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Smash Your Precut Stash!: 13 Quilts Using Your Jelly Rolls, Charm Squares & Fat Quarters with Yardage Paperback – June 7, 2015
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The 13 quilts start with a ready-made precut packs but add extra fabric to make different colour arrangements. Each quilt has alternative fabrics to make a unique color selection. Most of the quilts have traditional repeated blocks but occasional quilts use asymmetrical layouts to create a bold design. Some blocks are made larger than necessary and then cut to size. It is advised to spray starch bias edges before cutting to prevent stretching. The instructions and diagrams are easy to follow. There are ideas for enlarging the quilts with extra borders. A gallery shows the quilts with different colour combinations. (British Patchwork and Quilting, December 2015)
"Smash Your Precut Stash!" (C&T Publishing), by longtime quilters Kate Carlson Colleran and Elizabeth Veit Balderrama, shares 13 quilts that give purpose to quilters' collections of precut squares and fabric strips. (Jennifer Forker ABC News, 12/29/15)
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Kate Carlson Colleran began quilting in 1978. A nurse, Kate met Elizabeth when they worked together at a nursing home, and they started a pattern business together in 2003. Kate lives in Centennial, Colorado, with her husband, Jim, and her cat, Lily. seamslikeadream.com
Elizabeth Veit Balderrama has dabbled in quilting for 25 years. She began to incorporate quilting into her activities with nursing-home residents. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with her husband, Vince, and her cat, Stanley. seamslikeadream.com
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In the meantime, there is Smash Your Pre-Cut Stash by Kate Carlson Colleran and Elizabeth Veit Balderrama. Their 13 projects are also ideal for scrap collections. No fancy tools are needed, but a large right-angle triangle ruler may be helpful. The tips and suggestions are not all that abundant or ground-breaking: add more borders, substitute non-match-y for match-y. But the projects are worthy of cutting into your precious "don't touch that!" hoard.
The smallest project is "My Favorite Fat Quarter Runner" at 15"x45". It is the only runner, and would look particularly nice with a small-scale Asian floral. The largest is "Big Wayne" at 104"x104". Its easy construction adds borders to the smaller (and manly-hued) "Wayne's Quilt". There is a nice blend of contemporary and traditional designs, with lots of opportunities for unique color combinations. The quilting lines stand out on only a few quilts; the piecing is too busy to feature the quilting on most of them.
To my eye, there are 2 standout quilts. "Picturesque" (67"x89") is a garden of 48 flower blocks. They are grouped and sashed in a way that brings to mind Delft tiles. The clever flower block looks like a tulip, then a maple leaf, and morphs into something like a poinsettia in the Gallery section. Consistent use of color keeps this busy quilt from getting too jumpy. "Mediterranean Mosaic" (64"x64") is a serene oasis of watery blues and seagrass greens. The Le Moyne Star center does not use any set-in seams. It has strong linear features that make it seem to radiate, like a seashell dropped into a tidal pool. The quilting is exquisite, but is so finely detailed that is can only be appreciated with the close-up inset shot.
What sets this book apart from all the others is the authors' sensitivity to the plight of the overwhelmed quilter. They "get" it, and they do not judge, chastise, or nag. They understand that you loved that day-glo zig-zag print when you saw it, but now it makes you tremble and shield your eyes. There is a brief section on color theory that will help you mix it in with other fabrics for best effect. The final section is a 6-page gallery showing 11 projects in different colorways. ("Galleries" are essentially porn for quilters).
What's missing are topics like using up scads of pre-cuts in a pieced backing and speedy techniques such as fast flying geese blocks. Or creating lots and lots of half-square triangle blocks from just 2 pieces of fabric placed right sides together.
But no matter, this is a fun book with a great attitude. The irony is you might want a bigger stash of scraps and pre-cuts. REALLY big .