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Phenomenal Fat Quarter Quilts: New Projects with Tips to Inspire & Enhance Your Quiltmaking Paperback – October 1, 2004
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By this point, I've collected quite a few quilting books, and I'm often surprised at the varied quality. Sometimes, the quilts are pretty, but the step-by-step process is unclear. Sometimes, the sample quilts are perfectly nice, but *I* would sure never make them. Not in THOSE fabrics. Or you can't even figure out what the quilt would look like.
M'Liss Rae Hawley avoids all those traps. I'm just finishing the first quilt I've tried from the book, and I'm very impressed. The instructions are very clear, with plenty of sensible tips about color choice, cutting techniques, and so on. I'm going to make a point of looking for more books by this author.
First, all the quilts in this book are attractive. She also gives SEVERAL photos of what each pattern will look like, using different fabrics -- which is particularly appreciated since fat quarter packs can very from a rainbow of batiks to a collection of floral fabrics, and it's hard (at least for me) to estimate the resulting mood of the quilt. There's plenty of eye candy and creative inspiration.
As you'd imagine, these quilts all feature fat quarters -- anywhere from 6 to 12 of them. Don't expect to grab that package and get right to work, though, as every quilt needs at least one additional fabric; often, it's a focus fabric, sometimes a background. Also, while the quilts are bed-size, they're pretty much for smaller beds -- usually twin, maybe full.
Great book, though. Recommended.