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In Camille's words, this book starts with the idea of taking traditional blocks, updating them, upscaling them and giving them a twist. You'll love the way Camille has simplified the piecing to maximize chain piecing and minimize Y-seams.

(Australian Quilters Companion, July 2013)

Simply Retro with Camille Roskelley offers quilters new ideas on traditional quilting, exploring modern print combinations and showing how to use precuts, yardage and scraps to supersize blocks or create alternative block arrangements. From using simple half-square triangles to creating big sizes and unique pattern combinations, this is a fine collection of ideas for any who would do something different with traditional quilting approaches as a background. (The Needlecraft Shelf, 9/6/13)

Camille Roskelley's new book Simply Retro is filled with fun quilts made from classic blocks. All 11 projects are perfect for use with precuts, scraps, or yardage. Beautifully photographed with clear directions, this book is sure to become your new favorite! (McCall's Quick Quilts, October/November 2013)

If you have been wanting to try your hand at sewing one of the very popular “modern” type of quilt but you do not know where to begin or you are not even sure this style is for you? This book might just be the answer you are looking for. Camille Roskelley very cleverly bridges the traditional with the modern. She combines different color combinations and simple techniques such as half-square triangles and easy Flying Geese to create a bold sophisticated style. Classic block quilting takes on a new look with jumbo sizes, fresh prints and colors and secondary patterns created by color placement. Camille uses Precut Jelly Rolls, Charm Packs, Fat Quarters mixed with fabric from your stash to create her quilts. You will find a great description of all the precut fabrics packets, good basic quilting instructions and wonderful photos that will inspire you along the way. (The Applique Society Newsletter, August 2013)

About the Author

Growing up in a home brimming with creativity and quilts, it was only natural that Camille Roskelley started designing her own quilts and fabrics. She launched her pattern making business, Thimble Blossoms, in 2007. Visit her popular blog, Simplify, at camilleroskelley.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing / Stash Books (June 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607056844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607056843
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Camille Roskelley has been sewing since before she can remember, and found her love of quilting early in life. She started her pattern company Thimble Blossoms back in 2007 and began designing fabric with her mother, Bonnie, for Moda in 2008. She has since designed 12 lines of fabric, over 100 patterns, released two books for Stash Books, and teaches Craftsy classes online. She has three little boys at home, loves to waterski with her family, and will never turn down a good chocolate chip cookie.

Blog: www.camilleroskelley.com
Web: www.thimbleblossoms.com
Instagram: @thimbleblossoms
Facebook: Thimble Blossoms

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By CNQuilter on May 25, 2013
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There aren't many people who can do what Camille does - create something unique, imaginative and wholly original using simple, well-known traditional blocks.

The eleven quilts in "Simply Retro" reflect a clean, fresh style that is both modern and classic, making the book appealing to quilters of every experience level and style. From a quick rundown explaining the many pre-cut fabric options available these days to tips on piecing some of the most common basic block units, Camille's writing style is engaging and informative. The "Quiltmaking Basics" cover all the important things, and the directions for each quilt are clear, concise and well-organized. If that weren't enough, some of her tips are pure genius - like her method for "accumulating" scrap-binding.

There are two things that I think really set this book apart from most other quilt books. First, while there are some very scrappy "scrap quilts" in the book, several quilts are made with as few as three fabrics. One of my favorite quilts, Vintage, is made with twelve fat quarters and a background fabric. Given that selecting fabrics is one of the most daunting aspects of quilting for many people, Camille has created spectacular quilts that don't need 127 fabrics to be amazing.

The second thing is the truly spectacular presentation. It's a pretty book - from the layout to the photography, it's a visually pretty book, the kind that you'll look at again and again just for the inspiration. The quilts are beautifully photographed - by Camille - in a way that reflects how we actually live with our quilts... or wish we did.

If you liked Camille's first book, "Simplify", you're going to love this one. As good as that one was, this one is even better.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Donna Keating on June 26, 2013
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Bigger blocks are better says author Camille Roskelley usually 12" X 12" but she has one that is a 30" square single block as a baby quilt. She uses larger, more modern prints but all the patterns would look great in 1930's or 19th century reproductions or almost any prints you can find in the quilt shop.

Additionally, Camille defines current Moda Fabrics' terms for fabric pre-cuts such as charm squares, layer cakes, and jelly rolls for those of us not aware of their distinction and uses. Doesn't that make you hungry? Then you have fat quarters. (Lame humor, sorry!)

Traditional blocks used in her quilts include the Churn Dash, album block, Pinwheels, Jacob's Ladder, and an Eight Pointed Star, but with more lively, modern fabric. There are several quilts that have blocks that showcase big prints such as in "Sweet Life" or "Framed". Or if you prefer, you can build easy houses for "Dwell", using her clever, easy way to add the chimney on the roof.

Near the back of the book contains a large section on Quilting Basics for the beginner, including hand or machine quilting methods so "quilt as desired" is not so intimidating.

Her designs are great for the young and the not so young quilters alike. Although I'm more of an intermediate level quilter, I found several patterns that caught my interest.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Angela Wu on July 13, 2013
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I love Camille's blog, love her fabrics, love her photography of her work and family life. When this book came out I ordered it immediately. However, this book turns out to be disappointing. I feel so sorry to say this but my feeling is that the fabrics stand out more than the designs. Indeed, there is nothing extraordinary about the designs featured in this book, although they are all lovely embellished and photographed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tamara on May 25, 2013
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One of the best books I have seen showing how to use pre cuts to make simple amd striking quilts. I have earmarked several in this book including one to enlarge into a king size. The designs are perfect for beginners with sewing experience or those who have quilted before and want something fast and simple. Highly recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Peters on May 25, 2013
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I downloaded this last week, and I'm already finished with the Baby Love quilt and I've started Swell. The directions are clear and the designs are terrific. I use a completely different palette than Camille does( I love primitives and repro fabrics),but the designs are such classics that they work with any fabric.
BUY THIS BOOK! You will not regret it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HRH-DMK on September 9, 2013
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Great intro to the fresh, crisp, simple lines of the fabric used. Nothing earth-shattering here, but some great ideas for simple designs with new fabrics. Because there was a picture of the Swoon block in the "look inside" version of the book I thought that pattern came with the book, but it doesn't. However, I got myself some graph paper and figured it out just from the picture... it's not complicated, but is visually stunning. This is what I like about Camille Roskelley's designs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Holland on May 25, 2013
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made with bright fabrics . I love the designs and the fresh light look to them but of course I will make mine with reproduction fabrics. The variety of designs easily adapted to make the size you want I thought was great. I was looking for a book that I could use to make a few baby quilts from and this one is perfect for that in mho.
Simply retro says it all....the patterns / designs are classic traditional patterns , the photography of the quilts is great, great book to pick up and just start cutting up your stash, or that fat quarter bundle you have been saving for the perfect quilt and make a quilt from with ease.....
Kathie
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