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Simply Retro with Camille Roskelley: Fresh Quilts from Classic Blocks Paperback – June 1, 2013
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Fresh, by Camille Roskelley.
- Master a variety of simple techniques such as half-square triangles and easy Flying Geese for a bold, sophisticated style.
- Classic-block quilting gets a modern makeover with jumbo sizes, fresh prints and colors, and secondary patterns created with color placement.
- Bridge the traditional and modern with quilts that have timeless appeal.
Small Blocks Quilt and Large Blocks Quilt, by Camille Roskelley
With small baby quilts, you can have fun experimenting with different quilting techniques. When I was quilting these, I used two quilting styles I hadn’t ever tried. On the small blocks quilt, I stitched scallops. For the large block quilt, I did straight-line quilting in an allover zigz.ag pattern that added a modern touch. I loved the results.
Swell, by Camille Roskelley
I have a pretty healthy fabric stash. I love it to pieces. It’s a little embarrassing, really, how many times I’ve folded and organized all of it. There is just something about all those different fabrics playing so happily together. This quilt seems so cheery to me, with all its different fabrics and so many of my favorite prints. Besides, who wouldn’t want to wrap up in cheeriness every day?
These are 5 ̋ × 5 ̋ squares of coordinating fabric from the same fabric collection. Charm Packs include one of each of the prints, usually 25–42 squares. The number of squares in a pack is typically stated on the back.
With these, it’s a snap to throw together a quick and easy quilt. Layer Cakes are 10 ̋ × 10 ̋ squares from one fabric collection. They include 42 squares.
I love Jelly Rolls! You can combine them in so many ways to make a huge variety of blocks. A Jelly Roll is 40 strips 21/2 ̋ × 45 ̋ from one line of fabric. I just like seeing them stacked on my shelf, all rolled up and looking so darned cute!
Fat Quarter Bundles:
Generous pieces, but not too big. And so versatile. Fat quarter bundles include as many fat quarters as there are prints in one collection. What is a fat quarter? Well, if you cut 1/4 yard of fabric, it would measure 9 ̋ × 44 ̋. So you’d have a long skinny quarter-yard. Instead, a fat quarter is 18 ̋ × 22 ̋. Half the width, twice the length—still a quarter-yard.
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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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.
I know the internet is crawling with patterns and ideas, but I like having a couple books close by to flip through.
A great resource for quilters of all skill levels!