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Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters: 60 Blocks + a Dozen Quilts and Projects! Paperback – May 1, 2012

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“The online magazine Fat Quarterly (FQ) is at the foreground of the booming modern quilting movement, and this first book from the publication's editorial team is a treat for quilters of all tastes. FQ's vision of modern quilting is about more than taking traditional blocks and making them wonky--it involves everything from fabric choice to design to the quilting itself. Organized by shapes, the book includes everything from simple squares and rectangles to elaborate polygons. VERDICT: The pieces range from full-size quilts to small projects to help quilters get their feet wet, and the projects are plentiful. An excellent purchase.” --Library Journal

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Fat Quarterly is a quarterly ezine written largely by a group of four authors: John Adams lives in Cary, NC; Katy Jones and Brioni Greenberg live in West Yorkshire, England; and Natasha Bruecher lives in Berlin, Germany. While each member of the group has a personal blog, they all work to maintain a popular site and blog for their ezine, both with a vibrant online community, and over 35,000 visits to their blog per month. They are each very active in the online quilt community, participate in functions of the Modern Quilt Guild, and regularly attend Quilt Market/Festivals as well as other international quilting shows.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454702826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454702825
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love this book. I got it unexpectedly, and loved poring through it. I finished a quilt top from it 7 days after I got the book (I made the Orange Soda quilt by Katy Jones); you can see a review of my book, and my finished quilt top, on my blog 'Sew Sweetness'.

The thing I like about this book is that is is definitely not boring or simplistic, which I find is the problem with a lot of quilt books that I pick up and browse through at Joann Fabrics. I like modern designs and fabrics, and this book definitely fits the bill!

Also, this would be a great book for a quilting bee, as there are so many unique blocks to choose from!

A++++!!!
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This book is written by the editors of popular quilting e-zine Fat Quarterly. The colourful modern style of the magazine carries over perfectly to this book which teaches you how to incorporate different shapes into your quilt design.

The book is split into 6 chapters, each one focusing on a different shape: Squares & rectangles, circles, triangles, stars, polygons and diamonds. Each chapter features 10 different blocks made up in eye-catching designer fabrics plus a project and a full size quilt using the blocks. range of different techniques are covered in the book including appliqué, English Paper Piecing, foundation piecing and fussy cutting.

The instructions are easy to follow, and there is a section on quilting basics at the back of the book to help you You will also find colourful photos and diagrams throughout the book and templates at the end of the book. Personally I love the use of stunning colourful fabrics throughout the book. It would be hard not to be inspired and full of ideas after reading this book.
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Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters is unlike any other quilting book out there, although exactly what you'd expect from the makers of the popular e-magazine, Fat Quarterly! The book is divided into sections, each focusing on a different shape. First you'll find quilt blocks from the four authors featuring that shape, all done in the same combination of fabrics. Makes it easy to visualize the similarities between the blocks, and great sampler ideas too! Then, each section has quilts and projects as well! I love the idea of having 60 modern blocks at my fingertips as well as full project patterns! :)

A few favorites: Tacha's Fast Forward/Rewind quilt, Brioni's Starry Hanging Storage, Katy's Orange Soda Quilt and John's Cub Crawl Baby Quilt!

I think there is a little something for everyone in this book! A definite must have for any modern quilter!
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The book is good for ideas, I found three blocks that I liked in the book. It's possible that the book will grow on me and inspire new projects as my technical skills improve, but the instructions are only so-so; good enough for an intermediate-advanced sewer, not so easy to follow for a beginning sewer. So I guess what I am saying is don't rely on the book to help improve your skills as you try new things - more in-depth tutorials might be required for that.

The first block I tried was the Flickering Stars block by John Adams. I think (someone can double-check the math) that the cutting instructions are wrong. The pattern says you need 12 print squares 4.5 inches, but actually you need 20: 4 for the centers of the stars, and 16 for the flickering points.
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The authors provide wonderful block patterns, but the real thrust of this book is to stimulate ideas around shape as one develops blocks. For those who enjoy piecing more than the actual act of quilting (and for those who like to quilt interesting blocks), this is a marvelous read for evoking ideas. Photos are clear and easy to follow. Cutting directions are very straightforward (in both inches and centimeters). There are 60 blocks offered, many of which are take-offs on familiar designs, but manipulated in new or different ways to create attractive and interesting blocks. The book is photographed well, with most of the model quilts being shown full enough to give one a good idea of the finished product. All blocks in the book are calculated for 12" finished, so that even new quilters won't be faced with tiny pieces and a lap quilt can be easily made in short time. The back of the book contains both good tips for newcomers to piecing and templates for some of the wonkier blocks. All in all, a good addition to a quilt-book collection.
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Fat Quarterly, the online magazine, has gained a loyal following of quilters who want a fresh modern look for their quilts. Their new book, Shape Workshop for Quilters falls right into step with the E-zine's vision. This book is organized in a very unique way. Each chapter is broken down into a traditional shape, squares and rectangles, triangles, circles etc. and then each of the authors provide projects which utilize that shape. As we have come to expect, the projects range from easy to more challenging, but with excellent tutorial style instructions even the most challenging projects will be achievable for an ambitious beginner and will hold the attention of any advanced quilter.
The sheer volume of projects in this book is really quite amazing given the price paid. You should buy it. Right now! You really really should!
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