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Too Flat

Amy Walsh C&T Publishing ePub

by Janine Burke, 81″ × 95″

I love the architecture in Chicago. Whether it’s residential or commer-I cial, it appeals to my eye. I am frequently inspired by architecture for patterns, and this one is no exception. Playing on the phrase two-flat in reference to apartment-style living, Too Flat represents the many cozy homes throughout the city and surrounding suburbs.

FINISHED BLOCK: 9″ × 5″

FINISHED QUILT: 81″ × 95″

The following yardage makes a queen-size quilt. Refer to the Too Flat chart (page 49) for alternate sizes and yardage requirements.

Assorted batiks: 43 strips 8″ × 42″ or 43 fat quarters

Binding: ¾ yard

Backing: 7¾ yards

Batting: 91″ × 105″

We have included cutting instructions for both 42″strips as well as fat quarters.

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We encourage you to cut just 2 contrasting batiks to begin with so that you can construct a test block. This way you can verify the accuracy of your pieces and you can see how your fabrics are going together.

Each block is constructed of the following pieces:

1 rectangle 1½″ × 5½″ (Unit A)

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Medium 9781607056430

Design Decisions

Amy Walsh C&T Publishing ePub

by Amy Walsh

People often ask us if we get tired of making quilts out of squares and rectangles. The answer is a resounding no! If you love fabric as much as we do, sewing straightforward patterns with simple lines is the most direct and fastest way to get from having yardage to having a finished quilt. Many people think that only beginners sew quilts with squares and rectangles. Not true! When you make a quilt in which the piecing does not give you angst, you are free to explore many possibilities with color, different types of fabrics and prints, different block sizes and layouts, and so on. These quilts can be achieved with a minimum of fuss in terms of materials. You need only the basics, an adventurous spirit, and an open mind.

If we have learned anything in our years of designing and publishing patterns, it is that most quilters have a desire to branch out, explore things outside of their comfort zone, and create works of art that reflect their personality. Janine and I are constantly looking at our environment and auditioning elements for possible patterns. I find, however, that I am more apt to make a pattern out of a variation of something I have seen. In this same spirit, we meet many quilters who express a desire to change patterns. They’ll frequently ask us if we’d be offended if they set the blocks differently or change a square block into a rectangular block. We’re never offended by a “morph” of our designs. In this book, we’ve tried to provide you with not only inspiration in the form of finished quilts but also the tools needed to make these quilts your own. Use the color and design information, as well as the variations provided at the end of each chapter, to make changes as you see fit.

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Deco

Amy Walsh C&T Publishing ePub

by Amy Walsh, 78″ × 78″

FINISHED BLOCK: 6″ × 6″

FINISHED QUILT: 78″ × 78″

I came across this simple little pattern one day while tooling around the streets of I downtown Milwaukee with my sisters. This brick inlay was on the side of an old public school building we drove by. I of course immediately hauled out a napkin from the bottom of my purse and furiously began to sketch it out—an action that nets me no end of laughter from my loving siblings. And here it is, years later, as one of our favorite patterns. This quilt literally lends itself to any color palette that you may be hankering to work with. The bright blue squares can be subtle or contrasting—either looks smashing. Here is a perfect opportunity to haul out your stash and see what inspires you!

The following yardage makes a full-size quilt. Refer to the Deco chart (page 36) for alternate sizes and yardage requirements.

Assorted green, gray, and taupe batiks: 33 strips 6½″ × 42″ or 6¼ yards total

Blue or teal batik: 6 strips 2½″ × 42″ or ½ yard

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High Rise

Amy Walsh C&T Publishing ePub

by Janine Burke, 75″ × 91½″

FINISHED QUILT: 75″ × 91½″

The lines and geometry of buildings are aesthetically pleasing to me. They intrigue me at night when random lights are on inside but the shadows of the night wrap themselves around the outside. I chose this darker palette to emulate that warm, shadowy feel. I hope you enjoy the simple piecing of this quilt and hope you, too, come to look at buildings with a different eye.

The following yardage makes a twin-size quilt. Refer to the High Rise chart (page 54) for alternate sizes and yardage requirements.

Assorted prints: 35 strips 3½″ × 42″ or 3½ yards total

Dark print: 3½ yards for the background

Binding: ¾ yard

Backing: 5¾ yards

Batting: 85″ × 102″

From the assorted prints, cut:

35 strips 3½″ × 42″

From the background, cut:

2 strips 4¼″ × 42″

Cut each 4¼″ strip into:

6 rectangles 4¼″ × 9½″ (for the top and bottom of columns 2, 4, and 6)

55 strips 2″ × 42″

Cut only 1 strip into:

4 rectangles 2″ × 9½″ (for the pieces on the bottom of columns 1, 3, 5, and 7)

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Snaps

Amy Walsh C&T Publishing ePub

by Amy Walsh, 75″ × 91″

FINISHED BLOCK: 5″ × 7″

FINISHED QUILT: 75″ × 91″

My grandmother, who taught me how to sew, loved to eat licorice—especially snaps, which we would buy for her in a cellophane bag from Walgreens. I always loved the bright colors of these little candies—which inspired me to make this quilt—but did not appreciate their taste until I was an adult. Because I’m such a fan of squares, I love altering the Square-in-a-Square block to achieve different looks. Here, alternating a variation of this pattern with black solid yields a striking contemporary quilt.

The following yardage makes a twin-size quilt. Refer to the Snaps chart (page 22) for alternate sizes and yardage requirements.

Assorted bright solids: 25 strips 5½″ × 42″ or 4 yards total

Solid black: 3½ yards for block centers and alternate blocks

Binding: ¾ yard

Backing: 5¾ yards

Batting: 85″ × 101″

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To get the color variation that I wanted, I used 24 different solids in my version of Snaps. I made quite a few extra blocks so that I would have a lot of options when putting the quilt together.

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