This is a wonderful and refreshing book. It s the first book I've seen intended for beginners that doesn't get bogged down in "rules." Amy keeps the process fun and inspiring for a new generation of quilters. It focuses on simple instructions, strip sets, one-block quilts, and modern, colorful fabrics and designs. Three quilts use only solids (I'm so glad these are available again!), and two quilts are sewn without constructing blocks at all. I think all skill levels will enjoy the 14 attractive designs. I have been a quilter for 35 years and want to sew each one. A keeper! --Stick Your Nose in a Book: Quilting Book Reviews by Jennifer Zoeterman
By Amy Ellis, this title is ideal for beginners. It has 14 sensational, exuberant projects that are made from one kind of block. These feature bright, pleasing fabrics and vibrant, contemporary designs. The author offers timesaving techniques, such as strip piecing. The blocks include some classic designs like the Pinwheel.
For the most part, these projects are made from strips and squares. Several have triangles that are easy enough for novices. There are also wonderful fast and easy, strip-pieced versions of the classic Postage Stamp quilt and the Log Cabin. Some of these projects are made with precuts, such as Layer Cakes.
The projects cover a wide range of sizes. These include everything from throws and lap quilts to wall quilts, baby quilts, and full-size bed quilts. For some items, the author gives instructions for several sizes.
Each quilt has a list of fabrics and supplies and a cutting chart. There are easy, foolproof, color-illustrated, step-by-step directions for completing the blocks and quilt top along with color layouts and details on finishing the quilt. At the end of the book the author offers complete details on the sewing and quilting basics along with tips on choosing precuts and other fabrics. --Sewing/Needlework @ Suite 101
About the Author
Amy has always loved fabric, and the creative process of designing with it. She's called herself a quilter for the last 12 years and has been sewing since the age of 10. You can often find her drafting a new quilt pattern and experimenting with fabrics until it's just right! Quilting is her creative therapy in the midst of a busy household, and she loves to inspire new quilters to find their own ways.