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About the Author

Kathy Brown has designed 12 fabric lines and self-published more than 125 patterns and seven booklets. Her work has also been featured in numerous quilting magazines. Her projects are designed to be made in a day or a weekend, allowing the quilter instant gratification! Kathy enjoys teaching and lecturing all across the United States. The owner of Teacher's Pet, Kathy is also the designer of the popular Fat Quarter Cutter, a Creative Grids ruler.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: That Patchwork Place (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564779092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564779090
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. Bruck on July 31, 2010
Format: Paperback
What's great about Kathy Brown's Take 5, isn't that you can make a quilt with just 5 fabrics, but it's her whole message behind her Take 5 philosophy: picking and choosing fabrics doesn't have to be mind numbingly frustrating and cutting them doesn't have to be a chore. She's broken down her Take 5 methodology into an easy to follow steps of finding a fabric you love, getting the supporting fabrics, cutting them quickly (she shows you how), organizing them (again, shows you how!) and then getting to the fun part - sewing! Kathy breaks this down for you beautifully - and on each quilt.

The quilts themselves are impressively simple - and simply gorgeous. The colors, textures, and designs are all outstanding choices - "Plays Fair and Square" is an great example of a deceptively simple quilt with on-point squares and tons of areas to show off your fabric choices as well as your quilting! "Across the Miles" leaves you mouth watering for a million different fabric choices - and the fabric cutting is so simple!

All the pictures are full color and just lovely. The instructions are well thought out and thorough (I thought for a moment she was having me make two extra blocks in Crosses the Line - but nope, she addresses it!). All the quilts can be done by a beginner, although the book does assume a basic knowledge of quilting. More advanced quilters will find a great abundance of quick weekend quilts.

Take 5 will have you looking at fabric in a whole new way and, with any luck, you'll never be frustrated picking out your fabric again! Truly a delightful book to have in your quilting library.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Casey Burns on September 9, 2010
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Take Five by Kathy Brown gave me an opportunity to rethink how I do my quilts. I decided to follow her suggestions and her simple steps to make a quilt and see what happened.

I chose a theme fabric I really liked, and picked four coordinates. That was easy! The cutting and piecing went surprisingly fast as I followed Kathy's directions. The illustrations and steps could be understood at a glance, (a hallmark of the Martingale & Company's quilt books.) I soon had the top completed. Quickly and easily. Wow! That was the fastest quilt I ever put together.

I'm so pleased with my completed top, and love most of the other quilts in the book. I'm impressed with how she figured out a way to cut five fabrics the same, and put them together to make stunning quilts. I will definitely make more of Kathy's designs. I also know that I'll use Kathy's techniques for a more relaxed way to make quilts.

Martingale quilt books are my favorites because the illustrations are gorgeous, the directions are clear, and the authors each have something new to teach me.

P.S. The quilt I made was "Take Five Has Yo-Yo's to Go-Go" selected by my seven 6year old granddaughter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joe Fox on September 4, 2010
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"Take 5: Quilts from just 5 Fabrics" showcases a variety of quilt projects which can be made beautifully with just five fabrics. These quilts are wonderful whether you are a beginning quilter, or are uncomfortable having to match a a variety of fabrics. Kathy Brown provides specific directions on fabric selection, cutting and assembling the quilt tops in an easy straight forward manner.

Her philosophy is to select a single focus fabric and then use that to choose the four coordinating fabrics. Whether it is the bright intensity of "Take 5...Make New Friends" or the subtile floral of "Take 5...Reaches for the Stars" you can see how the fabrics come together to set the tone for the quilt.

"Take 5" provides directions for 15 projects which are fun and easy to pull together.

Karin Renaud
Author "Quilts from the Heart"
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By V. M. Reed on May 22, 2010
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TAKE 5: QUILTS FROM JUST 5 FABRICS by Kathy Brown is a great new quilt book. Really good photos of the quilts; and I'm especially proud to know Linda Reed, my sister-in-law, who pieced all but two of the quilts featured in the book. I think you will find the patterns simple enough even for a beginning quilter and great quick quilts for those who are more advanced. Happy Quilting!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TracyLee on February 29, 2012
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This book takes all the guess work out of selecting fabrics! Have you ever wondered if you bought the right fabric? Who hasn't? Kathy Brown writes a wonderful book. Her directions are flawless. Easy to follow and so much fun to do! A friend and I chose to make the Autograph Hound Quilt for friends that are moving back to Africa. At the going away party we wanted something everyone could sign with well wishes as a memento, this quilt is perfect! We took TAKE 5 with us to the fabric store. As instructed, we let our hearts find the first fabric we fell in love with, that took all of 30 seconds! Next we needed only 3 more because our 5th fabric was white muslin. Selecting the other 3 coordinating fabrics took us about 10 minutes. So off to the cutting station we went, simply thrilled with our success and excited beyond compare knowing for certain that our quilt is going to be gorgeous and loved which is all any quilter really wants. We were in and out of the store in less than 40 minutes! When was the last time you did that? When you were buying thread? How many times have we stood over fabrics and changed our minds over and over and over again. This book takes all the guess work out of quilting! If you're looking for FUN, EASY, SIMPLE, SATISFYING quilting, then this is your book, and Kathy Brown is your author. If you enjoy Pam and Nicky Lintott, then you will enjoy Kathy Brown too!
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