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Introduction: The Case for Squares and Rectangles

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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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Club Noir

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by Janine Burke, 54″ × 72″

FINISHED BLOCK: 12″ × 6″

FINISHED QUILT: 54″ × 72″

I’ve long been intrigued by the dichotomy of nightclubs-dark and sensual, yet loud and lively. This color palette was chosen to reflect that atmosphere: mysterious yet bright.

The following yardage makes a twin-size quilt. Refer to the Club Noir chart (page 58) for alternate sizes and yardage requirements.

Assorted solids: 18 strips 9″ × 42″ or 4¾ yards total or 20 fat quarters

Binding: ½ yard

Backing: 3¾ yards

Batting: 64″ × 82″

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

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Cut up just 2 contrasting solids 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.

Cutting from assorted solids

From the assorted solids, cut:

18 strips 9″ × 42″

Cut each 9″ strip into:

1 strip 4½″ × 42″; subcut into 3 squares 4½″ × 4½″,
3 rectangles 3½″ × 4½″, and 6 rectangles 1½″ × 4½″.

3 strips 1½″ × 42″; subcut each strip into
2 rectangles 1½″ × 12½″ and 3 rectangles 1½″ × 4½″.

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Deco

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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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Lake Shore Drive

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by Amy Walsh, 57″ × 72″

FINISHED BLOCK: 5″ × 9″

FINISHED QUILT: 57″ × 72″

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love, love, love Chicago. One of my favorite drives to take in the city is down Lake Shore Drive, especially on a sunny day. Lake Michigan is on one side and the beautiful skyline is on the other. This particular color palette is my picture of Lake Shore Drive on a clear winter day. The different shades of blue suggest the sky and frozen water, as does the addition of white.

The following yardage makes a twin-size quilt. Refer to the Lake Shore Drive chart (page 32) for alternate sizes and yardage requirements.

Assorted coordinating small-scale prints: 20 strips 3″ × 42″ or 1¾ yards total for pieced 4-patch blocks

Large-scale print: 2¼ yards for the alternate 8½″ strips

Binding: ½ yard

Backing: 3¾ yards

Batting: 67″ × 82″

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This quilt is perfect for any of the larger prints you want to work with—especially those that you love too much to cut up. Choose prints for the pieced blocks that match the colors in your alternate print. And, as always, the more prints the better. We used about 30 for the pictured quilt.

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Design Decisions

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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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