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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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Slide Show

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by Janine Burke, 69″ × 85″

FINISHED BLOCK: 9″ × 5″

FINISHED QUILT: 69″ × 85″

Back in the “old” days, before digital cameras, we had film. From the times of silent movies, there was always film. These blocks remind me of the days of film, whether slides or reel-to-reel. So put on your favorite film, pop a bowl of popcorn, and make an evening of it!

The following yardage makes a throw-size quilt. Refer to the Slide Show chart (page 62) for alternate sizes and yardage requirements.

Assorted batiks: 33 strips 7″ × 42″ or 6¾ yards total

Binding: ¾ yard

Backing: 5½ yards

Batting: 79″ × 95″

TIP

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.

From the assorted batiks, cut:

33 strips 7″ × 42″

From 16 strips, cut each 7″ strip into:

2 rectangles 3½″ × 7″; subcut into
4 squares 3½″ × 3½″ (Unit A).

7 rectangles 3½″ × 7″; subcut into 7 rectangles
3½″ × 5½″ (Unit C) and 6 rectangles 1½″ × 3½″ (Unit B).

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Projects

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Berry Patch, machine pieced and quilted by Amy Walsh

Over the years, I have learned a lot about color and how to use it to manipulate the look of a quilt. Lately, I have been particularly drawn to monochromatic and analogous palettes. I also have grown to appreciate working with palettes that are a little out of my comfort zone. Pink and purple are not necessarily colors that I wake up in the morning thinking about. However, I love the way they come together in this quilt!

By the way, don’t skimp on fabrics for this quilt—the greater the variety of batiks, the more depth and movement the quilt will have!

MATERIALS

The yardage given here makes a twin-size quilt. Refer to Alternate Sizes and Yardage Requirements (page 17) for other sizes and fabric requirements.

Assorted pink/fuchsia batiks: 27 strips 7″ × 40″ or 5½ yards total (Note: Each strip will yield enough pieces for 3 Berry Patch blocks.)

Assorted purple/plum batiks: 13 strips 2½″ × 40″ or 1 yard total

Backing: 4 yards (41″ wide)

Batting: 82″ × 82″

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High Rise

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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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Choosing Fabrics

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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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