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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!


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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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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Union Station

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by Janine Burke, 60″ × 82½″

Once upon a time, I used to take the train into Chicago’s Union Station on my way to work in the morning and then back out again at night. The gray rails represent the train tracks (you probably figured that out), while the palette represents the multicolors of the multicultures who pass through Union Station by the thousands every day.



FINISHED QUILT: 60″ × 82½″

The following yardage makes a throw-size quilt. Refer to the Union Station chart (page 45) for alternate sizes and yardage requirements.

Assorted bright solids: 20 strips 6″ × 42″ or 3½ yards total

Gray: 2½ yards

Batting: 70″ × 92″

Backing: 5¼ yards

Binding: ¾ yard

From each of the assorted bright solids, cut:

20 strips 6″ × 42″

Cut each 6″ strip into:

3 strips 2″ × 42″

From the gray, cut:

40 strips 2″ × 42″

Union Station is constructed by making strata or strip-pieced units. You will make a total of 20 stratas, 1 with each accent color.

Strata of 2 gray strips between 3 accent strips

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by Amy Walsh, 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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