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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing; 1st edition (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571203222
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571203229
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.2 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Maxine Rosenthal came to quilting via a path that included writing software and refinishing furniture. She lives in Woodbury, Minnesota.

More About the Author

Maxine Rosenthal started quilting about fifteen years ago. She used to make clothing, but never anything as large or as time-consuming as a quilt. Maxine did many things before quilting. She had a career writing computer software, and even took a break from that to learn furniture refinishing, which she considered a walk through history. She was commissioned to make a quilt for the movie Grumpier Old Men, and still has a copy of the check from Warner Bros. But, like many, her appearance ended up on the cutting-room floor. Maxine started making kaleidoscope blocks with hexagons and octagons almost as soon as she began quilting. Maxine resides in Minnesota.

Customer Reviews

This book is clearly written, well-organized and easy to follow.
Christina Carlson
I have enjoyed looking at the book and will be making one or more of the quilts in it this coming winter.
Emmy Hartwick
Maxine Rosenthal does a fantastic job showing you One-Block Wonders in both hexagons and octagons.
R. A. Donville

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

137 of 138 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
The author has done a fantastic job of showing what you can do with one fabric and make it different from you basic "stack and slash" variety of quilts. Lots of examples and clear directions should allow both the novice and experience quilter to have a wonderful time making these quilts. I especially like the examples that show the original fabric! It's amazing how much her colorwash technique of the blocks makes the basic fabric evolve into something else completely!

One of the few quilting books I've read from cover to cover! Can't wait to try different fabrics to create quilts from subtle and mushy to bold and dramatic! Already looking at the fabric in the quilt shops with a whole new mind set!
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115 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer K. Mann on April 24, 2006
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I bought this book 3 weeks ago and I have been so pleased with it. At first, you might think this is just an extension of Stack 'N Whack, but it isn't. The only similarity is the pinning technique which is essentially the same. The differences are in what Maxine Rosenthal does with the blocks that result and in the types of fabrics she uses. I'm about to complete my first quilt from this book and I already have others planned. I highly recommend it.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By pattysue on October 29, 2006
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Maxine's technique intrigued me so I ordered the book. I've read it again and again. When I visit a fabric store now, I look at fabric in a whole different way. Now that I've finally found the "perfect" fabric after weeks of looking, I can hardly wait to start. I highly recommend this book if you want to try something different.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Alanna James on May 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am so glad I found this book. I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys quilting. The quilts are exhilarating to make-- each block is different than the last, and taking the blocks to the "design wall," as the author calls it, is an amazing process: There are so many ways to put things together, and so many ways to use color with this technique.

While the quilts look complicated, they are actually pretty simple to put together.The seams are all straight seams, and the author's directions are easy to follow.

The only thing I would mention that the author didn't, is not to use hand-dyed batiks with these projects. While they seem like a perfect fit, the patterns are not exact enough to make the kaleidoscope-like blocks work.

The next two quilts will be for my kids, and I can't wait to take them to the design wall. The fabric will be the same for both quilts, but we'll end up with two very different pieces of art for my children. I am so excited that I can involve my family in my hobby.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Duane Meeter on December 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
I asked for this book last Christmas. Had to pry it away from my wife and daughter (both quilters.) We got a large, colorful print, enough to get six repeats(guidance in book.) I pinned the six repeats exactly on top of each other. They cut out many sets of six identical triangles with a rotary cutter. We voted on which of the three ways of making each set into a hexagon was the best. They sewed them together, and laid them out and decided which hexagons went where(guidance in the book.) Some we rejected, because they stuck out too much. The result was a stunning quilt. It is unique: even if two people used the same fabric, they would come up with different results.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Christina Carlson on November 4, 2006
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This book is clearly written, well-organized and easy to follow. The hardest part is lining up the motifs on the six layers of fabric but once done, the directions are clear and the results are magnificent. A friend and I worked together and created a one-of-a-kind quilt that has us both amazed. You will never look at fabric the same way again! We chose a very bold Hawaiian print that has turned into an incredible piece of art. Each hexagon block can be put together 3 different ways and with 108 blocks the fun comes in the arrangement. You will be so pleased with your results. A great read even if you never make one of these quilts. A great book to add your quilting library.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Donville on March 8, 2007
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Maxine Rosenthal does a fantastic job showing you One-Block Wonders in both hexagons and octagons. NO Y-SEAMS! The book has fantastic pictures of the fabric used vs. how the final quilts look. You will not be disappointed.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Ll Bean on January 28, 2007
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The book is written very clearly but in it the author makes reference to the hollow cube. She never gives any instructions for making the hollow cube. I think she should not talk about it and show pictures of it unless she gives directions for including it in a quilt. I was disappointed in that one aspect of the book.
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