"Circle Pizzazz" is Judy Sisneros' 4th book and the most original one yet. She started with the old traditional block "snake trail" - recut the block and added pieces - getting a new original block. Acrylic templates (5 pieces) are available on her website, to individuals and shops.
Judy's first memory of sewing is making a rag doll and doll clothes as a child. She took her first sewing lessons in 1964 but didn't start quilting until 1987. Her first quilting lessons were through the local adult school. After a move to California's far north coast, she began making landscape quilts.
Her first book, Simply Landscapes, was published in 1994. Her second book, the best-seller "9-Patch Pizzazz: Fast, Fun & Finished in a Day", was published in 2006, followed by "Rectangle Pizzazz" in 2008, both from C&T Publishing.
Judy loves teaching and feels fortunate to be making a living doing something she loves. Judy tries to add a new workshop every year because so many of her students are repeat customers. She is available to teach and lecture nationwide. Her love of people, travel, and fabric makes her an enthusiastic teacher! Kits are available for purchase in many workshops. Visit her website at www.judysisneros.com. She lives in Rocklin, California, near Sacramento.
Like most women, I'm really busy and I want projects that I can start and finish in a short period of time. Rectangle Pizzazz is a delicious quilting book that not only provides readers with fast, fun and easy quilting projects, it actually is user friendly and beginners will love it.
The author, Judy Sisneros, provides a brief overview of choosing fabrics and colors, discusses the tools you'll need, and throughout the book are helpful hints for making your quilting time much more fun, not to mention easier. The directions are easy to follow and the colorful photographs will keep the quilter on track. At the back of the book are easy directions for finishing a quilt. Follow them carefully and you'll be thrilled with what you've accomplished
If you quilt at all, you will have a `stash'. If you're like me, your stash could stock a quilting store. The patterns in Rectangle Pizzazz easily fit the stash of fabric you have on hand.
My personal favorite is "Curves Around the Rectangle." It's my first project from the book, and I have stacks of Asian fabric I've been aching to use. The focus fabric is going to be difficult as I have so many to choose from. Well, I guess that means more than one of my daughters will be getting a new quilt. I'm not sure if I can actually start and complete the top in a day, but I'm going to give it a good try.
Another fun quilt to try is "Rectangles on Point." The pattern catches the eye, the directions are easy to follow, and it actually looks like it is a fun, fast, quilt top to make.
Armchair Interviews says: If you love to quilt and are limited by time, Rectangle Pizzazz: Fast, Fun & Finished
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This book is delightfully simple in method. You don't need to buy dozens of different fabrics to coordinate. You can easly do this on a beginners budget and time! If you fall in love with a topic or large scale print then it stays in your stash waiting, NOW is the time to pull it out and USE it. I'm trying to chew through my stash and get projects completed that will make great gifts that appear as though I spent FAR MORE TIME and ENERGY. Pick this book up and have a couple girl friends over for a mini workshop day!
Everyone who looks at this book finds something of interest. It's colourful, user friendly so it is easy to understand and the quilts are quick and easy to make. Some could be used as 'stash busters' so as you make a quilt from your stash you are making way for new beautiful fabric to make more of these wonderful quilts.
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