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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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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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Medium 9781607052708

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″

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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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Crossroads

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by Amy Walsh, 84″ × 84″

After green, blue is definitely my favorite color. An old project I started in a design class inspired me to use this collection of batiks, all of which are blue or relatives of blue. I love the way these fabrics go together. Finishing this quilt made me want to try it in other analogous palettes.

FINISHED BLOCK: 6″ × 6″

FINISHED QUILT: 84″ × 84″

The following yardage makes a queen-size quilt. Refer to the Crossroads chart (page 41) for alternate sizes and yardage requirements.

Assorted blue and green batiks: 40 strips 6½″ × 42″ or 7½ yards total or 33 fat quarters

Backing: 8 yards

Binding: ¾ yard

Batting: 94″ × 94″

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I used more than 40 different fabrics in the Crossroads quilt to get the look and texture that I wanted. The more fabrics, the better! Dig into your stash to find your most interesting batiks. If you are lacking, ask a quilting friend—or better yet, go shopping!

Crossroads is made up of 3 different blocks. You can make subtle changes to the look of this quilt by altering the number of each block you include. We made an equal number of all 3 blocks, interspersing them randomly throughout the quilt.

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Too Flat

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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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