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Strip-Smart Quilts: 16 Designs from One Easy Technique Paperback – May 10, 2011
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About the Author
Kathy Brown has designed 12 fabric lines and self-published more than 125 patterns and seven booklets. Her work has also been featured in numerous quilting magazines. Her projects are designed to be made in a day or a weekend, allowing the quilter instant gratification! Kathy enjoys teaching and lecturing all across the United States. The owner of Teacher's Pet, Kathy is also the designer of the popular Fat Quarter Cutter, a Creative Grids ruler.
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Top Customer Reviews
Several of the patterns [Read All About It & Daydream Believer] would take a real glutton for punishment to make using the triangle ruler technique when they can be made quicker and easier using conventional strip techniques which results in no bias edges to match.
Inspirational fabric combinations. Patterns are for smallish quilts - lap or twin size.
Although all the quilts in this book are pieced in a similar manner, but have remarkably different feel. I love the warmth in the brown fabrics in "The Twist", the whimsey of "Penny Candy" and the sophistication of "Read All About It". It is difficult to believe they are all created using the same technique.
One thing important to note is that all the quilts in these books are made using a specialized quilt ruler, the Creative Grids 90º Double Strip ruler CGRDBS90. (It is available here at Amazon for $26.95 [...]. Although I believe it would be possible to make the quilts using a more traditional ruler, it is worth the investment if you plan on making more than one of these quilts.
Author, Quilts from the Heart II
I did like several quilts in this book. My favorite is Hide `N Seek with its red and white bias strips. I have seen other triangle type rulers that may work for this technique. For this technique and these bias strip quilts, I would say that this book is for at least intermediate and more advanced quilters.
There are 7 pages of general instructions and Ms. Brown leans towards using a specialty ruler and talks about it. A one page bio is found at the end of the book.
Each project is shown in color and has the finished block and quilt size and a couple of paragraphs about the item. A material and cutting list provides the basics to get started. Instructions include graphics and an exploded picture of the finished item. Alas, there are no specific quilting instructions but the old standby of "quilt as desired".
By using one or sometimes two fabrics of larger yardage, you and your scrap basket can make beautiful quilts.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good instruction on strip piecing for ruler recommended. (2,3 or 4 strips, total 4 1/2" wide for all) I did not care for her Strip-Smart II book as much as this one. Read morePublished 1 month ago by E. Taylor
I really like this book, it has clear and easy to understand instructions.Published 1 month ago by J. D. Lively
The quilts in this book are beautiful -- I've made three. I do agree that they are not for beginners not only because of the level of complexity, but also because at least one... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ladyprof