist on September 29, 2010
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I bought this for my mother, who is an avid quilter, but had to read through it first. I really enjoyed the photos and it was a fun read. I'd recommend to anyone interested in quilting, especially beginners.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Raheja on January 15, 2014
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This book is fabulous! I've made two projects from it: Gridlock Grocery Getter (I've made over eight of these as gifts) and I'm a Weiner! Baby Quilt. The instructions for both were easy to follow and the chain piecing (Davis calls this "block off and buddy up") suggestions have been really useful in making quilts from other patterns. I'm going to make the robot quilt next. I like that the designs in this book are quirky, unusual and have a sense of humor and that the author confesses that she wanted to make herself "an evil, heavy metal quilt." Boo Davis is so refreshing (no pastels or stodgy, old fashioned designs here!) and a rock star!
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