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The Big Book of Strip Quilts: Start with Strips to Make Stunning Quilts Paperback – April 18, 2017
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Karen M. Burns is part of Martingale's industry-leading acquisitions team. This group of crafting experts specializes in curating the highest-quality patterns by top designers in quilting, sewing, knitting, crochet, and other crafts. Since its founding in 1976, Martingale has become synonymous with outstanding craft books, with more than 24 million books sold worldwide.
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I like that there is only 1 page of "general instructions". It is the very last page, and its most significant point is to not wash precut strips. Of course, if you are a prewasher, just buy yardage, wash, and make your own strips.
However, this book doesn't quite match the quality of the others in the series in one regard. The photographs do not capture the outstanding quilting lines very well. But this could be due to the strippy nature of the patterns. Not all have enough expanses of space and solid fabrics to show off the possibilities.
Nothing too difficult here: folded corners, cutting shapes from sewn strips, and only 1 quilt that uses templates for appliqués. The challenge will be in point-matching and seam-matching, both from block to block and when join8ng rows. This is especially the case with Laurie Baker's "Baby Waves" (48"×60"). It's an "Ocean Waves" block that requires close to 600 half-square triangle units. The instructions have you make each one individually. If you are more experienced and can use yardage, this will be much easier using speedy techniques. But still, oy, all those pointy parts to match! Great quilt for practicing your matching technique and ability to keep a consistent 1/4" scant seam allowance. Also, some quilts will involve coping with stretchy bias units. Pressing (up and down, not across and back) will be essential.
As for sizes, there's nothing your domestic machine can't handle. I think the largest quilts run up to about 70-something"x70-something". Great variety for practicing all-over and linear designs.
Nothing too mod, more contemporary and traditional. Great ideas for combining colors, especially jewel tones and some of those marvellous Modas.
Treat yourself, or combine The Big Book of Strip Quilts with a precut jellyroll, or maybe even one you've cut yourself.
No special tools required, although Kathy Brown does use Creative Grids 90-degree Double-Strip Ruler.