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Dare to Be Square Quilting: A Block-by-Block Guide to Making Patchwork and Quilts Paperback – August 31, 2010

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About the Author

BOO DAVIS is a designer, illustrator, and the founder of Quiltsrÿche quilt studio. Her quilts have appeared in The New York Times, Revolver, BUST, HOW, and British Vogue as well as on Boing Boing, UrbanOutfitters.com, and Thrillist. As a graphic artist she has received recognition from Print magazine, Society for Publication Designers, and Society of Professional Journalists, among others.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307462366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307462367
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #948,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ok, so I know you're not stupid, but I totally was about quilting! I tried watching videos online, reading tutorials and asking for advice and everything was just so confusing, then I bought this book and I can make a quilt. Seriously! Boo makes it so easy to understand by using not just print but diagrams as well. She also throws in a tiny bit of humor to keep you interested. I completely understood her instructions even when reading with a fever...and I'm pretty brain dead when I'm sick. Make sure to read the book from beginning to end! She gives so much helpful advice and many unconventional, but inspired ideas about construction. The quilts themselves are pretty awesome, as are the patchwork projects provided. I love the fact that Boo isn't some stuffy 60 year old trying to force us to make an art piece to be admired, not touched; she is all about using and loving your quilt until it falls to pieces in 150 years. I also LOVE her simple, user-friendly binding method. It's simplistic and totally modern and in the now. I was DYING to know what kinds of quilt designs were in this book and didn't like the mystery...I HATE surprises, but a complete list wasn't available. I'll try to label them as best as I can. These are NOT the given names of the quilt, just what they are in layman's terms:

Owl Quilt
Robot Quilt
Key Quilt
Tree Quilt (this one is a little weird because it's all squares, but cute anyway)
Alarm clock Quilt
Wiener Dog Baby Quilt
Deer/Stag Quilt
Skull Quilt
And 3 Modern Blocked Patterned Quilts

There are also "how-to's" on pot holders, an apron, a scarf, place mats, a table runner and MORE! BUY THIS BOOK! You won't be disappointed, I promise!
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Awesome book. Great for beginners of the younger generation who want to make hip quilts. Also for the more advance quilters for ideas to add to their skills. I was very impressed with the modern art approach of making everyday designs with strips. Each quilt tells a story. Good color combinations. Easy to understand directions.
The owl is quite wise I will make him first.
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I have never quilted before, but when I saw the video for this book on vimeo, I had to have it. The quilts are super cool, and her instructions are VERY detailed. Be sure to read the introduction. She has a lot of detail there that will help you out, especially if you are a beginner. I am beginning my first quilt--the blue robot--and everything I need to know is in the book.
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I'm a pretty amateur quilt maker, having started only a year ago when I couldn't find a crib set that I both liked and could afford. $400 for a machine made quilt, bumper and crib skirt? I don't think so. So I decided to make my own. I love the whole concept. I'm not really into traditional quilt designs and they are really complicated to make. This book is all about straight stitching, using nothing but squares and rectangles. The directions are so simple to understand, there are diagrams to help. It made it so easy to figure out how to peace together a small or huge quilt. The projects are modern, easy and super cute! They can be made any way you like, just change the material. It also talks about how to choose fabrics and how to "quilt" without any special equipment what so every. Plus handy tricks. I wish I would have had this book when I made my first quilt for my son. I think I might make him another using the patterns in this book. I can't wait for her to come out with another. I'm going to buy this for any of my friends that decide to take up sewing.
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Love this book! It's a great quilting book. I plan to make my backgrounds a bit simpler AKA .. not so many strips. But, overall I love this book and can't wait to make many of these quilts. It's just a fun thing honestly. There are so many that could be sized down for children's quilts. As the quilts in the book are rather large. 60x72 is a bit large and I felt that a lot of the patterns could be used for children. There's a robot, an owl, a dog and more. But I love the author's creativity when exploring how to make amazing quilts with strips and giving them a scrappy or put together look. I definitely don't regret buying this book I can't wait to get started! I'm going to make the cover quilt! It's going to be awesome!
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Not thrilled with this book- pattern are simple and boring. I was actually told a "skull" pattern was in here and it is but nothing I would actually use. The stuff is very blah like the cover- very childish looking.
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I have made many quilts in my life and so I was really annoyed when I followed instructions for one of the quilts in this book and blocks weren't lining up! I'll give another quilt a try... hopefully it turns out alright!
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This book is fabulous! I've made two projects from it: Gridlock Grocery Getter (I've made over eight of these as gifts) and I'm a Weiner! Baby Quilt. The instructions for both were easy to follow and the chain piecing (Davis calls this "block off and buddy up") suggestions have been really useful in making quilts from other patterns. I'm going to make the robot quilt next. I like that the designs in this book are quirky, unusual and have a sense of humor and that the author confesses that she wanted to make herself "an evil, heavy metal quilt." Boo Davis is so refreshing (no pastels or stodgy, old fashioned designs here!) and a rock star!
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